March 2013


CT: March 06, 2013 15:17:57 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- HOPE AND DEMAND
“The demand for beef has no known bounds. If you don't do it, Apple will,” said Lowell Catlett, an internationally renowned futurist from New Mexico State University.

CT: March 06, 2013 15:29:05 CST
GRASS TETANY CAN BE A PROBLEM AS GRASS GREENS UP
There are any number of misconceptions when it comes to understanding cattle nutrition. Some of this is related to the fact that a great deal of animal health and nutrition advice is gathered from the local coffee shop or feed store. And it's not that some of the information on feeding, nutrition, health and management coming out of these group discussions are not good, but some topics are, in fact fairly complicated. Additionally, there are a lot of concepts and areas of understanding that the so-called “professionals” in the feeding industry don't really understand or at least can't account for the variability.

CT: March 07, 2013 15:30:54 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- HARD WORK FOOD
I've never been that fond of ribs. I don't like wearing an apron like a toddler, getting barbecue sauce all over my face, and feeling like I need to take a shower after I eat. Then there's the gristle that gets stuck between your teeth requiring you to do three hours of oral surgery with a toothpick. It's all just too much work for me.

CT: March 07, 2013 15:34:17 CST
BLACK INK -- FEWER, BETTER
Checking heifers last night, I wondered how deep I will have to cull this year. At least five of these 25 will have to go. No rain or snow in the forecast, but the soil-test-prescribed dose of fertilizer has been applied to cool-season pastures.

CT: March 11, 2013 15:21:45 CST
PRODUCER SUPPORT OF CHECK-OFF REMAINS HIGH
Support for the beef checkoff remains high, according to a recent survey of beef and dairy producers nationwide. Support, at 76 percent, in unchanged since January 2012 and is at an historic high.

CT: March 11, 2013 15:24:02 CST
MORGAN FREEMAN PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS
The generosity of one of Mississippi's most famous residents attracts veterinary students from diverse cultural backgrounds to the Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

CT: March 12, 2013 15:33:11 CST
BEEF INDUSTRY LOOKS AT SUSTAINABILITY
Participants at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention gathered to hear the results of the first-ever Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment.

CT: March 12, 2013 15:36:48 CST
TEXAS COW NUMBERS FALL 22 PERCENT
U.S. cattle numbers continue to shrink and Texas is no exception as the Lone Star State has experienced a 22 percent decline over the past three years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist.

CT: March 20, 2013 14:37:26 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HANDLE WITH CARE
Hooter was riding shotgun with Peetie on a trip north of the Red River to see a set of mismatched bull calves. Though he still bought pot loads, prices being what they are, Peetie had taken to piece-mealing together singles, cuts and odd lots like he had when he first got started, trying to find any sort of hole in the market.

CT: March 20, 2013 14:41:12 CST
TOP TEN WAYS TO REDUCE FEEDING AND NUTRITION COSTS
Don't worry, David Letterman has not quit his day job to take a stab at being a ruminant nutritionist. But for a lot of us, being able to break management techniques and concepts that can be a little complicated into ten “easy” steps has a lot of appeal.

CT: March 22, 2013 14:48:43 CST
ROTATING CHEMICALS LOWERS RISK OF PARASITE RESISTANCE
Parasite control or maintenance is just one of the many tools managers have to improve performance in the beef herd. Internal and external parasites impact production goals. High priced inputs such as feed and fertilizer change the demeanor in which some managers approach this task.

CT: March 25, 2013 15:06:05 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- GENTLEMEN ON PARADE
I love a parade. Just the other day I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up. I replied that someday "I would like to be in a parade."

CT: March 25, 2013 15:09:01 CST
CATTLEFAX PROJECTIONS INCLUDE RISING PRICES IN 2013
Cattlemen and women gathered at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show to hear CattleFax market analysts' projections for the year ahead.

CT: March 26, 2013 15:13:16 CST
CONTROL POPULATION TO LIMIT WILD HOG DAMAGE
High input costs make every available resource on an agricultural operation very valuable to the landowner. Efficiency has become an increasingly important part of a manager's vocabulary. As costs rise, controlling lost value is a good goal for many operations. In some cases, challenges to the “game plan” could be weather, disease outbreak or a four-legged critter that will negatively impact the operation. Feral hogs were brought to this country by Spanish explorers and were once a beneficial part of the food chain for early Americans, but as time went by this early staple have become a large problem for some landowners.

CT: March 26, 2013 15:15:07 CST
BLACK INK -- REAL MONEY
“That's real money!” It seems like I've heard that exclaimed a lot lately. In presentations and sales pitches, it's the popular way to illustrate the value of using a management strategy or product.








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