Archive for September 2014

2015 National Beef Ambassadors Selected

Thirty of the nation’s best beef industry youth spokespersons competed. Rachel Purdy (Wyoming), Will Pohlman (Arkansas), Alicia Smith (Texas), Kalyn McKibben (Oklahoma), Demi Snider (Ohio) were chosen as the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team at the annual National Beef Ambassador competition, which is funded in part by the beef checkoff and managed by the American…

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Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist First calf heifers have historically been the toughest females on the ranch to get rebred.  They are being asked to continue to grow, produce milk, repair the reproductive tract, and have enough stored body energy (fat) to return to heat cycles in a short time…

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Crunch time for beef demand

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Beef demand has been a pleasant surprise so far this year.  Wholesale and retail beef prices have increased fast enough to maintain decent margins for beef packers and allow feedlots profitability for the first three quarters of the year.  Retail beef prices are up year…

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Feed analysis keeps profit on track

By Katy Kemp If you’ve ever tried to fit a square peg in a round hole, you know frustration. If peg shape was a random variable, you’d find some tool to sort out the right ones. Feed analysis is that kind of tool, especially for those trying to convert variable-quality feedstuffs into high-quality beef. That’s…

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BeefTalk: When a Cow is Determined to be Market Beef, Sell Her

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Got cows to sell? If you do, sell them. You only have to look at the prices to know the market is looking for beef. Producers always have some cows to sell if they want to. Current discussions focus on increasing cow numbers, but it may be ill-advised to change…

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BVD Testing Could Pay Off Big

By: Katie Allen MANHATTAN, Kan. – The name of the disease is somewhat misleading. Although symptoms of this problematic virus—bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD—in beef herds include respiratory disease, and of course, diarrhea, it can lead to even greater problems for beef producers. “Diarrhea is such a minor part of this disease,” said Gregg Hanzlicek,…

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Physicians Learn to Appreciate Lean Beef’s Role in the Diet

Thanks to a national checkoff partnership with the New York Beef Industry Council (NYBIC), as part of its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), the checkoff exhibited at the Pri-Med East Conference in Boston, Mass., Sept. 12- 14. This annual meeting was hosted at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center near the Boston Harbor. Joined by…

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Roto-Mix Announces Promotions and Organizational changes

Dodge City, KS  – Rod Neier, President and CEO of Roto-Mix, LLC has announced the following promotions and organizational changes within the company. Mark Cooksey has been promoted to Vice President of Operations.  According to Neier, "Mark has been a dedicated member of the Roto-Mix organization for over 20 years. This operational experience, combined with…

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