February 2012


CT: February 01, 2012 09:57:58 CST
MINERAL MANAGEMENT KEY TO KEEPING CATTLE HEALTHY
Beef producers shouldn't overlook proper mineral intake as part of an overall feeding plan, according to a Purdue Extension specialist.

CT: February 01, 2012 09:59:44 CST
BEEF MUST WIN, PLACE, AND SHOW
Chefs and quality-focused ranchers are a lot alike, where keeping customers satisfied helps win the daily race for business profits. Chef Brad Cornwall bets the same trifecta with those ranchers: demand, profitability, consistency.

CT: February 03, 2012 15:56:38 CST
ADVANCES SAVE ON WASTED FEED COSTS AND TIME
Drought conditions in regions throughout North America have placed a great deal of pressure on cattle ranchers and dairy farmers, particularly in regards to the cost and availability of hay this winter. In many areas they are faced with a pressing choice: either stretch existing supplies of hay or supplement with additional hay purchased on the open market at inflated prices due to the shortages.

CT: February 06, 2012 14:44:21 CST
PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH IMPACTS MULTIPLE SPECIES
Research, teaching and diagnostic efforts focused on parasites, such as worms, fleas and ticks, are important for all of the clients served by Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

CT: February 06, 2012 14:51:03 CST
IMPORTANT TO TEST WATER QUALITY ON A REGULAR BASIS
When considering water quality, if a cattle operation is dependent on stock ponds, especially those that vary significantly in water level, it is important to test water quality on a regular basis.

CT: February 08, 2012 14:55:44 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- ONE FOR THE RECORDS
Recently I heard a couple talking-heads on TV bemoaning the popular sentiment that today's kids graduate from high school, and even college, without ever being taught how to balance a checkbook or build a budget.

CT: February 08, 2012 14:58:55 CST
SPRING EPDS HELP WITH BULL BUYING DECISIONS
As the busy bull-buying season approaches, Red Angus stakeholders are now armed with updated selection tools to assist them in bull battery purchases to enhance their own herds' genetics for long-term productivity and profitability.

CT: February 10, 2012 15:05:26 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SERVE AND PROTECT
You can find this from ‘unnamed activists' on the website of the Animal Liberation Front, following arson that destroyed trucks and equipment at Harris Ranch near Coalinga, CA January, misspellings, poor grammar and all.

CT: February 13, 2012 15:06:37 CST
COLLABORATION SET TO REVOLUTIONIZE FEED EFFICIENCY IN BEEF CATTLE
For generations, agricultural producers have continued to produce more food with fewer resources. Unfortunately, their greatest test is yet to come.

CT: February 13, 2012 15:08:47 CST
CATTLE INVENTORY LOWEST FOR TEXAS SINCE 1960
Historic drought conditions took a toll on the Texas cow herd in 2011 as more than 150,000 head left the state for greener pastures – three times more than the 45,000 recorded in 2010, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

CT: February 15, 2012 15:11:09 CST
PLEASING EVERY BEEF CUSTOMER TAKES MORE OF THE BEST
A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.

CT: February 21, 2012 14:37:41 CST
RANCHERS SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO IRS DOS AND DON'TS
People in the livestock and horse industries are already hardpressed with IRS audits and difficult rules requiring the showing of the intention to make a profit despite ongoing losses.

CT: February 21, 2012 14:39:46 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PIG PALACE
“You have to promise me you won't say anything offensive, these are customers of mine,” Lonnie growled for about the umpteenth time, as he turned into the drive of a stately ranch-style home between Lubbock and Abilene.

CT: February 22, 2012 13:38:57 CST
TAKE MANAGEMENT STEPS TO PROVIDE CATTLE CLEAN WATER
In this section we will discuss water components that are more biological in nature: bacteria, most importantly pathogenic bacteria that can create health hazards for animals and humans.

CT: February 23, 2012 15:06:17 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE UNKNOWN POLITICIAN
This time next year we'll know if we'll suffer through four more years of the current resident of the White House or suffer four more years under his Republican challenger.

CT: February 23, 2012 15:08:23 CST
BLACK INK -- BEATING EXPECTATIONS
We may think about calving season as one of new beginnings, but it's really just part of a cycle that started at least nine months earlier and hopefully before that when breeding plans were set.

CT: February 27, 2012 15:21:33 CST
HIGH-PROTEIN INSECT STUDIED AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Imagine an insect that can eat nearly anything, control microbes, live off of water alone in the adult stage, and be a good source of protein for animal feed.

CT: February 28, 2012 14:13:05 CST
YEARLING BULLS NEED FIRST SEASON MANAGEMENT
Good management can come with different techniques and styles. Scenarios for sound philosophies differ from place to place and operators must use knowledge to sometimes take extra steps in preparation for success. Managing the bull battery can be a complicated task.

CT: February 28, 2012 14:15:03 CST
RANCHERS RAISE RESOURCES TO FEED STEAKS TO SOLDIERS
Cattle producers across the nation pooled their resources to help the All American Beef Battalion (AABB) feed steaks to our soldiers.

CT: February 29, 2012 15:33:50 CST
DON'T MAKE PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT COMPLICATED
Beef production management is not complicated, though some folks try to make it so. It is simply a plan to accomplish your goals for your herd.

CT: February 29, 2012 15:37:53 CST
MISSOURI RANCHER FINDS SUCCESS WITH BRAUNVIEH
If a beef producer could read a crystal ball, he might be able to get where he wanted to go a lot faster and with fewer missteps. Since that strategy won't offer much insight, reflection is often the key to a cowman's future.








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