Archive for August 2014

Selling vs Backgrounding 2014 Calves

By: Warren Rusche, South Dakota Sate University Extension So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. These market place changes should trigger at least…

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Fall 2014 Beef Industry Outlook

John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator While we just discussed some of the economic considerations involved with buying or selling replacement females, the other segments of the beef industry have similar questions about the economic outlook for their enterprise. Producers can hopefully develop management and marketing plans for their specific enterprise if they are…

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Ranchers weigh options on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. It’s becoming an all too familiar situation among Texas ranchers,said Stan Bevers, an AgriLife…

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Rising calf prices warrant attention to fetal protection

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., August 27, 2014 — Beef producers working to maximize the reproductive potential of their herd with modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines from Zoetis also can take advantage of the industry’s most comprehensive vaccine guarantee — the Fetal Protection Guarantee.*    “The fetus relies on the dam’s immune system for disease protection throughout most…

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Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

By: Blair Fannin CORPUS CHRISTI – A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As prices for calves continue to reach historic…

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Beef Bites

Wanting a quick, easy and tasty recipe to whip up this weekend? Tater Tot Casserole is always a favorite!  Ingredients  Choose your zip, pick favorite stores 1 lb lean ground beef 1⁄2 medium onion, chopped 10 1⁄2 oz can condensed cream of celery soup 1 frozen tater tots 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded Directions Preheat…

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Risky business

Forum goers find ways around obstacles, both short and long term By Miranda Reiman Cattle feeders know their business is full of risks. At the 2014 Feeding Quality Forum, held last week in Kearney, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas, attendees learned more about immediate and long-term threats to profitability. The “bio boom” is over, global meat…

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Strong Early Results for Digital Campaign

Millennials initiate more than 5 million online food-related searches each day. What a tremendous opportunity for the beef checkoff’s consumer digital advertising campaign. And just 12 weeks into the new campaign, the results are impressive indeed! The “Beef. Its What’s For Dinner.” website reached more than 1 million consumers during the first 12 weeks of…

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A New Test for Ranking Forage Quality

By: Heather Smith Thomas Hay quality has a big influence on animal performance. Beef producers often use analytical tests, and look at the test results for crude protein (CP) and fiber components (ADF and NDF) when sending in hay samples. Some producers use an index system to compare the nutrient value of various batches of…

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Beef and Heart Health

A new research study, funded by the beef checkoff and the National Institutes of Health-supported Penn State General Clinical Research Center, published in the June 19, 2014 issue of Journal of Human Hypertension, shows that a heart-healthy diet that includes lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease. Myth: Saturated fat is bad. Conventional…

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