Archive for February 2013

Beef specialist: Producers should control lice in cold weather

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Beef producers should be on the lookout for lice infestations and have a plan for controlling the spread to prevent animal stress, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says. "Now is the time when lice populations are going to become a noticeable problem," Ron Lemenager said. "We've got cold weather and heavy…

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Meat Inspector Furlough issue on Fox News

NCBA's Colin Woodall recently appeared on Fox Business channel discussing the possibility of meat inspector furloughs. He highlighted how the issue could impact everyone from beef producers to grocery stores to restaurants. You can watch the Video Here.

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Transportation Bill Improves Safety and Competitiveness

Last week HR 763 Safe and Efficient Transportation Act was introduced in Congress which would give states the option to allow six axle 90,000 pound trucks on the interstate system within their borders. This is an issue that the NCBA and many other ag organizations have worked hard to get in place for quite a…

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Ranch Management University set April 15-19 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – New landowners interested in getting the most for their input dollar can find out the do’s and don’ts during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, coordinators said. Scheduled April 15-19 at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, this workshop…

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BeefTalk: The Cow Business is Very Positive

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist The cow-calf business continues to see positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm Management Program (http://www.ndfarmmanagement.com). Although 2009 was not a great year for beef producers, 2010 was and 2011 was even better. The majority of cow-calf enterprises are experiencing good economic times. However, there still are producers who…

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EPA Releases Producer Information to Activist Groups

WASHINGTON — Early this week the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency had been collecting information from states on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). This information was requested by extremist groups, including Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council through…

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Cattlemen have new building options thanks to Brookstone, EPS collaboration

Beef cattle performance benefits from access to controlled environments BOONE, Iowa – January 22nd, 2013 – Improvements in animal housing options can make a real difference in production performance and producer profitability. Now, beef producers have a new, more flexible option in modern beef barn construction thanks to a design collaboration between Brookstone Agricultural Buildings, a…

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Decatur County Feedyard

I heard Warren Wiebert speak at K-State last year in 2012. I knew he knew what he was talking about so I called him when I got back to Dighton, and this is what he had to say. Value based marketing has been at the heart of Decatur County (Kansas) Feedyard’s program for nearly 20…

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