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by WLJ
2010 October 29
Backgrounding calves serves to adapt cattle to feed, get them through the stress of weaning, build immunity with proper vaccinations, add weight by converting either home-grown or purchased feeds, and market at different times and weights, says Dale Naze, Extension animal systems agent for McKenzie County.
by WLJ
2010 October 29
The beef checkoff conducts p e r i o d i c surveys to m o n i t o r consumer confidence in the safety of beef. These studies provide measures of the effects on consumers of issues in the marketing environment and support a strategic foundation for consumer and influencer programs in issues management and communications.
by DTN
2010 October 29
For Troy Ellis, winter feeding is all about holding the line on body condition and making sure cows and heifers are in good shape for a round of AI work by mid- November. But this year, it's looking to be a more expensive proposition.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
State of Idaho officials will no longer take responsibility for wolf issues, according to a decision announced last Monday by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
2010 October 22
Last week, nearly 170 pregnant cows and heifers boarded a Boeing 747 in Fargo, ND, destined for the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan. They were the second of 12 such loads, scheduled between now and mid-December, designed to bolster the former Soviet nations ailing beef industry.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
Fed cattle prices took a big leap higher last week as packers came to the table on Wednesday paying $101-102.50 for live cattle, prices which were $4-5 higher than the previous week. Dressed cattle sales came in $7-8 higher than the previous week at $158-160.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board last week passed a vote on proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce newly created livestock care standards. The civil penalty rules provide guidance for major and minor livestock care standard violations, and the civil penalties apply to each set of livestock care standards the board creates.
by DTN
2010 October 22
Cow/calf producers and backgrounders who can hold onto animals a little longer and add forage-based pounds should be in a sweet spot to sell going into 2011. Corn prices, spurred ahead by lower-than-expected production and a drop in carryout, will now encourage feeders to opt for heavier animals than they may have wanted just a month ago.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
August was a solid month for both U.S. beef and pork exports as both easily outpaced the results of August 2009 and increased their gains over the cumulative totals from the first eight months of 2009.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
If youve decided to sell your calves, you need to determine how to maximize your return on what youve already invested. You may have already determined that selling immediately following weaning through conventional market channels is best for you. However, there are alternatives to selling your calves as a commodity.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
The cattle industry continues to adjust to high feed prices not only from the last three years, but also from the most recent increases in corn, distillers, and soybean meal costs. The longer-term adjustments continue to play out in the reduction of cow numbers.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
Formerly part of Westchester Group, Inc., Westchester Auctions LLC and Westchester Real Estate, Inc. will now be known as Murray Wise Associates LLC to reflect a change in ownership. In addition, Westchester Capital Advisors LLC will be renamed Murray Wise Capital LLC, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray Wise Associates.
by DTN
2010 October 22
The panel discussion, part of a CME Group Inc. conference on global financial leadership in Naples, FL, comes as the debate over food versus fuel returns. The issue had been dormant for much of the past two years, but heated up again in recent weeks as corn prices reached two-year highs.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
USDA last week announced $30,000 in funding for the Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) to enhance its Young Producer Programs, which train beginning ranchers to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in todays highly diverse agricultural industry.
2010 October 22
Agricultural education continues to enjoy rising student enrollment in California high schools, but faced with shrinking budgets, many school districts are struggling to accommodate this growth and, in some cases, scaling back key components of their agricultural programs.
by WLJ
2010 October 22
The beef checkoff continues to encourage beef and dairy producers to be proactive when it comes to Beef Quality Assurance (BQA): learning about best practices and how to utilize them to help produce safe, wholesome beef for consumers.