July 2010


CT: July 01, 2010 15:33:31 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - - FRENEMIES
I think it was Shakespeare who said, “Neither a borrower or a lender be.” Obviously my friends and family have never read the Bard of Avon. Actually, neither have I but I saw the quote on a plaque in my banker's office. (Not a good sign!)

CT: July 01, 2010 15:35:17 CST
SANTA GERTRUDIS STEER FEEDOUT DATES ANNOUNCED
Santa Gertrudis Breeders International announces the delivery dates for National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feedout # 14. Purebred and percentage Santa Gertrudis steers born in the Fall of 2009 should be delivered to King Ranch Feedyard, Kingsville, Texas, during the week of July 12-16, 2010.

CT: July 02, 2010 15:23:05 CST
KENTUCKY HEREFORD FEEDER CALF SALE SUCCESSFUL
The second Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale replicated the success of the first sale that was hosted last October.

CT: July 02, 2010 15:26:09 CST
MRI MACHINE HELPS VETS PINPOINT EQUINE LAMENESS
Veterinarians at Mississippi State University now have access to a magnetic resonance imaging unit that can help pinpoint the source of lameness in horses.

CT: July 06, 2010 15:03:38 CST
SEVERAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN RETAINING OWNERSHIP
In today's beef industry the value of cattle is directly related to actual and perceived carcass characteristics. As such many breeders, in certain instances, have found retaining cattle, not destined for breeding, into the feedlot an important and valuable marketing niche.

CT: July 06, 2010 15:06:48 CST
U.S. HOSTS WORLD CHAROLAIS CONGRESS
On May 13, 2010, 160 guests traveling from 15 countries around the world gathered to celebrate the 2010 World Charolais Congress.

CT: July 08, 2010 15:19:10 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - - WHEN FOXES GUARD THE HENHOUSE
No one should be surprised by the government's latest assault on cattle markets, given the willingness of the Obama Administration and its federal agencies to usurp individual and state rights.

CT: July 08, 2010 15:21:20 CST
BEEF LEADERS INSTITUTE EDUCATES ANGUS PRODUCERS
Twenty select Angus producers from 12 states, gathered in Saint Joseph, Mo., June 1-4 to attend the third annual Beef Leader's Institute, an educational event hosted by the American Angus Association® and funded by the Angus Foundation.

CT: July 12, 2010 14:55:30 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - - THE BEST BUCKLE OF ALL
He was one of the best teachers I ever had, and yet we never met inside a classroom and he never gave me homework.

CT: July 12, 2010 14:59:05 CST
EASTERN REGIONAL JR. LIMOUSIN SHOW RETURNS TO MURFREESBORO
The Eastern Regional Junior Limousin Show was June 12 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CT: July 14, 2010 15:34:07 CST
GELBVIEH EASTERN JR. SHOW HELD IN MISSOURI
Gelbvieh juniors gathered in Warrenton, Mo. for the American Gelbvieh Junior Association 2010 Muddy River Eastern Regional show.

CT: July 14, 2010 15:36:58 CST
WEAN EARLY WITHOUT WORKING OVERTIME
Weaning calves at half the typical age calls for re-thinking your calendar, but it doesn't obligate a management overhaul. With a few key tweaks, ranchers already weaning at home can reap the rewards of calves that gain faster, convert cheaper, perform better and reduce cow costs.

CT: July 15, 2010 14:51:32 CST
MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP COVERS WHITE-TAILED DEER
Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to hunters, land managers and foresters working with white-tailed deer populations.

CT: July 15, 2010 14:57:31 CST
SELECT FOR OPTIMUM TRAIT LEVELS TO FIT HERD NEEDS
One of the challenges in beef cattle selection and culling involves finding optimum levels of individual traits for the herd.

CT: July 15, 2010 14:59:55 CST
SELECT FOR OPTIMUM TRAIT LEVELS TO FIT HERD NEEDS
One of the challenges in beef cattle selection and culling involves finding optimum levels of individual traits for the herd.

CT: July 16, 2010 14:50:30 CST
DON'T OVERLOOK WATER AS AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT
It's July and those sweltering summer temperatures continue to creep higher and higher. As the sweat beads trickle down and clothes stick to the body like glue, one of the first things a person wants to reach for – besides the air conditioner knob – is a tall glass of ice cold water. Water is essential to our survival, whether it's helping us cool down or providing essential nutrients needed to sustain life.

CT: July 16, 2010 14:53:10 CST
PLAN EARLY TO INSURE REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY IN THE BREEDING HERD
It is never too early to be looking ahead; in fact it is a necessary management skill. For the cow/calf operation, calving season means looking ahead to the breeding season.

CT: July 19, 2010 14:48:43 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - - FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU STAND
Look at any chart depicting average cow-calf profitability through the years and a thinking person has to ask the obvious questions: Why on earth would anyone be in the cattle business and how could anyone remain in the business over the long haul if they wanted to?

CT: July 19, 2010 14:51:40 CST
NEW FENCING TECHNOLOGY ADDS LIFE TO OPERATION
Cattlemen value longevity, whether it's the genetics that roam the pastures or the equipment needed to get the job done. Many operations have a dinosaur like pick-up that drinks fuel way too fast and can be cantankerous on certain mornings, but owners are quick to defend by saying it will last another year. Fences are the same way.

CT: July 21, 2010 15:42:54 CST
PUREBRED VS. COMMERCIAL NUTRITIONAL NEEDS MAY DIFFER
In the beef cattle industry there has been discussion in many shapes and forms concerning feeding and nutrition of purebred cattle. In many cases, the perception of purebred breeders is that purebred cattle have significantly different nutrient requirements than commercial cattle. This may be true in some respects but possible not for the reasons the producer suspects. This article will discuss some of these perceptions.

CT: July 21, 2010 15:44:29 CST
BLACK INK - SORTING
Low-stress cattle handling is becoming a mainstream practice, but have you ever thought about the ultimate low-stress sorting system—right from your computer?

CT: July 22, 2010 15:04:43 CST
USE OF SEXED SEMEN IN BEEF CATTLE CAN BE BENEFICIAL
The first sex-selected calf conceived from frozen sexed semen was born in the early 1990's, and in 2004 this technology became commercially available.

CT: July 22, 2010 15:07:14 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
I hate it when people I don't even know call me terms of endearment such as honey, darling, pet, precious, sugar or angel.

CT: July 26, 2010 09:00:14 CST
NEMAHA VALLEY ANGUS PARTNERS WITH CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF LLC
A northeast Kansas diversified farm became the first in that corner of the state to license with Certified Angus Beef LLC in the Feedlot Licensing Program.

CT: July 27, 2010 11:21:59 CST
MONITOR FEEDING REQUIREMENTS OF EARLY WEANED CALVES
Meeting the nutritional needs of a young calf might sound familiar to parents of young children: feed well, feed often and prepare for pickiness.

CT: July 27, 2010 11:26:22 CST
FREEZE BRANDING OFFERS PRODUCERS AN ALTERNATIVE
Hot iron branding of livestock is the oldest form of permanent identification, practiced on other continents for hundreds of years, and was adopted very early in the American West as proof of ownership. Freeze branding is a relatively new innovation, developed at Washington State University in 1966 by Dr. Keith Farrell.

CT: July 28, 2010 14:49:35 CST
GELDINGS ARE A HAPPIER WORKING PARTNER
Horse owners often decide early in the colt's life whether he shows the promise of being a quality stallion or will be a happier and more willing work partner as a gelding.

CT: July 28, 2010 14:51:23 CST
GELDINGS ARE A HAPPIER WORKING PARTNER
Horse owners often decide early in the colt's life whether he shows the promise of being a quality stallion or will be a happier and more willing work partner as a gelding.

CT: July 28, 2010 14:54:52 CST
INDUSTRY COUNTS ON STOCKERS TO ENSURE CATTLE QUALITY
Genetics were selected years ago; calving and weaning are complete, so the next place that really matters in the beef production chain is the feedlot. Right?

CT: July 29, 2010 14:26:46 CST
ACTIVE FLY CONTROL IS ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD CATTLE HERD HEALTH
Whether in the pasture or the barn, fly control is an essential part of keeping healthy dairy and beef cattle herds, said Purdue University entomologist Ralph Williams.

CT: July 29, 2010 14:29:36 CST
THEM AGAINST US - PART 1
“If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” That's how a solemn Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, begins narration of a new video from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). What follows is the same sensationalism and fiction that livestock producers have come to expect from the radical activist group.

CT: July 30, 2010 08:16:15 CST
CHINA/NEW ZEALAND WORK ON TRADE DEAL
President Obama announced progress on his pledge to double U.S. exports over the next five years, including the development of a new presidential advisory council on exports.








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