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by WLJ
2009 November 6
Jim and Anita Dunkin, 4D Beefmasters, Paige, TX, were honored as the 2009 Member of the Year at the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Annual Convention Oct. 22-24 in San Antonio, TX.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
New officers and board of directors were elected during the 49th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention Oct. 22- 24 in San Antonio, TX. The historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel, located on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, served as the backdrop for this years Roundup at the River.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
Gary Frenzel, Temple, TX, received the 2009 Breeder of the Year Award at the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Annual Convention Oct. 22-24 in San Antonio, TX.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine recently granted a supplemental label for MGA 200 (melengestrol acetate) Premix and MGA 500 Liquid Premix to be fed at a higher level with Rumensin (monensin). The new label approval allows for MGA to be fed with Rumensin at a maximum rate of 0.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
A three-year University of NebraskaLincoln (UNL) study, conducted at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory and the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, demonstrates what a cow eats during late pregnancy affects her calf, said a UNL specialist.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
[Grass farming] is not labor intense and its not equipment intense. Its basically using the animals to do the work for you, said a Nebraska grass farmer at the Nebraska Grazing Conference.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
USDA announced the award of more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
In July 2009, new questions were added to the existing checkoff-funded Consumer Beef Index to specifically track additional attitudes and perceptions regarding veal. The tool provides meaningful, evaluative consumer-focused data that helps the checkoff assess the impact of the beef industrys efforts to build demand.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions, sorghums (including the forage sorghums) are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid, or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid, when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks the animals cells from utilizing oxygen.
by DTN
2009 November 6
Deterioration in the credit quality of ethanol and livestock producers is prompting a flurry of debt restructuring and higher loan losses at the Farm Credit System and other ag lenders.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
Ranchers and conservationists share an interest in managing grazing lands for optimum ecologic health. They, and others interested in the environmental and economic implications of range management, are invited to a national conference of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) being held in Reno, NV, Dec.
2009 November 6
Cattle feeders and packers are learning how to live with market volatility of historic proportions. It wasn’t so many years ago that most commodity futures prices were only allowed to rise or fall by a maximum 150 points per trading session. Any moves up or down the limit in the futures market caused shockwaves throughout the cash markets for livestock and meat.
by WLJ
2009 November 6
Fed cattle trade last week started off at mostly steady money in the northern tier and Corn Belt regions. Wednesday trade in Nebraska came at $134 dressed and $87 live and Iowa trade was reported at $133 dressed. The few cattle traded in the southern Plains were also
2009 November 6
Most folk in the cattle/ beef industry will be happy to see the end of one of the most challenging years in history. You have to go back to 1973, when President Nixon imposed price controls on beef, to find one as challenging. The market was in uproar the rest of the year.
2009 November 6
Next time you pull your boots on, reflect for a moment about how the leather business affects the price of cattle. You might be surprised at how much. That's because hides, which are turned into all types of leather, make up two-thirds of the value of all the byproducts that come from each animal.
2009 November 6
US Premium Beef (USPB) remains a remarkable model of how beef producers can work with, not against, packers and put more money in their pockets. USPB began operations in 1997 with a minority ownership in then Farmland National Beef and has gone from strength to strength.
2009 November 6
The U.S.s shrinking cattle population is becoming a huge concern for the beef industry. The main reason for the declining numbers is lack of profitability. Cattle feeders in particular have lost billions of dollars in equity in the past two years. The main reason for this is high input costs and weak beef demand due to the recession.
2009 November 6
Fed cattle processors enjoyed their best August operating margins since 2003. The real story, though, is that they achieved this not at the expense of cattle feeders. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cattle feeders enjoyed a strong and much-needed rally in prices.
2009 November 6
Go into any supermarket and youll find that most poultry items are branded with a company name. These include Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrims, which is soon to be majority-owned by JBS. Branded beef is much harder to find. There are niche brands such as Harris, Maverick, Lauras Lean and Coleman.


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