March 2015


CT: March 02, 2015 15:41:34 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - NO BULL
Have you attended one of these auctions where bulls are sold in a theater-like setting, displayed on a big screen and aren't run through the ring? It's heresy, I say! Pure laziness!

CT: March 06, 2015 14:28:19 CST
PREGNANCY CHECKING ENSURES NO FREELOADERS
Tight margins, lean pastures and rising input costs mean that every cow on the ranch needs to be earning her keep. If a cow is not going to produce a calf every year, she's simply a freeloader – costing the operation a valuable paycheck and utilizing resources more productive animals can benefit from.

CT: March 06, 2015 14:30:31 CST
NUTRITION IMPORTANT DURING HEIFER DEVELOPMENT
Most beef cattle producers understand the importance of keeping cattle healthy. A good herd health program is an essential part of any farm or ranch management program.

CT: March 06, 2015 14:32:22 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK - RAT TRACKING
On the way to see Roy Bean “Benny” Wilson at the rancher-attorney's sporadically used and closet-size office in Amarillo, Hooter was still amazed at what he'd seen from is hidey hole at the makeshift dirt track.

CT: March 10, 2015 13:42:03 CST
PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR SANTA GERTRUDIS NUGEN PROJECT
Webster's definition of perseverance is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Dr. Burton McDaniel of MC Ranch in Ringgold, Ga. understands perseverance and can most definitely relate to Spurgeon's reference to the snail's determination to survive the flood.

CT: March 11, 2015 13:57:12 CST
IMPROVE COW'S NUTRITION FOR A BETTER CALF
Research over recent years has shown, repeatedly, that improving the nutrition of the cow at and post conception and through the entire gestational period will improve calf survival (lower dystocia rates), growth (greater weaning weights) and health (lower rates of sickess and deathloss prior to weaning).

CT: March 16, 2015 15:33:09 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- GROWING COW-CALF PRODUCTION WITH FEWER ACRES
“The U.S. cow herd must grow if the industry is going to preserve existing infrastructure and regain lost market share,” says Don Close, Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group Senior Analyst.

CT: March 18, 2015 15:25:36 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - FAMOUS COWS
When I grow up I want to be curator of the Cow Hall of Fame. The only problem is I don't think there is one.

CT: March 18, 2015 15:29:00 CST
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE CATTLE HANDLING IS IMPORTANT
Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important. In the last few years there has been a move toward what has been called low-stress handling or as we prefer to call it a return to sound effective stockmanship.

CT: March 20, 2015 15:51:57 CST
GENOTYPING TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP WITH CATTLE SELECTION
The genotyping technologies that are currently being marketed to beef producers are based off of genetic markers that have been identified to be associated with economically important traits.

CT: March 23, 2015 15:46:10 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- LET THE CRUMBLING BEGIN
It was just too easy. Myron was always amazed how the most elaborate plans, carefully implemented, ticking along as reliably as a newly-tuned Swiss watch could be unraveled so simply.

CT: March 24, 2015 15:10:50 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THEN AND NOW
I'm starting to feel older than dirt. And I swear there is soil in our garden that I knew when it was rocks. Oh, how a few decades can change your outlook on life.

CT: March 24, 2015 15:15:39 CST
ENHANCE CALF PERFORMANCE THROUGH STRATEGIC MATERNAL NUTRITION
In Part 1 of this series we began discussing the effects that the nutrition of the pregnant cow pre-calving can have direct effects on how well the resulting calf performs throughout its life.

CT: March 24, 2015 15:18:16 CST
BLACK INK -- WE CAN COOK, AND WE LOVE BEEF
A decade ago I was in college and heard the same sad story over and over: young people just didn't know how to cook, and that was sure to spell disaster for beef demand.

CT: March 30, 2015 15:11:16 CST
RESEARCHERS REVOLUTIONIZE FERAL HOG CONTROL
For decades, farmers, ranchers and land managers across the United States have fought a losing war against feral hogs. This invasive animal acts similarly to a harmful virus in the human body.








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