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Industry News

Building premiums, cut by cut

Something doesn’t add up. In 2016, U.S. packers saw Choice beef production increase by 8.1% while that of the Select grade held steady. Yet the value of Choice over Select (the Choice-Select spread) went up by $3.47 per hundredweight (/cwt.). “If you’re just looking at supplies, you’d assume the premiums for hitting those higher quality…

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Rapid Cattle Herd Expansion Likely To Slow

At the beginning of each year USDA releases its annual January Cattle Inventory Report. As expected, the Jan. 31 report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to expand last year, albeit at a more robust pace than was expected. Record-high prices for replacements in recent years are keeping aging cows in production. Producers have…

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Cow / Calf Corner

An Increase In Beef Cows Requires Cropland

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity. Competition is tough, and crop production…

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BCI Pregnancy Analytics App: How Is The Data Used?

By Dr. Bob Larson The BCI Pregnancy Analytics App was released in the fall of 2016 and is being used by veterinarians and beef producers to enhance monitoring and evaluating cowherd breeding season success. Veterinarians know that being able to visualize the percentage of a cowherd that becomes pregnant each 21-days of the breeding season…

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Stocker Special

Dewormer Dilemma

The benefits of deworming your cattle are well known: increased weight gains and breeding efficiency, reduced pasture contamination, improved immune status and more.  But it’s not as easy to know which deworming product to use. “To reap these benefits and reduce the risk of resistance, it’s critical to use the most effective product at the…

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Parasite Pressure Tool Online

Merial introduces a new parasite pressure tool that will allow cattle producers to monitor parasite pressure in their pastures and become aware of the conditions that could threaten their cattle. The tool was developed for and added to the Longrange® website. Parasite infections can lead to a number of herd health problems, including negative effects…

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Company News

Quickfencer In Action

Quickfencer is a new concept for the unrolling and tensioning of wire fencing and now available with a built on post driver. This machine will save you time and money when erecting new fencing, making your job easier and safer. It is versatile and can be mounted on a tractor via a three point linkage,…

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Bio-Vet Introduces Five New Products

Bio-Vet, Inc. introduces five new products for livestock producers. BYCEPS™ Paste – A new paste formulation of Calf BYCEPS™ B milk additive for neonatal calves, BYCEPS Paste is a nutritional/microbial supplement for calves at arrival, prior to and during routine stress-related outbreaks. Available in user-friendly 80-milliliter dial-a-dose tubes. ‘O’ Pecti-Cap™ Jr. capsules provide nutritional support…

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Feedlot Focus

Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting Set For March 7, Dixon

Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2017 Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting. The meeting will be held March 7 at Sauk Valley Community College just outside of Dixon, Illinois. The seminar will be begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. “This meeting is a must-attend…

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Finding Flavor, Incentivizing More

Scientists weigh in on “the next frontier” for beef quality research By: Miranda Reiman Life is not always heads or tails, black and white or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others. “Beef flavor is very complex. It’s not one attribute, but many, many flavor notes,”…

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Marketing & Management

In Korea, Costco To Sell 100% U.S. Beef

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) announced that Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST), on February 13, began transitioning the chilled beef it sells in South Korea from the Australian variety to 100% U.S. beef product. Costco’s decision to offer 100% chilled U.S. beef comes after years of efforts from the USMEF to convince stores that U.S.…

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Beef News

Beef Bites

Looking for something quick and tasty to make this weekend? Give these Ground Philly Cheese steak Grilled Cheese a try, they are bound to be a hit! Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp butter 1 onion chopped ½ green bell pepper chopped salt and…

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