Archive for 2016

2016 TCFA Annual Convention-TCFA Chairman’s Address

Baumann opened by sharing his appreciation for the opportunity to serve and thanking TCFA members for their active involvement alongside him to help continue to make the association successful. “Far too often in the world we live in, people will run their mouth about a cause but take no action to actually support it,” Baumann…

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Feed-Lot magazine co-founder passes away

by Greg Strong On December 14th at 2:00 AM Robert A. “Bob” Strong, one of the two founding partners of Feed-Lot Magazine passed away in his sleep.   I was extremely lucky to work with my father for 21 years.  When we started the magazine, neither of us had ever worked for a magazine and literally…

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Four Steps To Better Livestock Production

There’s a big difference between coarse grind and fine grind, and it’s not just in our morning coffee. When it comes to grinding grain for livestock feed, especially swine, digestibility and efficiency are influenced by how large the grain particles are. Typically, the finer the grind the better —up to a point. New research by…

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It Is Time To Begin The Early Evening Feeding

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be…

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Strong Finish For 2016 Beef Markets

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The Christmas rally in wholesale beef markets continued last week as boxed beef prices headed into the last half of December at the highest levels since early September.  Choice boxed beef price has risen 6.7 percent from the late October low and was only 2.3…

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Bull Selection and Obtaining Historical Benchmarks

In life, knowing your goal determines your route to achieve that goal. The same is true when selecting bulls for your herd. The first step in smart bull selection begins with a historical understanding of the bulls. A review of the last two or three calf crops provides the basis for an account of calves…

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Beef Bites

In these colder months a good hearty soup is just what you need! Beef Taco Tortilla Soup looks amazing, give it a try! Ingredients 1 lb ground beef 1 sweet onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 packet Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix 1 can (15 oz) Muir Glen™ fire roasted diced tomatoes 1…

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USDA Announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules – Clarifications for Industry & Protections for Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) today announced updated regulations to protect the rights of farmers. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules target the most harmful practices hurting farmers and clearly outlines common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and…

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Winter Weather Requires Major Shift in Cattle Management

Winter weather has replaced warm fall temperatures, so cattle producers need to change the way they care for their animals, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialists say. “Two major blizzards have made their way through the region, bringing heavy snow and raging winds,” beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says. “Cattle are feeling the…

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Checkoff Logs Record 3,300 BQA Certifications

This fall, more than 3,300 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified, the largest number in the history of free-certifications supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). And, of those who signed up during the free certification window, 68 percent completed their certification, also the highest percentage in the program’s seven-year history. Through the…

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