September 2016


CT: September 06, 2016 14:53:30 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- COW STARS
Hooter McCormick followed the signs of the moon as best as he could. He'd also developed some of his own theories regarding natural laws, such as how a dappled bull's hide equated to performance—in some breeds—and how you never gave good news or bad news before Tuesday or after Thursday.

CT: September 07, 2016 14:52:06 CST
FIND THE BEST MARKETING PROGRAM FOR YOUR OPERATION
In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion and evaluation of different marketing programs available to the cow-calf producer. As mentioned in the previous article, having a sound marketing program (how you will sell your cattle) is absolutely critical to every producer in an effort to receive the best sales price for your animals. Some programs are very simple: load your cattle, take them to the sale barn and pick up your check the day after the sale. Others are more complicated and require research, work and in some cases adherence to a specific set of guidelines. In any case, it is the producer's choice which plan to follow. It's just important that there is, in fact, a plan.

CT: September 08, 2016 15:05:07 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- DON'T PET THE LIVESTOCK
I think it was Billy Shakespeare who first uttered the words, "Is yonder beast a pet or livestock? That is the question."

CT: September 15, 2016 13:05:39 CST
PRODUCERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR WINTER BY STOCKPILING FORAGES
The list of "surefire" ways to make it rain is fairly short. I have observed a strong correlation between rain and washing my car or truck, planning a picnic, or cutting hay. I hope to add to that list by writing an educational article on how to deal with drought, a hay shortage, and what is projected to be a poor winter grazing season.

CT: September 15, 2016 13:07:42 CST
WORLD BRANGUS CONGRESS HELD IN SOUTH AFRICA
Brangus enthusiasts from around the globe attended the 8th World Brangus Congress to enjoy a great educational and social event. Over 250 cattlemen from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, South Africa, United States, and Uruguay enjoyed the week long festivities hosted by the Brangus Society of South Africa.

CT: September 15, 2016 13:09:46 CST
RESEARCHER DISCUSSES BENEFITS OF BEEF BRISKET
Texas barbecue is famous for beef brisket and as a bonus for barbecue fans, it has many healthful traits, said Dr. Stephen Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

CT: September 15, 2016 13:11:45 CST
BLACK INK -- INDICATOR COWS
When you have just enough cows to name them all, it's easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.

CT: September 15, 2016 13:13:21 CST
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.

CT: September 15, 2016 13:15:57 CST
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

CT: September 16, 2016 10:44:31 CST
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.

CT: September 16, 2016 10:47:32 CST
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.

CT: September 16, 2016 10:49:33 CST
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.

CT: September 16, 2016 10:51:03 CST
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.

CT: September 20, 2016 15:36:07 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.

CT: September 20, 2016 15:38:55 CST
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.

CT: September 22, 2016 14:21:04 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.

CT: September 22, 2016 14:30:39 CST
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.

CT: September 23, 2016 15:24:35 CST
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.

CT: September 23, 2016 15:28:10 CST
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.

CT: September 23, 2016 15:31:52 CST
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.

CT: September 26, 2016 15:42:25 CST
TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE SHRINK WHEN WORKING CATTLE
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.

CT: September 30, 2016 14:07:09 CST
BLACK INK -- RETROSPECTIVE
A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today's Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious.

CT: September 30, 2016 14:09:24 CST
INFORMATION IS KING WHEN MARKETING CALVES
Calving season discussion is often a heated debate among beef producers. Should I calve in the spring or the fall? Do I need to pull my bull? Is it better to be committed to selling calves at a certain time of year or should I have calves available year round? These are common questions beef producers often ask themselves, their neighbors, and the experts when trying to make management decisions. There are two key points that need to be considered when making calving season (or lack thereof decisions: management and marketing.








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