November 2018


CT: November 01, 2018 12:06:32 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- RELATIVELY SPEAKING
My family talks funny. My mom and grandparents on her side of the family are all gone now but I can still hear them using words like privy, lariat, pipsqueak, scuttlebutt and wieners.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:09:13 CST
MUSCLING SCORES ARE GOOD PREDICTOR OF CARCASS MERITS
We all have that friend who lives off of protein shakes, chugs energy drinks and lives in the gym all in an effort to "make gains." The ideal of being muscular and fit isn't new in our world. In humans, muscle is associated with strength. The amount of muscle our bodies possess is a product of our genetics, our diet and the amount of work we put into making gains. In the beef cattle world, muscling is a desired trait.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:10:55 CST
BLACK INK -- CHANGING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
I have a teal dinosaur that sits on my desk. It's an unusual office ornament, but he serves a valuable purpose. When plans change, when the unexpected pops up, when I'm tempted to say “we've always done it this way,” he's my reminder of what happens when we fail to adapt. We go extinct.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:12:20 CST
PRODUCERS MUST STRIVE FOR BETTER THAN AVERAGE
Few producers strive for average -- from cow productivity to cost reduction, we all want to be better than that.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:14:40 CST
BULLS NEED OPTIMUM OFF-SEASON MANAGEMENT
Gathering bulls at the end of breeding season is pretty straightforward. Of course, on some operations this can take several days and trips to gather and bring bulls from different pastures while smaller operations might be able to accomplish the chore in one or two days.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:16:19 CST
FORAGE BRASSICAS MAKE GOOD CATTLE PASTURE
Sometimes non-traditional crops for livestock can augment forage supplies or stretch production on a piece of land. Brassicas are a good example.

CT: November 01, 2018 12:18:07 CST
PRODUCERS MUST PRIORITIZE TO IMPROVE PROFITABILITY
A recent conversation regarding economic drivers in the cow-calf enterprise left me with a lot to think about.

CT: November 07, 2018 13:26:25 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SOUP STRAINERS AND FLAVOR SAVERS
Have you ever noticed the obligatory five or six young men standing behind every Grand Champion steer or heifer at a major livestock show who were responsible for grooming the animal?

CT: November 07, 2018 13:29:32 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PONDERING OLD AND NEW
“Just a little over $620,000 is what I figure, or four percent of the Spruce Goose, and not an iota less,” said Hooter, punctuating the statement with a prolonged honk at someone in a sports car, who cut him off east of Dallas. He was carrying Peetie Womack to look at some lease ground near Tyler.

CT: November 07, 2018 13:31:47 CST
DO YOUR COWS MATCH YOUR RESOURCES?
Cattlemen typically like to boast about how good their cattle are. We like to admire how they look, how they grow, how they milk, and any other way that we can.

CT: November 13, 2018 14:43:09 CST
BEEFMASTER CONVENTION HELD IN TENNESSEE
The 58th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention “Beefmasters Gone Country” was hosted in Franklin, Tenn., at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel and Conference Center from October 24 - 27, 2018.

CT: November 13, 2018 14:45:18 CST
TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT FALL AND WINTER HEALTH ISSUES
As a cow-calf herd goes into the fall season after a hot, dry summer, the entire herd may be stressed. Excessive heat, short grass and low water tanks stress cattle and make them more susceptible to diseases. Unsanitary conditions and abrupt diet changes also can lead to illness, as can other circumstances of stress.

CT: November 13, 2018 14:46:56 CST
LET NEW TECHNOLOGY HELP WITH AN "OLD SCHOOL" CHORE
Many producers skip this important management tool simply because it takes time and it's difficult to keep records. Now there is new technology available which can make the process simple.

CT: November 13, 2018 14:48:29 CST
VACCINATE CALVES TO KEEP THEM HEALTHY
You vaccinate to keep cattle healthy, but if they're already coming down with a bug or your timing is off, your efforts could be worse than a waste. That's what Brian Vander Ley, veterinarian epidemiologist at the University of Nebraska, told 200 cattlemen at the Feeding Quality Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, this August.

CT: November 15, 2018 12:10:34 CST
PUT MAXIMUM EMPHASIS ON FERTILITY IN HERD
It's a great time to own cows, but only if you have a competitive cost structure with the right genetics and management to compete in today's marketplace, Rick Funston said.

CT: November 15, 2018 12:12:08 CST
PREPARE FOR LOW-STRESS NEWBORN CALF PROCESSING
Calving time is much-anticipated around the farm or ranch. Cattle producers work tirelessly to make sure their cow herd is maintained, cared for, fed and vaccinated.

CT: November 15, 2018 12:14:11 CST
AGA TO HOST CATTLEMEN'S PROFIT ROUNDUP
All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association's (AGA) fourth annual commercial cattlemen's educational symposium titled Cattlemen's Profit Roundup sponsored by National Cattlemen's Beef Association and National Corn Growers Association. Cattlemen's Profit Roundup will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tenn.

CT: November 19, 2018 13:17:46 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- UNSUSTAINABLE
Two of the biggest catchwords of the 21st century are "paradigm" and "sustainable." I've noticed that college professors and the overeducated use the word "paradigm" a lot, while society's fancy pants and hoity-toity tend to over-use the word "sustainable."

CT: November 19, 2018 13:19:39 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- MARKET FOR FAKE MEAT REAL BUT SMALL
Stomach-churning as it is to meat lovers and those who favor authenticity, fake meat products are catching the buying attention of at least a few consumers.

CT: November 19, 2018 13:21:57 CST
HAVE A GOOD PLAN WHEN FEEDING BYPRODUCTS
In the Southeast U.S., most of the feed ingredients used in beef cattle diets are byproducts of row-crop production systems. As with any "byproduct" of an industry, there are special considerations to keep in mind when feeding these products.

CT: November 19, 2018 13:23:57 CST
GOOD CALF HEALTH PROGRAM HAS SEVERAL IMPORTANT PARTS
The basic principle of weaning or preconditioning is to prepare or "condition" calves to move from the cow-calf operation to backgrounding, grazing or finishing stages.

CT: November 27, 2018 13:44:47 CST
CHURCH'S CATTLE DRIVE BEEFS UP FOOD PANTRY
According to Psalm 50, the cattle on a thousand hills belong to God, and a Texas church is rounding some of them up to feed his people.

CT: November 27, 2018 13:46:55 CST
SIMPLICITY IS KEY FOR EQUIPPING NEW EXHIBITORS
It takes a lot of time and practice to be successful at anything you want to succeed in, and for the Glover family of Elgin, Okla., raising and showing cattle is their “sport” of choice.








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