October 2012


CT: October 01, 2012 14:06:41 CST
DARK CUTTING MEAT LINKED TO STRESS
The term 'Dark Cutting' is used for meat that does not bloom or brighten when it is cut and exposed to air. Beef customers prefer beef cuts to be a bright pinkish color at retail; they avoid dark-colored meat.

CT: October 01, 2012 14:08:44 CST
SPITZER RANCH BRANGUS MAKING PLANS FOR 2013 SALE
The twenty eight calves being developed for the February 23, 2013 Bull Sale are progressing as planned for this stage of their lives.

CT: October 02, 2012 15:32:13 CST
CAB BRAND PARTNERS ENJOY A RECORD JUNE
As Labor Day ushered in the fall grilling season, with a nod toward the season's more traditional pot roast, some in the beef trade were stewing over supply concerns.

CT: October 02, 2012 15:35:37 CST
UT RESEARCH AIMED TO BENEFIT PRODUCERS
The research mission of the UT Department of Animal Science is to “develop and transfer new knowledge in the animal commodities that make significant contributions to the economy of Tennessee and the world.”

CT: October 03, 2012 15:13:08 CST
AGRICULTURE EXPERTS ASSESS STORM DAMAGE
Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi on Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest.

CT: October 03, 2012 15:15:41 CST
ANGUS ASSOCIATION MEETING TO BE HELD IN LOUISVILLE
American Angus Association members and Angus enthusiasts will gather in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10-13 for the 129th Annual Convention of Delegates and related Angus activities in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition.

CT: October 04, 2012 15:23:43 CST
PLAN AHEAD WHEN CATTLE PRICES ARE GOOD
When cattle prices are high, producers must decide whether to pocket or spend those extra proceeds.

CT: October 08, 2012 15:31:37 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SPOOKY VENTURES
There was a man named ‘Stingy Jack' whose only redeeming quality was that he understood just how no-count he was. So, he tricked the devil into promising to never accept his soul into the flames of Hell.

CT: October 08, 2012 15:38:46 CST
PRODUCERS MUST PROTECT CATTLE AND PROPERTY
Cattle rustling can conjure up different thoughts depending on who you are. Some imagine a scene from an old western where bandana-wearing cowboys gather up 'a herd of cows and drive them to a distant and secret location. Others might think this is something from the past and doesn't happen now. Unfortunately, cattle rustling is still a serious issue.

CT: October 09, 2012 14:28:57 CST
UREA CAN BE A VALUABLE TOOL IN FEEDING PROGRAM
By this point I'm sure that everyone is aware of the fact that we are “experiencing” high, if not unprecedented, feed and grain costs. With these high prices comes a need by all producers to take steps to reduce this cost in any way they can and hopefully not compromise their performance too much.

CT: October 09, 2012 14:33:03 CST
CONTROL FEED COSTS TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS
Review the production expenses for commercial cow/calf operations and you'll find supplementation expense among the top five; feed costs often occupy the #1 position on the out-of-pocket (variable cost) expense list.

CT: October 10, 2012 15:26:09 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- BACK TO THE CAVES
I know I'm getting old but when a tiny tot recently asked me if I'd ever seen a real live dinosaur it caused me to rethink my antiquity.

CT: October 10, 2012 15:28:32 CST
WELL PLANNED SHIPPING DAY ELIMINATES STRESS
Shipping day is an important event for most operations. Variable factors can play a role for the amount of stress placed on each operation during this time.

CT: October 11, 2012 15:13:02 CST
TECHNOLOGY PROMOTES CONSUMER FRIENDLY BEEF
Animal health programs have grabbed the spotlight in the beef industry for at least the past 15 years. The race to improve the industry and capture lost performance has sent millions (if not more) of dollars in search of products that will help ranchers build a better end product.

CT: October 11, 2012 15:15:49 CST
HEREFORD BREED MAKING A RESURGENCE
Despite back-to-back years of drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, the Hereford breed is making a mighty resurgence.

CT: October 12, 2012 14:25:29 CST
DO HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING NEXT HERD BULL
Fall is just around the corner. Many cattle operations are currently calving or within 30 days of the start of calving season.

CT: October 12, 2012 14:27:39 CST
OAK CREEK FARMS TO HOLD BRANGUS BULL SALE
Oak Creek Farms is holding their annual Oak Creek Farms Forage Tested Brangus Bull Sale at their sale facility at the ranch in Chappell Hill, Texas Saturday, October 27, 2012 with 100 Oak Creek Bulls – 50 Brangus – 45 Red Brangus and several Angus and Red Angus. Also commercial heifers from verified sources will sell.

CT: October 15, 2012 15:30:49 CST
BRAHMAN PERCENTAGE FEMALES OFFER HYBRID VIGOR
The American Brahman Breeders Association is not only the organization that registers and promotes the country's purebred Brahman herd, it also boasts two percentage female programs that may be the solution to many cattlemen's drought-centered issues.

CT: October 15, 2012 15:36:01 CST
PLAN IN ADVANCE TO MINIMIZE STRESS ON STOCKERS
As we enter the beginning of fall, and temperatures begin to cool, many producers are looking toward preparing for winter grazing and receiving stocker calves.

CT: October 19, 2012 11:05:45 CST
MONITOR CALVES CLOSELY FOR SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA
Pneumonia in beef calves following the stress of weaning or shipping has been very well-documented. However, not as much is known about the risk factors that contribute to pneumonia in calves on pasture prior to weaning.

CT: October 19, 2012 11:09:09 CST
CLEMSON EXPERTS LOOK TO OFFSET PRODUCER'S CORN COSTS
Clemson cattle researchers see green pastures as a way for ranchers and consumers to cope with the costs of the 2012 corn fizzle. Scientists are investigating pasture-finished beef, where cattle grow to market size on grasses instead of feedlot corn.

CT: October 22, 2012 15:41:17 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- VOTING FOR A FUTURE
Anyone could be forgiven for entertaining the notion that this year's presidential election makes no difference. Partisan politics within the democratic process has created such a binding of gears that it's hard to see what could make them move again short of blowing things up and starting over.

CT: October 22, 2012 15:44:02 CST
PLANS UNDERWAY FOR 2013 NCBA CONVENTION
Registration for the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show is underway. The 115th Annual Convention will be held in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 6-9, 2013, and advanced registration is open until Jan. 11, 2013.

CT: October 24, 2012 14:22:19 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SEPTIC SUPERIORITY
I'm riding high as a kite these days because after Big Al pumped our septic tank he said, “You have one of the most healthy septic tanks I've ever seen.”

CT: October 24, 2012 14:30:34 CST
INTAKE VARIABILITY AFFECTS CATTLE'S PERFORMANCE
A fairly common discussion in my office is why we see variation in performance in a group of cattle. In some cases this is explained by the fact that within any group of animals there are differences in the genetics of the individuals. Some are genetically predisposed to perform well, some not as much.

CT: October 25, 2012 14:09:33 CST
CATTLE CAN ADD PROFIT THROUGHOUT SUPPLY CHAIN
Some cattle grow like weeds; some hit the high-grade targets. Some do both, some neither. That's the way it goes in the world of commodity cattle. But cattle can be so much more, adding profit throughout the supply chain.

CT: October 25, 2012 14:13:22 CST
STUDY SHOWS LEAN BEEF IMPROVES BURGER QUALITY
Consumers worried about the quality of ground beef based on recent media reports about “lean finely textured beef” used to increase the protein content of some ground beef products may be reassured by the results of a study conducted last fall by a University of Arkansas student majoring in animal science.

CT: October 26, 2012 13:00:17 CST
LIVESTOCK TRAILER ACCIDENT INTERRUPTS TRAINING CLASS
DeSoto County emergency responders were just settling in for a day of large animal rescue training when the call came on Sept. 28.

CT: October 26, 2012 13:05:43 CST
NCBA URGES EPA TO WAIVE ETHANOL MANDATE
In an attempt to bring relief to rural America, which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association filed official comments urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

CT: October 29, 2012 15:29:22 CST
PREMIUM BEEF DRIVES PROFIT FOR RESTAURANTS
In his line of business, customers come and go. Some are travelling business class with expense accounts, perhaps apt to eat more and spend more. Others are vacationing families, watching their costs and looking for a relaxing time on a pinched budget.

CT: October 29, 2012 15:31:11 CST
FEWER CATTLE PUTS PRESSURE ON MARKETS
Getting cattle bought right. That's normally a feeder's first challenge, but today it's just plain getting cattle.

CT: October 30, 2012 15:34:12 CST
IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HAY TRAILER
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales, there's nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.

CT: October 30, 2012 15:38:58 CST
DON'T BE TAKEN BY SURPRISE BY ANAPLASMOSIS
It is easy to be taken by surprise by anaplasmosis. Although the problem can occur any time, it is usually most prevalent in the mid to late summer.








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