January 2011


CT: January 03, 2011 15:44:29 CST
REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY BEGINS WITH SELECTION
Efficiency has become a big word for most cattlemen of recent times. Volatile grain prices and most costs related to the production scenario have producers constantly looking to get the most return from these resources. Conversions, rate of gain and other measures are easy to monitor for most outfits and often come to the forefront as chief indicators of efficiency.

CT: January 03, 2011 15:46:08 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - - 2011'S TOP STORIES
Chance and human foible often make even rational assumptions a risky business. But, odds favor the following topics to be among the most heavily reported and discussed this year.

CT: January 05, 2011 15:25:11 CST
GELBVIEH BREEDERS CHALLENGED TO "CREATE YOUR FUTURE"
Eight of the beef industry's most influential speakers challenged members of the American Gelbvieh Association to “Create Your Future” in the first-ever leadership and genetic improvement seminar.

CT: January 05, 2011 15:27:49 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- OFF-LABEL USE
Country folks are very familiar with the term “off-label use.” Many a sick rancher has given himself a shot with drugs intended for livestock, or used Super Glue to mend a bad cut instead of stitches.

CT: January 06, 2011 15:20:35 CST
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR START WITH CALF HEALTH
The start of the New Year lends itself to many things. For the cattle producer, one of these opportunities is evaluating his or her overall management program.

CT: January 11, 2011 15:47:38 CST
BLACK INK -- HERE IN THE REAL WORLD
The real world ain't what it used to be. Of course, it changes all the time. But the idea may have changed fastest of all.

CT: January 11, 2011 15:48:36 CST
EASY DOES IT FOR CATTLE, BOTTOM LINE
Cattlemen often analyze practices based on the return on investment (ROI), but usually they're only talking about money.

CT: January 13, 2011 15:32:21 CST
FORAGE LESPEDEZA THE "LEGEND" CONTINUES
What produces a high protein forage on marginal or poor soils in July and August? What tolerates hot - dry weather, low pH soils, and does not cause bloat? What makes ‘great calf or horse hay' and put pounds on calves in August... “ Like you were feeding them corn?” It's nothing new – it's called common lespedeza.

CT: January 13, 2011 15:44:41 CST
PROPER LATE GESTATION NUTRITION GETS RESULTS
Multi-tasking has been linked to job performance and, of recent times, valued as one of the intangibles workers exhibit. The ability to perform a variety of tasks makes that employee a vital member of the team. Cattlemen, by nature, have known this phenomenon as part of the daily grind for a long time. Unfortunately, most are often stretched a little too thin and have to re-evaluate what is important.

CT: January 19, 2011 14:54:14 CST
HEREFORD ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SPRING GOLD TPR BREEDERS
The Spring 2011 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now online. Producers can visit Hereford.org to search the new data.

CT: January 19, 2011 14:58:20 CST
PLAN FOR HAY PRODUCTION NOW TO IMPROVE QUALITY
Production of quality hay has been a concern to cattle producers for decades. The value of quality hay, whether it be grass or legume, has always been important as it provides for a significant portion of the animal's nutrient needs, especially protein and energy.

CT: January 20, 2011 14:55:02 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- RUNNING OF THE BULLS
There are two things I've always wanted to do before I saddle a cloud and ride to the great beyond. I want to run with the bulls in Spain and mush across Alaska in the Iditarod sled dog race.

CT: January 21, 2011 15:01:09 CST
BLACK INK -- AULD LANG SYNE
Take good food, turn up the tunes, add a handful of tried and true buddies and a reason to celebrate, and you have a party. Everyone's definition of a good bash is different, however.

CT: January 21, 2011 15:08:16 CST
INTERNATIONAL MARKET COMPETITION CONTINUES TO GROW
The model that the United States has established to promote U.S. beef exports internationally has been a successful one – and has spawned a growing replication of the model, proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At the same time, it is creating vigorous competition for overseas red meat customers.

CT: January 24, 2011 15:29:39 CST
SPEAKER CHALLENGES PRODUCERS TO EXAMINE ETHICS
“I hate to be an alarmist, but I have to tell you: there is a time for urgency, and the time is right now.” Kevin Murphy didn't mince words in getting to his point at last month's Feeding Quality Forum.

CT: January 24, 2011 15:34:14 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- STRUCTURE DRIVES INFRASTRUCTURE
“…this is the third year of the downturn in the cattle cycle and there are currently no significant signs of herd expansion. Inventory of both cows and replacement heifers have been reduced in 2010 and placements of heifers in feedlots remain heavy."

CT: January 25, 2011 15:29:29 CST
PROPER WRITTEN CONTRACTS IMPORTANT FOR RANCH MANAGERS
We all know that recordkeeping is important for tax purposes, as well as for keeping track of day-to-day activities on the ranch, but most ranchers do not keep the right kind of records.

CT: January 25, 2011 15:31:08 CST
RED ANGUS ASSOCIATION ADDS NEW CARCASS EPDS FOR PROFITABILITY
Red Angus stakeholders now have access to updated tools that will enable them to achieve their ultimate profit goal.








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