March 2012


CT: March 01, 2012 15:08:26 CST
RESTOCKING OPPORTUNITIES ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
A little moisture, a rapidly approaching spring and strong market predictions have some producers talking about restocking pastures. For some, there is still a long way to go to reach this point. Other outfits know opportunity is right around the corner.

CT: March 01, 2012 15:11:43 CST
ACCURATE INFORMATION ON YEARLING BULLS IS IMPORTANT
The accuracy associated with EPDs increase as more information becomes available. Initially EPDs are derived from the average of animals' parents (pedigree estimate). Once an animal has a record themselves the accuracy of the EPD increases and continues to do so as the animal has recorded progeny.

CT: March 02, 2012 14:26:37 CST
NCBA PLANS TO PURSUE FULL AND PERMANENT ESTATE TAX RELIEF
“The estate tax kills small business and jeopardizes the future of our family farms and ranches throughout the country,” said Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) associate director of legislative affairs. “2012 will be the year where permanent relief is within reach.”

Baxter: March 05, 2012 14:17:28 CST
THE MUD BATH
Baxter Black Story

CT: March 05, 2012 14:20:40 CST
COMMERCIAL HERDS SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CROSSBREEDING
What is heterosis? Heterosis, hybrid vigor, free lunch -- whatever it is called, the advantages of crossbreeding in the cow herd can be significant for the operation.

CT: March 05, 2012 14:22:49 CST
IMPORTANT TO PREPARE BULLS FOR BREEDING SEASON
About this time of the year, many producers are well into their calving season and many have already begun turning bulls back out with groups of cows to begin the breeding part of their program.

CT: March 06, 2012 13:18:35 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- HATCHING A DIAMOND
“Despite a very positive outlook from the cow-calf producers' perspective, it is not clear that larger cattle inventories are in fact economically sustainable from an overall industry profit perspective,” say USDA Economic Research analysts in the February Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook.

CT: March 06, 2012 13:21:23 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- KEEPING PETS
In the days of the great trail drives, Texas drovers went north with 2,000 to 3,000 head of cattle and often came home with one: a pathfinding oxen that had led the herd north on the outbound trip.

CT: March 07, 2012 14:20:00 CST
TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT CALF SCOURS TO PROTECT HERD
Diarrhea and other digestive diseases are one of the most common causes of death loss and morbidity in beef and dairy herds in the United States.

CT: March 14, 2012 10:00:49 CST
TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO SOLVE BULL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS
A bull is kept around for one thing -- to sire calves.

CT: March 19, 2012 14:24:43 CST
PRODUCERS MUST SET GOALS FOR SELECTING REPLACEMENT HEIFERS
Most stockmen try to keep an adequate number of heifer calves as replacements, usually selecting heifers from some of their best cows, sired by bulls that pass good maternal traits to daughters.

CT: March 19, 2012 14:26:37 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- LIFE LESSONS
Hosting a bull sale was a whole lot like going to the biggest show of the year and drawing a bronc that had only been ridden a couple of times.

CT: March 20, 2012 14:17:01 CST
PUBLIC PERCEPTION IS BIGGEST HURDLE INDUSTRY FACES
It seems that the beef industry as well as all of food animal production and meat as a dietary component is constantly under fire.

CT: March 20, 2012 14:54:48 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU GOTTA READ THIS
There's one thing I simply must buy every year: The Old Farmer's Almanac. In this digital age you'll know it's the end of the world when the Almanac ceases to exist or goes totally digital.

CT: March 23, 2012 09:32:39 CST
PREPARE CALVES TO ADD VALUE FOR SPRING SALES
Higher cattle prices are giving cow-calf producers an opportunity to hold onto weaned calves in the fall and add more weight and value to them for sale in the spring, or to sell fall-born calves as weanlings in a spring market.

CT: March 23, 2012 09:35:59 CST
BLACK INK -- DEMAND MORE FROM THE HERD
The headline reads, “Beef prices skyrocket.” A little more information comes with, “Wholesale beef prices at record levels.” Another adds, “Beef exports up seven percent in two months.”

CT: March 26, 2012 13:22:18 CST
LEGUMES CAN BENEFIT THE GRAZING SYSTEM
As producers dissect costs, subtle things like forage quality and pasture management creep into the scenario. Every cattleman knows grass is the cheapest feed resource, but it sometimes gets lost in the important discussions like bull selection, which vaccines to use or the best time to market. Improving forage quality and extending the grazing season are quickly joining these important planning sessions because the value of gain or maintaining cattle on cheap forage resources is a money maker.

CT: March 26, 2012 13:24:57 CST
TREATING TWO ACTIVITIES AS ONE CAN BE BENEFICIAL
Sometimes a farm, livestock or horse activity may be closely connected to one's principal occupation, with certain tax advantages. If two activities are treated as one, deductions and income from each activity can be aggregated in deciding whether the taxpayer has the requisite profit motive under the IRS hobby loss rule.

CT: March 27, 2012 13:22:11 CST
ABBA TO HOST BIF EVENTS IN HOUSTON
The 44th Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and annual meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston on April 18 – 20, 2012. This year's meeting is hosted by Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Animal Science and the American Brahman Breeders Association. The symposium's focus is the impact of Bos indicus genetics in the U.S.

CT: March 27, 2012 13:25:26 CST
SPRING RAINS, WARMTH BOOST INSECT NUMBERS
Many Mississippians wonder whether the mild winter will increase the insect pest populations in their gardens and fields this year. However, spring weather could be the more significant factor, said Mississippi State University experts.

CT: March 28, 2012 15:08:58 CST
A.I. PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCERS CAPITALIZE ON HIGH PRICES
Artificial insemination breeding programs can help cattle producers capitalize on prices that are at an unprecedented high, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.

CT: March 28, 2012 15:10:43 CST
BIO-SECURITY PLAN SHIELDS HERD FROM PROFIT RUSTLERS
Protecting the herd from specific health threats is not that easy.

CT: March 29, 2012 14:34:16 CST
BULL SELECTION HELPS CAPITALIZE ON UP MARKETS
Beef producers who want to purchase bulls or semen for their spring breeding herds should be doing their homework now, says a Purdue Extension beef specialist.








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