Archive for November 2011

Rethinking fed cattle marketing plans

By: Ron Hale & Shawn Walter Cattle feeders have been facing new challenges during the past year as the result of record breaking corn prices pushing ration dry matter cost to $345 and higher, cost of gain being more than 45 percent higher than a year ago, lower feeder supplies causing higher prices and future…

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High Plains Systems – Pro Med XI

Pro Med XI program tracks vet treatments by individual animal ID. Pro Med XI can run as a standalone program or it can be interfaced to Hi-Plains Systems Pro Feeder, Pro Mini, Private Feeder and Pro Pasture programs. Treatments are linked to each tag and lot. Previous treatments for each tag ID can be displayed…

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Bobcat – Turf-friendly replacement track

Bobcat Company introduces new turf-friendly replacement track designed for the compact track loader. The track is designed to fit the T250, T300, T320, T750 and T770 model compact track loaders.The tracks create reduced ground pressure, a significantly lighter footprint than conventional tracks, minimal ground disruption and a reduced risk of damage to irrigation systems and…

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Bestway – Retriever Transport Hitch

Bestway Inc., recently announced the introduction of the Retriever® Transport Hitch for towing large drawn planters and other large implements with two-point or drawbar type hitches. The Retriever® Transport Hitch mounts in about five minutes on the fifth wheel and frame of a tandem axle semi-tractor. Utilizing a powerful, built in 12-volt hydraulic power pack,…

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Wide spread change

By: Paul Dykstra The price spread between Choice and Select has been lackluster since 2008, but that’s not all bad, considering the dynamic change it sparked. Retail and foodservice companies began to see they could offer higher quality beef at a competitive price. As a result, price-sensitive meat case managers and chefs have been more…

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Novus International

Novus International Inc. launched a new website enhancing visibility for the company’s sustainability initiatives worldwide. The website (www.novusint/sustainability.com) takes visitors through Novus’ extensive and detailed sustainability program. The website includes the 2010 Novus Sustainability Report which documents and measures the company’s program.©

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Kuhn – Primor 5570 M Bale processor

The Kuhn Primor 5570 M bale processor is ideally suited for the distribution of bedding in bedded-pack barns, as well as direct feeding of hay, silage and baleage. This machine can process large square bales up to 8’ 10” long, as well as round bales that are 4’ wide and up to 6’ 7” in…

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Fendt – 900 Series Vario tractors

Fendt introduced the Fendt 900 Series Vario tractors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. With Fendt selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for Tier 4-interim compliance, the latest 900 Series tractors deliver up to seven percent greater fuel efficiency compared to previous models, along with the productivity and efficiency-enhancing advancements farmers have come to…

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Eas tax burdens with capital investments in 2011

With drought particularly bad in the Southwest, and exceptional drought—the most severe classification—having reached 75 percent of Texas, 52 percent of Oklahoma, and 48 percent of New Mexico in early August, many farmers are thinning herds and selling off cattle to take advantage of strong cattle prices. But the cash generated may be counted as…

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Imports contribute to bull market

By: Luke Schwieterman The bull market continues into October. Exports were 30 percent higher compared to August of last year. Year to date, January through August, exports are over 27 percent higher than last year. Imports, on the other hand, were down 9 percent compared to August and year to date imports are down nearly…

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