Archive for October 2012

A historical perspective on the U.S. feedlot industry

The latest Cattle on Feed report underscores the challenges feedlots face in the coming months.  Not only are feedlots paying record prices for feed and essentially record prices for feeder cattle, increasingly the supply of feeder cattle will be inadequate to maintain feedlot inventories at any price.  It is easy to identify a variety of…

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The Prime directive

Improved genetics, focused selection transform an elusive grade into a logical target By Jill J. Dunkel Breeding for high quality and retaining heifers over generations, Mike Kasten sees results. The Millersville, Mo., rancher has used artificial insemination (AI) for decades, finishing the progeny and collecting data. Detailed records prove the herd does it all, from…

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NDSU Releases Beef Research Findings

Livestock feed has been the focus of considerable research at North Dakota State University in the past year. Field peas, hull-less barley and distillers grains are among the potential beef cattle feeds they've studied. They concluded that:  * Dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) can be used to supplement growing steers fed medium-quality hay.  *…

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Dealing With Pasture Bloat

by Heather Smith Thomas Bloat generally occurs when there’s a change to higher protein feeds, such as from grass to alfalfa, according to Dr. James England of the University of Idaho Caine Center. Grasses don’t normally cause bloat, but some species of grass can create bloating under certain conditions. “Usually cattle bloat when eating highly…

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Sixth record sales year for top quality beef brand

CAB celebrates another record despite market challenges Amid U.S. cattle and beef supplies curtailed by economics and drought, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) reported record sales of its signature brand for a sixth consecutive fiscal year that ended September 30. More than 16,000 licensed partners around the world made that possible by capitalizing on the…

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Clean your plate wisely

If you’ve ever tossed leftovers or overripe fruit without considering tomorrow’s lunch or creative baking, you’re part of the problem. “We throw away 242 pounds of food per person per year,” said Brad Morgan, senior food safety and production efficiency specialist with Pfizer Animal Health. That’s about 1,400 calories per person per day, and roughly…

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Fewer cattle, more pressure

Getting cattle bought right. That’s normally a feeder’s first challenge, but today it’s just plain getting cattle. “The total size of the cattle industry has been shrinking, and shrinking rather abruptly for the last couple of years,” said Mike Sands, Informa Economics vice president. The nation’s cowherd was at 90.8 million head to start 2012…

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Brangus provides new selection tools to commercial cattlemen

SAN ANTONIO, Texas– The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) continues to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology by providing tools for commercial cattlemen to assist in comparing the expected performance of Brangus sired offspring to that of other breeds. These most advanced tools are Calving Ease EPDs, including Calving Ease Direct and…

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Alltech Predicts a Contraction in Global Feed Production in 2013

Source: Alltech news release Speaking in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Alltech vice president Aidan Connolly presented the results of the 2011 Alltech Feed Tonnage Survey along with results from previous surveys, showing a steady increase in feed production year on year. The 2011 survey, covering 128 countries, put the…

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