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2011 July 15
Discussion in New Braunfels, TX, about declines this summer hasnt been limited to conversation about the drought-driven decline in the water level of the Guadalupe River. The river, which courses through the town, attracts thousands annually that challenge the whitewater rapids in kayaks and canoes.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Emergency grazing will be allowed through Sept. 30, 2011. CRP participants in approved counties must contact the local FSA office before turning out cattle. There will be a 25 percent reduction in the annual rental payment for the actual acres grazed. WLJ.
by DTN
2011 July 15
Cow production inputs started to skyrocket, explains Theeck, the veteran central Texas cowman. Thats when I realized to survive in the cattle business, I had to learn to do it with one cow to 10 acres with very little supplement or hay, as opposed to one cow to two or three acres as I was doing before.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Pork exports totaled 181,469 metric tons valued at $481.2 million, an 11 percent jump in volume and 15 percent in value over May 2010 levels. Volume was steady with the April 2011 results while value declined by about 1 percent. Year-todate through May, pork exports were up 16 percent in volume (916,763 metric tons) and 22 percent in value ($2.
by DTN
2011 July 15
Feeding corn stalks, corn hay or corn silage to the herd this year could be akin to poisoning your cows. Given extreme drought conditions across much of cattle country, dryland corn crops are more likely to have high levels of nitrates this year. And the first sign of nitrate poisoning is usually dead cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Tick populations have been high in western Nebraska. It is important to identify ticks if one is found embedded in the skin and to correctly remove ticks to reduce the risk of disease transfer.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Many articles have been written about the importance of keeping production and financial records in a beef cattle operation. I usually encourage recordkeeping to help increase production efficiency, but records have other uses also. In case you have not heard, Arkansas has had an increase in prevalence of trichomoniasis in beef cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
On Aug. 13-14, a weekend cattle tour focusing on Hereford genetics is being sponsored by Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho Hereford Association (OWNI) in conjunction with Oregon Hereford Association, Bird Herefords and Harrell Hereford Ranch.
by WLJ
2011 July 14
Frustrated with what some in Congress see as an agency over-reaching its responsibilities, Republican members of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee voted two weeks ago to require that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complete a full review of the cumulative effects of proposed
by WLJ
2011 July 14
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) continues to lose leaders in the wake of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the group’s Executive Committee. Last Monday, Tom Jones of Pottsville, AR, resigned his post as CBB chairman, just five months after being elected to the post. His resignation follows CBB CEO Tom Ramey’s, who
by WLJ
2011 July 14
SDA’s crop condition report, released in tandem with the July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) last week, did not provide the fireworks seen by the industry after the June release. According to USDA, the corn crop is making good progress despite the delayed plantings. Although the crop was rated at
by WLJ
2011 July 8
Published figures show that 29 percent of the July feedlot placements weighed more than 800 pounds when they entered the yard. Well over half of these cattle were over 700 pounds. These relatively heavy start weights would intuitively lead to shorter days on feed—something that is supported by the historic values from Kansas State University’s Focus on Feedlots report. If we look at June fat cattle data from the last five years, we see a gradual increase in days on feed up to 2008, when this number took a noticeable step back. The obvious explanation is high grain prices—and the significant
by WLJ
2011 July 8
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service announced the consolidation of the Livestock and Seed Programs Audit, Review and Compliance and Meat Grading and Certification Branches.
by WLJ
2011 July 8
With mid-summer temperatures at record highs, few cattlemen are thinking of feeding hay in the winter. But, now (mid-July) is the time to begin managing forages to reduce winter hay needs, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


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