October 2013


CT: October 01, 2013 15:16:07 CST
A GOOD VACCINATION PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT TO HERD HEALTH
As hard as one might try, vaccination has never guaranteed absolute disease protection and never will. There are far too many factors involved which influence success or failure of a health management program.

CT: October 01, 2013 15:18:17 CST
KNOW PRODUCTION COSTS TO STAY AHEAD IN THE GAME
Marketing programs have evolved from a date on a calendar to sophisticated programs that could involve video or internet sales, while some producers capture the value of their genetics through country sales because of a proven track record.

CT: October 03, 2013 15:10:59 CST
REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY ESSENTIAL FOR BEEF HERDS
Reproductive efficiency is essential for beef herd success and profitability.

CT: October 03, 2013 15:13:16 CST
BLACK INK -- PENNY SAVED, DOLLAR LOST?
The average carrying cost of a cow has probably doubled in your lifetime.

CT: October 07, 2013 15:10:54 CST
VITAMINS ARE IMPORTANT IN BEEF CATTLE DIET
As most cattle producers know every nutrient has importance and value in the animal. All cells, tissues and organs require all the nutrients at some level to develop, grow and function. An important nutrient group in all mammals are the vitamins, small molecules required at low but essential levels in the animal.

CT: October 07, 2013 15:16:51 CST
THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER ON A CATTLE OPERATION
Most producers would assert that they do a pretty good job of managing their cattle operations. They implement many recommended production practices. Yet, beyond this, care must be taken to ensure that these efforts get the results that they are intended to realize. This means not only doing the right thing, but also doing it the right way. Taking care to get the little implementation details done well can make a noticeable difference in production outcomes.

CT: October 08, 2013 15:32:26 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ATYPICAL FORCES DRIVE PENDING EXPANSION
Mom Nature and economics appear to finally be offering cow-calf producers incentive and opportunity to expand. Exactly who expands and why may be different from the past, though.

CT: October 08, 2013 15:34:07 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- MANURE TREES
Okay people, whoever is playing all these sneaky little practical jokes on me I wish they'd stop it.

CT: October 09, 2013 15:28:18 CST
TAKE TIME TO PREPARE FOR FALL CALVING
Fall calving season is just around the corner. In fact, the start of the fall calving season may be closer than many producers realize. Now is the time to get the calving kit ready and make certain that the calving shed is clean, in good operating condition, and ready for business.

CT: October 09, 2013 15:31:30 CST
STUDY LOOKS AT FORAGE-FED BEEF PRODUCTION
In the United States, much of the beef produced and sold before World War II was from grass- or limited grain-fed cattle. However, development of the modern large-scale cattle feeding industry in the 1950s and 1960s increased supplies of grain-fed beef and, by the early 1970s, many American consumers were able to find only beef from heavy, grain-fed cattle in supermarkets.

CT: October 10, 2013 15:08:07 CST
BIF HELPS INDUSTRY THROUGH PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
BIF stands for "Beef Improvement Federation." It's a national organization that was formed in 1968 to standardize programs and methodologies and create greater awareness, acceptance and usage of beef cattle performance concepts.

CT: October 10, 2013 15:11:06 CST
HEALTHY, FERTILE BULLS ESSENTIAL FOR A PRODUCTIVE HERD
Healthy, fertile bulls are essential for a productive herd.

CT: October 11, 2013 14:06:24 CST
INCOME LEVEL CHANGES CONSUMER'S BUYING HABITS
From the outside looking in, some not familiar with the beef industry may look at a market report or numbers in the supply chain and feel like ranchers are sitting in the driver's seat for many years to come.

CT: October 11, 2013 14:10:18 CST
ETHANOL BYPRODUCTS STILL PAY THEIR WAY IN FEEDLOTS
Paying the feed bill has cleaned out bank accounts faster than Jesse James in recent years, as high corn prices left cattlemen everywhere looking for the cheapest, most efficient alternatives.

CT: October 14, 2013 15:33:34 CST
WEBSITE FOCUSES ON WHITE-TAILED DEER
As hunters gear up for the Oct. 1 opening day of the state's white-tailed deer archery season, scientists at Mississippi State University are announcing a new tool to help manage Mississippi's most popular game animal.

CT: October 14, 2013 15:36:20 CST
RESEARCHERS STUDY EFFECT OF NUTRITION ON GROWING FETUS
The body condition and nutrition of the dam can make a difference in some of the traits that ultimately are exhibited by the developing fetus. Studies are now underway at the University of Wyoming to explore this phenomenon in beef cattle.

CT: October 21, 2013 15:25:37 CST
ADDING VITAMIN D TO DIET CAN IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
In the last issue we began our discussion on the necessity of vitamins in cattle diets. We looked at Vitamin E at length and discussed the importance of this compound in the animal's diet and requirements and feeding rates. As a nutritionist I have always found it interesting how the nutrients required in the smallest amounts can have such a profound effect on performance and health in the animal. The following takes a similar look at Vitamin D.

CT: October 22, 2013 15:29:45 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- REVOLUTIONS BEGIN AT HOME
Hooter's reading in recent days had become more eclectic because of and in spite of the government shutdown. He found himself reaching for history books and trolling policy issues more often in an attempt to understand how folks elected to represent a nation could fail so miserably that they couldn't even keep their own doors open.

CT: October 23, 2013 15:18:37 CST
RANCH HORSES BENEFIT FROM PROPER MAINTENANCE
It takes a lot of working parts to keep a ranch running smoothly and efficiently these days. Time and the high cost of labor or the lack of experienced labor to work the ranch has led to changes up and down the production system. Mechanized cattle gathers like four wheelers or other ATVs and pickups have replaced the horse on most ranches.

CT: October 24, 2013 15:40:18 CST
DEER POPULATION POSES PROBLEMS FOR FARMERS
While hunters may see Mississippi's 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead.

CT: October 25, 2013 14:45:52 CST
NCBA CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN FEBRUARY IN NASHVILLE
Registration for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is underway. The 116th Annual Convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7, 2014 and advanced registration is open until Jan. 10, 2014.

CT: October 28, 2013 14:23:43 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- DON'T LAUGH
If you needed another sign that America has gone off its rocker there's the clown in Missouri who wore a mask of President Obama at the state fair rodeo. When the announcer asked if anyone wanted to see the clown run over by a bull a cheer went up. The clown was clowning around, trying to make people laugh, which pretty much fits the job description of a clown, but after a video of the event went viral on You Tube the media got involved and blew the incident all out of proportion. Which fits the job description of today's media. Before you know it the politically incorrect clown had been permanently banned from ever appearing at a Missouri state fair rodeo, the president of the Missouri Rodeo Association resigned, and the Missouri chapter of the NAACP called it a “hate crime” and demanded a federal investigation of the incident.








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