March 2011


CT: March 02, 2011 12:48:38 CST
WATTS RECEIVES WORLD SIMMENTAL FEDERATION HONORS
William Harrell Watts, Jr., Sardis, Ala., has been awarded the prestigious World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation's Golden Book Award.

CT: March 02, 2011 12:50:58 CST
BLACK INK -- TAG THE RIGHT CALVES
As you tag another calf and write the information in that little book, do you ever think about how well it will “hit the target?” If you are going to the trouble of establishing identity (ID) at birth, you should at least think about the future these calves will face.

CT: March 03, 2011 14:14:21 CST
THEM AGAINST US -- PART VII -- LOST HORIZONS
It's impossible for them to understand. There's no way for anyone who has never built fence, been run over by the calf they're doctoring or busted ice with numb hands to grasp the emotions, generational learning and innate intricacies associated with beef cattle production.

CT: March 03, 2011 14:16:51 CST
QUALITY IMPORTANT IN ALL PHASES OF BEEF SUPPLY CHAIN
Managing for beef quality isn't an arbitrary end-product objective, panelists pointed out at a Cattlemen's College® session. According to moderator Larry Corah, vice president of Certified Angus Beef LLC, it also means managing for more profit.

CT: March 04, 2011 14:36:29 CST
NCBA MEMBERS ELECT OFFICERS AND APPROVE NEW POLICIES
The 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show wrapped up Sat., Feb. 5, 2011, with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings.

CT: March 04, 2011 14:42:50 CST
PROPER DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT FOR BULL PERFORMANCE
Every year about this time many producers are busy looking for replacement bulls to go into their cow herds. As most producers know, every bull, at some point in time has to be replaced due to age, injury, reproductive unsoundness or because that bull no longer fits the program.

CT: March 15, 2011 15:53:21 CST
BEEFMASTER JUNIOR FOUNDS THE MS YOUTH PATRIOTISM CAMPAIGN
For many Americans, patriotism and honor toward America is expressed by waving our dear ‘Old Glory' or singing The Star-Spangled Banner. But, for one 12-year-old Mississippi Junior Beefmaster Breeder, his patriotism and honor toward America and its Veterans also includes founding the Mississippi Youth Patriotism Campaign.

CT: March 15, 2011 15:59:53 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CLAPPERED
Pending Spring often brings out the best in stock and people. Hooter's Aunt Pinky and her lifelong rival, Nelda Isselfrick, were not among them.

CT: March 16, 2011 15:07:17 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- RANK
I read in a recent article that the number one trait that ranchers consider first in culling their herds, even more important than fertility, is disposition. In other words, ranchers don't care if a cow is open, just as long as she's a GENTLE barren cow.

CT: March 16, 2011 15:09:57 CST
ALABAMA BCIA NAMES PUREBRED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named the 2010 Commercial Producer of the Year during their Annual Meeting and Awards Program held in conjunction with the 68th Annual Alabama Cattlemen's Association Convention in Montgomery on February 12.

CT: March 16, 2011 15:12:22 CST
F1 FEMALES ARE THEIR OWN CLASS OF WORKING MOTHERS
Specific jobs demand the right tools. Most would not send young men to football practice without the proper equipment; plan a trip when the roads are bad without having snow tires or buy a house without running water and electricity. However, some cattlemen will turn out cows that are not equipped to do the job in certain environments.

CT: March 18, 2011 13:34:00 CST
CONSUMERS HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
The Cattlemen's College session on “Trends and Trendsetters” at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in Denver didn't feature crystal balls or palm readers, just experts from various sectors in the beef business.

CT: March 18, 2011 13:35:41 CST
ESTATE PLANNING SPECIALIST GIVES INSIGHT TO PRODUCERS AT NCBA
Cliff Polk, estate planning specialist and founder and president of Rocky Mountain Financial Group, told cattlemen and women during the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Tax and Credit policy committee meeting that estate planning is not just about estate taxes – it's about people.

CT: March 18, 2011 13:52:43 CST
HERD HEALTH DEPENDS ON MINERAL NUTRITION
Cattlemen, researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists have known for years that the health of an animal is closely related to it's nutritional status.

CT: March 21, 2011 15:22:49 CST
RESEARCH REVEALS VALUE OF SELECTING CALM CATTLE
Recent research has demonstrated the value of cattle with calm temperaments and the price producers pay for keeping wilder animals in their herds.

CT: March 21, 2011 15:24:48 CST
RANCHERS USE YELLOW TAG PROGRAM TO ADD PROFITABILITY
Ranchers are taking advantage of value-added programs to increase the profitability of their calf crop, and more ranchers each year are enrolling their Red Angus-influenced calves in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP).

CT: March 22, 2011 15:52:23 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- RECORDS KEEP FALLING BUT...
If cattle prices were equivalent to profit, everybody and their brother would be knocking down the gates to get in the cattle business.

CT: March 25, 2011 15:43:04 CST
USE NUTRITIONAL "TOOLS" TO ENHANCE ANIMAL HEALTH
In the last issue we began a discussion of the relationships between health and nutrition, specifically minerals. Adequate or inadequate levels of any of the nutrients can have serious effects on the overall health of the cow or calf.

CT: March 25, 2011 15:45:59 CST
PINKEYE IS STILL A MAJOR AND PREVENTABLE DRAIN ON CASH FLOW
There are many cattle diseases to be concerned about as a producer but pinkeye is one of the more highly contagious diseases.

CT: March 28, 2011 15:34:42 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE OR WHATEVER
I've been to two weddings lately and neither was inside a church. One was on the beach at sunrise where the barefooted couple was joined in matrimony by a pony-tailed preacher named “Big Wave Dave.” The other “non-traditional” wedding was in an airport hanger.

CT: March 28, 2011 15:36:40 CST
TOP GRADES & RELATIONSHIPS
Nobody likes to be told that they've done a bad job. Think of the situation-comedy or movie scene: a junior high student has worked for weeks on a final science report or English paper, eagerly awaiting the grade. When the teacher delivers it, she shakes her head in disappointment. The young one's heart sinks, seeing a big red “C”—or worse—at the top of the paper.

CT: March 29, 2011 15:46:03 CST
CINCH UP FOR A WILD RIDE WITH CATTLE MARKETS
One of the favorite items I've accumulated during my eight years with the cattlemen is a classic piece written (framed and autographed) by the iconic Baxter Black on August 1, 2005, titled Bad Time for Economists. His last paragraph is what I'm reminded of when I'm asked to pontificate about the cattle market during a particularly unsettled juncture.

CT: March 30, 2011 15:17:26 CST
NEW GUIDES IN PLACE FOR BEEF SAFETY
New guidance practices for sampling, lotting and testing beef products were released this week at the ninth annual Beef Industry Food Safety Summit, hosted by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo), funded in part by the Beef Checkoff Program.

CT: March 30, 2011 15:18:46 CST
CAB AWARDS FIVE COLVIN SCHOLARSHIPS
Five students pursuing agricultural careers have been awarded $15,000 in Colvin Scholarships by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.








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