September 2011


CT: September 01, 2011 15:24:08 CST
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND FALL ARMYWORMS?
In the last issue of Cattle Today, I explained where fall armyworms come from, how they live, and how to look for them. This article will focus on how we can work together to know when and where damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found.

CT: September 01, 2011 15:26:49 CST
APPRECIATION OF FARMS BENEFICIAL FOR TAX PURPOSES
Under the IRS hobby loss rule if you have losses in connection with any farming activity, whether livestock, horses, or crops, the IRS may suspect that the activity is engaged in as a hobby rather than a business, particularly if there is a history of losses.

CT: September 06, 2011 15:08:57 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- WEED WHACKERS REDUX
Funny how things work out, Hooter thought. If LeRoy Norvis Underwood hadn't of betrayed his twin brother, then that other twin, Norvis LeRoy, likely would never have found his entrepreneurial spirit.

CT: September 06, 2011 15:11:43 CST
JUNIOR RED ANGUS ROUND-UP HELD IN KANSAS CITY
Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) members and two Canadian representatives gathered in the heart of the nation for the 19th annual Junior Round-Up June 21 – 26.

CT: September 07, 2011 14:59:06 CST
DROUGHT CREATING A STRAIN ON HAY MARKETS
Everyone is certainly aware that much of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and the mid-south is in the midst of one of the most significant droughts in some time. This has created a variety of significant challenges for the cattleman as well as the industry that supports him.

CT: September 07, 2011 15:02:49 CST
JUNIOR HEREFORD BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS ELECTED
The election of four new junior Hereford members to the National Junior Hereford Association board of directors was made, along with announcement of the new officer team at the 12th annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo July 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

CT: September 08, 2011 15:42:43 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- I'M NO HOTTIE!
The coldest I've ever been in my life was in Aberdeen, South Dakota, when the wind chill was minus 35 degrees. I can't tell you what it felt like because I'd lost all feeling once we got into negative numbers.

CT: September 08, 2011 15:46:42 CST
REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE DRIVES PROFITS
In periods where the dollar per pound price is hovering as high as it is today, it is easy for some to forget all the hard work it took to raise that calf and get caught up in what calves are bringing.

CT: September 08, 2011 15:51:05 CST
TENNESSEE NATIVE NAMED TOP ANGUS SHOWMAN
Cattle shows are about more than exhibiting livestock — they are a display of skill, hard work and pride in the agriculture and Angus industries.

Sale: September 08, 2011 15:55:40 CST
S.G. BREEDERS OF THE CAROLINAS HOLD SALE
The 38th Annual Santa Gertrudis Breeders of the Carolinas Sale was held in Chester, SC, on May 14, 2011.

CT: September 12, 2011 15:38:23 CST
FEEDING QUALITY FORUMS HELD IN AUGUST
Change creates opportunities. It generates challenges. But above all, it is inevitable. Cattle feeders know all that, but if they attended the Feeding Quality Forum, they learned a good bit more to help deal with everything from evolving regulations to soaring input costs.

CT: September 12, 2011 15:40:29 CST
BULL TIPS AND FACTS
Unless you are breeding all your cows by AI artificial insemination you need a good bull, or several.

CT: September 13, 2011 09:43:05 CST
ARK. ANGUS AUXILIARY COMMITS $10,000 TO FOUNDATION
The Arkansas Angus Auxiliary's ambition to create more scholarship opportunities for Angus youth from Arkansas led to its donation of $10,000 to the Angus Foundation to establish the Arkansas Angus Auxiliary Scholarship Endowment Fund.

CT: September 15, 2011 13:12:17 CST
CULL COWS CAN BENEFIT ANGUS FOUNDATION
Cull cows often get a bad rap, but now producers can turn a trip to the local sale barn into opportunity.

CT: September 19, 2011 09:06:02 CST
GOOD MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ARE KEY DURING DROUGHT
In the last issue we began a discussion of a variety of issues that have to be considered when working through drought periods and low forage situations. Moderate to extreme drought conditions create a series of challenges well beyond a shortage of forage.

CT: September 19, 2011 09:08:14 CST
AUTAUGA FARMING CO. NAMES ALA. FARMER OF THE YEAR
Andy Wendland, son of a prominent Central Alabama farming family, has stepped into running the family business and made it better. Based in Autaugaville, Ala., Autauga Farming Company is a smooth running farm with a good mix of row crops and beef cattle.

CT: September 20, 2011 15:39:11 CST
SECURITY CONCERNS PROMPT FERTILIZER REGULATION
A fertilizer commonly used in Mississippi is the target of thefts and criminal abuse, prompting federal regulators to consider more carefully controlling this chemical's distribution and producers to look for alternatives to avoid the hassle.

CT: September 20, 2011 15:40:51 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- HUG A FOREIGN CUSTOMER
Cow numbers may be dwindling but they're not nearly as light as they'd be if it wasn't for international demand for U.S. beef.

CT: September 21, 2011 14:56:29 CST
2011 BEEF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DROUGHT AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Two of the most pressing issues facing the beef industry, drought and risk management, will be addressed among other related topics at the 2011 Beef Financial Management Conference on October 6 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, Texas.

CT: September 23, 2011 14:18:59 CST
HEALTHY COWS PRODUCE HEALTHY CALVES
Most operations have some sort of herd health program. Every outfit lays a claim to shot giving, pour-on strategies or a program that takes in the big picture of complete herd health. Unfortunately, some programs rely on tradition rather than consulting the herd veterinarian for the proper vaccination schedule.

CT: September 23, 2011 14:20:51 CST
EARLY WEANING AN OPTION DURING FORAGE CRUNCH
Facing challenges is nothing new for commercial cattlemen. A different set of rules or circumstances seems to test the industry every year. High production costs have been a big topic the last couple years, but as in most years, the weather seems to dominate the conversation.

CT: September 23, 2011 14:24:10 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE LAST LAUGH
The cattleman sitting in one of the padded seats at the Arkansas auction was ragged out in some fancy doodads. He looked like a walking-talking Shepler's mail order catalog with his 100 percent pressed cotton shirt and boots so fine you could see the wrinkles in his socks.

CT: September 27, 2011 15:38:47 CST
SET GOALS WHEN MAKING PLANS FOR THE COW HERD
A majority of cattle producers do not have goals with regard to their cow herd. Most of the management decisions are made based on the current set of circumstances being faced.

CT: September 27, 2011 15:41:00 CST
ANGUS FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Angus Foundation awarded more than $210,000 in college scholarships to 80 Angus youth at the 2011 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 15 and 16 in Harrisburg, Pa.

CT: September 28, 2011 14:39:23 CST
ADMINISTER INJECTIONS PROPERLY TO AVOID SIDE AFFECTS
Cattle are often given injections—vaccines, antibiotics, medications to help reduce inflammation, injectable vitamins or minerals, etc. These should always be administered properly in order to minimize tissue damage and reduce the risks for reactions and side effects.

CT: September 28, 2011 14:53:44 CST
ANALYST SHARES GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS WITH FEEDERS
If there was ever a good news/bad news story in the cattle feeding industry, this year is a classic example.

CT: September 30, 2011 14:39:48 CST
LIMOUSIN RELEASES MULTIBREED EPD'S
Expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the fall 2011 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation are now available through various features of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) web site (www.nalf.org). The EPDs represent more than 2 million pedigree and performance records for Limousin-based cattle in the United States and Canada.

CT: September 30, 2011 14:41:09 CST
THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
In Kindergarten, the report cards at my school simply listed S (satisfactory) or N (needs improvement). The only time I ever got an N was for talking too much.








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