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New Angus Genomic Test Announced

Allen Moczygemba   |   American Angus Association
8/14/2017

I’m excited to announce that on November 4th, the American Angus Association will be introducing a new genomic test, AngusGS™. AngusGS will be a high density 50K test designed by the team of geneticists at Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) with testing conducted by Neogen. The new genomic test is built specifically for Angus cattle which over time will mean improved accuracy and better results.

The AGI team has worked to saturate the new genomic test with markers targeting specific genomic regions of influence in Angus cattle. This means future improved test accuracy once a subset of animals has been tested with AngusGS. Additional markers for traits like fertility, feed efficiency and tenderness, including Calpain and Calpastatin, have been included to advance research for future...

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Long-Term Commitment to Success
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
10/19/2017

“That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.” Those are the famous words spoken by American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first human to ever set foot on the moon in July of 1969. It’s no surprise that things were different in America in the late...

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The National Western Angus Bull Sale scheduled for January 10, 2018.
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
9/20/2017

When most think of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., they think of weathered wooden green chairs, historic brick livestock buildings, cool mountain air and the view of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. The NWSS is a fixture on most stockmen’s calendars, taking place each January...

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The Angus Report: Montana and Western States Wildfire Update
Katy Holdener
The Angus Report
9/15/2017

The American Angus Association's thoughts are with those effected by the wildfires stretching over Montana and other western states. Much of Montana has been in drought conditions this summer, and without any rain in the forecast, the fires have continued to grow. Angus Regional Manager, Kurt Kangas,...

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Register for the 2017 Angus Convention
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
9/13/2017

The premier event features opportunities for people from all industry sectors to engage in networking, education and a expansive trade show. If you haven’t registered yet for the Convention, you can still take advantage of the affordable $125 registration fee through September 30. This is...

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New Angus Genomic Test Announced
Allen Moczygemba
American Angus Association
8/14/2017

I’m excited to announce that on November 4th, the American Angus Association will be introducing a new genomic test, AngusGS™. AngusGS will be a high density 50K test designed by the team of geneticists at Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) with testing conducted by Neogen. The new genomic test is...

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Profitable and Possible
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/21/2017

Some think a dramatic increase in Prime grading beef spells oversupply. When will packers have enough? “I can tell you, we haven’t reached that point today,” says Steve Williams, head of procurement for JBS USA. “I don’t see a time in my lifetime when Prime’s not a big premium. I just don’t see it.”...

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Made in the Shade
Justin Sexton
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/19/2017

It’s been an interesting year for climate, as we could tell halfway through the spring. A parade of wind storms, fires, blizzards and floods moved swiftly by, leaving every cattle farm and ranch to cope with those and the peculiarities of an early or late spring, with too little or too much moisture....

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Don’t Blame the Calves
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/17/2017

Things aren’t always what they seem. It’s no secret, marbling in harvested fed cattle declines from late February to early May each year (See Chart). That coincides with a seasonal switch from yearlings to calf-feds in the harvest mix, which often gets the blame. Yet, recent data from the University...

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Rise Above the Cycle
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/14/2017

Is this a good time to expand your cow herd, now that the U.S. beef cattle industry is deep into a fourth year of its rebuilding phase? The consensus has a short answer: no. They say we’ve already added more than enough cows to produce the volume of beef consumers can afford to buy. Adding to your herd...

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Good Interruptions
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/14/2017

There was no divine calling, no enduring photos of a toddler baking in his memaw’s kitchen, chef hat atop his head. For Eric Zizka, the ascent to culinary captain was messy, jotted with football injuries and car crashes, dreams stolen and abandoned plans. “You don’t realize it until now,” he says, “but...

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Making Pasture Improvements Can Increase Digestibility, Enhance Gains
BioZyme Inc.
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/14/2017

It’s time to start thinking about turning your cattle out to summer grass. Regardless if you own or rent your pasture, it is important to make sure you are getting the most efficient use of your resources. The first thing to consider is the stocking rate for the specific area where you live. Stocking...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

Did you know you can save more than 25% of available forage by weaning calves early? The current dryness affecting the land has caused all livestock producers to review options. For some in a drought situation, the only real solution is rain. Producers need to take charge whether the season is dry or...

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Better Beef Leads Value Gain
Steve Suther, CAB
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

When cattle gain or lose $150 in per-head value in a week, it’s easy to lose sight of what lifts that value trend over the years. A University of Missouri (MU) study of 2003-2016 boxed-beef cutout values isolates the contribution of branded and Prime sales. The work by MU economist Scott Brown builds...

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Switch from Fescue to Alfalfa
Linda Geist, University of Missouri
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

“Good hay doesn’t have to come over the state line,” said University of Missouri (MU) Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. Plenty of good hay grows in Missouri’s Ozark region. Cole spoke at the recent MU Extension Alfalfa Tour hosted at the Ash Grove farm of Rick and Justin Williams in Greene County....

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Using birth weights earlier for genetic evaluation
Kelli Retallick
Angus Journal
7/12/2017

This summer, updates to the weekly Angus genetic evaluation will be incorporated. Birth weights submitted after this date will be incorporated into the Angus genetic evaluation upon completion of the calving season as issued by individual members. This allows earlier assessment of calving ease and birth...

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The Cattlemen’s Black Book
JD Rosman
Angus Media
7/10/2017

For years, Angus producers from across the country have kept herd records using the pocket-sized Beef Record Services (BRS)/AngusSource® black books. Stacks of the books, some dating back more than 30 years, contain handwritten information about the producer’s cattle, memories of where their operations...

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Don’t Miss the Action at the 2017 NJAS
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
7/10/2017

Angus juniors and their families are gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Activities begin Monday, July 10, and will continue through Saturday, July 15. The six-day event is full of cattle shows, showmanship competitions...

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Time for Prime, Part Two
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/10/2017

"I don’t see a time in my lifetime when Prime’s not a big premium. I just don’t see it.” Steve Williams, head of procurement for JBS USA, can say that with some confidence. He’s been on the cattle-buying side of the equation for enough years to identify a strong market signal. When he sits across a desk...

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Association Perspective
Jeff Mafi
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/10/2017

Beef trade negotiations between the United States and China finalized June 12 after a 14-year absence. Here are a few of the aspects of the agreement according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. China will accept U.S. fresh, chilled and frozen products, including bone-in, boneless and ground...

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2017 Meat Production Estimates Trimmed
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

U.S. meat production is growing more slowly than previously expected. Many analysts have trimmed their estimates and USDA, in the latest monthly estimates, reduced forecasts for 2017 beef, pork and poultry production from earlier levels. Total red meat and poultry production is expected to total near...

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Strip Grazing Fencing Techniques
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

For good utilization of turnips or other brassicas, or some of the new cocktail mixes of forage species, it works best if you use portable electric fencing to move the cattle across the field in small strips, according to Tom Larson, who farmed for many years in Nebraska. Larson used polywire, and it...

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Interns Arrive at Angus
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
7/7/2017

The American Angus Association welcomes four interns to Saint Joseph, Mo., for the summer: Haley Ercoli, Morgan Marley, Mayzie Purviance and Taylor Wilkins. These four young women have packed up and moved to Saint Joseph in hopes of broadening their horizons, furthering their education and obtaining...

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A Look at the Economics of Parasite Control
Zoetis
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

When cattle prices are lower and every input cost is scrutinized, it’s tempting to drop parasite control from the health program to save a little money. However, studies have shown a true economic benefit to controlling parasites. “Parasite burdens in grazing cattle can decrease efficiency due to decreased...

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Long-term advantages of high-health herds
Bob Larson, Kansas State University
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

Although it would be impossible to prevent all instances of disease or injury in a beef herd, high-health herds benefit from having few animals that require veterinary care and carry those advantages through the life of each animal and into the next generations. It is easy to identify the short-term...

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Cozzitorto to Lead Angus Productions Inc.
Jena McRell
Angus Media
7/6/2017

An accomplished business executive and collaborative leader, Rick Cozzitorto takes the helm as Angus Productions Inc. (API) president June 30. He brings decades of experience in livestock marketing, sales and encouraging teams to reach new heights. Cozzitorto will lead 40 employees at API, the industry-leading...

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Beaches and Beef
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/6/2017

Pick any beach on the main Hawaiian Islands on any given Sunday and you’ll likely see tents popped up and lawn chairs dotting the coastline; fishing poles, Frisbees and flip-flops; bikinis, barbecues and beef. “The family gathering, whether you’re blood family or not, is much more frequent in their culture...

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Want to Take it Inside?
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

"Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above …” Those words, first penned by Montana poet Robert Fletcher, were put to music by songwriter Cole Porter back in 1934. The lyrics of Don’t Fence Me In express a longing for pastoral surroundings, presumably somewhere out in cow country. Today,...

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Not just another day
Allen Moczygemba
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

At the time, the day of April 12, 1967, seemed like just another Wednesday. Granted, it was a tumultuous time for our nation. The Vietnam War was building in intensity and, in fact, in two days (April 14) U.S. planes would bomb Haiphong, Vietnam, for the first time. Opposition was beginning to grow toward...

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Fancy Feasts for Pets
Dan Green
Angus Talk
7/1/2017

Along America's Angus Trails watches the hide and offal market for beef byproducts, because 8-25% of the total value of each carcass comes this way, depending on all the variable market factors, at any given time. Pet food for dogs and cats has always been a market for the beef industry, mostly coming...

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Genetics of Reproduction Project and MateSel
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/28/2017

Many cow-calf producers would be surprised at the number of failed pregnancies that occur after a beef cow or heifer is bred. According to University of California-Davis geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam, natural service or artificial insemination (AI) results in successful fertilization about 90% of the...

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Staying Power
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/28/2017

A cow needs to remain in production long enough to generate revenue to offset the costs of her development and maintenance, explained Scott Speidel, assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University (CSU). Speidel explained the significance of stayability and random regression in the...

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Angus Moves to Single Step July 7
Jena McRell
Angus Media
6/27/2017

Driven by the rise of genomic technology and uptake by the nation’s Angus breeders, the American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) announce monumental changes to the breed’s weekly genetic evaluation. Beginning Friday, July 7, the organization will become the first major U.S. beef breed...

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Starting from Scratch
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/26/2017

Kevin and Lydia Yon of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, didn’t have much when they started their journey in the cattle business. After many years of hard work and perseverance, their story of “not much” turned into the classic American dream. Both majoring in animal science at Clemson University, the Yons...

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Know Your Consumer
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/26/2017

Fifth-generation rancher Amanda Radke had a strong message for young farmers and ranchers at the 2017 Young Producers’ Symposium hosted May 31 prior to and in conjunction with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium in Athens, Ga. The blogger, agricultural journalist and millennial mom from South...

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Local Genetic Adaption Project
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/26/2017

“We know that antagonisms between genetics and the environment [exist]. Now, we’re going hunting for them,” said University of Missouri geneticist Jared Decker in a presentation delivered during the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention May 31-June 3 in Athens, Ga. Decker...

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Economic Benefits of Synchronized Artificial Insemination
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/26/2017

The disciplined application of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) can have a lasting economic advantage. University of Tennessee Reproductive Physiologist Justin Rhinehart thinks these complementary technologies would be more widely used if commercial cow-calf producers understood...

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A Big Missed Steak
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/24/2017

Along America's Angus Trails, follows beef's ever-more-clever vegan would-be competitors closely — if nothing else to keep the red meat industry on it's toes, ready to pounce if faux beef ever really gets tasty enough to be a threat to the real thing in the marketplace. There is today, an ever-growing,...

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The Promise of Genomics
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/23/2017

They promised a doubling of the accuracy of prediction for genetic merit. Looking back, it’s easy to see that some early advocates of genomics were somewhat overzealous in promoting a still underdeveloped technology. Yet after getting off to a slow start, the science has advanced remarkably, and many...

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Investing in the Future: Heifer Development for Longevity
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/23/2017

Although the principles for sourcing replacements hasn’t changed for many years, new technologies, improvements in genetics, and the ever-changing market have affected the way producers select and develop replacement heifers. Justin Rhinehart, associate professor and extension beef cattle specialist...

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Beef Cattle Climate Adaptability
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/21/2017

It is predicted that by 2100, the average temperature in the United States will be raised by 2º-6º C (3.6°-10.8° F), and the number of days with a temperature above 32º C (90° F) is expected to increase, shared Raluca Mateescu, a quantitative geneticist for the University of Florida. In other words,...

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Year-round Grazing Using Standing Corn for Winter Feed
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/21/2017

Research at Utah State University (USU) a few years ago looked into a year-round grazing system. Randy Wiedmeier, now a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, spent 25 years at USU working on range and forage projects. One project focused on using field corn to provide winter grazing...

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Evaluation the Mmmmm
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/21/2017

Flavor, tenderness, juiciness, appearance, aroma and freshness — all are attributes that contribute to beef consumers’ beef-eating satisfaction. Yet, when tenderness is constant, it is flavor, or “taste,” that is the primary beef demand driver, according to Bridget Wasser, senior director of meat science...

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Adopting Technology
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/21/2017

The beef industry’s greatest challenge and greatest opportunity are actually one and the same, said the University of Missouri’s Dave Patterson at the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Symposium hosted May 31 as part of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium in Athens, Ga., May...

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Mundhenke Beef Named BIF Commercial Producer of the Year
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented John and Gina Mundhenke of Mundhenke Beef near Lewis, Kansas, the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 1 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. This national award is presented annually to a producer...

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Hermel Presented Continuing Service Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Shauna Hermel, St. Joseph, Missouri, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 2 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes...

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Yons Presented Continuing Service Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Kevin and Lydia Yon, Ridge Spring, South Carolina, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 2 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization....

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Lemmon Presented BIF Pioneer Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recognized Harvey Lemmon posthumously with a BIF Pioneer Award June 1 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring...

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Angus Media Hires General Manager
Jena McRell
Angus Media
6/19/2017

Angus Media, the communications arm of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo., welcomes a new general manager to its team of professionals. Missouri native Sara Reardon brings more than a decade of experience in livestock marketing, strategy and project management to her role on the industry-leading...

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Start Now
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

Only one to two months ago the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow-calf operators how calving is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting...

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Tips to Reduce and Handle Heat Stress in Livestock
BioZyme Inc.
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat. Heat stress is almost inevitable, but some management practices can be implemented to help animals better cope with rising temperatures. All mammals regulate...

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Watch Out for Sneezeweed
Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

One plant currently flowering across different parts of Texas is poisonous and should be of concern to ranchers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Small-headed sneezeweed, which falls in the sunflower family, is a native, warm-season annual that grows statewide except for the...

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Trends in Grass-fed Beef
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/17/2017

I used the secret steak seasoning mix of the late Angus breeder and sale manager Jim Baldridge of North Platte, Neb., as a dry rub over the meat for 24 hours in the frig. I brought it out for a couple hours to get it up to room temperature, got my old time iron skillet smoking hot on the stove, seared...

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Make Treatment Plans a Priority
Donald Stotts, Oklahoma State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

It is “calf-working time” in Oklahoma, which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or — if one does not exist — develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations. Some may consider a treatment protocol plan as being something...

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Warm Up for 2017 National Junior Angus Show
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
6/16/2017

The sound of laughter and cattle mooing will fill the air signaling the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The nation’s largest youth beef cattle competition is a place where everyone on the Angus team will come together, and where the future leaders of the Angus breed will showcase their cattle...

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Spring Blizzard Strikes Heartland
Paige Nelson
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

On April 29-30, 2017, an unexpected spring snowstorm plastered parts of eastern New Mexico and Colorado, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and western Kansas and Nebraska with 12 inches (in.) to 24 in. or more of snow and 60 mph wind gusts. While this region of cattle country is no stranger to harsh...

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Irrigated Pasture Management
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

With well-planned intensive management, irrigated pasture can often be more productive than the same ground used for haying. Some ranchers are looking at a change from haying to grazing irrigated fields. Randy Wiedmeier, University of Missouri (MU) Extension livestock specialist, spent 25 years at Utah...

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Making the Jump
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

As spring approaches, so does calving for most beef cattle producers. Spring also begins the most critical part of the journey for the replacement heifer in becoming a cow. A spring-calving replacement heifer with a target mature weight of 1,200 pounds (lb.) is likely weighing about 950 lb. entering...

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Building a Brand
Radale Tiner
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

We have all heard the phrase “building a brand.” What does this truly mean? Does it mean an actual character that is branded onto your animals? Does it mean a slogan or logo that you have created? Does it represent the quality of product that people automatically think of when they hear your name? I...

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Bale-grazing Progressing in Second Year
Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

When Adair County, Ky., farmer Fred Thomas started a bale-grazing demonstration project two years ago with the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, he was looking for a way to improve the health of his cattle and his pastures. As the project moves along, Thomas continues...

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Ohio Family Recognized for Historic Angus Herd
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
6/14/2017

James Rentz of Creek Side Farm in Coldwater, Ohio, is well known in the industry for his 65 years of dedication raising high-quality Angus cattle and making monumental impacts within the breed and its Association. The American Angus Association is proud to recognize Rentz as a recipient of the Historic...

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Spinning Off Stress
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/10/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is ever sensitive to the travails of ranching and the stressful toll it can take on the ol' bod. This spring, so far, has seemedworse than usual, depending on where you operate, with weather episodes of drought, flooding, tornado damage, wild temperature swings and delayed...

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No Nonsense in the Rockies
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/26/2017

"If you have good heifers, you have good bulls.” Terry Walter settles back into his chair. It’s not to add effect to the statement; his shift allows time for others to catch on to what the Colorado rancher knows to be true. Good cattle come from good cattle, and there’s no sense denying the importance...

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Ranch Environment and Beef Demand
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/24/2017

You’ve heard about it often enough: Match the cow to your environment. The articles and presentations say optimize the use of land, labor and forage resources; monitor success by measuring pounds of beef per acre. That sounds simple enough, but individuals vary their interpretations. Those who love to...

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Finding Balance
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
5/24/2017

Neal and Amanda Sorenson are fifth- generation ranchers, raising registered Angus seedstock near Spotted Horse, Wyo. “In 1884 my great-great-grandparents homesteaded on the confluence of Clear Creek and the Powder River,” says Neal. “For a while they ran a stage stop. Then they sold that homestead and...

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Working with the BLM
Paige Nelson
Angus Journal
5/24/2017

"By a show of hands, how many of you hate the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) or the Forest Service?” asked John Reese, a BLM range conservationist from Kanab, Utah. Reese addressed a group of young ranchers at the Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference Jan. 27, 2017. A few...

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That much better?
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/22/2017

Cattle genetics have made big improvements since the American Angus Association released its beef value ($B) index in 2004. Often called “dollar beef,” it was one of the first tools to combine expected progeny differences (EPDs) for feedyard and carcass traits with economic measures. At the time, the...

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Time for Prime
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/22/2017

It’s easy to say Prime-grading beef is “just a happy accident” if you don’t produce it. Cattlemen like Gerry Shinn of Jackson, Mo.; Berry Bortz of Preston, Kan.; or Troy Hadrick of Faulkton, S.D., wouldn’t call it that. “I told people from the very start that we need Prime, Yield Grade (YG) 3s,” says...

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A Case for Composting
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
5/22/2017

Usually, farm and ranch kids learn early about the circle of life. When you’re raised around livestock, there can be many opportunities to witness births of animals and deaths. Kids learn that despite good husbandry practices, some newborn calves don’t survive, and cattle of all ages can and do die from...

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Man’s Best Friend
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/20/2017

Today, Along America's Angus Trails is thinking back fondly of the plethora of ranch dogs that have enriched his life. Robbie, Smokie, Myrt, Carmel. Thor. I'll bet most of the listening audience could cite similar cherished memories of their beloved ranch dogs over the years. Whether well trained...

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Adaptive Management
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
5/19/2017

According to conventional wisdom, managers of grazing lands should err on the side of conservatism. Many also find comfort in applying some kind of formula for determining stocking rate. Range Scientist Justin Derner thinks that’s why so many managers stock their ranges and pastures according to what...

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The Right Sort
Laura Nelson
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/19/2017

Wade Massar is not even a little sheepish about his vices: good horses, time in the saddle and time in the sorting pens. “My wife says sometimes I just like to sort for the sake of something to do — ‘you just sort to sort,’ ” the Circle, Mont., cattleman laughs. “We do everything on horseback, and that...

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Are we there yet?
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/19/2017

We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she’d ask, “Are we ALMOST there?” Turns out 12 miles is a really long way when there’s the anticipation of a playdate. But I get it. I like that sense of accomplishment when...

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Set Out for Texas Angus Country
Jena McRell
Angus Media
5/19/2017

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s certainly the hope for the National Angus Tour set for Nov. 3, just prior to the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. The National Angus Tour is an annual favorite for American Angus Association members, allowing them to travel the countryside,...

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Angus Value Discovery
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/17/2017

While cattle genetics keep improving, no national carcass challenge has tracked that since 2012 — until now. The Angus Value Discovery Contest began this spring as a means of carcass data collection and friendly competition for commercial Angus producers, nominated by their seedstock or genetics providers....

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Tempered by Fire
Shauna Rose Hermel
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

Watching a video documenting the devastation of the fires that broke out March 6, Mark Gardiner winces at the frames showing dead cattle lined up for burial. It isn’t just a movie. It’s all too real. Those cows, the ground they grazed and the people they bring together are the passion, not to mention...

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It Takes a Village
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

“It’s just been put on hold,” Melanie Hink candidly says of her flower shop on Main Street. The Ashland, Kan., native certainly isn’t without work, though. She may have 30 years in the floral design business, but she has nearly as many invested in Ashland’s Christian Church Camp — and right now, it’s...

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Rural America Rises
Jena McRell
The Angus Report
5/17/2017

Gardiner Angus Ranch Recounts Wildfire Up from the ashes of the March 6 wildfires come inspired stories of strength and hope. Mark and Eva Gardiner, Gardiner Angus Ranch near Ashland, Kan., share what they’ve experienced and how rural neighbors, near and far, have contributed to recovery efforts. Overcoming...

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Foot structure is quite heritable
Stephen Miller
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

As a step toward developing tools to enable breeders to sustain and improve foot structure in Angus cattle, the Association launched two traits for producers to score in February 2015. Since that time 7,133 records have been received in yearling cattle and 2,942 at later ages, representing 9,888 unique...

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Elevating Technology
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/13/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is remembering his childhood elevator rides, particularly in the original unenclosed car at Denver's Livestock Exchange Building. It went up and down all of four floors, very slowly and haltingly. It had no walls, so you could see the cables pulling it, how they were...

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Your Best Management
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
5/10/2017

Rosie Knold, assistant department head and associate professor of animal science at SDSU, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: What topics are covered in the Best Management Practices for...

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Talking Markets
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
5/8/2017

Craig Van Dyke, senior risk manager at Top Third Ag Marketing, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: It’s kind of two separate worlds, production and finance, and farmers and ranchers have...

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4 Keys for Effective Probiotic Use
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

The benefits of probiotics keep adding up for livestock producers. Research shows that including probiotics in rations can improve producers’ return on investment through better feed efficiency, increased production or even more robust immune responses.1 “With benefits like these, feeding a probiotic...

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Efforts to Promote Beef Nutrition and Health Benefits Reviewed
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

Efforts to continue communicating the health and nutrition attributes of beef to consumers, key opinion leaders and health professionals were discussed by beef industry leaders during February’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. One existing effort is the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative...

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Managing Herd Security, BVD
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

“Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is one of the most manageable pathogens affecting cattle producers,” stated Mississippi State University veterinarian David Smith, adding that anyone who wants to avoid BVD in their herd can. “So, if BVD is a manageable disease, why aren’t more producers managing it?” Smith...

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Spotting a Nothingburger
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/6/2017

Along America's Angus Trails notes the increasing use of the beef-centric term "nothingburger" to describe gauzy Inside-the-Beltway initiatives or policy proposals in Washington. To a non-word-nerd, you'd assume that they were talking about so-called burgers made out of poultry, tofu or hip new...

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Beef Sustainability Metrics Taking Shape
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/5/2017

As the topic of sustainability continues to be discussed within the agricultural industry, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) is moving forward with developing metrics to assess sustainable practices within each sector of the beef value chain. Ben Weinheimer, vice president of the Texas...

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Up, and to the right
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/5/2017

More beef on the market meant lower prices in 2016, fueling greater demand from consumers largely recovered from the 2008 recession. That buying response was strongest for premium beef, which also saw the most supply increase. Demand studies from Kansas State University (K-State) and the University of...

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Vaccinating Calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Other
5/5/2017

Colostrum provides newborn calves temporary immunity from disease via maternal antibodies. After a few weeks, calves must start building their own immunities. Vaccinating calves at the proper time can help. Vaccinating too soon, however, may not stimulate immune response. If the calf still has maternal...

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Farm Bankruptcies Could Rise
Alayna DeMartini, Ohio State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/5/2017

Declining farm income and farmland values likely will lead to an increase in the number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans and eventually a rise in farm bankruptcies, predicted a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists. While the current farm bankruptcy rate is low, at two per...

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Tips for Working with the BLM and Forest Service
Paige Nelson
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/3/2017

In today’s advocate-centric ag community, the phrase, “If we don’t tell our story, who will?” is one social media post away from becoming cliché. John Reese, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) range conservationist, says that philosophy rings true for BLM and Forest Service personnel. Reese addressed...

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Terms of his own
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/3/2017

“You’re done.” It was no use pleading or cursing. The funny guy’s audition was shot, and with it went the dream of dimly lit comedy clubs full of cigars and uncontrollable belly laughs. Michael Midgley hung up the phone, dropped his head and went back to his mark on the prep line at Chili’s. After all,...

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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Ames, Iowa
Jena McRell
Angus Media
5/3/2017

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met April 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in a Raising the Bar conference. “Not only is Iowa...

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Pregnancy Protocol
Doug Medlock
Angus Talk
5/3/2017

Dr. Kevin Hill serves in Merck Animal Health’s technical service division and was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: When is the ideal time for cattle producers to conduct pregnancy checks?...

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Auxiliary Hosts Second Annual Fundraiser
American Angus Auxiliary
Angus Media
5/1/2017

The American Angus Auxiliary is proud to present the second-annual Full Circle Online Auction, a national Angus consignment sale. The Full Circle Online Auction is a web-based consignment market that offers Angus breeders, families and allied industry the opportunity to both sell and buy, while making...

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Spring Clean-up for Pastures
Kurt Kangas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

Spring is finally starting in the Northwest. Calving season is winding down, and cows and bulls are looking forward to spending quality time together on greener pastures. Without a doubt, springtime on a ranch is an extremely busy time of year. Calving, branding, breeding, fencing, seeding ... the list...

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Supplementing Body Condition Score
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

“The single hardest time to raise body condition score (BCS) in cows is right after calving,” Ted Perry told his audience at a Learning Lounge session inside the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3. Perry, lead nutritionist for Purina’s Beef Technical Solutions...

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In the Cattle Markets
Josh Maples, Mississippi State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

It was reported in mid-April that China has agreed to allow beef imports from the United States for the first time since 2003. This announcement follows a very similar announcement made in September of 2016, though no actual trade has occurred yet. Gaining access to the most populated country in the...

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Milk Wars
Dan Green
Angus Talk
4/29/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is thinking good thoughts today about the cattle industry's cousins in the cow-keeping business, the dairy industry. Aside from having always being glad that he never had to be chained to milking cows twice a day, seven days a week, year around, I have always greatly...

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Anaplasmosis: What Cattlemen Need to Know
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
4/28/2017

Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM and director of production animal field investigations at Kansas State University, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Q: What is anaplasmosis? A: Anaplasmosis is a disease that affects the red blood cells of cattle, and it's...

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Expanding cows or herds
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/28/2017

As the cow herd expands, market prices contract from their record highs and focus more attention on adding value. How to do that commonly comes down to adding what the market values in health and weaning practices from effective vaccinations to bunk breaking. This month, let’s consider ways to capitalize...

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Big Leagues, Extra Innings
Hannah Johlman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/28/2017

Braden Schaal had always dreamed of playing professional baseball. From Little League to high school and college ball, the right-handed pitcher knew if he was going to be the best, he had to work hard. So he did, perfecting his pitches for nearly 15 years. Making it in the majors is a once-in-a-lifetime...

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Stuck in the Middle
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
4/28/2017

It’s a sad story. It’s the true tale of a 68-year- old farmer who was concerned about the transition of management and ownership of his family’s operation. The story stems from an actual conversation between this man, whom we’ll call “Joe,” and University of Nebraska Department of Agricultural Economics...

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Clostridial Infections in Calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
4/26/2017

Clostridial infections are bad news and almost always fatal. The good news is that most can be prevented by vaccination. The not-so-good news is that there are a few that cause gut infections in calves for which there are no vaccines. Several serious livestock diseases are caused by this group of anaerobic...

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The lobster tail of meats
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/26/2017

The growing beef supply won’t automatically find more room in the meat case, but it can earn its way with differentiated quality. “We can’t be as efficient in production as pork and poultry so therefore we’re not going to be as cheap,” said Sam Hands, managing partner of Triangle H, Garden City, Kan....

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Millennials: Pulling Back the Curtain
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
4/26/2017

Ashley Collins, director of college relations with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: Who is considered a Millennial? A: There's a couple...

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Winning with the Angus Team
JD Rosman
Angus Media
4/26/2017

Come win with the Angus team at this year’s National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 9-15 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members and their families will take part in the most competitive national junior livestock show in the country. Participants...

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Angus Convention in the Lone Star State
Jena McRell
Angus Media
4/24/2017

The Western ranching spirit is alive and well in Fort Worth, Texas. Whether visiting the historic stockyards and catching the daily cattle drive or exploring the rich history and heritage preserved downtown — it’s a location that brings out an appreciation and respect for the nation’s cattlemen and women,...

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Colvin Fund: $40,000 for 7 young leaders
Hannah Johlman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/24/2017

Seven college students in beef and related studies have been awarded $40,000 in scholarships from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. That’s up nearly 54% from last year’s total. Established in 1999, the Colvin Scholarship Fund supports education of future leaders in agriculture and animal sciences...

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Selection on $B improves feed efficiency
Dan Moser
Angus Journal
4/24/2017

Angus dollar values ($Values) are designed to help breeders balance selection emphasis among a variety of traits to improve profitability. Such multitrait selection becomes difficult when the traits are unfavorably related. An example of a group of traits with an unfavorable correlation includes growth,...

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An Ounce of Prevention
Joann Pipkin
Angus Journal
4/24/2017

Missouri Angus breeder Mark Haden already had a strict vaccination protocol in place, yet a couple of red flags in his herd couldn’t be explained. “We had one cow that had a calf the year before that had some really oddball problems,” Haden explains. After consulting with his veterinarian, Michael Spragg,...

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Reducing the Need
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
4/21/2017

Good health depends on many factors. Modern technology creating vaccines and antibiotics made disease prevention and treatment easier. For decades, cattle producers routinely used vaccination for prevention and antimicrobial drugs for treatment. Use of antimicrobials is being questioned today, however,...

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A Look Back
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
4/21/2017

Bob Hough, freelance writer and beef industry expert, joins Angus Talk to discuss how the Angus business has changed over the past 75 years. Q: We're talking about history today, which cattle breeds were the first to be imported into the United States? A: The first cattle that came into the U.S....

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Beef prices near sustainable levels
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/21/2017

Depending on which side of the gate you’re on, it was heartening or worrisome to see cattle and beef prices recover coming into spring. Cattle markets are widely reported in farm and ranch media, but beef and competing protein prices underlie it all. The Choice boxed-beef price recovered nearly 20% from...

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Seeking Donations for Angus Foundation Silent Auction
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
4/21/2017

The Angus Foundation is once again hosting its annual silent auction during the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Des Moines, Iowa. As always, the proceeds benefit education, youth and research initiatives supporting the Angus breed. Items donated to the Angus Foundation for the silent auction...

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Angus Foundation Hosts Annual Golf Tournament
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
4/20/2017

It’s time to once again break out your golfing shoes! The Angus Foundation’s 17th annual golf tournament will take place Tuesday, July 11, at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, Iowa. This event held in conjunction with the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) helps fund education, youth and research...

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Standing Out from the Crowd
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
4/20/2017

Anne Lampe goes by many titles: mother, daughter, wife, cattlewoman, manager and secretary for the Kansas Angus Association, American Angus Auxiliary member and past president, talented interior decorator, fashionista, photographer, editor, designer, and, most recently, Distinguished Woman. It’s barely...

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25 Years of NBQA
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/20/2017

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” A pioneer in the world of business process reengineering, W. Edwards Deming conceptualized the notion. The National Beef Quality Audits (NBQA) and the National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audits (NMCBBQA) applied it. Attendees of the 2017...

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Designing a trichomoniasis control plan
Bob Larson
Angus Beef Bulletin
4/19/2017

Trichomoniasis (trich) is a highly contagious disease that can cause cows to abort an early pregnancy when the organism is passed from infected bulls to cows during mating. This disease is very important to the cattle industry because infected herds experience very severe losses — commonly up to a 30%...

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Trend Setters
Dan Green
Angus Talk
4/15/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is glad to find out that ranchers and their families have long been in the vanguard of yet another hot societal trend — DIY. Do It Yourself. I mean, gosh, that's just the way we've always done it. Out of necessity, if nothing else, when you're 40 miles or...

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What’s Essential?
Tom Field
Angus Beef Bulletin
4/14/2017

Watching our 4-year-old twins pack for a weekend trip is a study in perspective on the difference between essential and peripheral. Their favorite stuffed toy is packed into the bag, followed by seven of their best friends because we just can’t have the elephant stuck at home. He might get lonely. Once...

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Building Blocks for Risk Management
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/14/2017

How do you define risk management? That was the question Tony Drake with the CME Group posed to attendees at a Learning Lounge educational session during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3. Drake, who has spent more than three decades on the trading floor...

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Live Cattle Marketing
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/12/2017

Market volatility, a shrinking cash market for fed cattle and an insufficiency of tools for price discovery are concerns for cattlemen and all were discussed by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) members attending the Live Cattle Marketing Committee meeting during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention...

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Legacy Quest
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/12/2017

Why do you raise cattle? It isn’t a flippant question, but one I want you to deeply consider. You have to make money to survive, but there are easier ways. It’s likely not the impressive health insurance benefits or the bonus pools, sales incentive trips or the company vehicle. Sometimes I forget to...

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Fifty Years of Service
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
4/12/2017

Marg Dreesmann knew something was up when she was asked to attend the American Angus Association’s Board of Directors meeting in February. The veteran software engineer typically fills her days writing computer code that helps power the organization’s vast performance database. Line by line, she adds...

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Quality beef grade, dressing percentage and grids
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/10/2017

The average cattle feeder wants to be rewarded for above-average beef quality, and many have turned to some type of value-based “grid” marketing to earn premiums. After selling a few pens on a packer grid, some feeders lament it’s less about quality and more about dressing percent, the whole-carcass...

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Emerging Health Issues
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/10/2017

Beef cattle producers, veterinarians and extension educators, as well as state and federal animal health officials, assembled for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Emerging Health and Research Issues Working Group, hosted during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Three...

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Google Knows You
Dan Green
Angus Talk
4/8/2017

Along America's Angus Trails was recently floored to discover how infamous he really has become. You too, could have a similar experience, or awakening, if you will, by googling your name or your ranch's name, online. If it's ever appeared in the Angus Journal or its affiliates, even in one of your own...

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Scholarships Available to Angus Youth
Jena McRell
Angus Media
4/7/2017

The American Angus Association strives to provide students with opportunities to benefit themselves and the future of the cattle business. Through scholarship programs offered through the Angus Foundation and the American Angus Auxiliary, Angus youth passionate about the beef industry are provided financial...

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In best or worst of times, Angus cattle hold their value
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/7/2017

We’ve been tracking the price paid for straight Angus steers and heifers compared to non-Angus since 1999. That goes back to the decade when the value-based or grid market was emerging for finished cattle. Those who finished their calves and sold on the grids were happy to see the $20- to $30-per-head...

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A Simple Gift
Katie Alexander
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/7/2017

Changes are part of life, but people don’t go looking for more than they want or need. That’s especially true for those who follow the simple way in harmony with their Creator. David Zeiset is among those who show that the gift to be simple is the gift to produce the best. His family operates a high-quality...

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Temperament and Reproduction
Kasey Brown
Angus Journal
4/7/2017

‘We don’t need to raise puppy dogs, but we do need to select for temperament in the cow herd,” said Reinaldo Cooke. Temperament is a heritable trait at 0.50, so it affects the calf. The associate professor and beef cattle specialist at Oregon State University spoke to attendees of the 2016 Applied Reproductive...

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Postcalving Infertility
Bob Larson
Angus Journal
4/6/2017

Even before the calving season starts, cow-calf producers should be working to ensure that their cows will resume fertile cycles and be ready to become pregnant again early in the next breeding season. To optimize forage utilization and marketing options, it is important that herds calve over the same...

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Optimizing the Feeding Value of Corn
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/6/2017

Figuring out how to feed cattle more efficiently is one of the things ruminant nutrition researchers do. At the University of California–Davis, researcher Richard Zinn has sought ways to glean more nutrient value from feedgrain. Zinn shared information from his research with cattle producers attending...

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Beware Digital Dermatitis
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
4/5/2017

Worldwide, digital dermatitis is considered to be the most prevalent infectious foot disease of cattle. So says Dorte Dopfer, a University of Wisconsin veterinary epidemiologist and one of the world’s leading experts on digital dermatitis. The lady knows just about all there is to know about it. However,...

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Grass to Cash
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin
4/5/2017

“Primarily, what we’re in the business of doing is turning grass into cash,” Dennis Hancock, associate professor and state forage extension specialist for the University of Georgia said at the Cattle Industry Convention on Feb. 1. Hancock spoke as part of the 24th annual Cattlemen’s College® in Nashville,...

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Valor, Resilience, Faith
Allen Moczygemba
American Angus Association
4/5/2017

Valor. It’s a word used to describe folks who show great courage in the face of danger. In today’s modern society, it’s a word that fortunately isn’t needed to be used often. Tragically, on the afternoon of March 6, valor became commonplace in areas of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Many of our...

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Raising an Orphan Calf
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/5/2017

Many ranchers have raised calves on bottles (an orphan, a twin, a heifer’s calf that isn’t accepted by its mother, etc.) or bottle-fed the calf until it could be grafted onto a cow that loses her calf. It’s easy to bottle-feed a newborn or young calf that’s hungry and looking for a mama. More challenging...

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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Louisiana
Jena McRell
Angus Media
4/5/2017

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met March 2-5 in Baton Rouge, La., to participate in a Raising the Bar conference. “Louisiana was a...

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Moisture, Higher Temps Critical for SW Kansas Grasslands
Pat Melgares, K-State Research and Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/3/2017

A Kansas State University (K-State) expert says the region’s grasslands will need some moisture and higher temperatures to recover from wildfires that scorched an estimated 1 million acres in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas last week. This weekend’s temperatures may hit the 70s and 80s, but the...

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The Road Less Traveled
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/3/2017

Plans, no matter how intentional, can only take you so far. Throw cattle into the mix, and keeping them on track becomes more of a welcome surprise than an expected end point. Sally Donati knows this well. She’s had bags packed, even Thanksgiving turkeys in the oven, when the cows called. “Everybody...

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Capturing Value of Genetics, Management
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/3/2017

Two cow-calf producers shared their perspectives on “capturing value” for calves during a Cattlemen’s College® session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Making remarks were Richard Meadows of Alabama-based Meadows Creek Farm and Sam Hands of Kansas-based Triangle H Grain...

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Producing a Profit
Dan Green
Angus Talk
4/1/2017

Along America's Angus Trails, in its never-ending quest to be helpful to his ag producer listeners in this challenging 2017 farm-ranch economy, is always on the look out for new ways to generate revenue. This week, we not only have found that, but maybe even a way to alleviate the tension and pain...

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Programming Reproduction
Kasey Brown
Angus Journal
3/31/2017

What affects the cow affects her calf, but what kind of management is necessary for optimal performance of both? Robert Cushman, research physiologist at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), explained that when cattlemen talk about this phenomenon, they are really discussing developmental programming,...

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My Old Kentucky Home
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
3/31/2017

Few scenes capture the embodiment of American agriculture quite like Franklin, Ky., the small town just a few miles north of the Tennessee border that Joe Neely and his wife, Deanna, have called home their entire lives. Homesteaded by Neely’s great-great-great-grandmother in 1810, the farm is truly breathtaking....

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Pitching Hay or Doing Homework, Choice is Ours
Kris Ringwall
Angus Beef Bulletin
3/31/2017

Recent “Beef Talk” columns have caused me to ponder more about the dynamics of the beef business. The answers seem at our fingertips, but the solutions are far off at times. The business of beef initiates within a very large, decentralized base of independent producers. The model is good, but inherent...

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Faith After Fire
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
3/30/2017

Entering Clark County, Kan., you’re greeted by a sign reading, “Fire damage ahead. Use caution.” It doesn’t completely prepare you for the charred, twisted fences and scorched earth that follow. Nearly a month after the devastating March 6 wildfires that swept through counties in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado...

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Calf Shelters Reduce Weather Stress and Illness
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/29/2017

Ranchers who calve cows during late winter or early spring know the value of shelter for newborn calves. Having a dry, clean place for the calves to bed in cold or wet weather is more important than worrying about congregating these babies in a small area. Calves stay healthier if they don’t have extra...

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Time Running Out to Be Part of Angus History
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
3/29/2017

Now’s your chance to support the future of the Angus breed through youth, education and research while also being a part of Angus history and a permanent display at the American Angus Association headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. The new walkway at the Association headquarters is a stunning entrance...

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First-ever Talon Intern, Host Ranch
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
3/29/2017

The Angus Foundation is pleased to introduce Jessica Janssen, Fowler, Ind., as the first Talon Youth Education Learning Program Intern. Janssen will intern with Maher Angus Ranch, Morristown, S.D. The Talon Youth Education Learning Program internship is the legacy of Camron “Cam” Cooper of Talon Ranch....

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Ag Adventures
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
3/29/2017

The classroom is where you’ll find most elementary-age students on a typical weekday, but for a few lucky Denver school districts, you won’t find them there during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. A steady stream of bright, smiling faces pours into the third floor of the Events...

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Painting the West Black
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
3/29/2017

It’s interesting how a monochromatic breed can paint such a diverse canvas. The Angus breed celebrated 75 years of Western heritage at the 2017 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., but its history didn’t start there. A historian, a Board member, a herdsman and a breeder haven’t so much...

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Deadline Extended: Cattlemen’s Boot Camp in Lincoln
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
3/27/2017

Cattle producers, mark your calendars! A Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will take place April 27-28 at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska’s East Campus in Lincoln, Neb. The educational event will be jointly hosted by the American Angus Association and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln...

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Angus Members: Check Voting Eligibility Before April 7
Crystal Albers
Angus Media
3/27/2017

American Angus Association® members wanting to participate in the election of board members and other business this fall need to meet three eligibility requirements before 4:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT), April 7. According to Association bylaws, only eligible voting members can nominate, be nominated,...

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Historic, with a Modern Twist
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
3/27/2017

Since 1906, the historic Denver stockyards have been home to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. Thousands of sets of hooves have made their way from the Yards to the showring on the Hill in 111 years, but it’s time for the National Western to get a serious makeover. Plans are in...

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Reputation Driven
Becky Mills
Angus Beef Bulletin
3/27/2017

For Virginia cattle producers, progressive marketing of quality cattle is hardly a new practice. Their graded feeder-calf system has been in place since 1959, and they were pioneers when their Tel-O-Auction system came to be in 1982. Still, it was a bold move when the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service...

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Bull Structure
Jake Troutt
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/27/2017

This spring will put a strain on producers as they wonder if they should purchase new bulls or stick it out with those already in the bull battery. Calf prices have seen a slight increase since last fall, but there is still incentive to keep the older bulls for another year and wait out the market. Margins...

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Rising from the Ashes
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/27/2017

An outbreak of wildfires left a path of destruction across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas earlier this month. The fires burned more than 700,000 acres in 21 Kansas counties, with more than three-quarters of that acreage burning in Clark and Comanche counties. More than 23,000 acres burned near...

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She’s Always Listening
Dan Green
Angus Talk
3/25/2017

Along America's Angus Trails suspects, that, amidst spring calving, the last details of the annual production sale, getting the new bulls ready for turn-out and getting the banker to renew your operating line for another year — you'd never really stopped to consider the gender of the helpful voices of...

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Carcass Data Collection
Kelli Retallick
Angus Journal
3/23/2017

The American Angus Association has routinely collected both ultrasound scans and carcass data to be used in the Association’s genetic evaluation to predict expected progeny differences (EPDs). Historically, ultrasound scans and carcass data were used to predict two separate sets of EPDs — ultrasound...

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Building premiums, cut by cut
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/17/2017

Something doesn’t add up. In 2016, U.S. packers saw Choice beef production increase by 8.1% while that of the Select grade held steady. Yet the value of Choice over Select (the Choice-Select spread) went up by $3.47 per hundredweight (/cwt.). “If you’re just looking at supplies, you’d assume the premiums...

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Cows Need the Right Nutrition at the Right Time
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/17/2017

“Take care of Mama” is a saying not to be taken lightly, at least not when it’s in reference to pregnant beef cattle, said Lee Dickerson, a nutritionist with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC. Dickerson addressed attendees of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show during an NCBA Learning...

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The Source
Ginette Gottswiller
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/15/2017

“You get what you pay for.” How many times have you heard that statement? Many times people equate higher cost with a better product. It is easy to compare ingredients or weight of a product to determine which one is the best choice. It can be hard to compare two feeder-calf programs to determine which...

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Value of Vaccinations
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/15/2017

To producers who are thinking about cutting costs, Doug Ensley emphasized that administering vaccines is not the place to cut corners. “Not vaccinating cattle is not a good idea for cattle health — especially as antibiotic use for treatment of sick cattle is becoming more limiting,” the veterinarian...

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Giving CPR to a Newborn Calf
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/15/2017

In a normal, easy birth, the calf is stimulated to start breathing as soon as the umbilical cord breaks or his face and nose are uncovered when the amniotic sac comes off his head. Sometimes after a hard birth, a backward birth, or even a normal birth when the sac doesn’t break, the calf was without...

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Earlier is better
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/15/2017

Everybody knows bull calves sell at least $5/cwt back of steers at weaning, and the discount grows for any still intact as yearlings. That’s because virtually all of them are bound for the feedyard, where steers are the rule. The only question revolves around when the bulls become steers. Castration...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/15/2017

For years, the kitchen table has been the center of planning for those in agriculture. Conversations of the past, present and future surface around the table. Today, the kitchen table may be in the warming shed, the barn, the seed-cleaning facility, the shop or an available room slightly warmer than...

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The Breeding Bull: Your Herd’s Ultimate Athlete
Kayla Jentz, Filament Marketing LLC
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/13/2017

LeBron James, Tom Brady, Usain Bolt — these names bring with them a certain performance standard. Each season, fans expect these athletes to be in top form, to perform and to achieve results of which no one else is capable. You expect the same of your breeding bulls each season, but are you treating...

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Business Succession Planning Tools
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
3/13/2017

Business planning succession is often avoided due to fear, noted Michael McCormack as he addressed cattle producers attending a Learning Lounge session offered Feb. 2 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. McCormack, a financial advisor with Lincoln Financial Agribusiness,...

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Bigger, better beef herds
Hannah Johlman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/13/2017

A bigger beef cattle herd. A younger cow herd. In the face of declining cattle prices, these two facts can bring hope. Had it not been for the drought early in this decade, Oklahoma State University ag economist Darrell Peel says the expansion would have come sooner. “We continued to place heifers on...

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Relationship-building is Key to Profitability when Selecting a Feeder
BioZyme Inc.
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/12/2017

Cow-calf producers have a lot of decisions to make to ensure their herd turns a profit. One of the biggest decisions they might make is selecting a backgrounding operation or a feedlot to finish their calves. In addition to making sure their nutritional needs are met prior to weaning and shipping, Twig...

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Cattle Market Predictions
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/10/2017

Beef production was up 1.5 million pounds (lb.) year-over-year last year, Kevin Good told his audience at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 2. With poultry and pork production added in, that number increased to 3 million lb. Good,...

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New Political Realities
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/10/2017

As former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, Dana Perino is no stranger to the world of politics. As it turns out, she’s no stranger to ranch life, either. Now a host on Fox News’ The Five, Perino makes her home in New York City, where she admits she hasn’t driven a vehicle in...

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It’s all good
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/10/2017

I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. Heifers were due on pasture leases the first of May, so the family consensus was that we could not wait much more than a week for synchronized artificial...

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Meat Magic
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
3/10/2017

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) meat scientist Phil Bass threw around knives and steer-shaped stress balls inside the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show Learning Lounge Feb. 1, but not without polished technique. Bass worked the crowd as part of the Cattle Industry Convention hosted...

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When Disaster Strikes, Band Together
Jena McRell
Angus Media
3/10/2017

Racing across the prairie, recent wildfires left a painful mark on hundreds of thousands of acres of grassland in four states. High-level winds and dry conditions on Monday, March 6, fueled the flames that quickly spread across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado — scorching pastures and offering little...

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Using Genetics to Select for Healthier Cattle
kindra Gordon
Angus Media
3/8/2017

“Genomics allow us to look ‘under the hood’ of an animal so to speak,” said Alison Van Eenennaam with University of California–Davis as she addressed Cattlemen’s College® attendees Feb. 1 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Van Eenennaam provided an overview of the history in DNA...

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Wendy’s: Committed to Our Corners
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
3/8/2017

Do you know that Wendy’s burgers feature fresh, never frozen, North American beef? It’s true, and that’s a message Wendy’s executives are working to share with consumers. Their market research in 2014 showed that seven in 10 consumers did not know that information about the burger restaurant chain. Through...

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Anticipating the 2018 Farm Bill
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/8/2017

“I don’t need to tell any of you it’s a really interesting time to be living and working in Washington, D.C., right now,” said Bart Fischer as he addressed attendees Feb. 3 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. Fischer, who is chief economist for the House Agricultural...

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Grain Bin Safety
Linda Giest
University of Missouri Extension
3/8/2017

This is one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, says University of Missouri (MU) Extension Safety Specialist Karen Funkenbusch. Grain Bin Safety Week was Feb. 19-25. Farmers usually check and empty grain bins during late winter and early spring. This routine job is the source of...

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Beef Exports Gaining Momentum
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/7/2017

The United States is in a uniquely favorable position to build on recently strong beef export sales, according to Dan Halstrom with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and Kent Bacus of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The trade specialists summarized U.S. beef’s current status in...

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Thriving in the Busy Season
Alex Tolbert
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/7/2017

I need to register those heifers. I wonder if those DNA tests have come back. We’ve got to finalize that guest list, and what are we going to serve? Where are we going to live? I’ve got to see how they want to advertise their sale this year. I’ve got to outline an agenda for the AngusSource® meeting....

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State Beef Councils Pursue Efforts to Promote Beef’s Image
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
3/7/2017

The Federation of State Beef Councils, composed of state beef councils from around the country, is diligently at work guiding checkoff programming within state and national efforts to continue to promote beef. A Federation Forum was hosted Feb. 2 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show...

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Future CAB Honorees Wanted
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/7/2017

To keep the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand humming along at a pace that sells four tons each minute, it helps to recognize the good people and ideas that make it happen. CAB does that at its annual conference in the fall, but first the brand must choose from a worthy field of partners along the...

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Beck Weathers’ Miracle on Everest
Troy Smith
Angus Media
3/7/2017

“The stars above seem so close; you feel like you could reach out, pluck them from the heavens and put them in your pocket.” Beck Weathers claims that is just one of the reasons he became addicted to mountain climbing. Mostly, though, Beck was an adrenaline junkie. Career and family weren’t enough for...

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Here’s to You, Red Solo
Dan Green
Angus Talk
3/4/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is lamenting the death of one Robert Hulseman, the inventor of one of his most used, most beloved products. It has even been memorialized in its own song by country-and-western star Toby Keith. Hulseman was raised in a family that made paper cups. It's most famous product...

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Angus Foundation Announces YCC Representative
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
3/2/2017

The Angus Foundation is pleased to announce that third-generation Angus breeder Lake Elliott, of Robert Elliott & Sons Angus, Adams, Tenn., has been selected as the Angus representative to the 2017 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC), hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). NCBA’s...

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A New Formula
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/27/2017

Countless numbers of cow-calf producers have launched fledgling enterprises or expanded existing operations by leasing cows. Arguably the most common arrangement is for cows to be leased on a share basis whereby the cow owner and the producer leasing the herd each receives a predetermined share of proceeds...

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Health versus Flavor
Dan Green
Angus Talk
2/25/2017

Along America's Angus Trails notes, while munching on a thick, medium-rare hamburger at a gourmet fastfood burger joint recently, that soda pop sales are dropping out of sight. Despite their best efforts, the Pepsi and Coke companies have discovered that consumers mostly want chips.Their corporate profits...

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Improving Grazing Distribution
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/24/2017

If improving the health and productivity of grazing lands is your goal, you’ll want to think about ways to influence grazing distribution. Along with determining appropriate stocking rates, attention to livestock grazing distribution is an important aspect of sustainable grazing management. Overgrazing...

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Protein’s Effect on Reproduction
Kasey Brown
Angus Journal
2/24/2017

Nutrition and reproduction go hand in hand. Researchers have documented that excess protein has a negative impact on fertility in dairy cattle as increased concentrations of plasma urea nitrogen and milk urea nitrogen are associated with suppressed fertility. Patrick Gunn, assistant professor and beef...

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Finding flavor, incentivizing more
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/24/2017

Life is not always heads or tails, black and white or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others. “Beef flavor is very complex. It’s not one attribute, but many, many flavor notes,” said Bridget Wasser, executive director of meat science for...

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The Top End, Naturally
Hannah Johlman & Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/24/2017

There’s more than a century of tradition in Hasart’s Top End Farm near Stratton, Colo., says Jerry Hasart. The family homesteaded a county to the north in the late 1800s and established the Lazy HJ brand. With few trees, great-grandpa Jacob couldn’t support his woodworking trade and took the clan back...

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Planning Ahead
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
2/23/2017

Many cattle operations are multi-generational enterprises. That means that at some point a successor is going to have to take over the operation from the previous generation. Farm succession planning can be tricky and fraught with tough decisions. Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M professor and extension...

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Grazing Cover Crops
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
2/22/2017

Cover crops have traditionally been used by many farmers to hold the soil when transitioning between different types of cash crops. Cover crops are often plowed under before planting the next crop to add organic material and fertility to the soil. Farmers with livestock generally select cover crops that...

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What Drives Success?
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/22/2017

In the beef industry — where weather, market conditions, input prices and consumer influences are ever-fluctuating — success can seem like an elusive goal. How can those in the industry sustain their involvement and optimism? A strong work ethic, faith, valuing integrity and moral character are all key...

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Guard Against Embryo Loss
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/22/2017

Contrary to what most cattlemen may think, fertilization rates among beef cows and heifers bred by artificial insemination (AI) are quite high. According to South Dakota State University Reproductive Physiologist George Perry, fertilization is successful about 90% of the time when animals are detected...

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Fire Prevention for the Arid West
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
2/22/2017

Cheat grass has become an ever-increasing problem in the West, taking over many acres of grazing land and contributing to wildfires. This annual grass is not native to North America, but it has spread prolifically in arid regions in the past several decades. Cheat grass (Bromus tectorum, also called...

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Angus Foundation Introduces New Scholarship
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
2/21/2017

The Angus Foundation is pleased to announce that the family of Pat Goggins has provided a $11,750 gift, creating the Pat Goggins Memorial Angus Scholarship Endowment Fund. Goggins was a publisher, columnist, auctioneer, livestock market owner, real estate broker and longtime Angus breeder from Billings,...

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Dr. Steve Miller Wins Prestigious Mark of Excellence Award
Mike McMorris
Angus Media
2/20/2017

Dr. Steve Miller, director of genetic research for Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) at the American Angus Association, was recently recognized at the BIO annual meeting in Canada for 24 years of inspired leadership with the prestigious Mark of Excellence. The award is named after Mark Warren, a progressive...

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11 Months of Grazing
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/20/2017

Near Gordon, Neb., Plum Thicket Farms offers up some impressive numbers. The operation includes 563 acres of irrigated farmland, 1,774 acres of dryland farm ground, 2,230 acres of deeded native pasture, 1,850 acres of leased pasture and 380 acres of leased cornstalks. In 2015, they managed nearly 300...

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Big Ideas for Ag’s Future
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/20/2017

If someone gave you $1 million to test new ideas on your farm or ranch, what would you develop with it? That’s the question Dwayne Beck and board members and staff of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, S.D., had the opportunity to ponder when the nonprofit received a $1 million unrestricted...

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Fortified Around Family
Bridget Beran
Angus Journal
2/20/2017

Family takes center stage at BoPat Farms in Bradford, Tenn. Headed by patriarch Larry Patterson, the farm has a strong legacy of hard work, good character, and devotion to cattle, family and the Lord. Patterson is the grandson of an Angus breeder and grew up in the livestock feeder business. After he...

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Pour a Second Cup
Dan Green
Angus Talk
2/18/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is probably just like most ranch kitchens, barns and offices — using some very utilitarian, bare-bones way to make a Cup of Joe. That is, unless it’s easier to just pick up a hot one at the gas station. There are way too many important things to think about in the daily...

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Measuring a Wild Card
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/17/2017

When the season’s first calves arrive, you begin to see results of your genetic decisions, perhaps eager for more or thinking about what a new bull could bring. Poring through bull catalogs and looking at expected progeny differences (EPDs), keep in mind the environment affects what your calves...

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Satisfying Consumer Hunger for Food Verification
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/17/2017

Leann Saunders shared her perspectives on “capturing value” within the industry during a Cattlemen’s College® session Feb. 1 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Saunders is president of Where Food Comes From Inc., which is a leading provider of certification...

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Chico Earns Champion Buzzer Beater Title
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/17/2017

The quiz bowl quartet from California State University–Chico earned the champion title in the 2017 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl competition during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Feb. 1 at Nashville, Tenn. Collegiate teams from Texas A&M and Purdue University also...

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Immune Priming and the Value of Calf Management
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/15/2017

At an early morning Cattlemen’s College® session Feb. 1 during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Victor Cortese took attendance by asking cow-calf producers to raise their hands. He then joked that the stocker and feedlot operators in the room had better take a good look...

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The Future of Cattle Feeding
Troy Smith
Angus Media
2/15/2017

What does the future hold for the cattle-feeding segment of the beef industry? Where and how will cattle be fed? How will they be marketed? What challenges lie ahead for cattle feeders? These were the questions posed to University of Nebraska Beef Feedlot Extension Specialist Galen Erickson, during a...

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850,000 records say: Marbling still matters
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/15/2017

Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child’s winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same. What if you knew you “just missed it” when it comes to cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand? For...

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Adding Value Through Education
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
2/13/2017

“Growing up as a child, I always wanted to be a farmer,” said Jake Carter, president of Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Ga. Agritourism was his way of continuing his family’s farming heritage. Carter spoke Feb. 1 as part of a panel at the 24th annual Cattlemen’s College®...

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Meeting the Expectations of a Changing Consumer
Troy Smith
Angus Media
2/13/2017

The chances are pretty slim. It’s not likely that today’s food shopper will buy a finished steer; take it home to butcher in the backyard; and cut the carcass up into steaks, roasts and ground beef. Those chores fall to the beef packer. “The packer is a necessary evil. You kind of need...

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Capturing Value of Genetics and Management
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/13/2017

Two cow-calf producers shared their perspectives on “capturing value” for calves during a Cattlemen’s College® session Feb. 1 at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Making remarks were Richard Meadows of Alabama-based Meadows Creek Farm and Sam Hands of Kansas-based...

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Here’s the Premium
Natalie Anderson
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/13/2017

While the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low, the relative demand for quality and premium bids for Angus calves fared better. “It pays to use Angus genetics in any market,” said Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) director of industry...

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When the Circus Comes to Town
Dan Green
Angus Talk
2/11/2017

As a life long animal lover, Along America's Angus Trails is greatly saddened at the demise of Ringling Brother's Barnum and Bailey Circus. As a child, I looked forward each year to their Denver visit, bringing the animals into the Denver Stockyards by train. I'm sure I'm far from the...

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Fewer Hurdles to Better Feet
Crystal Albers
Angus Media
2/10/2017

A newly announced partnership now makes it easier than ever for Angus breeders to collect foot scores. The American Angus Association announces its collaboration with participating universities to assess foot structure on behalf of breeders who seek help in assessing their herds. The new service allows...

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Where the Windmills Are
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/9/2017

Fifty years ago, other than a trusted family milk cow, it would have been a difficult task to find cattle grazing the hills of Solano County, Calif. For generations, its western portion of Rio Vista on the Sacramento River thrived on agriculture, but this “Gateway to the Delta” was sheep country. Today,...

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FarmHer Founder Shares Stories of Women in Agriculture
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/9/2017

The American National CattleWomen (ANCW) convened annual meetings Jan. 30-31 in conjunction with the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to focused discussions on beef industry promotion efforts, invited speaker Marji Guyler-Alaniz shared her work to “shine a light”...

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Turning Loss Into Gain
Troy Smith
Angus Media
2/9/2017

Reproduction has been called the single most important economic trait in beef cattle production. In recent years, numerous genetic defects have been identified as causes of reduced cow fertility or reproductive failure. Genetic defects may cause early embryonic death or abortion and, in some cases, an...

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Fescue Toxicity Weapon
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/9/2017

With fescue toxicity costing the U.S. cattle industry an estimated $1 billion annually, management methods to mitigate this issue are continually sought. One solution now being evaluated with success is application of Chaparral™ herbicide to suppress fescue seedheads. “It’s not a new...

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Madison, Wisconsin, to Host 50th NJAS
Jena McRell
Angus Media
2/8/2017

The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) will celebrate a major milestone in 2018, as it hosts the 50th NJAS in Madison, Wis. The annual event is a summer highlight for many Angus juniors and their families, and the American Angus Association is proud of the young leaders it has encouraged over the past...

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Setting Posts in Frozen Ground
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
2/8/2017

Occasionally a person needs to build or rebuild a permanent fence in the winter, and the biggest challenge is setting posts in frozen ground. If the frost is too deep to pound posts, one solution is to use a metal “post” to create a pilot hole. The pilot post will often go down through rocky ground,...

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Putting Preg-check Results to Work
Taylor Grussing
South Dakota State University Extension
2/8/2017

The day you pregnancy-check is one of the most important days on the ranch as it is the day when we find out which cows are pregnant and how many calves we can expect come calving season. So now that the veterinarian has left the yard and the open cows are sorted off, what’s next? Before throwing the...

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Head to Lincoln for this year's Cattlemen's Boot Camp
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
2/8/2017

Cattle producers, mark your calendars! A Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will take place April 27-28 at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska’s East Campus in Lincoln, Neb. The educational event will be jointly hosted by the American Angus Association and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL),...

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North Dakota Ranch Recognized with National Stewardship Award
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
2/7/2017

Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, N.D., was named the national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation. The award, presented at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade...

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Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
2/7/2017

After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets — at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach Feb. 2 during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. “After the ag market shocks of the past year...

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DNA Profile Adds Accuracy to Prediction
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
2/7/2017

With the availability of more dependable genetic information for a broader range of traits, cow-calf producers have the tools to make more informed selection decisions that influence cattle productivity and profit. That was the message Kent Andersen emphasized as he addressed Cattlemen’s College®...

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Cattlemen’s College Opens Cattle Industry Convention
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
2/7/2017

Education was the focus for the first days of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, with more than 1,250 cattlemen and women on hand for the 24th edition of Cattlemen’s College®, sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health. More than 15 educational sessions focused on providing opportunities...

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Taking Care of the Money Makers
Laura Nelson
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/6/2017

In the Highwood Mountains, quality-driven cows are at the top of a supply chain that can quickly snowball. “It can be tough on the rancher. We do all this work out here, calve them out in the weather, take good care of them; we’ve got to get the ball rolling. Everyone else depends on us,” Todd Prosser...

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Feed Value Calculator
Adele Harty, Heather Gessner & Taylor Grussing
South Dakota State University
2/6/2017

Feed costs exceed 50% of annual beef cattle production costs, and with the current market situation, the pressure to determine the most cost-effective feedstuffs has become even more important. South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension has developed a feed value calculator to compare protein and...

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Smoking Beef, Beyond Brisket
Dr. Phil Bass
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/6/2017

For millennia, we humans have delighted in the flavor and mystical seasoning that wood smoke brings to meats. What began as a happy consequence of cooking over open wood fires progressed over time into a means of preservation and ultimately a sinful delight in a gustatory sense. I could never claim to...

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How Cold Stress Affects Newborn Calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
2/6/2017

Calves that are chilled soon after birth, without immediate assistance to warm and dry them and make sure they ingest colostrum in a timely manner, have poor survival rates. If a calf’s mouth gets cold before he suckles, he may not be able to get the teat in his mouth and suck and, therefore, he may...

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Steps to Developing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship
Julie Thelen
Michigan State University Extension
2/3/2017

When working with animals, just about anything can happen. Larger animals often pose a greater concern. 4-H members are encouraged to think about the larger picture of animal care and well-being in their management strategies and be proactive. Part of that is having a plan in case everything doesn’t...

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In the Cattle Markets
Katelyn McCullock
American Farm Bureau Federation
2/3/2017

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual crop production report showed significant revisions to its estimate of hay acres harvested in 2016. Changes from the October crop report indicated a 7% (1.2-million-acre) reduction in the number of alfalfa acres harvested and a 4% (1.5-million-acre)...

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Living History
Jena McRell
Angus Journal
2/3/2017

Evelyn Thomas often feels called to the north pasture of her family’s land. She walks to a grove of trees along the fenceline and finds a quiet spot where she can sit and listen. When you are still, she says, there’s much the land can tell you. Each stretch of fence, gate post or faded trail tells a...

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NJAA Members, Upcoming Events
Jena McRell
Angus Media
2/2/2017

National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members can look forward to a number of activities and events in the upcoming New Year, and there’s no better time to start making plans for 2017. That’s according to American Angus Association Director of Events and Education Jaclyn Clark, who is encouraging...

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Carcass and Conformation, No Compromise
Katie Alexander
Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/2/2017

Burns Flat may sound like scorched earth, but the name understates this west-central Oklahoma town. Oil, wheat and cattle support it. Cotton came and went, but may be on the way back. Davis Angus is a couple miles east of here on County Road 1140, the family home brightened by flowers on the porch and...

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Rising with Courage
Keegan Cassady
Angus Journal
2/1/2017

Join me in taking a look back to 1873. A gentleman by the name of George Grant had just crossed the Atlantic Ocean with the first four Aberdeen-Angus bulls to Victoria, Kan. Just a short 10 years later, the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders’ Association was formed, and because of him, Angus are now the...

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Checkoff Study: Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings
Melissa Jackson
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
2/1/2017

Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks, which have improved significantly since 1990, have remained steady during the past five years, recent research shows. This quality retention has occurred despite environmental and financial challenges that could have derailed its progress. Funded by the beef...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall
North Dakota State University Extension
2/1/2017

Every new year brings with it a New Year’s resolution, and this year, mine would be to earn an extra $300 per cow. Think about it. Why not make it happen? I would anticipate trying would be better than simply griping. A new year started, and analysis of the last year needs to get serious by producers...

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Tips for Calving Facilities
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
2/1/2017

In some climates calving barns are a necessity if calving occurs early — as some western ranchers do if they want cows calved and bred before going to summer range. Many seedstock breeders calve early in order to have bull calves old enough to sell as yearlings in their next sales. In some climates you...

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Excellent Customer Services Helps Sell Bulls
Casey Jentz
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/30/2017

As we begin to enter Angus bull sale season, there are many choices for the commercial cattleman to buy their Angus bulls. Many places have the genetics they are looking for, along with the expected progeny differences (EPDs) and performance records that help them make their decisions. Another aspect...

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Angus Highlands
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
1/30/2017

For years, American ranchers have dedicated their lives to improving the Angus breed. Legacies are built on it. Lifestyles are made from it. Legends live on through it. The field of cattle genetics is stronger now than it’s ever been. Genomic advancements have made tremendous progress in the last decade,...

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Gearing Up for Yearling Collection
Kelli Retallick
Angus Journal
1/30/2017

Creating contemporary groups Correct contemporary grouping is crucial in order to ensure data reported can be accepted for national cattle evaluation (NCE). The number of animals in a yearling contemporary group will never be larger than the number of animals included in contemporary groups established...

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Beef Up Game-day Menus
Certified Angus Beef LLC
Angus Journal
1/30/2017

Game-day preparations Now don’t get us wrong, we enjoy spending time with friends and family, but what sticks out in our minds when it comes to game-day gatherings is the food. We can assure you, serving spectacular food will make your party go from interception to touchdown in just a few bites. Don’t...

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Getting There Fast
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
1/27/2017

Everyone learns the lesson sometime: You can’t judge a book by its cover. Things aren’t always what they seem. Hugh Bradley learned that about his cow herd less than a decade after Shandi Bradley first learned that about Hugh. “That is going to be the man you marry,” her mother would tell her often,...

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Partners in Progress
Bob Larson
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/27/2017

There are many people who impact the success of your ranching business, including your customers, your lenders and your suppliers. One of the important suppliers for cow-calf producers is the local veterinarian. Veterinarians can provide important advice and service to improve ranch income, decrease...

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Bull Selection and Managing Risk
Kris Ringwall
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/26/2017

Consider this an invite to help beef producers manage risk. The greater the risk, the more likely the selected choice is wrong, and as producers, we want to minimize risk. Bull buying involves risk because a bull without the desired genes will not meet management goals for expected calf performance....

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What can you pay for a bull?
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
1/25/2017

The auctioneer chants, “Who’ll give me thirty-five, now four thousand, now four and a half, now five? C’mon boys, look at that solid bull, everything you want there forty-five, now five?” In that moment, it’s hard to calculate the specific difference in those investments. How will a 20-pound (lb.) improvement...

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Kentucky Producers Host Feeder-calf Auction
Ginette Gottswiller
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/25/2017

Tim White and James Coffey joined forces to bring their customers a new marketing opportunity this year. The pair hosted a special feeder-calf auction for their customers who chose to enroll in AngusSource® or AngusSource® Genetic, and wean as well as vaccinate their calves within a two-week time frame....

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New VFD Rules
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/25/2017

On Jan. 1, 2017, the impact of FDA’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule on some antibiotic drugs used in feed officially took effect. While it’s been in the process for a decade, and the rule became effective Oct. 1, 2015, the VFD labeling transition of feed-grade antimicrobials used to treat animals...

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Managing Cattle Through an Arctic Blast
South Dakota State University Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/23/2017

Extremely cold temperatures gripped the cattle feeding areas of the Northern Plains in mid-December with cold temperatures expected the remainder of the winter. Although cattle producers can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance,...

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Confront Reality
Tom Field
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/23/2017

What a difference a year makes. Changes in cattle prices have pressured enterprise leaders across the beef business. The long run of sustained high prices insulated cow-calf producers from the doldrums experienced by the larger economy for the past eight to 10 years. Commodity prices will once again...

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The Big Time
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/23/2017

What could cow-calf producers managing 500, 200, 100 or fewer cows learn from a ranch that weans more than 10,000 calves per year? Big outfit manager Trey Patterson believes the considerations driving many economic decisions have little to do with ranch size. The president of Padlock Ranch thinks certain...

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Bull Selection Guide
Austin Black
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/23/2017

Sale season is just around the corner. For bull buyers, it can be a stressful couple of months. Looking at sale books, walking through pens and sitting ringside is time-consuming. Planning ahead can ease the stress and help make the selection process a little easier. Following are five steps that will...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/20/2017

“Would a herd of 120 smaller-framed cows be a better fit than a herd of 100 larger-framed cows?” That’s an often-asked question throughout the beef industry. The number of cows will vary, but for the sake of answering the question, let’s set the herd size as 120 smaller-framed cows and 100 larger-framed...

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Importance of Winter Water
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/20/2017

Cattle have to consume more feed during cold weather to generate additional body heat. A great deal of body heat can be produced by the breakdown of forages in the rumen, due to the heat of fermentation and digestion. In order to process the additional feed, however, the digestive tract needs adequate...

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U.S. Decline in Meat Protein Consumption Raises Concern
Blair Fannin
Texas AgriLife Communications
1/19/2017

A 14% decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption during the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University,...

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Making the World Smaller
Katrina Huffstutler
Certified Angus Beef LLC
1/19/2017

The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand’s International Masters of Brand Advantages (IMBA) program is all about the “aha!” moments. One after another. At the ranch, the feedyard, the packing plant, CAB’s own Education & Culinary Center. It’s about making concepts...

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Nine Farm Strategies for a Profitable 2017
Suzanne Steel
Ohio State University
1/18/2017

Despite low commodity prices, Ohio farmers can stay in the black in 2017, but they will need to tighten their belts and slash expenses, said Barry Ward, Ohio State University (OSU) agricultural economist. “Farmers need to re-evaluate all of their inputs in general, and focus on those things that give...

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Bedding During Winter Months Pays Off
Warren Rusche
South Dakota State University
1/18/2017

“To bed or not to bed?” With apologies to William Shakespeare, that is the question on many feedlot managers’ minds as we head into the winter months. Will providing bedding result in enough extra performance to outweigh the additional expenses in both material and labor? The answer is often yes. Depending...

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Handling the Cold
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/18/2017

When days are short and weather is cold, cattle have ways to create more body heat and to conserve body heat: metabolism increases, feed intake increases and passage of feed through the digestive tract speeds up. Feed requirements for cattle may go up as much as 10%-25%, says Julie Walker, Extension...

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Mosey on Down to Nashville
Shauna Rose Hermel
Angus Beef Bulletin
1/18/2017

An anticipated 6,000-7,000 cattlemen will mosey on down, up or over to Music City Feb. 1-3 for the beef industry’s largest gathering of the year. Featuring the joint and individual meetings of five industry organizations — the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion...

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The Payoff from Progress
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
1/17/2017

There’s always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there’s all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather...

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Angus Foundation Raises $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
1/17/2017

The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been the premier fundraiser for the Angus Foundation to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. Generous Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull...

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Resolutions
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
1/16/2017

The calendar turned to 2017 with many resolutions made. What do you resolve for your operation this year? What plan have you and your team made to improve profits, expand or cut costs in 2017? In most cases each team member has ideas for the plan, but rarely does anyone put pen to paper or fingers to...

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Feed Cost Outlook
Brian Williams
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/16/2017

Last week, Stephen Koontz of Colorado State University talked about the shift in the fundamentals of the cattle market from bearish to neutral. With production expected to be higher next year, we will likely see prices come down at least slightly, but the change in fundamentals suggest the bleeding has...

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Make a list, check it twice
Rod Geppert
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
1/16/2017

Lower prices in the cattle market aren’t all bad. They also mean opportunities for you to purchase high-quality genetics at a lower cost to the operation. Price is not indicative of quality or an indicator of the best bull or bulls at an offering. The best bull to meet your goals for your operation could...

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Healthy Demands
Dan Green
Angus Talk
1/14/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is commiserating with soft drink giant Pepsi, as it replicates the beef industry experience: in trying to provide what consumers claim they want, the growth in profits continues to be in the old tried and true — as they buy more of it. Cattlemen have endured decades...

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Scholarships Available to Allied Users of Angus Genetics
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
1/13/2017

Young people who use Angus genetics in their commercial cattle breeding program or whose parents use Angus genetics are eligible for one of three $1,000 Allied Angus Breeders scholarships from the Angus Foundation. Emphasis is placed on applicants’ knowledge of the cattle industry and their perspective...

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National Western Angus Bull Sale a ‘Smash Hit’
Jena McRell
Angus Media
1/13/2017

As the national anthem echoed through the historic Stadium Arena, a crowd stood at attention and cowboy hats were drawn in tight. Rows of Angus breeders, commercial producers and guests filled every corner of the ring during the start of the National Western Angus Bull Sale hosted Jan. 11 by the American...

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College Students: Angus Foundation Support for Education
Sarah Hill
Angus Media
1/11/2017

Young people actively involved in the Angus breed who are pursuing degrees are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Angus Foundation. “Giving scholarships to deserving Angus youth is one of the favorite parts of my job,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “These...

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Angus in the West: This Week in Denver
Jena McRell
Angus Media
1/9/2017

American Angus Association members and livestock enthusiasts will gather this week in Denver, Colo., for annual Angus events in conjunction with the 2017 National Western Stock Show (NWSS). A tradition more than 110 years in the making, the NWSS is considered one of the livestock industry’s most...

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Manage Risk, Ensure Value
Jena McRell
Angus Media
1/9/2017

In a cattle market where every dollar counts, it’s important to consider ways to add value on your next set of calves. The American Angus Association’s AngusSource® program is a way to ensure Angus-sired calves generate the premiums they deserve. A marketing option for any commercial...

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I’ll take mine rare
Dan Green
Angus Talk
1/7/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is feeling vindicated, as a new North Carolina State University study bears out the healthfulness and wholesome of his great dietary passion: rare beef. We've all been there: if we ever order rare or medium rare steaks and burgers, we must confront the skeptical waiter stink...

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Register for Raising the Bar Conferences
Jena McRell
Angus Media
1/4/2017

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) hosts Raising the Bar leadership conferences each year as a way to encourage its members to travel, meet other NJAA youth and learn more about the Angus business. Raising the Bar conferences will take place in two locations this spring, and juniors are encouraged...

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Beef Leaders Institute Reaches 10-year Milestone
JD Rosman
Angus Media
1/3/2017

The Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) is a premier leadership experience for American Angus Association members that provides a look into the entire beef supply chain, while enhancing participant knowledge of the Association and strengthening their leadership skills. Now in its tenth year, Angus producers...

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Golden Tree Stumps
Dan Green
Angus Talk
12/31/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is always on the lookout, particularly in these times of lower cattle prices, for more things you can profit from on your ranch. We've found a new one: those pesky tree stumps littering your place. Yes, you too can be a part of Hammerschlagen — the hip new game that is rapidly...

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Cold Weather Concerns
Bob Larson
Angus Journal
12/30/2016

Factors influencing cold tolerance Situations that are most likely to cause cold stress are cattle with thin fat cover and short hair coats (due to movement from a warmer environment to a colder environment, or extremely cold temperatures early in the fall/winter season), cattle with wet hides, or high...

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World Class in Tulsa
Katie Alexander
Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/29/2016

That ranch or restaurant seems to have everything figured out. You can’t think of anything they could do better, but can you imagine what it took to get there? Some are carrying on a long tradition of excellence. Others represent the first chance to shine after decades of saving, sacrificing and...

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Financial Focus
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
12/29/2016

Downturn. Reset. Slump. These are all words being used to describe the current ag economy — particularly in comparison to the record-breaking commodity prices from a few years ago. Where exactly are we in this economic slowdown? Ag industry economist David Kohl shares this perspective: “I call the years...

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Economist Jim Robb Looks Ahead
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
12/28/2016

The outlook for calf prices is sobering, according to Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) economist Jim Robb, who spoke at an Oct. 14 meeting of the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management in Gothenburg, Neb. The market-watcher cited recent south-Texas sales of weaned, 450-pound (lb.)...

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Plan to Reduce Feed Costs
Rick Rasby
Angus Journal
12/28/2016

Finding balance Weaning weight and reproductive rate will likely not be maximum, but rather optimum given the feed, labor and capital resources available. In addition, maximizing the use of winter and summer grazing opportunities and using harvested and commercial feeds at the “proper” time are important...

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Bringing in the New Year
Jena McRell
Angus Media
12/28/2016

The American Angus Association wishes you all the best in the coming New Year! Thank you for your contribution to the Angus breed's success in 2016, and we look forward to what’s in store for the coming year. The Association's headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, to observe...

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Why beef quality grades are improving
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/27/2016

Prices have eased, but a 10-year uptrend in beef quality from U.S. grain-fed cattle remains in place. That’s partly because lower quality beef has sold at a widening discount to average quality, says a beef cattle specialist with the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. Paul Dykstra recently...

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Future Farmers
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
12/27/2016

If you’re considering moving back to the family farm or ranch, you’re about to join one of the most capable and progressive groups of young producers the agricultural industry has seen. With greater focus on a college education, quick access to markets and information via social media and technology,...

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Long Live the Angus Female
Kelli Retallick
Angus Journal
12/27/2016

What is MaternalPlus? The MaternalPlus program is a voluntary whole-herd inventory-based program allowing breeders to report reproductive-trait data and cow records to the Association. In this whole-herd system, a producer will pay on a per cow basis rather than per calf. Each cow is charged a $3 annual...

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National Western Angus Bull Sale
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
12/27/2016

David Gazda, American Angus Association director of field services, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CST each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. The National Western Stock Show is a major event of the year for Angus breeders. The...

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The Inventor of the Big Mac
Dan Green
Angus Talk
12/24/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is remembering one, who, completely unintentionally and without forethought, turned out to have a major impact on the beef business, in more ways than one. I'm speaking, of course, of the late, great Jim Delligatti of Uniontown, Penn., who recently passed away at age 98....

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