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2016 March 21
The importance of bull selection to South Texas cow/calf producers in rebuilding their herds has been fleshed out in a new publication by experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi and Texas A&M’s Department of Agricultural Economics in College Station.


2016 March 21
First, know what your cows need to complement their genetic strengths or weaknesses. “Do you have records that indicate you need more milk, more growth, more muscling, more marbling, more docility? Then look for a bull that can help those areas,” said Cole.

by USDA
2016 March 21
Growing cattle inventories and increased pork production are pushing cattle and hog prices lower. For the fourth quarter of 2015, hog prices (51-52 percent lean) averaged about $45 per hundredweight, down about 33 percent from a year earlier and nearly 50 percent below the prices received in the second quarter of 2014.


2016 March 21
“Predation on sheep and goats on large West Texas operations is arguably that industry’s biggest problem,” Redden said. “For many ranchers, controlling predators has gotten to the point where it’s almost impossible to effectively conduct predator management by traditional lethal means.


2016 March 21
Interest continues to grow in alternative management systems for cow/ calf production. Pasture is scarce, land prices are high, fences have been removed…many cattle producers have experienced the situation firsthand. As producers look for ways to expand beef cow operations, confinement continues to be part of that thought process.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Although land may be a common personal asset, many often overlook it as a way to make a gift to the National FFA Foundation. There are several ways to make a gift using your real estate (such as a residence, farm, undeveloped land, vacation home or commercial property).

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Stielow operates Bar S Ranch Inc., comprised of approximately 12,000 acres, 800 cows, a small feedlot and a farming operation, selling approximately 200 bulls per year. All of their calves not sold as seedstock are fed and sold through Innovative Livestock Services, a multi-feedlot com pany.
2016 March 21
The American Angus Association has long been known as a leader in genetic evaluation. This is for good reason as they have been a pioneer in National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) for a number of years including the use of ultrasound, indexes, weekly analysis and genomically-enhanced EPDs (expected progeny differences).

2016 March 18
“We need a common currency for conservation,” said Eric Holst, Associate Vice President of Working Lands with the Environmental Defense Fund, in speaking at the event. He said that the current lack of a consistent system of valuation of habitat conservation has caused problems.

2016 March 18
A portion of the Cimarron National Grasslands (CNG) in southwest Kansas remains closed to all activity following the death of seven cattle last October and the closure in January. The cause of death remains unknown following a necropsy by a local veterinarian, but the investigation is ongoing.

by USDA
2016 March 14
Taylor joined FDA in July 2009 and was named to this position in 2010. Since that time, he has led the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping food safety reform in more than 70 years, and guided nutrition-related initiatives to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease and other adverse diet-related outcomes.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The purpose of the pasture management plan is to think through the specific management practices required to achieve the expected level of production for the growing season ahead. There are several aspects included in the specifics—location, timing, quantity of product, costs and efficacy.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
A new artificial insemination technology developed by Membrane Protective Technologies Inc. (MPTI) of Fort Collins, CO, may become a game changer in the AI industry when it comes on the market. Developer and MPTI President Lisa Herickhoff hopes that will be by the end of the year.


2016 March 14
Fixed-time AI (FTAI) protocols allow all cows in a herd to be bred in one day. Proven AI sires add quality. Timed breeding adds uniformity to calf crops. Quality and uni formity bring premium prices, whether for feeder calves or fed cattle at packing plants.


2016 March 14
The hoop structure was completed in December 2014, and through one complete production year has worked relatively well. The Clarks manage a spring-calving herd with heifers calving in February and cows starting March 1. Cows are mostly Angus cross cows with some Hereford and Simmental influence.


2016 March 14
Bull selection presents an important opportunity to enhance the profitability of the beef production enterprise. For several reasons, bull selection is one of the most important producer decisions and, as such, requires advance preparation and effort to be successful.