May 2010


CT: May 03, 2010 16:04:02 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - - BORDER WARS
I've known various ranchers along the southern border of the U.S. for more than two decades. I've always marveled at how they seem so sanguine in light of what has always seemed to me so unjust: you own property there, you try to milk a living from the land there, yet you do so with people you don't know—illegal aliens—traipsing all over it, picking up the trash they leave, providing those in critical need with water, food or emergency medical assistance.

CT: May 03, 2010 16:05:36 CST
TIMELY HERD HEALTH PROCEDURES PAY DIVIDENDS
In today's challenging economic environment, pinching pennies here and there has become somewhat of a way of life. Everyone, from businessmen to housewives, is looking for ways to save a dollar or make the most of their available resources. Re-thinking many basic decisions to help utilize what is available.

CT: May 04, 2010 09:38:26 CST
PRODUCERS MUST MAKE OBVIOUS CULLING DECISIONS IN THE SPRING
With the annual cost of keeping a commercial cow at or around $400/year, it is critical to identify and cull those open cows as soon as possible.

CT: May 04, 2010 09:39:49 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - - SUTURE SELF
A carpenter friend recently showed me a gruesome scar on his arm that was the result of some surgery he performed on himself with a sewing needle without any form of anesthetic! He said he played doctor and sewed up the nasty cut himself because he had no insurance and felt qualified because he'd once sewn some sails. From the looks of his arm I can only assume the sailboat subsequently capsized or ran aground.

CT: May 05, 2010 13:57:28 CST
EMBRYO TRANSFER ALLOWS PRODUCERS TO MAXIMIZE SUPERIOR GENETICS
Although fads and trends sometimes disguise what the industry is truly looking for, the goal of most cattlemen is to produce the best genetic specimen for the times.

CT: May 05, 2010 14:00:24 CST
YELLOW TAG PROGRAM ADDS PROFITABILITY TO RED ANGUS
Profitability drives the decisions commercial beef producers make and cattlemen who use Red Angus genetics know that enrolling in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) helps them garner a market premium on their cattle through age, source and genetic verification.

CT: May 14, 2010 15:38:48 CST
HANDLE CATTLE PROPERLY TO PREVENT STRESS
There are other stressors that affect the cow herd aside from environment. Two of the more prominent and extensively researched include handling – this can also include transportation, and disease or health.

CT: May 14, 2010 15:42:08 CST
GRADING CHIEF SAYS HIGHER QUALITY GRADES HERE TO STAY
The nation's beef quality has continued its rise in recent weeks, with nearly 65 percent of federally graded cattle grading Choice — an increase compared to 60.1 percent reported July 2009, according to Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

CT: May 14, 2010 15:46:56 CST
AVOID HEAT STRESS WHEN MOVING OR WORKING CATTLE
Hot weather can be very hard on cattle, especially when humidity is high (which makes it more difficult for the animal to dissipate body heat), or when cattle exert and overheat.

CT: May 17, 2010 12:59:33 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK - - ROPE JUSTICE
“Just like a 50-pound sack of potatoes tossed from the hay loft.” That is how people described the sight and sound of Gatsby Charles Mayfair III landing belt loops-over-elbows in the dirt lot where parents parked the pickups and horse trailers.

CT: May 17, 2010 13:05:46 CST
SALACOA VALLEY FARMS - PROVEN GENETICS WITH A PURPOSE
Few people in the purebred cattle business today can match the commitment and experience of David Vaughan, owner of Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmount, Ga.

CT: May 20, 2010 15:44:42 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- GOING GLOBAL
I don't fly on the airlines any more but when I did I always tried to avoid talking with my fellow sufferers.

CT: May 20, 2010 15:48:00 CST
A.I. IS A COST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF GENETIC IMPROVEMENT
The statement “I have a ranch to run,” has rarely had as diverse of a meaning as it does today. These successful businessmen probably would give Donald Trump a run for his money (if they had his resources). Keeping track of all the daily activities leads to an organized operator looking to generate profit or cut expenses with every decision.

CT: May 21, 2010 15:09:16 CST
RECOVERING ECONOMY BOOSTS CATTLE INDUSTRY
A recovering world economy, lower feed prices, strong beef exports, low red meat supplies and shrinking retail beef prices have given the beef industry a much-needed price boost, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.

CT: May 21, 2010 15:10:52 CST
BLACK INK - - TIME AND MONEY
Cutting back, lowering inputs, pinching pennies—they've all become catch phrases, a result of the recent recession. But before you tighten the belt on your cowherd or scale back on management, health or nutrition, be sure to weigh the impact.

CT: May 26, 2010 13:12:17 CST
BULL LEASING IS TOPIC OF TENNESSEE'S JUNE 10 BEEF AND FORAGE FIELD DAY
A national expert on bull leasing programs will be the keynote presenter at the 2010 University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Field Day. Cody Jorgensen of South Dakota's Jorgensen Land and Cattle Partnership will explain details about bull leasing at the June 10 event.

Sale: May 26, 2010 13:28:25 CST
LONE OAKS ANGUS SALE AVERAGES $3,488 ON 95 LOTS
A packed sale barn came to witness the 2nd annual production sale at Lone Oaks Farm. Cattle sold from coast to coast, including 19 different states.

CT: May 28, 2010 08:01:24 CST
PRODUCERS MUST REDUCE STRESS TO MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE AND PROFITS
Over the last couple of issues we have been discussing different types of stress and the effects it has on the cow herd. In this final part of the series we'll take a look at nutritional and health stress and how it can also affect the animal.

CT: May 28, 2010 08:03:23 CST
REGISTRATION TRANSFERS FACILITATE SERVICES AND OPEN MARKETS
Registration transfers set the stage for maintaining strong relationships between commercial cattle producers and seedstock suppliers.








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