March 2010


CT: March 02, 2010 15:32:36 CST
NCBA STRUCTURAL CONCEPT ADOPTED AT CONVENTION
In preparation for key battles it foresees for the beef industry in coming years, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors voted to adopt a report and governance structure concept by a Governance Task Force that would lead to significant structural changes to the organization.

CT: March 02, 2010 15:35:03 CST
RIDGEFIELD FARM NAMED BREEDER OF THE YEAR
Ridgefield Farm, Brasstown, N.C. was selected as the 2009 Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) Breeder of the Year at the BAA 25th anniversary annual meeting, national show and sale in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, Denver Colo., January 13-15.

CT: March 03, 2010 13:16:26 CST
A.I. IS BEEF INDUSTRY'S MOST UNDERUSED TOOL
This article will review the value that AI has to offer to the beef cattle producer and attempt to illustrate some of the production and economic benefits of this powerful resource. Hopefully we'll see some converts.

CT: March 03, 2010 13:22:59 CST
TOOLS FOR GENETIC PREDICTION HAVE EXPLODED
If you long for the good old days when a keen eye and perhaps a basic knowledge of cow families was more than enough to sort bulls, you're not alone. Though genetic selection is more accurate than ever, it can also seem more complex than the Tax Code.

CT: March 09, 2010 16:10:01 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- DUDES AND DESPERADOES
Greed and stupidity must both travel on the same chromosome.

CT: March 09, 2010 16:12:55 CST
SOUTHEASTERN CALF PRICES STILL SHOWING IMPROVEMENT
For decades, cattle from the southeastern U.S. have sold at a discount compared to cattle from the Midwest. Data says they deserve better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Certified Angus Beef LLC.

CT: March 09, 2010 16:15:22 CST
PRODUCERS MUST PROMOTE INDUSTRY ACCURATELY
On a day to day basis every producer has the task of bringing consistent, accurate information to the marketplace in an effort of promote the beef product and to support this way of life. Understanding the challenge this presents in the marketplace and in the media is an important part of the battle and is the reason for this series of articles.

CT: March 12, 2010 13:08:55 CST
MANAGE FEMALES TO ENSURE SAFE AND EASY CALF DELIVERY
There are many things that influence calving ease and length of labor in cows and heifers, and some of these factors can be managed—to help ensure safe and easy delivery of calves.

CT: March 12, 2010 13:14:40 CST
ALABAMA BCIA NAMES COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named the 2009 Commercial Producer of the Year during their Annual Meeting and Awards Program held in conjunction with the 67th Annual Alabama Cattlemen's Association Convention in Huntsville on February 13.

CT: March 12, 2010 13:17:13 CST
U.S. BEEF AND PORT FARING WELL IN JAPAN
Japan reinforced its position as a key trading partner for the U.S. beef and pork industries in 2009, clearly outperforming the market and either maintaining or increasing U.S. beef and pork imports even as total retail and foodservice spending in Japan slumped in the global economic slowdown.

CT: March 15, 2010 15:37:51 CST
CAB-LICENSED RESTAURANT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD
Mixing integrity, passion and service together created a recipe for success for one Nebraska restaurant. Uncle Ed's Steakhouse in Grand Island won the Beef Checkoff Program's 2009 National Beef Backer Award for independent restaurants last month.

CT: March 15, 2010 15:42:28 CST
GENETIC POTENTIAL OF FEED EFFICIENCY BEING EXPLORED
Whoever first uttered that immortal maxim about being unable to manage something without measuring it was likely someone in the cow business—casting a wishful and frustrated glance at his cows, then at his hay pile.

CT: March 16, 2010 15:32:23 CST
DV AUCTION EXPANDS INTO SOUTHERN U.S.
DV Auction announces a new alliance aimed to bring broadcast livestock sales via the internet and offer internet bidding to seedstock producers, auction markets and cattle producers across the southern tier of the United States.

CT: March 16, 2010 15:34:58 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TAKING STOCK OF MARKETS AND THE CYCLE
It's tough to love blizzards, but at least this winter's lambasting has helped push beef prices higher.

CT: March 18, 2010 07:50:20 CST
SPRING HEREFORD SIRE SUMMARY NOW AVAILABLE
The Spring 2010 Hereford Sire Summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,214 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.

CT: March 18, 2010 08:30:18 CST
BE PREPARED FOR CALVING PROBLEMS TO ENSURE LIVE CALF
Sometimes a calf cannot be born because he's not in a position that allows him to enter the birth canal. In other situations he may not be able to progress through the birth canal because he's too large, or a limb is caught on the pelvic brim, or the head is turned back. Knowing what's wrong and how to correct it can make a difference in whether you end up with a live calf.

CT: March 19, 2010 08:25:41 CST
CATTLE-FAX MEMBERS ELECT NEW PRESIDENT
James Herring of Amarillo, Texas, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Jon Ferguson of Kensington, Kan. is the new president-elect.

CT: March 19, 2010 08:28:03 CST
SURVEY OF PRODUCERS SHOWS APPROVAL OF CHECKOFF CONTINUES
A survey of 1,200 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted in late Dec. 2009 and early Jan. 2010 by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research. Despite finding that 7 in 10 producers said the current economic recession had impacted their operations negatively, their approval of the beef checkoff increased from 68 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in 2010.

CT: March 22, 2010 15:49:48 CST
ACCURACY OF RECORDS IS IMPORTANT TO IRS
The accuracy and businesslike nature of records is something that the IRS has been scrutinizing more and more in recent years. The IRS expects all taxpayers to maintain canceled checks, invoices, credit card statements and similar items needed to substantiate amounts claimed as business deductions and to help prepare one's tax returns.

CT: March 22, 2010 15:53:26 CST
INDUSTRY MUST PROMOTE BEEF POSITIVELY TO CONSUMER
This is the final installment of this series where we have been discussing factors that are affecting beef consumption in the United States.

CT: March 24, 2010 08:26:43 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK...OLD FRIENDS - OLD ACQUAINTANCES
Maybe it was sipping a cold beer in the same bar where Teddy Roosevelt, Captain Richard King, Robert E. Lee, Babe Ruth and so many other American icons had once sat.

CT: March 25, 2010 15:45:32 CST
NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW SET FOR DENVER
Angus enthusiasts will head to Denver, Colo., July 11-17 for the world's largest single breed beef cattle show — the 2010 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).

CT: March 25, 2010 15:48:34 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE AWKWARD AGE
We spend our whole lives wanting to be older than we are. This desire to age more rapidly effects people of all ages.

CT: March 26, 2010 15:21:08 CST
QUALITY BEEF ADMIRED FROM MONTANA TO MIAMI
As a rancher, you like to stand back and admire your herd from time to time – especially when you can see the results of your work, like right after the rush of calving season or in preparation for the bull sale.

CT: March 29, 2010 15:43:18 CST
K-STATE TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON BEEF CATTLE WELFARE
Amid consumers' growing interest in how their food is produced, Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute will host the 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare May 19-21 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

CT: March 29, 2010 15:44:46 CST
BLACK INK -- TOO MUCH GRADE?
Country music fans know that comes from a song popular in the mid-1990s, but it seems the lyrics could be altered to fit today's beef business.








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