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by WLJ
2012 February 3
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized three communications and journalism professionals at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show for outstanding work in 2011. In its second year, NCBA recognizes two communications professionals from an NCBA state affiliate organization and cattle breed association.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months contacting farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.
by DTN
2012 February 3
A Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) lawsuit filed last January could lead to restrictions or the outright banning of many pesticides and other chemicals to protect endangered species. Ongoing settlement negotiations between CBD and agriculture groups could wrap up this spring, assuming a settlement can be reached.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was the foremost breed association to create and implement Total Herd Reporting (THR). This concept revolutionized the fee structure for Red Angus registrations, but more importantly, focused the industry on the relationship between complete data and the value of subsequent genetic predictions.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Strong City, KS, modeled RAAA as a perfect example of “co-opetition”—a term combining the words “cooperation” and “competition” that describes competitors within an industry cooperating to increase the size of their market share, then competing individually for clientele.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 Spring EPDs which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Cattle producers across the nation pooled their resources to help the All American Beef Battalion (AABB) feed steaks to our soldiers. During the Mile High Classic Red Angus Sale on Sunday, Jan.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
For the past three years, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has enrolled over 100,000 head of Red Angus-influenced calves in FCCP—last year exceeding 125,000 head. The Association is on track to continue that recordbreaking trend this year as program enrollment and tag sales have continued to be strong going into calving season.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Actual and adjusted weights are affected by environment, nutrition and management. Contemporary group ratios are an improvement, as they account for these environmental variables. However, they do not incorporate comparative performance data on related individuals in countless herds throughout the country.
by DTN
2012 February 3
Corporate profits are up 15 percent over last year. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were in the middle of a big economic expansion,” said Dotzour. “But investors are not willing to pay for those profits and companies are not willing to hire because no one thinks Con-.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
The windfall in land wealth “has made multimillionaires out of people who have no cash,” said Lambert. That could mean parents must step up gifting programs to move land out of their estates or launch installment sales of land now while interest rates are low.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
A summer of excessive moisture and good grass growth followed by recordhigh temperatures and record-low precipitation this winter has provided many northern Plains cattle producers with the opportunity to extend their grazing season well beyond normal.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
“By working with ranchers, and helping get accurate scientific information into the hands of the Forest Service and BLM, Nick has helped keep many New Mexico ranches in operation,” said Bebo Lee, NMFLC president, Alamogordo. “We appreciate his hard work and dedication, and are glad for this opportunity to say thank you.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
The operation was able to start over with a new set of cows, focusing on fitness and convenience traits. They coupled this with modifications in their calving and weaning calendars to develop a system where cows could thrive entirely on grazed forage. Eliminating the need for additional feed, supplement or hay is a big advantage in today’s market.


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