April 2011


CT: April 05, 2011 14:33:23 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- TEXTING PERILS
It's hard to hide if you tell the whole world where you're at. Though he wouldn't say so, that was a big part of Hooter's reluctance to fully embrace information technology.

CT: April 05, 2011 14:39:42 CST
NCBA NARROWS KNOWLEDGE GAP ON CAPITOL HILL
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off its Beef 101 series Tues., March 22, 2011. Beef 101 is a beef educational series exclusively for members of Congress and their staff members.

CT: April 07, 2011 08:21:14 CST
EMBRACING IDENTIFICATION PROGRAMS OPENS DOORS
Challenges bestowed upon the industry at some point made it clear a better identification and tracking system was needed. The initial mandatory claim set off cattlemen like a lynch mob. Acceptable vigilante justice was to keep government out of the beef business.

CT: April 07, 2011 08:23:29 CST
PREVENTING CALF SCOURS IS DIFFICULT BUT IMPORTANT TO HERD MANAGEMENT
There are few herd health issues that create the level of problems and cause the degree of financial loss to the cow calf producer as that created by intestinal infections and the related scouring in calves.

CT: April 07, 2011 08:28:38 CST
TENNESSEE ANGUS FARM HONORED AS HISTORIC HERD
Claybrook Angus of Covington, Tenn., is a recipient of the Historic Angus Herd Award, presented by the American Angus Association® for continuous ownership and production of Angus cattle for 50 or more years.

CT: April 11, 2011 15:11:35 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FLIPPED HIS LID
I have lived my life under a hat. In my early years I used a ball cap to hide the fact that I was homelier than a pug dog, but now I mostly wear one to cover up my cranial deforestation.

CT: April 11, 2011 15:14:57 CST
AHA ANNOUNCES DAMS OF DISTINCTION
For 2010, 1,945 Hereford cows from 638 Hereford performance herds in 43 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction by the American Hereford Association.

CT: April 13, 2011 15:16:27 CST
PRODUCERS FACE "PERFECT STORM" DUE TO REGULATIONS
More than 750 cattle producers from around the country gathered at the 18th annual Cattlemen's College ® held during the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show.

CT: April 14, 2011 15:08:33 CST
FEEDERS CAN STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN GRADE AND GAIN
In a perfect world, cattle growth promotants would improve and increase marbling, too. Short of that, feeders can strike a balance between grade and gain, implant and marbling levels.

CT: April 22, 2011 08:37:31 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS MUST ANTICIPATE HIGHER FEED COSTS
For all practical purposes, it appears that cattlemen need to continue to brace for higher feeding costs as we move farther into 2011.

CT: April 22, 2011 08:40:40 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- RISK INCREASES WITH OPPORTUNITY
A day like the one in cattle markets March 31 is the kind you live for, the kind that needs to be etched in the mind for future reference when prices go south just as fast.

CT: April 22, 2011 08:45:53 CST
EXPANSION HINGES ON SUSTAINED PROFIT
Courting change always seems to end up with a good debate. Whether it's a singular contemplation or a group deliberation, many factors are often pondered to come up with the answer, much like a school boy, at the first dance, waiting for that special moment.

CT: April 22, 2011 08:47:50 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SELF-TAUGHT
Just my luck, I missed out on two of the greatest concepts in education: the one-room schoolhouse and homeschooling. Me? I was too busy going to school to get a great education.

CT: April 25, 2011 14:53:58 CST
PROPER DONOR MANAGEMENT STIMULATES PRODUCTION
Our society is made up of different classes. What separates these classes? Is there some magical line that dictates where a person belongs? Do people have the right to earn a leg up and boost status? There are answers to all of these questions, but mainly, it goes back to how hard one is willing to work to get a piece of the proverbial pie.

CT: April 26, 2011 14:50:22 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF HELPS FUND RELIEF IN JAPAN
In a combined effort of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the Federation of State Beef Councils, the Beef Checkoff Program is investing a total of $200,000 to help feed consumers in Japan who were injured, misplaced and left homeless and hungry by the devastating earthquake and tsunamis there.

CT: April 26, 2011 14:52:46 CST
TEXAS CASE PROVES DOCUMENTATION VERY IMPORTANT
In an interesting Tax Court case, Texas residents Anthony and Florence Jorgenson failed to persuade the court that their activity was a trade or business engaged in for profit.

CT: April 27, 2011 13:10:08 CST
TAGGING CATTLE TOO EARLY CAN HAVE CONSEQUENCES
On the farm or ranch, procrastination usually translates to lost productivity and the accumulation of chores that eventually have to be dealt with – except now in a shorter time frame requiring more effort and expense. Putting things off also goes against the grain of the farm and ranch work ethic for getting things done.

CT: April 27, 2011 13:15:06 CST
BLACK INK -- QUALITY ALWAYS WINS
The commodity markets were up and up, and mostly up as spring arrived. History says there is a kind of gravity that will bring prices at least partway back down. That'd be fine if input costs would fall back in tandem, but history also says we may not be that lucky.








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