August 2012


CT: August 01, 2012 14:50:08 CST
DROUGHT AFFECTS SURFACE WATER QUALITY
As surface water evaporates and isn't recharged by fresh rains, it increases the concentration of water contents such as nitrates, phosphorus and other elements.

CT: August 02, 2012 12:32:01 CST
MID-SUMMER MAY BE BEST TIME TO DE-WORM HERD
The middle of the summer is traditionally a time when producers don't have to focus a lot of time on the cowherd. With the exception of fly control and the occasional problem with a toxic or noxious plant we can tend to ignore things a little. However the middle of the summer may be one of the best times to deworm your cattle.

CT: August 02, 2012 12:33:50 CST
MEADOWS CREEK FARM HOSTS FIELD DAY
The Alabama Charolais Association and the Houston County Cattlemen's Association held a joint field day at Meadows Creek Farm in Columbia, Ala. The Geneva and Henry County Cattlemen's Associations were special guests at this May 26, 2012 event.

CT: August 07, 2012 15:08:45 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FISH FLOPPED
If Aunt Pinky had a motto for lawn-keeping and gardening, it would almost mirror that iconic one of mail carriers: neither abnormally dry conditions, nor drought—no matter how extreme—shall keep me from growing a lawn for its sheer beauty or a few odd vegetables for the chance to whack weeds.

CT: August 07, 2012 15:24:08 CST
DROUGHT WILL MEAN HIGHER FEED PRICES
Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock's profit potential nationwide.

CT: August 14, 2012 15:48:37 CST
BUYHEREFORD.COM AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HEREFORD RESEARCH
A variety of unique items and opportunities will be up for bid August 21 on BuyHereford.com with all proceeds benefiting the Hereford Research Foundation.

CT: August 17, 2012 12:36:01 CST
PRODUCERS BRACE FOR HIGHER FEED PRICES IN 2012
Only a few weeks ago we were looking at a potential for record grain crops in the U. S. and with it, falling grain prices that could ease the economic crunch for many in agriculture. In fact, this could have also resulted in lower prices at the grocery store.

CT: August 17, 2012 12:55:24 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- ROUND UP DOS AND DON'TS
Ranchers are inviting city folks to their brandings to educate them about our business. I applaud this move but realize that there's never been any direction given as to how the townies are to conduct themselves. Until now, that is. Here is a list of dos and dont's on how to win friends and influence cowboys at the next branding.

CT: August 17, 2012 13:06:02 CST
SCIENCE TEACHERS TEAM UP WITH MSU TO DEVELOP LESSONS
Two middle-school science teachers returned to college this summer for lessons in functional genomics and biology that did not exist their first time around, and they educated their professor at the same time.

CT: August 17, 2012 13:16:05 CST
NEW 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 13th annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo July 7 in Grand Island, Neb.

CT: August 20, 2012 14:54:27 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- EXTREMISTS AMONG US
It's not new. It is alarming, though, when folks claim to be part of the cattle industry and flap their gums about the industry's best interests, but join forces with the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS, as you likely know, has publicly stated it is working to end animal agriculture in this country, period.

CT: August 20, 2012 14:57:29 CST
DROUGHT LEAVES HAY AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES
Indiana's hay crop is struggling to weather the drought, leaving livestock producers to search for alternative feedstuffs for their herds and flocks.

CT: August 21, 2012 13:53:50 CST
ADVANCES IN GENETIC INFORMATION AUGMENTS EPDS
Lex Carter (Director of Beef Marketing, Accelerated Genetics) says that AI is becoming a more widespread tool in the beef industry today, enabling producers to take advantage of the most current and desirable genetics for their herds. With the newest technology in genetic information, this gives us another tool for making the best informed selection for breeding stock.

CT: August 21, 2012 13:55:45 CST
BLACK INK -- WORST CASE SCENARIO?
I dreamed of fresh-smelling rain that beat waves against windows and swept slowly through fields to fill every crack before moving on to refill ponds and kick-start the creeks. Dawn light fell on a full rain gauge. I thanked whoever had left their windows open, washed a truck, mowed a sparse third cutting or made plans to load cattle out of some dirt-road pens.

CT: August 22, 2012 15:05:53 CST
CONTROL STOCKER RISK WITH MANAGEMENT
Backgrounding may seem simple: Buy calves right, feed them well, keep them healthy and sell them for more.

CT: August 22, 2012 15:08:05 CST
EPPERLY NAMED ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NALF
North American Limousin Foundation announces the promotion of Joe Epperly to assistant executive director.

CT: August 23, 2012 14:53:36 CST
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FEED AND NUTRITION DOLLARS
Most of the experts are telling us that we may see unprecedented feed and grain costs this coming fall and winter as a result of the very dry weather conditions in the Midwest where a huge amount of our grains normally originate. With grains, proteins and by-products already at record levels, the typical cattle producer is facing significantly higher production expenses and resultant lower profit margins.

CT: August 23, 2012 14:56:07 CST
ALABAMA'S BEST STEAK CONTEST UNDERWAY
Voting for “Alabama's Best Steak” is on the rise as customers are making their preferences known through online voting. The Alabama Cattlemen's Association kicked off the online voting portion of the “Alabama's Best Steak” contest July 1, a statewide beef promotion designed to find the best steakhouse in the state.

CT: August 24, 2012 15:20:31 CST
COMPOSITES MAY TRADE PREDICTABILITY FOR SIMPLICITY
A good crossbreeding program takes some background in genetics, a big enough herd and land base, good bull suppliers and time to figure all that out. Producers looking for a simpler route to heterosis often opt to use a composite bull.

CT: August 24, 2012 15:23:23 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT 2012 NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW
More than 700 Angus juniors and their families traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the 2012 National Junior Angus Show July 15-21 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

CT: August 27, 2012 15:20:31 CST
ENG HONORED AT FEED QUALITY FORUMS
A man of many firsts will add another to his long list in August. Kenneth Eng will be the first feedlot nutritionist to be honored with the Industry Achievement Award at the 2012 Feeding Quality Forum.

CT: August 27, 2012 15:25:54 CST
LONGEVITY OF FEMALES IMPROVES BOTTOM LINE
Research has indicated it takes the net revenue from approximately six calves to cover the development and production costs of each replacement heifer.

CT: August 28, 2012 15:35:04 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- ACCIDENTS OF BIOLOGY
“Is she open or bred?” It's a simple question really. What the inquirer is wanting to know is if the female farm animal in question is in the family way. The answer depends on who's asking.

CT: August 28, 2012 15:43:37 CST
SICK CATTLE ARE EXPENSIVE CATTLE
Sick cattle are expensive cattle. Treatment is costly in itself, but the side effects of illness keep robbing through lower performance and carcass quality.

CT: August 29, 2012 15:20:49 CST
NEW GENEMAX TEST CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT A CALF'S SIRE
Give or take a week or more, gestation varies enough to make cattlemen wonder: Is this an AI (artificial insemination) calf or a natural service? Multi-sire pastures raise even more questions.

CT: August 29, 2012 15:22:45 CST
HOUSE VOTES TO EXTEND ESTATE TAX RELIEF THROUGH 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to extend the current tax code for another year. This includes keeping the estate tax, known as the death tax, at its current level of 35 percent for estates worth more than $5 million per individual and $10 million per couple.

CT: August 31, 2012 14:20:10 CST
IMPROVE FORAGE PRODUCTION TO PREPARE FOR DRY MONTHS
Once again, Mid-South beef producers are being faced with a serious summer drought that has dried-up pastures across much of the region. There are many short-term issues that must be addressed, such as nitrate toxicity, whether to sow any annuals this fall and marketing some animals to reduce herd size.








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