July 2012


CT: July 09, 2012 14:09:58 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- THE DROUGHT - ROUND 2
That sound you heard the last week of June was short-bought corn traders hitting the floor amid a rally in corn prices that took the stuffing out of cattle futures, too.

CT: July 09, 2012 14:12:30 CST
LAND OWNERS CAN FIGHT FERAL HOGS WITH ONLINE INFORMATION
Wild pigs may be a boon to hunters, but to many of the nation's landowners, they are a nuisance, an economic and environmental liability, and a disease hazard.

CT: July 10, 2012 15:19:33 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SIGNS OF PROSPERITY
Signs of prosperity are starting to show up in cow country, such as...

CT: July 10, 2012 15:24:03 CST
CASTRATE CALVES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO REDUCE STRESS
Castration is an essential management procedure for the cow-calf producer that is often performed for both handling and economic reasons.

CT: July 12, 2012 14:59:05 CST
SMART LANDSCAPING REDUCES WILDFIRE RISK
Mississippians can see footage of the west's wildfires nearly every day, but many could be surprised to learn that their own state averages more than 600 wildfires a year. With urban sprawl infringing on the state's forests, the fire risk is growing.

CT: July 12, 2012 15:04:02 CST
FEED ADDITIVES CAN IMPROVE THE DIGESTIVE PROCESS
In Part 2 of this series on feed additives we discussed the applications of different direct-fed microbials. These products included different cultures of bacteria, yeast and fungi. These products function in a variety of capacities in the digestive tract in the animal largely to improve the overall digestive process, either in the ruminal system or in the intestinal tract. But over the years research has found that not only these organisms themselves are beneficial to the animal.

CT: July 13, 2012 14:11:19 CST
RANCH HORSES BENEFIT FROM YEAR ROUND MANAGEMENT
Ranch horses are still often the unsung heroes of the equine community.

CT: July 13, 2012 14:13:50 CST
BLACK INK -- PERCEPTIONS, SCIENCE AND BUSINESS
The ancient Greeks used to debate what people know and HOW they know it. Deeply held convictions have wrestled with science-based knowledge ever since. And eventually, economics entered in, usually linked to science, if only the qualitative data on what people do with their perceptions.

CT: July 16, 2012 15:25:19 CST
VETERAN ATTRIBUTES INTEGRITY FOR HIS SUCCESS
From the United States Marine Corps' All Weather Attack Squadron 533 to cattle rancher in western Arkansas, RC Smith is a man of intelligence who knows his genes and has worked his way to the top.

CT: July 16, 2012 15:28:09 CST
SGBI NAMES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Santa Gertrudis Breeders International held its annual membership meeting April 21, 2012 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Charla Borchers-Leon, Southern Y Ranch, Victoria, Texas, was elected to serve as the organization's 33rd president.

CT: July 17, 2012 15:35:07 CST
PRODUCERS EXCITED BY FOREIGN MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Beef checkoff dollars continue to be invested in foreign marketing activities to build global demand for beef and maintain beef's positive image.

CT: July 17, 2012 15:37:20 CST
GRASS-FED BEEF CONFERENCE HELD AT TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
One by one, they had questions and lots of them. A roomful of grass-fed beef producers came to Texas A&M University in College Station recently to learn more about an emerging aspect of beef production that continues to steadily gain momentum.

CT: July 18, 2012 15:23:33 CST
PLANS BEING MADE FOR BEEF HEIFER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
It's nearly that time of year again: time to sell last year's calves and start thinking about the next breeding season.

CT: July 18, 2012 15:26:25 CST
PLEASING CONSUMERS IS KEY TO PREMIUM BEEF
Eating satisfaction rules when it comes to making beef lovers happy.

CT: July 19, 2012 12:33:51 CST
PORTABLE EQUIPMENT AIDS FORAGE DECISIONS
Mississippi State University has the South's first portable forage tester that can give hay and cattle producers immediate decision-making information and enable them to improve their profit margins.

CT: July 19, 2012 12:37:32 CST
ABBA MEMBERS HONORED AT BEEF IMPROVEMENT FEDERATION MEETING
The 44th Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting and Research Symposium was held April 18 - 21 in Houston and was co-hosted by the American Brahman Breeders Association and Texas AgriLife Extension.

CT: July 24, 2012 12:31:31 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TOTTERING ON THE EDGE . . . THE NEXT INDUSTRY PHASE
An economist told me one time that what he liked most about being one is that no one ever expected him to be right. Another former economist told me he left the profession because there came a day when he could no longer accept being wrong all of the time. The following interpretation of current industry events and reality surely falls right in there somewhere.

CT: July 24, 2012 12:33:51 CST
IS YOUR HERD MEETING ITS GENETIC POTENTIAL?
Purebred breeders regularly talk about their genetics. They spend large amounts of time and money in the selection of animals that have the right “genetics” to meet what they have set as their production goals.

CT: July 25, 2012 15:23:57 CST
BLACK INK -- DREAM BIG
I wonder what the creators of The Jetsons would have thought about Skype or FaceTime on iPhones, or any number of other video chat services now available?

CT: July 25, 2012 15:26:22 CST
PREGNANCY CHECKING YOUR COWS SAVES MONEY
Most beef producers routinely have their cows checked for pregnancy after the breeding season. This is an effective tool to help determine which cows to keep and which ones to sell.

CT: July 26, 2012 13:47:25 CST
APPLY SIMPLE CONCEPTS TO IMPROVE DECISION MAKING
Most cattle producers strive to make good decisions on their operations. Many seek out information, formal or informal education, and advice from trusted sources in attempts to improve decision making.

CT: July 26, 2012 13:49:35 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- HERD ON THE STREET
I hope you've heard the good news that several scientists have concluded that natural trans-fats in beef are NOT harmful to health and may, in fact, be beneficial.

CT: July 27, 2012 14:34:29 CST
HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE TO LIMIT EFFECTS OF FLIES
As temperatures start to rise, and we enter the heat of the summer months, it is important to have a strategy in place to control and limit the negative effects of flies on the herd.

CT: July 27, 2012 14:36:15 CST
FEEDING QUALITY FORUM DATES SET FOR AUGUST
When you're feeding cattle, information can be worth more than the feed. That's why many customer- and consumer-oriented feeders plan to take in the 7th annual Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., on August 28th, or Amarillo, Texas, on August 30th.

CT: July 30, 2012 15:41:58 CST
WELL PLANNED MANAGEMENT IMPROVES HERD HEALTH
The health of each animal on your farm is important, but livestock health is often discussed in terms of the whole herd.

CT: July 31, 2012 15:39:57 CST
LOW-STRESS CATTLE HANDLING MAKES GOOD SENSE
Low-stress cattle handling is an economically sound business decision, as well as an animal welfare issue. Aggressive handling of cattle can result in bruising and damage which lowers carcass value in addition to causing stress which can impact the animal's overall health.








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