October 2015


Sale: October 01, 2015 13:19:32 CST
APPALACHIAN CLASSIC CHAROLAIS SALE AVERAGES $4,623
The Appalachian Classic Charolais Sale was held May 30, 2015 in Knoxville, Tenn.

CT: October 01, 2015 13:42:04 CST
ALABAMA AUCTIONEER NAMED WORLD CHAMPION
Brandon Neely, Southside, Ala., proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 52nd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC).

CT: October 06, 2015 12:54:17 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- JUST WAXED
It was a month last Tuesday when Hooter sold his smartphone to Cousin Charlie for $29.76, no more and no less—trading his dependence on communication technology for what he hoped would be a simpler, less vexing daily existence.

CT: October 06, 2015 12:58:05 CST
IDENTIFY TRAITS FOR IMPROVEMENT WHEN SELECTING BULLS
Selecting sires is an important decision that producers make in cow-calf operations. In a single sire herd, the bull is responsible for one-half of the genetics of the entire calf crop.

CT: October 14, 2015 15:45:31 CST
REVIEW NUTRITIONAL TOOLS TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE
Cattle producers are in a constant search for ways to save money or improve productivity and profits. This has been especially true over the last few years when forages have been in short supply due to drought conditions around the country, high feed costs or more recently to take advantage of strong markets.

CT: October 14, 2015 15:48:13 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE RULE OF THREE
I am not a superstitious person. I don't possess a lucky penny, four leaf clover or blessed horseshoe and I don't go out of my way to avoid ladders, broken mirrors or cracks in the concrete. I don't believe a black cat can do me any more harm than a white cat can, nor do I avoid traveling on Friday the 13th. There is no pot of gold waiting for me at the end of any rainbow. I don't think wearing garlic protects you from vampires. Which I also don't believe in.

CT: October 15, 2015 15:35:58 CST
MARKET HAS PRODUCERS LOOKING TO BOOST PRODUCTION
The positive market outlook has most cattlemen looking for alternatives to boost production. Higher costs and weather patterns may have limited producers in recent times. Current trends show a little different scenario from a cost of production standpoint with adjustments to feed and fuel prices that provide opportunity.

CT: October 15, 2015 15:38:04 CST
ALABAMA ANGUS FAMILY HONORED BY CAB
Jimmy Collins pays no mind to the freight train. Faint in the distance, then all at once overpowering, it demands attention as it bursts through his family's land several times a day.

CT: October 15, 2015 15:40:55 CST
PRODUCERS SHOULD WORK CATTLE WITH SAFETY IN MIND
There are many reasons cattle react the way they do when trying to get them up at cattle working time. Many of their reactions are a result of their innate characteristics. Understanding these characteristics and how animals respond to different situations can make cattle handling a safe and less stressful event.

CT: October 22, 2015 14:59:26 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- CARE OF THE COWBOY AT CALVING
The birthing process makes men very nervous, whereas women are used to this sort of thing. Therefore, the careful and observant ranch wife will be alert to the actions of her husband as calving season approaches.

CT: October 22, 2015 15:01:35 CST
SAFE HANDLING FACILITIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO QUALITY PRODUCTION
Functional and safe handling facilities are essential for producing high quality, wholesome beef without injuring animals or humans.

CT: October 22, 2015 15:04:33 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING POUNDS OR NOT
“It may be that the worst is behind the market as it relates to heavy cattle (fed), but heavy cattle and slower beef demand is not the only thing weighing on finished cattle prices,” says Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee, in his weekly market comments (Oct. 9). “Hide and offal values have declined $3.64/cwt. since the beginning of the year and are about 28 percent lower than a year ago. This is a significant loss to the total value of a finished animal and may continue to weigh on the market.”

CT: October 22, 2015 15:07:26 CST
PREPARE TO DEAL WITH HEALTH CHALLENGES OF WEANING
Every cattle operation is affected by sickness and or even death loss in some manner. A vet put it to me very simply one time: “if you don't have ‘em, you can't lose ‘em!” Conversely, if you DO have them, they will get sick and from time to time, unfortunately, one or more may be lost.

CT: October 23, 2015 09:47:01 CST
COW HERD EFFICIENCY LEADS TO PROFITABILITY
Improvement of the economic position of the farm or ranch is an ongoing process for many commercial cow-calf producers. Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality).

CT: October 29, 2015 14:50:54 CST
PANELISTS SHARE ADVICE ON MANAGING FEEDING RISKS
Risk in cattle feeding skyrocketed with costs and prices in recent years. Still volatile but not bullish, the market demands greater risk management than ever, according to panelists at the August Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) at La Vista, Neb., and Garden City, Kansas.








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