Archive for July 2014

Proposed Rule Could Enhance Tracking of Ground Beef Sources

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would require grocery stores and supermarkets to keep more documentation on ground beef sources, which could assist in more timely traceability of a particular beef source that may have caused a foodborne illness.   The…

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Registration opens for Feeding Quality Forum

You listen to the markets on the radio, pick up a paper to read about the latest consumer scare or watch an employee hand in his two-weeks notice. What does it all mean for your operation?   Find answers at the 9th annual Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, Neb., on August 19 or in Amarillo,…

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Beef Bites

Looking for something quick and easy to make this weekend? Give this Cheesy Chili Mac recipe a try!  Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, minced 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 pound lean ground…

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With beef prices high, it’s time to invest in better genetics, MU economist says

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – “With record high beef prices, about anything works,” said Scott Brown, University of Missouri economist. “It’s hard to make a bad decision.” Speaking at a national meeting of animal scientists, July 22, Brown warned of low prices ahead. “In cattle cycles prices go up—and down. With volatility, rebuilding cow numbers will…

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Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rebuilding a beef cow herd to capture record-setting high prices is more than saving heifers to breed.   Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist, said heifers need management – and new breeding technology.   Producers who do it right benefit in the long term. Patterson spoke to a national…

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Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The latest USDA data provides some indication that herd expansion may be beginning but more clearly shows that herd rebuilding will be a long process and a slow one, at least initially.  Not surprisingly, the July Cattle report shows estimates of herd inventories that are…

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BeefTalk: May Calving Bull Turnout is Aug. 1

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Given later calving, 99 percent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, the cows have rebred very well. Again this…

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Webinar to Help Producers Expand Profitably

The CattleFax Trends+ Webinar has attracted nearly 1,500 cow-calf producers, stockers and backgrounders during its first year. The next session is 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and registration is now open.   The upcoming webinar will provide producers and industry leaders with a discussion on market factors affecting the cow-calf, stocker and backgrounding…

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Record cattle prices create opportunities to increase profit margins

By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – Record cattle prices are creating opportunities for producers to increase revenue and several of these strategies will be discussed at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “No doubt, these are good times when it comes…

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