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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, marbling and feed intake.

In general, cattle that excel for yearling weight and carcass weight, and produce high-quality carcasses with higher marbling scores, tend to have higher levels of feed intake. Depending on market conditions, this increased feed cost in the feedlot can negate some of the additional revenue achieved through carcass-quality premiums and increased carcass weight.

Gauging efficiency

Two different genetic values describe feed intake...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mike & Jerry to the Rescue
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/23/2016

Thirty-eight years after the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand’s first sale drew so much press that USDA canceled what it had just approved, the brand was honored with the Don L. Good Impact Award from Kansas State University (K-State). The Ohio-based company reopened six months after...

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Future Blooming Through Family
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Journal
12/23/2016

Down the road from pastures of black Angus cattle, greenhouses full of flowers are in bloom. For Raines Farms, Seaman, Ohio, this is the perfect balance for their operation. Todd and Greg Raines are fifth-generation farmers, following in the footsteps of both sides of their family. The original Raines...

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Growing a Presence in the West
Dan Green   |   Angus Journal
12/23/2016

It’s a rare opportunity, to be able to look back over a span of years, and see the big picture. This great Angus event at the 2017 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) celebrating more than a century of Angus in the West allows us to do just that and gain great insight into the whole body of work — of...

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Merry Christmas
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
12/23/2016

Christmas is a time of year to give thanks for all that we’ve been given. At the American Angus Association, we’re grateful for the opportunity to serve our members and continue to advance this great breed of cattle. The Association has much to celebrate this year, and it’s because of your day-to-day...

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‘I Am Angus’ Broadcasts Dec. 26
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
12/23/2016

Each of the cattlemen and women who choose to raise Angus as a path to quality beef does so in their own way. The more than 25,000 who make up the registered Angus business, and thousands more who use their seedstock genetics, have their own stories. From expansive ranges out West to the flatlands of...

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Indiana Farm Recognized as a Historic Angus Herd
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
12/22/2016

A legacy for raising quality cattle in Indiana, Coverdale Angus has raised registered Angus near Frankton, Ind., for more than 50 years. The fourth-generation family operation is known for producing high-performing cattle in both the showring and out in the pasture. The American Angus Association...

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Angus Cowboy Earns Reserve Champion Title
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
12/22/2016

When cowboy Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, competed each night during the 10-day National Finals Rodeo (NFR), he proudly displayed the Angus logo on his shirt. A six-time contestant at the finals, fans cheered him on as he competed among the steer wrestling contestants during the crowning event of...

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Angus Continues Single-step Testing
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
12/22/2016

Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) continues to test single-step genetic evaluation, the method the company plans to soon implement in order to calculate American Angus Association weekly expected progeny differences (EPDs). This is an ongoing effort and the top priority for AGI. Therefore, the Association plans...

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USDA Expands Working-Lands Conservation Opportunities Through CRP
U.S. Department of Agriculture   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/21/2016

Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Undersecretary Alexis Taylor announced Nov. 4 that the USDA will offer a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands practice specifically tailored for small-scale livestock grazing operations. Livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing...

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Ergot Problems
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/21/2016

Ergot is a fungus that grows on certain grasses and grain plants when moisture conditions are just right. Ergot becomes a problem mainly after a wet season, rarely during dry conditions. The fungus replaces the seedhead with a dark brown/black mass and produces toxic alkaloids. One or more of the kernels...

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Making the Most of It
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/21/2016

“Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars?” An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders meeting this summer. It seemed the answer...

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Finding a Better Way
Katrina Huffstutler   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/21/2016

As he flips through the meticulously arranged scrapbook documenting the last 60 years of his life, it feels like Glenn Cantrell is reciting a movie plot. Yet this is a true story, and it’s all his. There’s the time he pulled a flag off a ship and used it to rope a stray heifer in downtown Lisbon, Portugal....

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Leadership Insight
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
12/21/2016

"We think of leadership as a position, but I disagree. To me, leadership is a behavior. Everyone can be a leader regardless of position or title.” Those were the words of Leon Atwell, who spoke this winter at the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands on the topic of leadership. The workshop was designed...

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Support the Angus Foundation at the National Western
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
12/21/2016

Your chance to support the Angus Foundation and take home a fantastic “souvenir” from the 2017 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., is almost here. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. Mountain time, at the beginning of the NWSS Angus Bull Sale, sponsored by the American...

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Where’s the cattle market headed?
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
12/20/2016

Trevor Amen, CoBank economist, 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. Q: Cattle markets in 2016 have been tough for beef producers. Cattle feeders are now in loss mode, while USDA is calling...

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‘Stable’ Markets
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/20/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Dramatic. A wild ride. A roller coaster. No matter what you’ve called the cattle market in the past few years, you may be glad to hear that the worst is behind you. “We believe the market is going to stabilize,” said Mike Murphy of CattleFax....

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Roasting 101: Something for Everyone
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/20/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Most of those attending the 2016 Angus Convention Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., knew how to produce the beef that could make a perfect roast. They probably felt less confident about cooking it. That’s why Chef Ashley Breneman, with the Certified Angus...

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A Benefit to All Involved
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/20/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Keep it simple. If producers took anything away from the Innovation Workshops sponsored by Zoetis at the 2016 Angus Convention Nov. 4-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., it would be to find the ideas that matter and apply them. Don’t focus as much on the numbers from...

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It’s Our Turn to Make the Right Decisions
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Media
12/20/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — CEO Allen Moczygemba took to the stage in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 5 to welcome Angus members, commercial cattlemen and allied industry to the 2016 Angus Convention. Celebrating the heritage of the breed, he emphasized the impact of George Grant’s decision...

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Thanks a Billion
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Media
12/20/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) continues to grow as a testament to the vision Association leaders had nearly four decades ago, and the steadfastness it took to see the fledgling program through to success. Since the first pound of Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®)...

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Understanding the New Veterinary Feed Directive
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/19/2016

As of Jan. 1, 2017, beef producers must comply with a new rule regarding use of antibiotics in feed. This veterinary feed directive (VFD) is aimed at better management of certain antibiotics considered medically important to humans — putting them under more veterinary supervision. This is part...

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Yield Grade Opportunities Detailed
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/19/2016

When anyone thinks about beef grading, USDA quality grades such as Prime, Choice and Select likely come to mind. Quality grades have been in effect for nearly a century, but yield grades have been required in the United States for more than 50 years. While research continues to prove how well quality...

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Docility: Performance or Convenience Trait?
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/19/2016

As calving season approaches, many ranchers look forward to the newborns that represent hours of studying sire summaries and bull catalogs. For all the optimism, however, there’s one source of lingering dread: the cow or cows that you know should have been culled due to attitude. You hoped she’d...

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Work Hard, Smart
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/19/2016

It was just another conversation between a cattle feeder and his order buyer, but the one Todd Wickstrum recalls from just a few years ago illustrates his family’s core philosophy. It’s the way they roll. “Well, I’ll go ahead and fill it up,” the buyer said, noting he’d find “something” at the sale barn...

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Angus Looks to the Future
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
12/17/2016

Along America's Angus Trails has always believed the old saying that, “Nothing succeeds like success.” Once again, the American Angus Association juggernaut has proven the truth of that assertion, celebrating it at its recent Angus Convention in Indianapolis. Details included: Registrations...

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September Results Show Strong Third Quarter for Red Meat Exports
U.S. Meat Export Federation   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/16/2016

September was another solid month for U.S. red meat exports, with pork, beef and lamb totals well above year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). September beef export volume was 101,224 metric tons (mt) — down slightly from...

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Quality Beef, Quality People
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/16/2016

Having done beef cattle meetings in every major state for that industry, I am struck by the quality people that raise cattle in this great country. They can best be described as simply “salt of the earth folks.” Pick just about any of these adjectives and you’ll describe most cow-calf...

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Working Backward
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/16/2016

Start right, work left. It may seem backward, but for forward-thinking cattleman Terry Harris, beginning at the end may be the best route of all. “What do people want? What are they willing to pay?” he inquired of animal scientists and economists who study the trends. Research suggested 60% of beef consumed...

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Homegrown
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
12/16/2016

Words like “sustainable,” “locally grown” and “farm fresh” tend to catch the eyes and ears of today’s consumers. With good reason, one could say, as they paint a picture in the mind’s eye of a simpler time — a time when the clock seemed to tick slower, everyone waved, and farmers produced just enough...

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Angus Leaders: Apply for Young Cattlemen’s Conference
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
12/16/2016

2017 will be the 16th year that the Angus Foundation will sponsor a young Angus leader to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2017, and the application can be found on the Angus Foundation website....

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Feeding Cull Cows Prior to Sale May Add Value
Connor Orrock   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
12/14/2016

Every year beef cattle producers have to make decisions about how to handle cows that didn’t become pregnant. Most producers simply sell the animals after pregnancy check. However, it’s possible that with a little more investment, they can provide more revenue to their operation, according...

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Five Tips for Beef Cow Herd Winter Supplementation
Jennifer Beidle   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/14/2016

Now that fall is here and the first blast of winter weather is quickly approaching, have you thought about what that means to your cow herd? Keeping cattle in good condition through the fall and into early winter ultimately helps insulate the animal and minimize the amount of feed required later in the...

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Snippets on Sustainability
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
12/14/2016

As the beef industry continues discussion on how best to define sustainability and convey our efforts to consumers, I’ve had some interesting firsthand observations with how other industries are addressing this issue. My first experience came in February 2016, while attending an evening of wine tasting...

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Loud and Clear
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
12/13/2016

The beef market tells you what it wants. You just have to pay attention. “We know there are signals out there in the marketplace for quality. As you move further away from the end product, we know those signals are…not quite as distinct,” said Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC...

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Start Calves Off Right
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
12/13/2016

Ted Perry, Purina animal nutritionist, 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. Q: Why is it so important to get calves off to a good start after weaning? A: Well, if you think about the lifetime...

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Finding Ways to Control Costs
Kris Ringwall   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/12/2016

My pondering thought for the day: Larger cattle have a 10% advantage when a cattle system is evaluated based on calves as the unit of production, but when based on acres as the unit of production, smaller cattle have a 10% advantage. This oversimplified thought is a foundational question for the future...

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Check Nitrate Levels in Forages
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/12/2016

Nitrate in forages can sometimes be a problem for cattle, according to Kevin Sedivec, professor of range science at North Dakota State University. Depending on growing conditions, nitrate levels may be excessive, and those levels remain high in stored feeds. “Nitrate toxicity potential can occur...

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Apply for Angus Summer Internships
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
12/12/2016

Each summer, the American Angus Association invites college students to gain real-world knowledge and hands-on skills by serving as an intern for the nation’s largest beef breed organization. The 10-week, paid internship programs offer three students the chance to gain experience in the beef cattle...

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Living the Good Life
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Journal
12/12/2016

Preg-checking a set of cows on the ranch at the Big Hole near Jackson, Mont., Jim Sitz is in his element. All hands are on deck today. Wife Tammi orchestrates the day’s activities, a role she’s capably handled while Jim served on the American Angus Association Board for the past eight years. In-laws...

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Become More Supplement Savvy
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
12/12/2016

When green grass goes dormant — either due to drought or winter weather, supplementing the cow herd with additional feedstuffs while they are on pasture may become a necessity. A few basic rules of thumb can help producers ensure they get the “best bang for the buck” on the extra dollars they are spending...

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Big Business Talk
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
12/10/2016

Along America's Angus Trails notes that potentially Big Agribusiness is draining the swamp of its most virulent and outspoken detractors and protestors — and predictably, they're kicking and screaming all the way down.  The front and center firm around which the world's political and environmentalist...

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Marketing Angus-sired Calves
Adam Conover   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
12/9/2016

During the past year AngusSource, a program for any commercial producer who sells feeder calves and replacement heifers sired by a registered-Angus bull, has enrolled groups of calves ranging from six to 3,200 head. In 2015, Missouri was ranked sixth in the country for total cow numbers; more than 79%...

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Fingertip Marketing
Joann Pipkin   |   Angus Journal
12/8/2016

It all began in 2010 as a Christmas gift for their dad, Blaine Bruner. Blaine’s children — son Travis and wife Ashley, son Trenton and wife Rachel, and son Ty — wanted to help the family’s Drake, N.D., ranching business expand its customer base. They browsed the Internet and found other ranches that...

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Twinkie Talk
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
12/3/2016

Along America's Angus Trails has this just in: they are extending the shelf life of Twinkies. You know, the famous pale-yellow calorie tube with the fake cream-filled center, that ranch wives buy boxfulls of when they shop in town every few weeks, because they last a long time, taste good and are popular...

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Legal Liability Issues for Farms and Ranches
Joann Pipkin   |   Angus Media
12/2/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — In a day and time when you can sue most anyone for anything, farmers and ranchers should be proactive before a problem occurs. Brent Haden, a lawyer with the firm Haden and Haden, Columbia, Mo., said producers should perform a thorough walk-through evaluation...

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Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Hosted February in Kentucky
Chelsey Smith   |   American Angus Association
11/30/2016

Cattle producers are invited to gather for a Cattlemen's Boot Camp Feb. 17-18, 2017, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Ky. The event is hosted by the American Angus Association in partnership with the University of Kentucky, and provides purebred and commercial producers timely information...

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New Angus Event Headlines Denver Activities
Crystal Albers   |   American Angus Association
11/30/2016

Denver’s historic Stadium Arena, the heart of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), was built in 1909 to celebrate the growth and viability of the West’s ranching industry. Today, its brick walls, steel columns and distinctive green chairs still bear witness to dozens of cattle shows each year, and...

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Angus Cowboy Competes in the National Finals Rodeo
Crystal Albers   |   American Angus Association
11/29/2016

The American Angus Association is proud to sponsor one of its own this week at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nev. Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, is among the steer wrestling contestants competing in the crowning event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)....

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Should You Raise or Buy Heifers?
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Much is beyond your control in the cow-calf business. Among the few you alone make is the call on replacement females. Will you keep and develop your own heifers or buy enough bred females from outside sources to maintain the herd size you want? “The decisions...

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Tips to Maximize Conception
Joann Pipkin   |   Angus Media
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — A successful breeding season begins long before conception. Making sure equipment is in tip-top shape before the cow is in the chute is the bottom line. “You can be a great arm technician in the cow, but if you’re sloppy with semen handling, it really...

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In the Shoes of the Customers, Buyers
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Angus bull buyers paid record-high prices in 2015. The calves from those sires are going to market now, and breeders should be helping their customers get the most out of the investment. That was the message from three panelists at an Angus University Workshop...

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Maximize Female Potential
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — As the Angus breed continues to be the leader in genetic advancement within the beef industry, capturing those elite genetics and capitalizing on them is becoming extremely vital in today’s fast-paced market. Todd Bilby, associate director of ruminant technical...

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Communicating With Your Customers
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Producing seedstock for the Angus industry is quite a responsibility, Brett Spader, director of operations for DV Auctions, told a group of producers and marketers at the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Spader spoke as part of the convention’s...

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Beef Blitz Scores a Hit for Relationships
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Gate to plate was just a buzz phrase for many Angus producers until they came along on the Beef Blitz Product Tour, just ahead of the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., on Nov. 4. It started with a look at the first Sysco distribution house to partner...

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Should You Invest in Land or Buildings?
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/28/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — It really isn’t a new concept. Many cow-calf producers have confined cows to sacrifice pastures or drylots, or under a roof, during a portion of the production year. However, there is new interest in managing breeding herds under total or semi-confinement....

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New, Hip Agriculture
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
11/26/2016

Along America's Angus Trails continues to marvel at how the nation's hip New Age intelligentsia keep falling back on simple truths those of us on the ranch have instinctively known and followed forever. They are so obvious, the miracle is that these nostrums would even be seen as "new innovations." The...

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Future Angus Stockmen Scholarship Awarded
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

Commercial cattlemen play a central role within the beef business, as they work to produce high-quality cattle to perform down the production chain. To help encourage the next generation of commercial cattle producers, the American Angus Association launched the Future Angus Stockman program, which awards...

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Evaluating Potential for Angus in Foreign Markets
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — President of Clayton Agri-Marketing Tony Clayton spoke to a group of Angus producers and American Angus Association members at the third Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 6. Clayton’s presentation was part of Angus University, a set of workshops...

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Building a Brand
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — “What we sell at Thomas Angus Ranch is probably pretty similar to what Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) sells, and that is primarily a brand,” said Rob Thomas of Thomas Angus Ranch in Baker City, Ore. Thomas spoke to an audience at the 2016 Angus...

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Tips for Talking to Your Banker
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — What are your business plans for 2017? How will you present them to your lender? Those were questions asked of cattle producers attending an Angus University Workshop conducted during the 2016 Angus Convention hosted Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. Louis McIntire,...

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Smaller Isn’t Always Better
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/22/2016

There is no “one size fits all” in the cattle business. So it is with calving ease and birth weight, too, said Dan Shike, University of Illinois animal scientist. He presented on finding the optimums during an Angus University Workshop sponsored by Merck Animal Health Nov. 6 at the 2016 Angus...

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Grand Giveaway at the Angus Convention
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

First-time Angus Convention attendees Kenneth and Carol Webb traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., to learn more about the Angus breed as they establish their own seedstock business in eastern West Virginia. They never imagined they’d be returning home with so much more. The Webbs were the lucky winners...

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American Angus Auxiliary Celebrates 65 Years
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

This year, the American Angus Auxiliary celebrated 65 years of bringing together likeminded women, and fostering connections through a love and passion for the Angus business. The Auxiliary women pour their hearts into the breed’s future by connecting women, providing opportunities and guidance...

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Angus From Scratch
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/22/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — If you want to start an Angus ranch from scratch, you need a basic opportunity, big dreams and vision to see opportunities. Those are tips from Brandon Peterson, Alcester, S.D., who presented Nov. 6 at the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. He played...

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Veterinary Feed Directive and Beyond
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — The matter has been discussed ad nauseam in veterinarian Randall Spare’s opinion, but he fears some livestock producers still don’t get it. They need to understand that once the veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule becomes effective in 2017, some...

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‘I Am Angus’ Broadcasts Thanksgiving Night
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/22/2016

The American Angus Association gives thanks this holiday season for Angus cattle and those committed to preserving the ranching way of life. A new season of the Association’s documentary series, I Am Angus®, airs at 9 p.m. CST (10 p.m. EST) Thursday, Nov. 24, on RFD-TV. A second broadcast is...

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Dietary Debate
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
11/19/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is seeing one of his long-held suspicions exonerated, by the confessions of a nefarious plot by the sugar lobby — at considerable expense to the beef industry. Internal sugar industry documents suggest that decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease,...

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Angus Staff Highlight Online Herd Information Tools
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — American Angus Association staff provided a series of brief presentations at the Association’s booth in the trade show during the 2016 Angus Convention. Three of the presentations focused on the available online tools to assist with herd and pedigree data....

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Start the Transition Conversation
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Eighty percent or more of family businesses indicate they want the family business to be passed on to the next generation of family, but less than 20% of those businesses usually have a formal written succession plan in place. That sobering statistic was shared...

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Don’t Say No to Technology
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — To wrap up the International Genomics Symposium Saturday morning, Nov. 5, at the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., three experts gathered for a panel discussion moderated by John Pollak, director of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in...

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DNA Questions Answered
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — At the 2016 Angus Convention hosted Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) President Dan Moser took time to answer some of the most common questions he is asked with regard to genomic testing. The genetic test data collected through the years...

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Keep It In the Family
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — Three Angus families shared their stories of working through generational succession on their operations during a panel discussion hosted as part of the Angus University Workshops on Nov. 6. Kansas Angus breeders Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland,...

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Consider All Aspects
Miranda Reiman   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

If you want to make more money in the cow-calf business, the options are simple, according to Kevin Hill of Merck Animal Health: wean more calves, wean heavier calves or add more value. The technical services veterinarian presented an Angus University Workshop during the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis,...

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Bending Curves, Breaking Stereotypes
Miranda Reiman   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Angus cattle need to do more than ever before. Carcass quality, functional females, feedlot performance — they all matter. That theme was evident at the Innovation Workshops, sponsored by Zoetis, hosted during the 2016 Angus Convention Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis,...

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Miss American Angus: A Crowning Achievement
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

Miss American Angus, with her sparkling tiara and bold red jacket, represents a promise for the future of the Angus breed. The newly crowned 2017 Miss American Angus, Keegan Cassady, Bloomington, Ill., impressed the judges with her genuine passion for the business breed and love of its people. “I...

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Tom Walter Shares Story of ‘Culture Shift’
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/17/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2016) — “Either you change or we’re leaving.” That was the ultimatum Tom Walter faced one morning in 2006 from two employees in his Chicago-based catering business. One of those employees asking him to change his “iron fist” management style...

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Document Age, Source and Genetics
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/16/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — Plenty of factors can and do influence the price received for calves or feeder cattle. Weight and breed or breeds represented matter to bidders, as do lot size and body condition. How a given set of calves were managed, with regard to weaning and health, can...

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Creating a Culture for a Successful Business
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/16/2016

Every business has a culture. Every farm and ranch operation has a business culture — an evolving set of collective beliefs, values and attitudes that influence management decisions and all business functions, from production to accounting. Howard Putnam, former CEO for Southwest Airlines, believes...

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Angus Membership 101
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/16/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — “Angus Membership 101” was the title of the leadoff presentation in a series of informational workshops offered during the 2016 Angus Convention hosted Nov. 5-7 by the American Angus Association in Indianapolis, Ind. Jerry Cassady, the Association’s...

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Posting with Angus Media
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/16/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 32016) — As an entity under the American Angus Association umbrella, Angus Media is a source of printed and digitally presented information about all things Angus. Accordingly, Angus Media’s Internet presence is becoming the Angus enthusiast’s portal to relevant...

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Grilling Tips, Samples Highlight Booth Activities
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
11/16/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — When you start with good beef, the goal is not to mess it up. Chef Peter Rosenburg, with theCertified Angus Beef®(CAB®) brand, gave 2016 Angus Convention booth visitors tips for doing just that. At the Nov. 5 demonstration in Indianapolis, Ind., the chef...

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Genomics and Parentage Verification Explained
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/16/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — During the 2016 American Angus Association Convention, in Indianapolis, Ind., Jerry Cassady, the Association’s director of member services, talked about the improved predictive power of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). Speaking to...

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Workshop Offers Members a Chance to Get to Know the Angus Foundation
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
11/15/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — “It’s really about establishing relationships,” stated Milford Jenkins, describing the Angus Foundation during an educational workshop Nov. 5 at the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Jenkins, Angus Foundation president, recounted the...

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Enriquez Highlights Global Changes Occurring
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Media
11/15/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 9, 2016) — Juan Enriquez was introduced as a “thought leader” and “someone who lives in the future” as he was called to the stage to deliver keynote remarks kicking off the second International Genomics Symposium, which was hosted as part of the...

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Using Genomics to Make Better Breeding Decisions
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/15/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — The last 10 years have been an exciting time to explore genomics, said Ben Hayes, leader of the “1,000 Bull Genomes Project” in Australia. With more than 3.5 million cattle genotyped around the world using genomic-estimated breeding values (EBVs),...

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National Angus Tour Explores Indiana Agriculture
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
11/15/2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Before the official opening of the third annual Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., more than 200 producers and members of the American Angus Association attended this year’s National Angus Tour. The tour, sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Zoetis,...

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Angus Unveils Long-Range Plan
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
11/14/2016

Anticipation was evident Monday, Nov. 7, as Angus breeders from across the country crowded into an Indianapolis, Ind., meeting hall for the American Angus Association 133rd Annual Convention of Delegates. The meeting was the capping event of the three-day Angus Convention, where about 2,000 Angus seedstock...

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Angus Elects New Board Officers, Members
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
11/7/2016

The American Angus Association® announced officers and directors elected to its Board of Directors during the 133rd Annual Convention of Delegates in Indianapolis, Ind. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: Richard Dyar, Crossville, Ala.; Dave Hinman, Malta, Mont.; Alan Miller, Gridley,...

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A Century in the Making
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/7/2016

Civil war veteran James Alexander Criswell joined the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders Association in 1916, under the name J.A. Criswell & Sons. The ornate membership document is still preserved as part of the family’s history today. James Alexander was the second generation to raise cattle...

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Angus Heritage Foundation Honors Breed Leaders
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
11/7/2016

The Angus breed’s leadership position within the beef industry didn’t happen by chance. It was earned by countless breeders and supporters who all paved the way for a stronger future for beef cattle genetics and the American Angus Association. Each year, the organization recognizes breed...

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Angus Foundation: Champions Youth, Education & Research
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
11/7/2016

For more than 35 years, the Angus Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the American Angus Association, has championed the causes of youth, education and research for the Angus breed and beef industry as a whole. The Angus Foundation celebrated its many generous donors and accomplishments for 2016 at...

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Play in the Dirt, Kids
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
11/5/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is rejoicing that science is finally catching up to one of his favorite subjects: research is increasingly showing that children who play in the dirt and muck on the ranch are much more immune to disease than those raised in a germ-free cocoon by ultra-fastidious new age,...

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Benefits of Being Able to Perform a Necropsy
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
11/2/2016

If an animal dies and the cause of death is unknown, it’s often wise to perform a necropsy to try to determine what happened, especially if a change in management could eliminate the risk for further deaths in the herd. A postmortem examination might determine whether the animal died from hardware, pneumonia,...

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Field Metrics for Packing Plants and Feedlots
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Media
11/2/2016

“There have been lightyears of improvement in packing plants,” said Temple Grandin, professor of livestock behavior and welfare at Colorado State University. “The 1980s and 1990s were truly horrible.” She said a USDA baseline study looking at the percentage of beef plants that stunned 95% or greater...

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The Right Driver
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
11/2/2016

For truck drivers charged with the transport of livestock, Ron Gill thinks driver training has been woefully inadequate. Speaking at the International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW), hosted June 8-10 in Manhattan, Kan., the Texas A&M extension livestock specialist said it is not because...

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Feeding Newly Weaned Calves
Connor Orrock   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
11/2/2016

As spring beef calves are beginning to be weaned, it is the producer’s responsibility to help make that transition as smooth as possible. Improper weaning can result in poor growth, which may stay with the animal throughout its life, according to Kansas State University (K-State) animal scientist Justin...

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Protect Your Lungs
Linda Geist   |   University of Missouri
11/2/2016

Without protective gear, working around grain dust can cause severe respiratory problems, says University of Missouri (MU) Extension safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch. Conditions such as farmer’s lung are serious but preventable, she says. The need to protect against grain dust increases...

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Angus Growth Reflects True Demand
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/2/2016

The nation’s cattle producers are answering the call from consumers for high quality beef, as reflected in recently released figures from the American Angus Association®. Registrations for Angus cattle grew by 4.5% and totaled 334,607 head in fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30. That’s the 15th largest...

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Angus and Zoetis Offer Innovation Workshop at Angus Convention
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/2/2016

Technology and innovation are alive and well in the beef cattle business, and leading producer education on applying the latest genomic tools is the mission behind the upcoming Innovation Workshop during the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Sponsored by Zoetis, the workshop takes place the...

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Angus Convention Takes on Indy
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
11/2/2016

Passion for the future of the beef business will be on display this weekend in downtown Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2016 Angus Convention hosted by the American Angus Association. The Angus breed, its members, commercial cow-calf producers, feeders and allied industry partners will gather Nov. 5-7 for...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall   |   North Dakota State University Extension
10/31/2016

The daily CattleFax report just popped into my email and did not bring the positive news one would like. The Oct. 10 values were $98.87 for live cattle and $124.65 for feeder cattle. I had a simple thought: “What? Two-digit live-cattle prices!” My second thought: “We have got to get costs down!” For...

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Finishing’s Effect on Climate
Donald Stotts   |   Oklahoma State University
10/31/2016

It is a “green” discussion that continues to raise its head periodically. What is better for the environment: Grass-finished or grain-finished beef cattle? Emotions on the subject sometimes run high, and facts can be the first fatality as the level of discourse becomes more heated, whether the debate...

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Different Risk Management
Duane Dailey   |   University of Missouri
10/31/2016

Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection. Scott Brown, University of Missouri (MU) livestock economist, discussed that option at the MU Thompson Farm field day Tuesday, Sept. 20. He asked the farmers present if any were using...

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Welfare Research Update
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
10/31/2016

Understanding better the pain animals may experience and how best to provide relief are the objectives of cattle welfare studies in Canada. During the 2016 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW) June 8-10 in Manhattan, Kan., Ed Pajor, professor of animal behavior and welfare at University...

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Accountability on the rise for cattle care, drug use
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/31/2016

Antibiotic use hits cattle feeders as a cost, but a less direct system of accounting may affect treatment decisions going forward. Robin Falkner, Zoetis technical services veterinarian, explored that at the Feeding Quality Forum this summer in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas. He called attention...

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Coming Full Circle
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
10/29/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is marveling at how hip and cool he really is, right in the very vanguard of one of the latest hot societal trends. And guess what: I'll bet most of you listeners are, too. Customers at Whole Foods Markets, FreshDirect and Amazon.com are paying $10.00 a pound and more for...

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Overseas Markets
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
10/28/2016

Erin Borror, economist with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), 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. Q: Tell us about USMEF. A: Our mission is quite simple. To increase the value and...

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Bad Attitudes = Bad Results
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/28/2016

Is there anything more frustrating than dealing with cattle that have an attitude problem? Probably not. It ranks right up there with assisting the heifer with calving problems at three in the morning or having to milk out the cow with a bad udder. These are the negative side of what are called convenience...

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Cattle Feeding Chat Builds Bridges
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/28/2016

When it’s just not possible to bring 600 people from across the globe to the feedyard, the next best thing is to bring a little of that Herington, Kan., family operation to them. Cattle feeders Shane and Shawn Tiffany took the stage during educational sessions at last month’s Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®)...

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Angus Presents International Genomics Symposium
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
10/27/2016

The American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) will host the second-annual International Genomics Symposium Nov. 5 as part of the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will provide cattle producers with cutting-edge information about advancements in genomics technology —...

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Stockpiling Forages
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
10/26/2016

Rory Lewandowski, Ohio State University Extension educator, 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. Q: What does it mean to stockpile forage? A: It's a concept that's been around for quite a...

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Limits? What Limits?
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/26/2016

Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates. Granted, the beef community is not flush with cash as it was a couple of years...

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Meat is about trust, author says
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/26/2016

Imagine living when there was no supermarket or grocery store where you could buy food, having to grow just about everything your family needs. That could be any rural area in the country a couple hundred years ago. Livestock were keys to that economy, says author Maureen Ogle, who spoke at the Certified...

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Legacy of Leading
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Journal
10/24/2016

In the Meier family, leadership isn’t just encouraged, it’s practiced. Brian Meier followed in his father’s footsteps to serve as Missouri Angus Association president. Brian is the fourth generation of his family to reside on their farm near Jackson, Mo. After his grandparents bought a registered-Angus...

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The Decathlete
Tom Field   |   Angus Journal
10/24/2016

The Olympics have long been a fascination. The combination of competition, culture, international cooperation and the individual stories of athletes woven together create a dramatic story that goes beyond the imagination of the most prolific novelists and screenwriters. There are lessons to be found...

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A New Kind of Roundtable
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
10/24/2016

Norman poet Robert Wace first described King Arthur’s Round Table in the year 1155 as a table around which Arthur and his famed knights would congregate to humbly discuss issues or settle disputes. As the name suggests, the table had no head, implying that each individual seated around it was no greater...

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The Matching Game
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/24/2016

Cattle have changed. If your management hasn’t, animal scientist Robbi Pritchard suggests you take a look to be sure it’s still relevant. The South Dakota State University emeritus professor addressed cattle feeders and allied industry at the Feeding Quality Forum in August. “Genetics are better and...

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Weaning Management, a Year in Advance
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/24/2016

If the spring-born calves aren’t weaned yet, then the time isn’t far away now that fall is here. This month we’ll look at recent research from Philipe Moriel and others at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on the role of maternal nutrition in calf performance and health. Veterinarians and ranchers...

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How to Create Premium Calves
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/24/2016

When a beef cattle specialist for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand talks to producers, they might expect to hear all about marbling. But Paul Dykstra told those at a recent Oklahoma Angus Association field day in McAlester, Okla., “It’s all about balance.” “If we don’t have cattle that’ll stay healthy,...

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Unplug to Connect
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
10/22/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is rather proud, actually, of his dumb phone, which only is used for the least-used app in the modern smartphone world: phone calls. Yes, the horribly outdated little flip phone that's always in my left front pocket is answered when it rings or used by me to place a phone...

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Women Leading the Way
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Journal
10/21/2016

For many years, agriculture has been a field dominated by men. These days, 30% of farmers across the United States are women, and in the Angus business these women are taking the responsibility and leadership seriously. “It’s evolved that more and more women are coming back to the farm in a management...

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New Face at the Foundation
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
10/21/2016

Chris Stephens, assistant director of development for the Angus Foundation, 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. Q: Tell us about your role with the Angus Foundation? A: I will be assisting...

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National Junior Angus Show Heads to Des Moines
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
10/21/2016

The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is the highlight of the summer for many Angus families, and in 2017 the big event takes place July 9-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. While the cattle shows are the main attraction, the week also includes the showmanship competition, junior activities and a variety of life-skills...

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Why Not the Best?
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/19/2016

In the lush Sacramento Valley, uniform black cows and their calves graze irrigated pastures; 550 miles north, amazingly similar cattle make their living in desert country, sagebrush the only splash of color on the horizon. Owning and operating both herds despite the stark differences in climate is no...

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New Specialty Steak Cut
Mike Wolterbeek   |   University of Nevada-Reno
10/19/2016

Like a diamond in the rough, a small cut of beef that meat cutters throw in with ground meat is now being looked at as a high-end delicacy by researchers at the University of Nevada–Reno. The small, quarter-moon-shaped slice of beef that has a taste and tenderness that outclasses any other cut except...

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Paired for Performance
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Journal
10/19/2016

For many family farms, an annual sale is a focal point of the operation. However, putting on a sale is no easy feat. Marketing, setup, and supplying enough cattle can add up to an intimidating amount of time, money and work. The solution for some Angus breeders is to cooperate with one of their fellow...

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Beef for an 84-year BBQ Tradition
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/17/2016

Barbecue is rooted in necessity, making delicious meals out of a wide variety of meat, and even better when it’s beef. In Lockhart, Texas, Black’s Barbecue is also rooted in a ranching family’s economic necessity. When nobody would buy his cattle in the Great Depression’s 1932, Edgar Black and friends...

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Value, Top-End Performance
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
10/17/2016

The Angus Foundation Heifer Package is one of the Angus Foundation’s major annual fundraisers. Each year, a prominent Angus breeder is extended the invitation to donate an elite Angus female from the heart of their herd to the Angus Foundation. The package includes other perks, including 30 days of free...

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Eight Declare Candidacies
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Journal
10/17/2016

Board Candidates Seeking a second term: Tom Burke, Missouri Philip Howell, Indiana Chris Sankey, Kansas Seeking a first term: Richard Dyar, Alabama Dave Hinman, Montana Alan Miller, Illinois Jonathan Perry, Tennessee Barry Pollard, Oklahoma Eight members have declared their intention to run for a position...

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Low-stress Weaning Methods
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Journal
10/17/2016

Weaning time has traditionally been traumatic for calves, mama cows and ranchers, but in the past 25 years, many ranchers have found better ways to wean than putting calves in a corral and taking their mothers away. Weaning creates physical and emotional/security stresses for the calf, and the emotional...

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How the Beef Value Chain Works
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/14/2016

When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high. But in a volatile market, the segments along beef’s supply chain often see much above- or below-average returns. “A lot of our beef producers...

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It’s A Cow Problem
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
10/14/2016

They know how to push the right buttons. To further their particular agendas, activists often employ emotion, even fear, to coax their audiences into acceptance. The antics of many professional and amateur anti-meat activists are designed to worry consumers into accepting that livestock production is...

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Adequate Supplements for Winter Grazing
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
10/14/2016

This time of year in most regions of the country, forages are very low in protein, yet many ranchers try to extend grazing as long as possible through winter because winter feeding is the most expensive part of raising cattle. Adding a little protein supplement to fall and winter pastures is generally...

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Commitment to Excellence in Herd Health
Bob Larson   |   Kansas State University
10/14/2016

Beef producers have many demands on their time and attention. One of those demands is to achieve excellent health for their herd. In general, cattle are very tough and can remain healthy in a wide variety of environments and when under a variety of stresses. However, young calves, cows around the time...

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Retrospective
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/12/2016

A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today’s Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious. But the dramatic change in the beef business is much more...

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Riverbend’s One-at-a-Time Quality Focus Earns National Honors
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/12/2016

Unless you’re building an ark, little good can come from 45 inches of rain in 20 days. That’s what happened when Hurricane Floyd hit Snow Hill, N.C., in fall 1999. For cattleman Steve Harrison, the results were life changing. As the flood waters rose, half of the family’s cow herd—the one he’d returned...

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Long-distance Transportation
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
10/12/2016

Long-distance transportation is a facet of the beef industry, and it can be a stressful event for cattle. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, researcher at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, shared highlights of eight years of research on long-distance transportation...

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The Leader’s Choice
Tom Field   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
10/12/2016

Leadership on smooth waters and backed by favorable winds is certainly less challenging than sailing through stormy seas. However, in times of chaos and struggle, leadership makes all the difference. The heady days of historic high calf prices are fading into memory as we confront the realities of today’s...

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American Angus Auxiliary Invites You to Indy
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
10/12/2016

For 65 years, the American Angus Auxiliary has promoted the Angus breed and supported future leaders within its ranks. The volunteer organization is made up of Angus women from all over the country, and each year, the group comes together for events held in conjunction with the Angus Convention. “The...

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Billion, with a “B”
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/11/2016

Angus producers knew they could create a brand of beef that would sell millions of pounds in a year. But more than a billion? Let’s not get carried away, the organizers would have said. Yet upon reflection, some might have wondered. That year has come and gone now. The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand’s...

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Beef Price Ups and Downs
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/10/2016

The cattle market zig-zags up and down more than ever, but so do prices for the end product, says a boxed beef reporter for Urner Barry, in Toms River, N.J. “Ranchers understand not only what it takes to raise an animal, the science of it, but also for what market and when,” says Bruce Longo. “The same...

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Big on Quality
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/10/2016

One of the largest cattle feeders in the country aims for high-quality results and hits that target every day. Poky Feeders, Scott City, Kan., turns 3,700 head per week, and nearly 37% of 120,000 Poky-fed Angus cattle earned the Certified Angus Beef® brand at National Beef Packing last year. Manager...

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Histories Intertwine through National Western
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
10/10/2016

As word came down that the American Angus Association and Angus Foundation would be hosting a special event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of “Angus in the West” at the 2017 National Western Stock Show in Denver this January, precious memories came flooding over me. My heritage goes clear back to...

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Water Over the Gate
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
10/8/2016

Join Along America's Angus Trails, in this hectic presidential election fall, in recalling one of the signature events from just 44 brief years ago: Watergate. Our first farm had ditch water, and when dry Colorado had enough mountain runoff, the ditch rider would shout out from the road along the ditch,...

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Check Body Condition of Cows in the Fall
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/7/2016

Fall, before the weather gets cold, is the time to look hard at your cows. If you’ve just come through a dry summer and the cows are pulled down in flesh from lactation, you will want to give them adequate time to regain some condition before winter and before their next calving. They need adequate body...

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Stocker Purchase Opportunities
Derrell Peel   |   Oklahoma State University
10/7/2016

Stocker producers have numerous decisions to make when purchasing stocker cattle, including the weight, gender and quality of cattle to buy. The appropriate choice for individual producers depends on the objectives of the stocker program and the type of production system. Feeder-cattle price relationships...

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Value in Good Stockmanship
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/7/2016

About 20% of people involved in the care and handling of beef cattle are “naturals.” Stockmanship comes easily for them, compared to the 70% of people who always seem to need supervision. The remaining 10% just should not be handling animals at all. Such was the opinion voiced by animal behavior specialist...

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Ag Outlook: Not so good, not all bad
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/7/2016

“Who is going to flinch first?” Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co., said that’s the main question he and his team ponder when looking at this “plateau” phase in the ag markets. “Is it your neighbor that’s going to cut back? Is it you?” the analyst asked, as he addressed cattle feeders and allied...

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A Different Breed of Stars
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/7/2016

“Five Star Land & Livestock” the barn reads. The curious eyes that travel 30 miles south of Sacramento to the Wilton, Calif., ranch meet the name that started it all. “Do you think it’s too bright?” Abbie Nelson asks of the chosen shade of new red paint that surrounds the white block letters of text....

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Controlling Burdock
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/5/2016

Burdock is an invasive plant you don’t want to find in your pastures. The burrs, when ripe, stick to anything that touches them, including cattle. When the dry burrs shatter, the tiny seeds are spread, and they can cause serious eye irritation in cattle. Several broadleaf herbicides will kill burdock...

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Preconditioning Impacts Health and Welfare
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/5/2016

What is preconditioning? It’s a broad term, and many operations have their own definition of what it entails. Brad White, professor of production medicine at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and interim director of the Beef Cattle Institute, said preconditioning is the preparation...

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Leftover Grocery Produce Makes Great Cattle Feed
Paige Nelson   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/5/2016

“We hate waste,” says Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer and grocery store chain in its 2016 Global Responsibility Report. In 2009, the company set a goal toward a zero-waste future. By 2015, Wal-Mart U.S. was able to divert 82% of its materials away from landfills. As a crucial piece...

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Montana Angus Ranch: Data-driven Quality from the Start
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/5/2016

It’s hard to pinpoint when the transformation began, but on the Christensen family’s western ranch, it’s evident that it happened: a commitment to excellence. The views of the Rocky Mountains look much the same as they did when Grandpa Karl homesteaded near Hot Springs, Mont., a century ago, but third-generation...

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Face the Pace of Change
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/5/2016

We are used to slow change in the cattle business. After decades at that pace, however, the North American cattle and beef industries are undergoing a rapid transition. “Farming and food production in total are no longer local industries,” said Pete Anderson, Midwest PMS research director. “They no longer...

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Backgrounding Calves
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
10/5/2016

Some ranchers hold calves over as yearlings to sell later, and some buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves in a confinement program, and feed them a growing ration until they are ready to go to a finishing facility. Ron Gill, professor and extension...

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What is Normal?
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/3/2016

“I get so excited when my students finally realize that animals are not furry little people. Animals perceive things differently,” said Ed Pajor, professor of animal behavior and welfare at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He added that too often we think of measuring animal...

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Added Data from GeneMax Advantage
Chris Jeffcoat   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/3/2016

The fall sale season is upon us, and many of you will be making an investment in bulls for your herd. As you will notice in sale books, the majority of farms having sales will have made an investment in their bulls through genomic testing to enhance the expected progeny differences (EPDs) and improve...

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Can You Afford to Sell Your Calves This Fall?
Kris Ringwall   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
10/3/2016

In the mid-1990s, cow-calf producers weaned mid-500-pound (lb.) calves that produced 750- to 800-lb. carcasses on the rail. Today, cow-calf producers still are weaning mid-500-lb. steers, but these steers have typical carcass weights that approach 900 lb. About a year ago, I asked, “Can commercial producers...

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Tips for Weaning
Adam Russell   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
10/3/2016

Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton. Jason Banta says weaning calves is the right thing to...

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Science-based Ranching in the Superstitions
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
10/3/2016

Politics aside, every sense of “progressive” describes Chuck Backus. From his 36 years in education and research to the overlapping 39 years in ranching, this former provost of Arizona State University embodies the aspects of applied innovation, growth by accumulating knowledge, experimenting and expanding...

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Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
10/1/2016

And as they say, the hits just keep rolling in, at Along America's Angus Trails. The latest is yet another set of University studies validating the importance of red meat consumption — these from the University of Graz in Austria and the University of Hildesheim in Germany. Since I agree with them, these...

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Next Generation Sequencing
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
9/30/2016

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the bane of feedlot managers and cow-calf producers alike. It is one of the most costly diseases plaguing the cattle business today, and results in lost performance, decreased animal welfare and lost profits. Ben Hause, clinical assistant professor in the College of...

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A Champion’s Drive
JD Rosman   |   Angus Journal
9/30/2016

The year was 1985. “Go out and win it, don’t sit back,” were the final words 17-year-old Tim Fitzgerald heard from his brother before entering the ring for showmanship finals. Eight words he will never forget, which hit home and inspired him before competing in the National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest...

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Sources of Innovation
Tom Field   |   Angus Journal
9/30/2016

Mention innovation in a conversation and most people conjure up images of Silicon Valley or some high-tech incubation workspace populated by caffeine-powered computer geeks who define a power wardrobe as a t-shirt with a cool logo, a comfortable pair of jeans and red Chuck Taylors. Certainly an amazing...

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Adding Meat to Carcass EPDs
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
9/30/2016

By sheer nature of the cattle industry structure, some of the most important data — carcass data — are some of the most difficult pieces of information to collect. For the past 20 years, there has been a large emphasis on collecting ultrasound data to predict carcass traits. Dan Moser, president of Angus...

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Selecting Commercial-Angus Replacements
Kelli Retallick   |   Angus Journal
9/28/2016

Replacement-heifer selection is one of the most challenging and costly decisions a commercial cow-calf producer makes each year. The significance of these decisions ultimately affects all phases of not only individual operations but the entire beef production supply chain.It is predicted that a producer...

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GMOs Turn 20
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
9/28/2016

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of crops developed with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being introduced in the marketplace. Back in 1996, Monsanto introduced the first Roundup Ready® corn and soybeans to American farmers. At that time, Robert Fraley was a 40-something Monsanto researcher who had...

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Are You Smarter than an Angus Junior?
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Journal
9/28/2016

Identifying National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) junior board members and American Angus Association staff, defining bovine illnesses or explaining management practices are just a few of the topics fired at NJAA members during the quiz bowl competition at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). While...

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Policy Updates
Troy Smith   |   Angus Journal
9/28/2016

What might the outcome of this year’s presidential election portend for the beef industry? Like a lot of cattle folk, most attendees at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 13-16 in Denver, Colo., could only guess at the answer. The conference serves as a forum for updating National Cattlemen’s...

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Fishy Findings
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
9/27/2016

Along America's Angus Trails still carries scars and welts from the Mandatory Beef Labeling conflagration. It's in at least something of a pause at the moment, as the latest Farm Bill seemingly ended it. Without taking sides in that well-worn controversy, with some very good arguments on both sides,...

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Auxiliary Hosts ‘Full Circle Online Auction’
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
9/27/2016

The American Angus Auxiliary is proud to present the inaugural edition of the “Full Circle Online Auction,” a national Angus consignment sale. The online auction will take place Sept. 28-29, hosted by www.AngusLive.com. Proceeds will support the Auxiliary scholarship fund and Angus youth programs. The...

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Prevent Bloat on Fall Pastures
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
9/26/2016

Bloat can be a frustrating problem for producers, and fall pastures may hold greater risk under certain conditions. Emily Glunk, Extension forage specialist at Montana State University, says the higher the percentage of certain legumes in a pasture, the higher the risk of bloat. “Fall weather can further...

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Replacement Heifers, System Approach
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/26/2016

Autumn is exciting as you wrap up haying season and start crop harvest; fall calving begins while you wean the spring-born herd mates. With a growing cow herd and lower calf prices compared to recent highs, producers may want to take a closer look at their whole system for choosing replacement heifers,...

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Commercial at Heart, Registered Passion
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/26/2016

At Galata, Mont., Bobcat Angus is an awfully long way from Wall Street. In fact, literally just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, it is more than 2,000 miles west of the financial hub of the United States. That distance didn’t soften the sting of Nov. 20, 2008, when the Dow Jones closed at its...

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Selecting for Hill Climbers
Paige Nelson   |   Angus Journal
9/26/2016

Many ranchers just like to ranch. A few, those like registered-Angus breeders Dick and Erin Evans, owners of Heartstone Angus, find satisfaction in incorporating research into ranching. Since they moved from an irrigated hay farm in Pueblo, Colo., to New Mexico just south of Silver City 10 years ago,...

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Kansas Initiative Focuses on Heifer Improvement
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
9/23/2016

Jamie Lynn Farney, Kansas State University Extension, 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. Q: How'd you get started in the agriculture industry, and how'd you get involved with the Sunflower...

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Crunching the Numbers
Kris Ringwall   |   North Dakota State University Extension
9/21/2016

What is the bottom line for an Aug. 1 bull turnout? For openers, the answer is a 1,610-pound (lb.) steer at harvest 22 months later with a carcass value on the rail of $2,224 and a return to the cattle producer of $896 after subtracting cow costs. Wow! We’ve seen some good numbers during the last three...

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Heavy Considerations
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
9/21/2016

How has cattle feeding changed in recent years? As a technical services manager for Merck Animal Health and a bona fide industry watcher, Wade Nichols has seen feeding periods extended to 150 days — even to 180 days. Accordingly, finished cattle weights now reach levels seldom seen before. Hot carcass...

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Bridging the Gap with AngusSource
Ginette Gottswiller   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
9/21/2016

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty, “Hi-ho Silver!” Who doesn’t remember the Lone Ranger and his faithful sidekick, Tonto? My brother and I loved to pretend we were these two characters when we were out riding our ponies. We rode for truth, honor and respect for all....

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Too much milk or too much cow?
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/21/2016

It’s the expansion phase for the North American beef cow herd. For most farmers and ranchers, that means finding ways to increase the number of cows rather than the size of each. And of course, everybody’s talking about size – makes sense when you think about the escalating annual cost of keeping an...

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Mark Sims Joins the American Angus Association
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
9/21/2016

The American Angus Association announces Mark Sims of Edmond, Okla., as the organization’s newest member of the regional manager team. Sims begins his role Oct. 4 and will represent Region 13, which consists of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Regional managers are...

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Plan Ahead for Fall and Winter Forages
Adam Russell   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
9/20/2016

Mid- and late August is a good time for producers to plan ahead for winter forages, said Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton. Since most fall, winter and spring forages perform best when planted in late September through early October, producers should...

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Welfare Concerns at Packing Plants
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Media
9/20/2016

Animal welfare is an important issue, and Mike Siemens, Cargill’s head of welfare and animal husbandry, said packing plants have as much of a stake in the game as cattlemen. Greater attention to welfare is an industry initiative, he emphasized. It is not a marketing tool, because that creates a “close...

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Angus in the West
Terry Cotton   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
9/19/2016

Region 11, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, is a vast and varied region of the United States that excels in multidimensional agricultural production. The American Angus Association plays a part in the multiple layers of food production here in the West. Cattle production is an important...

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Fall Feeder-Cattle Market Prospects
Derrell Peel   |   Oklahoma State University
9/19/2016

Changes in feeder-cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow-calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy feeder cattle have increased relative to lighter-weight feeder cattle. Several factors appear to be affecting feeder-cattle price relationships. The...

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Breed All the Cows at One Time
Katie Alexander   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/19/2016

If your opinion of artificial insemination (AI) for the beef cattle herd is “been there, done that,” you may want to give it another look. New protocols and synchronization methods have eased the pressure. “There’s no question that fixed-time AI has gotten easier,” says Cliff Lamb, University of Florida...

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Technology in Agriculture
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
9/17/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is recalling lots of good times at that huge annual staple of Midwestern U.S. farmers and ranchers, the Farm Progress Show, just concluded in Boone, Iowa. It rotates each year among states in the Corn Belt, as a showcase for the latest agricultural equipment. It commandeers...

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Farm Finance
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
9/16/2016

Heather Malcolm of the Bank of the Rockies 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. Many experts are predicting that the ag economy could see a downturn. That means it's important for beef producers...

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Plan for Angus Shows at the 2016 NAILE
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
9/15/2016

In a few short months, Angus cattle enthusiasts will travel to Louisville, Ky., for showring competition during the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Both the Angus Junior Heifer Show and the Super-Point Roll of Victory Shows (ROV) take place Nov. 13-15. All shows will begin...

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Cowboy Fashion
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
9/10/2016

Along America's Angus Trails continues to marvel at the idolized ranch life that continues to seep into Big City popular culture. While those fortunate enough to actually live life out among the cattle, the pastures, the old timey ranch houses and barns, challenging rural weather conditions and plain...

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Angus Hires Regional Manager for Colorado & Nebraska
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
9/8/2016

Angus breeders in Colorado and Nebraska are welcoming Drew Feller of Wisner, Neb., as the territory’s new regional manager for the American Angus Association. Before officially beginning his role Sept. 6, Feller greeted many producers during the Nebraska State Fair. Regional managers are the boots-on-the-ground...

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Reduce Risk with a Sound Grazing Lease
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
9/7/2016

What changes will the advancing average age of cattle producers bring to cow country? Agricultural census data suggest the median age of U.S. farmers and ranchers is rapidly nearing 60 years of age. People taking a glass-is-half-full point of view believe that could present opportunities for younger...

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Cowboy Stories
Tom Field   |   University of Nebraska—Lincoln
9/7/2016

Getting bucked off the first time; pulling the oil plug before the engine cools; delivering a calf in a tough situation without Dad, Mom or the vet’s help; or making that first cattle purchase — these are the kinds of experiences that tend to stick with us. More often than not, these are life moments...

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Replacement Heifers: Raise ’em or Buy ’em
Austin Black   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
9/7/2016

Deciding whether to raise or buy replacement heifers is never an easy decision, and the answer isn’t the same for every operation. Scott Brown, University of Missouri (MU) assistant extension professor, says the decision fluctuates according to the cattle cycle. High cattle markets make heifer development...

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Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop
Beef Production Task Force   |   Angus Media
9/7/2016

The premiere national event in beef cattle reproductive management is being hosted for the first time in Iowa this week, and you are invited to watch live-stream coverage of the conference sessions. The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop will include information for...

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‘The Angus Report’ Celebrates Five Years on RFD-TV
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
9/6/2016

The American Angus Association launched the weekly broadcast of The Angus Report in September 2011, as a way to deliver news and information to cattlemen and women nationwide. Through its distribution on RFD-TV, The Angus Report reaches more than 70,000 households across the U.S. and ranks among the...

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Commercial Production Benchmarks for 2016
Kris Ringwall   |   North Dakota State University Extension
9/5/2016

The typical Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program beef producer is weaning calves from 90.5% of all cows exposed to the bull at 553 pounds (lb.) at 193 days of age. Those calves are grazing summer pastures alongside their mothers and gaining 2.5 lb. a day. Those numbers are reflective...

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Why Not Grow?
John Stika   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/5/2016

As the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand looks toward the 38th anniversary of that first pound sold on Oct. 18, 1978, it’s both humbling and satisfying to look back. I’d guess most of us are a bit amazed at the impact this brand has had on the whole beef industry and how that served our mission of increasing...

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The Best Plans Can Change
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
9/5/2016

2011 kicked off some busy years for the Lawson family. That was the year daughter Kay Leigh returned full-time to the family farm and commercial cattle operation after being away at Purdue University. She joined parents Donnie and Tammy Lawson, uncle Danny Lawson and cousin Ben, who was also just returning...

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Guarding Against Cattle Theft
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
9/2/2016

Special Ranger John Cummings, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 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. Q: No one likes to see cattle theft or other rural crimes in the news,...

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Feeding Quality Forum Challenges Norms
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
9/2/2016

If you think you have the cattle feeding business all figured out, you’re probably mistaken. That’s according to speakers at the Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas, last week. The experts addressed what they “used to know” that’s no longer so. “After decades of slow change,...

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Angus Foundation “Championing a Cause”
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
9/1/2016

Through 36 years of unprecedented success, the Angus Foundation has championed the cause of youth, education and research for the advancement of the Angus breed. Each year, the Angus Foundation aims to provide additional opportunities and strengthen donor support for the organization’s programs and events....

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Graze 300 Days a Year
Austin Black   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
8/31/2016

Imagine feeding hay for only 65 days each year. Not only does the scenario save time and money, it’s a lot easier to do than people think. Professors from the University of Arkansas Animal Science Department have developed a plan to graze 300 days a year. John Jennings, University of Arkansas (UA) forage...

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Selling Calves Like Sweet Corn
Ginette Gottswiller   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
8/31/2016

Bang, bang, boom — more firecrackers went off. The field was hot and muggy as I packed two more 5-gallon buckets full of sweet corn to the end of the row. I could hear the boys picking a couple of rows over. It would not take long to sell this truckload. The Fourth of July holiday is my son’s and nephew’s...

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New Rules Concerning Antibiotic Uses in Cattle
Bob Larson & Mike Apley   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
8/31/2016

Starting in December of 2016, the ways that cattle producers will be able to use antibiotics to control and treat disease in their herds will change. During the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to fundamentally change how some antibiotics can be legally...

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Indicator Cows
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/26/2016

When you have just enough cows to name them all, it’s easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd. Now with 100 or more cows...

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Legally Speaking
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
8/26/2016

Brent Haden, principal with Haden & Haden law firm, 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. Q: Here to talk about protecting your business, changes in the law and insurance options is Brent Hayden,...

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Continuing Growth, Angus Hires HR Director
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
8/25/2016

The American Angus Association has served the nation’s quality-minded cattle producers for more than 130 years, and managing day-to-day business requires a talented group of professionals across a number of disciplines. Ladena Keuhn, a native of north central Missouri, joined the Angus team Aug. 11 to...

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Want to Pass it On?
Barb Baylor Anderson   |   Angus Journal
8/24/2016

Chances are, you know someone who has faced farm financial or inheritance challenges following the death of a parent or spouse. Take, for example, the unexpected death of a close friend’s father last year. Amid the grief, she got a call from the bank that her father’s farm property taxes were due. The...

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Handle with Care
Cliff Lamb   |   Angus Journal
8/24/2016

What happens when semen and embryos are frozen? When freezing biological cells, such as semen or embryos, the main goal is to remove water from within the cells. Removal of water molecules minimizes the formation of ice that is formed when water molecules freeze at temperatures below freezing (i.e.,...

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Plan Beef Herd Genetics on Consumer Desires
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/24/2016

Cattlemen have focused on quality from the beginning. Their success at delivering cattle that perform for the next owner kept them in business through market ups and downs. The approach seems to work, but can it keep working in an era of relatively higher beef prices? Mark McCully, vice president of...

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Angus Convention Announces Grand Prize
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
8/23/2016

The list of reasons to attend the Angus Convention this November is a lengthy one. Thousands of Angus breeders, commercial cattlemen and others are expected to attend the event scheduled for Nov. 5-7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. From world-class education, inspiring keynote...

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Reducing Risk
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/22/2016

As we begin to look toward fall marketing, thoughts turn to preparing calves for weaning. For some of you, that started at conception by having a well-vaccinated cow herd. You should have taken care to provide adequate nutrition in late gestation to improve colostrum quality, ready to prepare calves...

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Simply Innovative
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/22/2016

If there’s an easier way to home-grill the best steaks – and the search continues at Greeley’s Colorado Premium Beef, which brought Truly Simple™ to market this year – it’s hard to imagine. But it’s easy to see why the concept featuring the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand just won honors: First Place...

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Avoiding Ranch Business Wrecks
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
8/22/2016

"If we will consider changes not when we feel the heat, but when we see the light, we will be better prepared.” That’s a piece of philosophical advice that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist Jason Johnson wants ranchers to ponder. Particularly as the beef industry has seen a downturn in cattle...

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State of Improvement
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
8/22/2016

It’s easy to complain about the government, especially for those in agriculture. Overregulation and high taxes are often present in the news. What we don’t hear regularly is when a state’s legislature actually ramps up its support of agriculture. Such is the case in Missouri. Richard Fordyce, director...

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Guarding Against Pregnancy Loss
Bob Larson   |   Angus Journal
8/22/2016

Finding the source of abortion Veterinarians approach abortion management by focusing on two related activities: diagnosing the causes of abortion and preventing abortions from occurring. Cow herd abortions can occur either sporadically or in larger outbreaks. Sporadic abortion losses are considered...

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Angus Juniors Rise Up in Phoenix
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
8/22/2016

National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members recently traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference. Angus juniors from 29 states, as well as two from Canada, attended this year’s event Aug. 4-7 to participate in the annual leadership experience sponsored...

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Where’s the Beef?
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
8/20/2016

Along America's Angus Trails notes the seemingly never-ending quest on the part of the vegan crowd to duplicate the taste, texture, aroma and now juice of the Great American Hamburger. They've failed so far, and this latest elaborate effort seems similarly destined. Let's face it, the best hamburger...

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Angus University Headlines Convention Nov. 6
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
8/19/2016

Continuing education and collaboration are two missions behind the American Angus Association’s annual Angus Convention. Hosted this year in Indianapolis, Ind., thousands of cattle producers will gather Nov. 5-7 for three days of knowledge-building workshops, business meetings and networking. Among the...

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Upcoming CattleFax Webinar to Focus on the Cow-Calf Industry
Ethan Oberst   |   CattleFax
8/19/2016

Cow-calf margins have been and will continue to be under pressure as the U.S. beef cowherd has expanded recently. Producers will need to continue to make adjustments in years to come to help mitigate a reduction in profitability. This and other issues will be covered in an upcoming free CattleFax webinar,...

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Quality Top-of-Mind at the Angus Convention
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
8/19/2016

Angus Media’s Becky Weishaar 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. From outstanding educational seminars to nationally known entertainment, the 2016 Angus Convention is an event you won't want...

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New Tradition for the National Western Angus Bull Sale
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
8/19/2016

For more than a century, the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., has been a focal point of the U.S. cattle industry. In celebration of that heritage, the American Angus Association will host a new evening event as part of the NWSS on Jan. 11, 2017, in the historic Stadium Arena. Activities...

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High Tech Fits Marketing, Too
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/17/2016

Recently my family bought a camper. I was on the phone describing it to my mom, as she asked, “You mean, there’s a wall right there? The bed folds down – how?” So I said, “Hold on and I’ll FaceTime you.” In less than 10 seconds, I was giving her a tour via my iPhone. We were separated by 450 miles, but...

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Anaplasmosis: The Seedstock Perspective
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
8/17/2016

Anaplasmosis continues to plague cattle operations across the country, and, as it appears to spread, producers find themselves with a growing list of questions regarding the silent killer. Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek helps answer some...

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Career Move
Becky Mills   |   Angus Journal
8/17/2016

In August of 2015, Zac Ketron took a deep breath and walked away from a 12-year career as manager of the Southern States store in Lebanon, Va. Nerves aside, the 36-year-old had three, no, make that four, excellent reasons for turning into a full-time cattleman. The first three are Josie, now 6; Abby,...

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The Association’s Front Line
Allen Moczygemba   |   Angus Journal
8/17/2016

There are a number of items in my office that are glimpses into the past of the American Angus Association. For instance, there’s the trophy vase from the Fat Stock Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory, in 1904 — prior to Oklahoma’s statehood. There’s former secretary W.H. Tomhave’s cane from the...

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Lifelong Student, Teacher
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/17/2016

Growing up on a 1950s North Dakota farm, Larry Corah engaged his curiosity by helping to try the next new thing. A couple of decades prior, his dad, Leonard, kept learning after eighth grade by working for farmers and noticing differences. The Leonard and Liz Corah farm west of Park River, N.D., enjoyed...

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Exceptions to the Rule
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/15/2016

A number of years ago, noted meat scientist Dell Allen asked a great question: if we produce more Premium Choice beef, will it become “commodity” and no longer generate price premiums? Today, with great improvements in quality grade, many producers are now posing the same question. Many of us took Economics...

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Keeping Science Simple
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/15/2016

If you’re into research, science or even raising beef cattle, it’s easy to fall into the jargon or inside language of the trade. Specialized knowledge is great, but Melissa Brewer, director of communications for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), suggested more universal words can be better. “Our consumers...

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Take Time to Learn, to Build
Tom Field   |   Angus Journal
8/15/2016

Urge to create Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but, rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” We are hardwired to search. Each generation through time has undertaken quests...

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Consumers Agree, Angus Beef is Best
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
8/13/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is thinking of that longtime staple of rah-rah sales conferences, “Nothing Succeeds Like Success.” That really applies to Angus beef, the industry's pioneer, and still growing, branded beef product. You notice, I said the generic Angus beef, rather than only the correct,...

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Feedlot Lameness
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/10/2016

Lameness, a leg or foot problem that modifies an animal’s gait, is a big deal in the cattle industry. However, we know very little about it, noted Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, researcher at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She shared results of her...

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Custom-made Pinkeye Control
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/10/2016

Herd health management for disease prevention is crucial today, and vaccination is an important aspect of most herd health programs. However, if a producer is using a vaccine that does not provide adequate protection or does not include an antigen for the specific pathogen causing disease, another option...

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Cornell University Professor Explains Religious Slaughter
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/10/2016

Religious slaughter has the goal of producing good food for all — scientifically, culturally, religiously and emotionally, said Joe Regenstein, professor emeritus of food science at Cornell University and head of the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative. He spoke to more than 100 attendees from five...

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Future Angus Stockmen: Scholarship Application Available
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
8/10/2016

Aimed at fostering the next generation of commercial cattle producers, the Future Angus Stockmen program, established by the American Angus Association, offers opportunities for young cattlemen and women to gain the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. Now in its second year, Future Angus...

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Bruising During Transport
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/8/2016

Kansas State University veterinarian and researcher Tiffany Lee believes significant strides have been made in improving beef cattle welfare. However, an aspect that she considers deserving of more attention is bruising of beef cattle carcasses as a result of physical trauma experienced prior to slaughter....

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Managing Maternal Separation
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/8/2016

“There is no event that we impose upon cattle that is more stressful than weaning. Looking at behavior is in our toolbox to evaluate welfare,” said Joe Stookey, professor of animal behavior in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He spoke at the fifth International...

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To Return or Not to Return — That is the Question
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/8/2016

It’s not as dramatic as the Shakespearean language makes it sound, but as a young person trying to get their footing, the road back to the cattle business is anything but a straight one. In college, there were those who were returning home to a waiting position; those who wanted to return home, but no...

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Corah Honored by Feeding Quality Forum
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
8/8/2016

Seven years ago when Larry Corah suggested adding a people element to the Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) he helped launch in 2006, he certainly didn’t expect to be a recipient of the Industry Achievement Award one day. Now “mostly retired,” Corah was an easy choice for the FQF committee, which moved to...

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Angus Selects the Next Youth Ambassador
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
8/8/2016

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) announces Cassandra Garcia, Renton Wash., as the 2016-2017 Angus Ambassador, serving a one-year term as a spokesperson for the organization’s nearly 6,000 junior members at cattle industry events across the United States and Canada. “I look forward to pursuing...

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New Talon Internship Accepting Applications
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Media
8/8/2016

A new internship opportunity through the Angus Foundation and the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program will pair motivated youth with working registered-Angus ranches to give a valuable hands-on educational experience for eight weeks during the summer starting in 2017. Motivated and knowledgeable...

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3-D Printing...For Your Dinner?
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
8/6/2016

Along America's Angus Trails just finished reading a back-to-the-future article entitled "Your Meal Will Be Printed Soon," by one Sophia Hollander. It has major implications for the beef business, if not immediately, then in the near future. It seems that new-age 3-D Printers, so far used to make replacement...

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$Value Changes
Jeff Mafi   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/5/2016

As you look through your current Angus bull inventory, the Fall 2016 Sire Evaluation Report, or possibly a bull sale book later this fall, you may notice a subtle shift downward in the dollar value indexes ($Values) vs. what you have become accustomed to seeing the last several years. The use of multi-trait...

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Fescue Exacerbates Heat Stress
Duane Dailey   |   University of Missouri
8/5/2016

The summer slump in cool-season grass growth got a knockout punch from heavy rains in July across much of Missouri. Good growth for most grasses won’t be good for toxic tall fescue pastures, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. “Keep your eyes open,” Roberts tells cow...

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Tips for Loading, Unloading Cattle
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
8/5/2016

According to Texas A&M University Extension Livestock Specialist Ron Gill, designing and building loading facilities for cattle doesn’t have to be complicated, but you need to understand animal behavior. In a presentation before the International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW) hosted June 8-10...

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Angus Names Genetic Research Director
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
8/5/2016

The American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) welcome Dr. Stephen Miller as the newly named director of genetic research for the cattle industry’s leading genetic evaluation center. Miller, most recently a principal scientist with AgResearch Ltd., in New Zealand, will join the AGI team...

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Head to Lincoln, Neb., for a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
8/5/2016

Cattle producers, mark your calendars. A Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will be hosted Sept. 21-22 at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska’s East Campus in Lincoln, Neb. The educational event will be hosted jointly by the American Angus Association and the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL),...

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Look Out for Self-driving Cars
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
7/30/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is contemplating what could be the biggest threat to the future of your ranch. Looking far out in the future, what is it? Climate change, Islamic terrorists, vegans, extraterrestial invaders, bad economy . . . no, it's none of those things — it's self driving cars. As you...

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Consider the Options
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
7/29/2016

Ron Lemenager, Purdue University animal science professor, 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. Q: Explain how confinements in cow-calf operations work. A: Well, my definition of cow herd...

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Committed to Herdsmanship
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/28/2016

Angus juniors from across the nation spent countless hours getting cattle ready to show at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). A successful herdsman displays dedication, an eye for detail and the ability to encourage fellow breeders in and out of the showring. During the recent NJAS, National Junior...

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Regaining Cattle Market Dollars
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/27/2016

Old college friends who shared many miles on judging teams, Sam and Thomas decided to get together to reminisce at a recent cattlemen’s convention. After graduation, they had gone separate ways, Thomas back to grow the family ranch in South Dakota to include 400 commercial black cows, while Sam started...

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Feeding Quality Forums Set for August
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/27/2016

Feeding cattle is dynamic. Always evolving, always adapting to weather, markets, technology, scientific studies and shifts in consumer demand. That’s why those who drive the supply train for grain-finished beef gather each summer for a day to compare notes and update their knowledge base. The Feeding...

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Golfers Raise More Than $16,000 for the Angus Foundation
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
7/27/2016

Seventy-nine golfers participated in a golf tournament on July 5, 2016, sponsored by the Angus Foundation at the Indianhead Golf Club in Grand Island, Neb., raising $16,677 in gross proceeds for education, youth and research. The 16th Annual Angus Foundation Golf Tournament was hosted in conjunction...

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Angus Breeder Attends Elite Cattle Industry Conference
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
7/27/2016

Representing the American Angus Association, Cody Sankey participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). More than 50 cattle producers from across the country and industry attended the conference. Each year, the Angus Foundation sponsors one young...

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Beef Leaders Institute Grants New Vision
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/25/2016

Twenty American Angus Association members recently traveled five days across the country for an in-depth industry tour through the Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). Looking to further their knowledge and education, the cattlemen and women experienced a whirlwind week developing relationships and exploring...

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New Post at CAB Seeks Ever-better Brand
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/25/2016

A branded beef program that owns no cattle or beef still takes an active interest in both. That can be hard to explain, but it’s a key to understanding and improving the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, says Clint Walenciak, director of packing for the Ohio-based subsidiary of the American Angus...

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Evaluating Carcass Quality at the NJAS
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/25/2016

Understanding how Angus cattle perform beyond the farm or ranch is an important component of the carcass steer contest hosted during the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). Thirty-three steers were a part of the 2016 NJAS carcass steer contest, where juniors were able to learn firsthand what ranchers...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Showmanship
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/25/2016

Competing in the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) showmanship contest at junior nationals is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent one’s state and join a prestigious group of national showmen. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the showmanship contest, and Courtney Younge of Iowa...

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Two Worlds Collide
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
7/23/2016

Along America's Angus Trails thinks it's time for you to answer a pressing question that's sweeping society as we speak: have they augmented any reality at your ranch yet? No, I'm not talking about the reality of western drought, lower cattle prices, terrorist mass murders in France or even the bizarre...

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Changing Hands
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
7/22/2016

Barb Dartt, DVM and consultant for The Family Business Consulting Group, 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. Q: When is the right time for a family to consider a farm succession plan? A:...

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Register Soon for the Angus Convention
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
7/22/2016

Registration for the 2016 Angus Convention opened July 1. The three-day event will take place Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. Visit the convention website, www.angusconvention.com, to reserve your place and make hotel reservations for this industry-leading event. Register online before 5 p.m. (CDT), Friday,...

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Consumer Trends, More than Fads
Hannah Johlman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/22/2016

Trends in the food business affect people far beyond restaurant diners and retail shoppers. They reach back to the farm and ranch to shape the way food is produced, keeping consumer demand for high-quality, sustainable beef top of mind in the country. At the National Restaurant Association (NRA) trade...

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Virginia Woman Named NJAA 2016 Advisor of the Year
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
7/22/2016

Serving as a model of leadership is why Sarah McCall was nominated for the Advisor of the Year award through the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). McCall was recognized for her leadership, professionalism and compassion at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Grand Island, Neb. “For over...

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National Junior Angus Board Elects New Members, Officers
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/22/2016

Easily recognized in their green coats, National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) members serve as mentors, friends and the next generation of leaders for the Angus breed. During the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), hosted July 3-9 in Grand Island, Neb., six junior leaders were elected by their peers...

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Angus Foundation Silent Auction Raises More Than $12,500
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
7/21/2016

Bids on more than 135 items raised $12,879 toward the Angus Foundation’s mission at the annual silent auction held during the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 3-9 in Grand Island, Neb. Proceeds from these items help fund support for Angus education, youth and research initiatives. “A wide...

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Investing to Help Others
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Journal
7/20/2016

Gordon Keys has raised Angus cattle his entire life. He somehow always finds his way back into the breed. After farming for more than 30 years in Maryland, he started over in Virginia, building a new operation with his wife, Robin, with registered-Angus cattle and Thoroughbred racehorses. “I just seemed...

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Carcass Data for Sire Evaluation
Dan Moser   |   Angus Journal
7/20/2016

History In 1972, the American Angus Association adopted a National Sire Evaluation Program, created to compare sires for performance and carcass traits through a designed progeny testing program, which randomly mated superior sires to commercial-or registered-Angus cows. The progeny records generated...

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106 and Counting
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
7/20/2016

More than 106 years ago, Simpson Angus Ranch planted its roots deep in the Oklahoma soil. As one of last year’s Century Award recipients, Charlie Simpson knows beating the odds for a century is no small feat. The legacy started in early 1910 when Simpson’s great uncle, J.C. Simpson, brought some of the...

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‘The Angus Report’ Changes Time Slot on RFD-TV
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/20/2016

Starting July 4, The Angus Report will transition to an earlier time slot to 7 a.m. CST each Monday morning on RFD-TV. The American Angus Association’s weekly television news program will continue to provide the industry-leading content viewers have grown to rely on during the past five years. “Our mission...

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Arkansas Angus Junior Receives Leadership Award
Emily Velisek   |   Angus Media
7/20/2016

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) recognizes one of its young leaders each year by presenting the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). Awarded during the NJAS closing ceremonies July 8 in Grand Island, Neb., this year’s recipient is Will Pohlman...

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Forty-two Angus Juniors Receive the Elite Gold Award
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Media
7/19/2016

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) recently recognized 42 outstanding NJAA members as recipients of the Gold Award during the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Grand Island, Neb. To receive the Gold Award, members must earn their Bronze and Silver Awards through the National Junior...

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A Century of Overcoming Adversity
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
7/18/2016

What once was an opportunity for area cattlemen to haul fat cattle to stockyards easily is now encroaching on, or has already engulfed, those same cattlemen. Chicago, the Windy City, is home to 2.7 million people, the formerly known Sears Tower, the Chicago Bulls, the White Sox and the Cubs. It sprawls...

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Pesky Pathogen
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
7/18/2016

‘Anaplasmosis has been known in cattle for at least half a century,” began Ram Raghavan, assistant professor with Kansas State University’s (K-State) College of Veterinary Medicine at the Anaplasmosis Symposium hosted at K-State Polytechnic’s campus in Salina, Kan., May 11. The disease that has become...

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Setting Precedent
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/18/2016

Near Marianna, Fla., atop one the highest hills in the state, a Spanish Colonial house stands out like it was dropped there from some old Western movie. In reality, Herman and Charlotte Laramore designed the whole thing, relocating fixtures from Albuquerque and Santa Fe 22 years ago. From its expansive...

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The Angus Breed: Onward and Upward
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
7/16/2016

Along America's Angus Trails has always been greatly amused by the work of the late Dr. Laurence Peter, author of the famous Peter Principle: that people and organizations tend to rise to their highest level of incompetence. Back in 1969, Peter created a cultural phenomenon with his brilliant, outrageous,...

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Compromised Cows
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/13/2016

The beef industry is in the market to sell cattle, but what happens to old or injured cows? Treatment of cull cows can help or hurt the industry simply by how it impacts consumer confidence. There is very little research done on compromised cows, so Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, researcher at the Lethbridge...

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New Mitigation Option for Heat Stress
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/13/2016

Heat mitigation is an increasingly important issue, and there are several strategies at cattlemen’s disposal, especially in the feedlot. Shade, ration changes, changing feeding times, spraying or misting, and improving water availability are all tools within the toolbox, but morbidity and mortality continue...

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Inspiring Culinary Excellence
Jenny Keyes   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/13/2016

Cooking came naturally for young Matt Mytro, a Texas transplant growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1990s. The current co-owner and chef at Flour Restaurant in Cleveland started out preparing meals for his little brothers. “I didn’t really have any recipes I was following,” he says. “I was just playing...

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Ingalls’ Centennial Angus Ranch
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Journal
7/13/2016

Ingalls is a surname well-known in South Dakota. Author Laura Ingalls shared stories of her family’s homesteading experiences near De Smet, S.D., through the renowned Little House on the Prairie book series. In the Angus industry, another Ingalls family — a shirttail relative of the famous author — has...

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Multitask or Multi-plan
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/13/2016

I used to think multi-tasking should be a top goal of management here. Within natural systems like forage and cows, lots of things are always going on at the same time. What if I could do enough things correctly and on time to fit those systems together just right? Related systems like markets, weather...

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Angus Talk: Measuring Herd Expansion
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
7/12/2016

Chris Hurt, Purdue University Ag economics professor, 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. Q: The U.S. beef herd has started its largest expansion in 25 years, and we're going to talk about...

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Managing Heat Stress
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/11/2016

Working cattle in hot weather can be detrimental to heat synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) programs, says Julie Walker, beef specialist for South Dakota State University (SDSU). When cattle need to be moved or worked, it pays to watch weather forecasts and try to choose a day that won’t...

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Rumen Acidosis
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/11/2016

Rumen acidosis is a malady that many cattle-savvy people associate with grain overload. Acidosis is the likely outcome when a large quantity of grain is introduced to an unadapted ruminate digestive system. However, it can occur in animals grazing forages only, provided the forages contain highly soluble...

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Stay Connected with the 2016 NJAS
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
7/7/2016

Angus juniors and their families are gathered in Grand Island, Neb., for the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds. Activities and educational contests began Monday, July 4, and will continue through Saturday, July 9. Showring competition begins with bred-and-owned...

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Breakaway Demand
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/6/2016

The 2016 cattle market has disappointed many sellers, especially those only focused on more pounds or efficiency. Quality has played an increasingly key role since the Great Recession in 2008, and it promises the most stability going forward says CattleFax Analyst Lance Zimmerman. Six years ago, as a...

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Opportunity in Management
Troy Smth   |   Angus Media
7/6/2016

Who would have thought five years ago that cow-calf producers would see calf prices at $275 per hundredweight (cwt.) at the same time that oil was priced at $30 per barrel? It’s evidence that no one can predict the future. “We can watch for trends, though,” said Clay Mathis, Texas A&M professor and director...

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Pain Management Update
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Media
7/6/2016

Consumers care about pain management for livestock, and they are putting pressure on cattlemen to provide pain mitigation to their cattle when painful procedures are required. That’s not to say cattlemen themselves don’t care; they simply have limited options. The trouble is that there are no approved...

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Skip Ahead in Herd Planning
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/6/2016

“I’ll just DVR it,” someone might say if they can’t make plans to be in front of the television when their favorite show or special report is scheduled to air. It’s become something of a verb, like suggesting you do an Internet web search by “Googling it.” We don’t have cable and haven’t gone to the...

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On Target: Cow Size
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/6/2016

Few topics today are cussed and discussed as widely as ideal mature size for the average beef cow. This is not the first time I have joined in, and it likely won’t be the last, but two recent articles in the Journal of Animal Science provide an interesting platform on the roles of mature size, weaning...

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Russian Markets Allow CAB to Grow
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Media
7/5/2016

John Stika, president of Certified Angus Beef LLC, 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. Q: Tell us about the changes and the growth the brand has experienced in the last few years. A: I've...

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Basin Angus Ranch to Donate Angus Foundation Heifer Package
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
7/5/2016

The Angus Foundation is pleased to announce Doug and Sharon Stevenson, Basin Angus Ranch of Joliet, Mont., are donating the heifer that will anchor the Angus Foundation Heifer Package. “It is an honor for our family at Basin Angus Ranch to donate the Angus Foundation heifer,” Doug Stevenson said. “To...

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Why Thinking Globally Matters
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/5/2016

Most folks in agriculture prefer American-made products, though most of us wear, own or perhaps drive some imports. We cringe when a Greek monetary crisis rocks our stock market, when we read about Middle East oil ministers setting global oil production, or closer to home how a bumper crop in South America...

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Arkansas Family Honored for Historic Angus Herd
Melinda R. Cordell   |   Angus Media
7/5/2016

Tommy Hill was teaching vocational agriculture in the early 1960s, wanting to start a herd, when one of his students set the ball rolling. The student’s father was selling 10 head of Angus cows from the O.B. Macintosh herd, and Tommy jumped at the opportunity. That was the official beginning to Tommy’s...

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BCS Indicates Welfare Status
Troy Smth   |   Angus Media
7/4/2016

Most cow folk are familiar with the body condition scoring system of gauging the relative fatness of beef cows. Commonly used in the United States is a 9-point scale ranging from body condition score (BCS) 1, denoting severe emaciation, to BCS 9, representative of a very obese animal. The BCS system...

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Power of Recordkeeping
Radale Tiner   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/4/2016

Keeping accurate records in a commercial herd is the best way to advance your herd. Without keeping written records, many times it is difficult to know which cows are the most efficient in their production and performance. I encourage you to keep records of which cows are having a calf every 365 days...

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Do We Need a New YG Formula?
Troy Smth   |   Angus Media
7/4/2016

The beef carcass yield-grading system used in the United States may not be completely broken, but it surely doesn’t work very well. That was the opinion that West Texas A&M University animal scientist Ty Lawrence offered during the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Symposium hosted...

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Tackling the Cattle Fever Tick with Vaccine
Callie Ward   |   Texas Animal Health Commission
7/4/2016

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is proud to announce the arrival of a new tool in fever tick eradication efforts. The new fever tick vaccine will be a valuable tool for reducing the risk of new fever tick infestations in quarantine areas such as the tick eradication quarantine area, or permanent...

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Australian Mineral Companies Ramp-Up Beef Production
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
7/2/2016

Along America's Angus Trails has often joined the sometimes-intense voice of American cattlemen in lamenting the rising import of beef from the land down under, Australia. The cry is more muted in times like the present, when U.S. cattle numbers are so short, due to drought and the economy — but the...

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Angus Celebrates 60 Years in Saint Joe
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
7/1/2016

Driving down Frederick Avenue in Saint Joseph, Mo., you’ll notice a historic brick building that’s home to one of the beef industry’s largest membership organizations. The American Angus Association, which represents more than 25,000 members nationwide, officially opened its headquarters in northwest...

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Q&A about $Value Changes
Kelli Retallick   |   Angus Genetics Inc.
7/1/2016

Q: Tell us about the dollar value ($Value) update that happens July 1. What does that mean for ranchers? A: Every July, we have a $Value update. $Values are bioeconomic selection indexes that incorporate both EPDs for multiple traits and economic market factors like calf prices and feed costs. Updating...

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Seeking Member Input
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
7/1/2016

The American Angus Association seeks member input in order to establish the long-range plan and strategic vision of the nation’s largest beef breed organization. Members were emailed questionnaires today, which are also available within AAA Login. Survey responses submitted online will be accepted through...

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Record-Breaking Entries for 2016 NJAS
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
6/20/2016

The hum of fans, the smell of shavings, and a parade of Angus cattle through the barns signal the start of the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). As one of the nation’s largest youth cattle competitions, it’s a sight worth seeing as the Angus breed’s next leaders showcase their cattle and leadership...

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Along the Trail: June 18
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
6/18/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is finally seeing a really cutting-edge techno development with an actual, tremendously practical use for the average rancher. Can you imagine replacing your hired hand? Pushing aside all the theoretical, too technically complex ranching ideas like drones, satellite-based...

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In Memory: Breed Promoter Dale Runnion
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

The American Angus Association® and Angus Journal® pay tribute to Dale Runnion, Longmont, Colo., a veteran livestock editor and publisher who passed away June 11. Runnion was 98 years old, and over the course of his career was an impactful voice for America’s cattle farmers and ranchers. Raised on an...

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The Importance of a Plan
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

MANHATTAN, KAN. (June 14, 2016) — “Build a legacy,” said Paige Pratt at this year’s annual Beef Improvement Federation symposium June 14 in Manhattan, Kan. The Flint Hills Angus breeder urged listeners to have a plan. Four years into their marriage, Pratt and her husband, Jason, reached...

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Relationships Key to Young Producer Success
Bridget Beran   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

MANHATTAN, KAN. (June 14, 2016) — Debbie Lyons-Blythe addressed young producers about the challenges of balancing farm life with family life. With her oldest son recently returning to the ranch, the mom and blogger has a lifetime of experience coordinating kids, cattle and marriage into one cohesive...

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Angus to Update Selection Indexes July 1
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

Angus breeders and their customers will see some slight changes in dollar value indexes ($Values) beginning July 1 as Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) updates the economic assumptions used to calculate the selection tools included in the American Angus Association weekly genetic evaluation. “Every July, we...

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Beef Market Outlook
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 15, 2016) — The United States has an advantage in the beef market, said Glynn Tonsor, ag economist with Kansas State University (K-State) June 15 at the annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) symposium hosted in Manhattan, Kan. “Beef that comes from the U.S. is generally...

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Changing Perspectives from Cattle to Food Production
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 15, 2016) — For most beef cattle producers, “reality” is comprised of what’s happening on and near their own farms and ranches. Reality is something different for a great majority of consumers. They see things from different perspectives. Cattle producers need...

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Trends in the Protein Landscape
Troy Smith   |   Angus Media
6/17/2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 15, 2016) — Getting orders filled and delivered on time is “a given” in the food-distribution business. It takes more to be really competitive. Brad Morgan, an executive with Performance Food Group, says branded beef is a driver of business volume for the national food...

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Reduce Summer Pneumonia Risk in Calves
Zoetis   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/15/2016

While summer offers warm weather and green pastures, the season also threatens calves with summer pneumonia — an often fatal respiratory condition for young calves. Changing weather conditions and stress from working or transporting calves opens the door for the primary pathogens that cause summer pneumonia,...

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What Mineral Information is on a Feed Tag?
Rick Rasby   |   Angus Journal
6/15/2016

Vitamins and minerals Vitamins are expressed in international units (IU). Commonly, vitamin A requirements are expressed as IU, sometimes referred to as USP units. These are the standard units of potency of a biologic, such as a vitamin, as defined by the International Conference for Unification of Formulae....

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Feeding Strategies During Drought Conditions
Bob Larson   |   Angus Journal
6/15/2016

Have a plan The timing of precipitation that is most important to each year’s forage production is described as the “water year” and in most locations does not coincide with the calendar year. For example, in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the amount of precipitation from Nov. 1 of the previous calendar...

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Girls Gone Social
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
6/15/2016

In a world fueled by hashtags, tweets, pins, status updates and snapshots, it’s not difficult to stay connected. Getting involved in conversation has never been easier; social media has made sure of that. At this year’s Women Connected conference in Wooster, Ohio, women from diverse backgrounds across...

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Moving Sales into the 21st Century
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
6/15/2016

Brett Spader with DV Auction and AngusAuctions.com 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. Q: Where'd you come from and how'd you get started in this industry? A: I came from the Angus industry,...

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Launching Second 30-Day Protein Challenge
Melissa Jackson   |   Cattlemen’s Beef Board
6/13/2016

The checkoff's “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand will launch its second 30-Day Protein Challenge campaign this month. Americans currently consume two-thirds of their total daily protein intake at dinner, which doesn’t leave much room for protein at other meals or snacks. The 30-Day Protein Challenge...

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Building on a Tradition
Jenny Keyes   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
6/13/2016

Intent on the task at hand, Kirk Willoughby brings his John Deere to a halt and smoothly adds another round bale into the hay grinder. There are no days off, especially when you are your only employee, but that’s fine with him. Every day Willoughby wakes to his long-term joy and obligation — doing the...

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Manage for Climate
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
6/13/2016

Much of agriculture is dependent upon Mother Nature. If you’re going to curse the weather, though, make sure you’re cursing the right thing. Are you angry with the weather or the climate? Keep in mind that weather is what’s going on in the atmosphere at a certain point in time. Weather varies locally...

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A Pasture Alternative
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Journal
6/13/2016

Most beef cattle spend summer on pasture. Many are only confined for feeding during winter or after weaning, when calves go to feedlots or heifer-development pens. A few producers in farming regions are using a different tactic due to the scarcity of pasture and its higher price tag. Terry Klopfenstein,...

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Along the Trail: June 11
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
6/11/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is admiring several small rural communities who recently have chosen to maintain their integrity and historic roots, by turning down offers to have job and income-producing, taxpaying factories come to their town. The residents prefer the slow-paced, if economically challenged,...

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An Investment Worth Protecting
Adam Russell   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
6/8/2016

Hay season is ramping up and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Fred Hall, Tarrant County, wants to remind producers that bales are an investment worth protecting. Hay quality is a key component to animal performance and proper hay storage is a key component to hay quality, Hall said. Hay...

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Cleaning and Maintaining Pastures Can Increase Production
James Schmidt   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
6/8/2016

The arrival of May means now is the time to ensure cattle-feeding sites are properly managed and kept clean. Excess manure can cause a multitude of issues, ranging from increased fly populations to dirty water. Joel DeRouchey, professor in Kansas State University’s (K-State) Department of Animal Sciences...

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Boost Grazing with Berseem Clover
Barb Baylor Anderson   |   Angus Journal
6/8/2016

Producers looking to refresh pastures for grazing season may find adding berseem clover will increase feed nutritional value and cattle productivity, especially in the southern half of the country. Research with the relatively new annual legume shows promise for pasture and hay production, and can be...

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Are they really my parents?
Kelli Retallick   |   Angus Journal
6/8/2016

Importance of accurate information Every day hundreds of records are reported to the American Angus Association to be entered into the weekly genetic evaluation. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies are predicted based on the information provided. Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI)...

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Work with Cattle, Not Against Them
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
6/8/2016

Renowned animal handling expert Curt Pate 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. Q: How long you been coaching beef producers on livestock handling practices? A: Probably 10 or 15 years I've...

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Forged by Fire
Jena McRell   |   Angus Journal
6/6/2016

Standing beside a worn gravel road near Freedom, Okla., Angus breeder Ky Luddington describes the unimaginable. He points east across the valley, tracing the fire’s path through the rugged horizon. To one side, the terrain is untouched: Dry grassland ripples under the wind’s strength, and clusters of...

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Hoosier Hospitality
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Journal
6/6/2016

Members of the Indiana Angus Association will host a preconvention tour Friday, Nov. 4, prior to the official start of the 2016 Angus Convention slated for Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. “The National Angus Tour is an opportunity for Angus producers all over the country to come in and see how we do things...

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Junior Angus Member Rallies Community to Feed Families-In-Need
Center of the Plate   |   News Release
6/6/2016

Center of the Plate, a local non-profit, public charity, donated over 1,200 pounds of beef and pork to four families in need in Dripping Springs. Through combined efforts with their community, Dripping Springs FFA and 4-H members are driving Center of the Plate energies to provide essential meat protein...

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Along the Trail: June 4
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
6/4/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is recalling the old saying "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Not willing to face the risk of feminist wrath and scorn, I will not attest to the truth or falsity of that particular statement. However, with total confidence and without fear of contradiction, I can...

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When to Market Calves?
Kurt Kangas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/1/2016

As calving and breeding seasons wrap up, many producers begin to look at the marketing of their feeder calves. One of the most commonly asked questions is, “When should I try to sell my calves so I can capitalize on the highest prices?” Chasing the summer video markets can be a frustrating experience,...

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Autogenous Vaccines for Cattle
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/1/2016

Autogenous vaccines are custom-made vaccines (often called a herd-specific vaccine), utilizing a pathogen that a veterinarian isolates from an animal or several animals within that herd. The pathogen sample is sent to a laboratory that cultures and grows it, creating the vaccine specifically for that...

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In the Cattle Markets
Glynn Tonsor   |   Kansas State University
6/1/2016

As producers continue to make both short-term and longer-term decisions in managing their operations, it is useful to periodically step back and take stock of characteristics depicting the industry more broadly. The recently updated estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) of production...

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Gut Health First
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/1/2016

The veterinary feed directive (VFD) will become effective in December 2016. At that point, any cattle producers who plan to add antibiotics to feed or water will need to have a veterinarian’s authorization to do so, and these antibiotics can only be used for the purpose of disease treatment or prevention...

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Future Leaders Earn $20,000 in Colvin Scholarships
Jenny Keyes   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
6/1/2016

Five college students with ag careers in mind recently won $20,000 in scholarship from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. Each year, CAB’s Colvin Scholarship Fund recognizes outstanding students out to make a difference in the beef community. The award series honors the legacy of Louis M. “Mick”...

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Interns Join American Angus Association Team
JD Rosman   |   Angus Media
6/1/2016

Looking to gain experience and advance the beef cattle industry, three summer interns recently joined the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. Throughout their internship experiences, the college students will work alongside professionals and assist with planning and coverage of major events...

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Making the Most of Your Feedstuffs
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
5/31/2016

North Dakota State University Beef Cattle Specialist Carl Dahlen 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. Q: So tell us from a nutrition perspective, what should Angus producers be doing now to...

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Media Experts Discuss Future of Cattle Industry Communications
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
5/30/2016

Farmers, ranchers, consumers and industry personnel have one common thread — they all receive their news and information from agricultural media. Although a fairly small industry, the agricultural media realm makes a big impact on the industry as a whole. To celebrate that vital role and share insights...

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Documented Beef Quality
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/30/2016

For all the talk of fads and changing consumer habits, this remains: what makes a good beef eating experience today is the same as it was 40 years ago. But a new research report details – and updates – the science that still defines the ideal carcass. “They continue to research it and we continue to...

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Angus Election Under Way
Diane Strahm   |   American Angus Association
5/30/2016

The American Angus Association® is making preparations for the 2016 Annual Convention of Delegates, hosted in conjunction with the Angus Convention Nov. 5-7, in Indianapolis, Ind. In accordance with the Association’s bylaws, forms were mailed prior to April 11 to every eligible voting active life and...

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Along the Trail: May 28
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
5/28/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is excited about a new market for beef opening up in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There is really only one industry in that town: it's spelled "chocolate." That's right, the 122-year-old Hershey Company is feeling the effect of the loss of America's affinity for candy. So last...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Association
Doug Medlock   |   Angus Talk
5/27/2016

American Angus Association Director of Member Services Jerry Cassady 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. Q: Tell us first a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, and how'd you get...

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Beef Shoppers: Quality, Service Above Price
Lyndee Stabel   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/27/2016

Price is important in nearly every buying decision. However, when it comes to groceries, a new study shows consumers place more value on quality and service than price alone. The doctoral research by Ken Wicker through Capella University’s School of Business is titled, “A study of customer value and...

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Angus Breed Sets Pace for Quality
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
5/27/2016

The American Angus Association’s more than 25,000 members continue to set the pace for the beef cattle industry, bolstered by a growing demand for registered Angus genetics nationwide. According to reports released by the Association, breeders have registered 7% more Angus animals during the first half...

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Along the Trail: May 21
Dan Green   |   Angus Talk
5/21/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is recalling all the successful years of the beef and cattle industry's main self preservation effort: junior activities. Nobody is still alive today, much less in good enough shape to still be active, from when those first beef cattle were imported to this continent. This...

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Tri-tips for Outdoor Dining
Certified Angus Beef LLC   |   Angus Journal
5/18/2016

It’s food served with an extra helping of atmosphere, flavor and natural fun. We love a good backyard barbecue. Throw in fresh flowers on tabletops, glistening strands of white lights overhead, candles and perhaps a crackling fire for atmosphere and you’ll hear no complaining here. When planning a more...

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Summer Mineral Strategies
Rick Rasby   |   Angus Journal
5/18/2016

Minerals are important in diets of beef cows because many chemical reactions in their bodies require them to be present. Producers often ask questions like, “What mineral(s) should be focused on?” and “What is the cost?” These are good questions, but they’re not easily answered because minerals needed...

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Bruning, as in Nebraska
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/16/2016

It’s just an office, nestled in between the house and the feedlot on a southeastern Nebraska farm, but stepping inside tells a bit about the Bruning family’s story. In one corner, there’s a desktop Rolodex® with all of Fred Bruning’s contacts. It sits next to the small box where every piece of machinery...

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Vet Call: Fair and Show Season
Bob Larson   |   Angus Journal
5/16/2016

Almost every summer, at least some portion of the United States suffers from a period of extreme heat and humidity that can cause problems for cattle. As we move into summer, it is important to be prepared to limit the negative effects of heat stress. Cattle are more susceptible to heat stress than humans...

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Along the Trail: May 14
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
5/14/2016

Along America's Angus Trails has once again been reminded by recent events that missing names, numbers and initials have consequences. Beware of giving your herd bull a one-word name. He could become an F-N-U in the government's records. That's what foreigners with one word names, like retired soccer...

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Brisket Disease: It’s Not Just a High-altitude Disease
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Journal
5/11/2016

For many years, cattle producers have noticed that some cattle at high elevations suffer pulmonary artery hypertension, which leads to congestive heart failure. What many producers don’t realize, however, is that this condition can also affect cattle at lower elevations, especially feedlot animals near...

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Joint Veterinary School for Northwest
Paige Nelson   |   Angus Journal
5/11/2016

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the United States boasts only 30 accredited colleges of veterinary medicine. The entire western region, 13 states, is home to only six. Thus, western states have had to find solutions to ensure their residents have access to...

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Setting the Target Higher
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/11/2016

Speaking to cattle feeders more than 10 years ago, a distinguished professor of beef nutrition at South Dakota State University said, “Maybe we’re aiming at the wrong target. Instead of Choice, maybe it should be Prime.” As you can imagine, what Robbi Pritchard said caught everyone’s attention because...

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Sustainable Win/Win for Beef
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/11/2016

Change often comes with a price, so when it’s intentional, outcome benefits should always outweigh costs. That part of being “sustainable” certainly applies to ongoing efforts to reduce the beef system’s environmental impact. Research at Washington State University (WSU) led by animal scientist Robin...

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Every Calf Counts
Jake Troutt   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/9/2016

“Every calf counts.” It’s a phrase most often heard around calving season. Certainly an important time, a calf’s first two weeks of life play a vital role in its future productive success. Ensuring each addition to the herd hits the dirt with ease, vigor and a strong will to live is essential. Additionally,...

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Positive Trends for the Angus Breed
Allen Moczygemba   |   Angus Journal
5/9/2016

As you might imagine, just like you do for your business, we constantly monitor trends. In our case, we monitor activity by members in terms of registrations, how the registrations are recorded, transfers, animal records, genetic test trends, Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand sales and purebred sale...

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Three Little Words
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
5/9/2016

Bovine viral diarrhea. Those three words have been leaving big question marks over the heads of producers, veterinarians, cattle feeders and animal health experts, and big holes in the pockets of cattle-market players since the 1980s. Cattle industry professionals agree: Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is...

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Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Draws a Crowd in Washington
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
5/9/2016

Continuing education is key to any business, and the beef industry is no different. Today’s cattle producers are required to apply animal science, accounting and finance, marketing and economics in their day-to-day operations. To meet the need for further education, the American Angus Association hosts...

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Cooking Competitions at the NJAS
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
5/9/2016

The All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off ranks among the most popular contests each year at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The competition challenges juniors to prepare a beef-inspired dish and creatively present their meal to a panel of judges. While there are plenty of laughs and fun...

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Along the Trail: May 7
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
5/7/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is remembering his growing-up days on the family ranch near Brighton, Colo., where the main link to the outside world was what today in these cell-phone-obsessed times is referred to as a "land line." Back then, the world was connected by interminable threads of copper wire...

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Time Liver Fluke Treatment for the Fall
Kenna Rathai   |   Broadhead
5/4/2016

If you’re treating for liver flukes this spring, you may not be getting the most out of your deworming dollars. Liver flukes are a devastating cattle parasite in many parts of the United States, with significant focus in the Gulf Coast, decreasing productivity, affecting reproductive health and hurting...

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Getting First-calf Heifers Rebred on Time
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/4/2016

It can be a challenge to get first calvers rebred without losing ground. All too often they calve later the next year or come up open. The 2-year-old is nursing her first calf, still growing, and needs good nutrition and body condition to cycle on schedule after calving. Colin Palmer, associate professor...

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The Source: Bull Buying Tips
Ginette Gottswiller   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/4/2016

Buying bulls can be a dreaded chore for some cattlemen, while others actually enjoy the hunt to find the best bull at the best price. During a recent bull sale at Spring Cove Ranch, it appeared bull buyers did not dread being there at all. The Butler family pulled out all the stops to make sure their...

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Weak Internet Hinders Ag Production
James Schmidt   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
5/4/2016

While a great many who live in the city experience a speedy Internet, some of those living in more rural areas of the United States do not experience the same luxury. Slow Internet speeds in less populated regions can prove troublesome for those working in agricultural fields. “Internet connectivity...

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Beef Must Differentiate
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/2/2016

A lot can change in half a century. A lot can stay the same. U.S. feeder cattle illustrate that well, said Mark McCully, vice president of supply for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, at the Indiana Beef Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting last month. “Think of how we are selecting genetics...

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Avoid Blotched Brands
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/2/2016

Branding day is often an anticipated neighborhood event for North Dakota producers. As pastures green and turnout approaches, many producers enlist the help of neighbors and friends for branding day. North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) brand officials are offering tips to accomplish the goal of...

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Larkspur Alert
Sarah Smith   |   Washington State University
5/2/2016

Last spring, cattle producers in Washington’s northern Columbia Basin experienced serious problems with larkspur poisoning. Following recent discussions with a producer who saw significant losses in 2015, it seems that larkspur may be as bad in 2016. With the increased soil moisture and larkspur levels...

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Webinar Outlines 2016 Market Expectations
Ethan Oberst   |   CattleFax
5/2/2016

Cow-calf margins will continue to be under pressure as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can mitigate a reduction in profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address an outlook for the second half of 2016 for the cow-calf segment...

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Along the Trail: April 30
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
4/30/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is trying to be sensitive and caring for the nation's air pollution problems, caused by the emission of noxious gasses and hot air. Politicians love to regale us, while we watch the black smoke belch out of big diesel rigs on the interstate highways, from factories and power...

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Beef Talk: Managing Drought
Kris Ringwall   |   North Dakota State University Extension
4/29/2016

A critical part of cow herd management is knowing the typical cow herd is made up of five subunits: 20% replacement heifers, 15% first-calf heifers, 5% dry cows, 10% dysfunctional or older cows, and 50% mature cows. A cow is not just a cow. Each cow belongs to a subunit. Get familiar with these subunits,...

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Auxiliary Hosts ‘Full Circle Online Auction’
Shally Rogen   |   American Angus Auxiliary
4/29/2016

The American Angus Auxiliary is proud to present the first edition of the “Full Circle Online Auction,” a national Angus consignment sale. The “Full Circle Online Auction” is an innovative web-based consignment market that offers Angus breeders, families and allied industry the opportunity to both sell...

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Bonding Tips
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/27/2016

A first-calf heifer may act confused or indifferent toward her newborn calf. She may continue to lie there and not get up to lick the calf. When she finally does, she may seem surprised to see this strange new wiggling creature. The heifer may walk away, ignoring it, or she may kick the calf when it...

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Angus Foundation Seeks Donation Items for Silent Auction
Sarah Hill   |   Angus Media
4/27/2016

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

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Stampede the Sandhills: 2016 National Junior Angus Show
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
4/25/2016

There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than at the 2016 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb. From July 3-9, National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members and their families will travel from coast-to-coast to take part...

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Hot Topic, Cool Solutions
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/25/2016

Many challenges in the beef community are tackled with a two-pronged approach: genetics and management. Heat stress should be no different, says Megan Rolf, Oklahoma State University Extension beef geneticist. “Certainly from the feedlot side there has been a lot of work done on mitigation strategies,...

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Women Connected Hosted at CAB Headquarters
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
4/25/2016

More than 35 women from 17 states gathered at the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand’s Education and Culinary Center April 2-4 in Wooster, Ohio, to network, learn and celebrate their love for the Angus breed during the American Angus Auxiliary’s third biennial Women Connected conference. “The main goal...

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Along the Trail: April 23
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
4/23/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is not lamenting at least one memory from his distant past: As a grizzled old editor, having to a fashion a news story under someone else's byline from the mangled, coffee-stained, scribbled remnant of a sale catalogue sent in for about 10 cattle production sales each week,...

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Exchanging Experience, Improving Knowledge
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
4/20/2016

Nick Boshammer likes the Midwest; he just can’t get used to the cold. Maybe that’s why the Australian felt a little more at home in sunny San Diego, Calif., as he took a seat at an empty table overlooking the bay at the Cattle Industry Convention & National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade...

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Managing Grass Through Grazing
Austin Black   |   Angus Journal
4/20/2016

Grass management is key for successful grazing. This requires knowledge of what grasses are present and how they grow. Producers should understand how grazing affects grass in both a positive and negative way. “Grazing is the consumption of herbaceous plants by herbivores,” said Casey Matney, University...

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Preventing Mycotic Abortions in Pregnant Cattle
Connor Orrock   |   Kansas State University
4/20/2016

Mycotic abortions, or fungal abortions, often occur sporadically in cattle. As producers evaluate the need to provide supplemental feeds to their cow herd, they should be aware of the causes of these often mysterious mycotic abortions, as well as how to diagnose them. “In one week, we had three different...

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Playing with Fire
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
4/20/2016

Cattle producers across Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma are losing their cool with sericea lespedeza. The notorious perennial herbaceous legume has wreaked havoc in some of the country’s most economically important and efficient areas of cattle production — namely the Flint Hills of Kansas. Sericea...

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Profitability and Price Discovery Outlook
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
4/18/2016

Most attendees of an economic outlook presentation expect to hear about supply and demand. Those attending the annual Kansas State University (K-State) Cattlemen’s Day in March were not disappointed. Glynn Tonsor, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University...

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Caution: Rough Pastures Ahead
Brenda Black   |   Angus Journal
4/18/2016

The greatest El Niño on record left its mark on the Midwest in 2015. The concern this spring is how deep the scars are on pastures and hay ground that endured the repeated and ongoing deluges last year. As cattlemen see the upshoots of green grass, they may also face ruts, rough ground and bare spots...

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Trading Places Part III
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/18/2016

‘You have to think on the bright side,” Chad Ellingson says of the darker days that come to all who declare ranching their lifeblood. “If you’re having a bad one, just think of the steak dinner someone else is having. The great eating experience — hopefully you’re a part of that.” It’s a Wednesday afternoon...

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Highest Quality Beef. Ever?
Larry Corah   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/18/2016

All agree the real driver of beef demand is its unique flavor, and marbling drives flavor. This key component of quality grade has grown in the last few years, to where the U.S. beef industry is probably producing the best eating experience in its history. That bodes well for beef demand. Larry Corah...

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Reduce Risk with a Sound Grazing Lease
Troy Smith   |   Angus Journal
4/13/2016

What changes will the advancing average age of cattle producers bring to cow country? Agricultural census data suggest the median age of U.S. farmers and ranchers is rapidly nearing 60 years of age. People taking a glass-is-half-full point of view believe that could present opportunities for younger...

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Junior Leaders: Apply to Become the Angus Ambassador
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
4/13/2016

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) is beginning its search for the next Angus Ambassador. It’s an elite position that provides an opportunity for a one-year term as spokesperson for the NJAA’s nearly 6,000 members, and connects with cattle producers, consumers and industry professionals nationwide....

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New Talon Internship Accepting Applications
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Media
4/13/2016

A new internship opportunity through the Angus Foundation and the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program will pair motivated youth with working registered-Angus ranches to give a valuable hands-on educational experience for eight weeks during the summer starting in 2017. Motivated and knowledgeable...

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Starting With the Best in Russia
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/11/2016

Amid the forest-rimmed meadows and newly cross-fenced pastures of western Russia, a quarter-million young beef cows earn their keep by producing high-quality beef while building rural communities and a sustainable future for families on two continents. The Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand began production...

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Strategies to Improve Poor Pasture
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Journal
4/11/2016

There are several ways to improve degraded pasture. Joe Brummer, associate professor and extension forage specialist for Colorado State University, says a person needs to assess present condition of the pasture and decide if it’s worth trying to save what’s there and just add something to improve it....

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Solid Footing
Shauna Rose Hermel   |   Angus Journal
4/11/2016

The American Angus Association is accepting hoof scores in anticipation of developing an expected progeny difference (EPD) to assist in selection decisions, Dan Moser told cattlemen gathered for the breed improvement breakout session at the Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show Nov....

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Angus Convention Hits the Road to Indianapolis
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
4/11/2016

Quality-focused cattle producers are invited to save the date for the 2016 Angus Convention Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. The American Angus Association’s three-day event offers industry-leading education, keynote speakers and entertainment. This year’s convention is the first to be hosted in the nation’s...

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Cows Need Salt to Avoid Grass Tetany
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/6/2016

Grass tetany, or grass staggers, affects mature cattle grazing lush forage after weather changes, like freezing early spring pastures or sudden growth after rainfall following drought. This problem is associated with magnesium deficiency, calcium deficiency and excess potassium in the blood of affected...

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Emerging Cattle Health Research
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
4/4/2016

Veterinary researchers say new vaccines hold promise for battling animal disease on two different fronts. Breakthroughs for immunization of cattle against foothills abortion and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were discussed during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention Jan. 27-29 in San Diego, Calif. Researchers...

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Nitrogen, K-31 Caution
Duane Dailey   |   University of Missouri Extension
4/4/2016

Nitrogen makes grass grow. Spreading fertility produces more pounds of forage, which cows convert to protein: beef and milk. Adding nitrogen to pastures would be a no-brainer, except for toxic tall fescue.“I get lots of calls in spring asking how much nitrogen to add per acre,” says Craig Roberts, University...

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Beef Talk: Shifts in calving season
Kris Ringwall   |   North Dakota State University Extension
3/30/2016

Dickinson Research Extension Center data show the pregnancy percentage for cows exposed for March-born calves was 98.96% and for cows exposed for May-born calves was 98.23%. Interesting! The center has been calving in May since the 2012 calf crop. Prior to 2012, the center herd calved in March. Overall...

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Is Solar Energy Right for Your Farm?
Mauricio Espinoza   |   Ohio State Extension
3/30/2016

A growing number of farms in Ohio and neighboring states are turning to solar energy to meet some of their electricity needs. Solar energy can save farms and other farm-related businesses money thanks to increasingly lower installation costs and the availability of government grants and other incentives....

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The Source: Farm show fascination
Ginette Gottswiller   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/30/2016

Want a big crowd of farmers to show up? Display John Deere’s newest quad-track tractor and the crowd will come. During the Kansas City Farm Show, it was standing-room-only near this big green monster. I’m not sure who was more excited to crawl up in the driver’s seat — the big kids or the little ones....

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Sign Up for Angus Foundation Golf Tournament
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/30/2016

The Angus Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament takes place Tuesday, July 5, at the Indianhead Golf Club in Grand Island, Neb. The event is held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) each year and helps raise funds to support Angus education, youth and research. “The annual golf...

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Raise or Buy Replacement Heifers?
Alex Tolbert   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/28/2016

Third and 20 on their own 45-yard line with 2 minutes left to go before the half. Coach calls for a pass, so he relays the call, and they break the huddle. As they approach the line of scrimmage, he surveys the field and assesses the defense — four down linemen, no linebackers in the box, corners playing...

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Mineral Rights Considerations
Blair Fannin   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
3/28/2016

Despite an extended downturn in oil and gas prices, a large contingent of landowners recently attended a workshop at Texas A&M University in College Station to learn more about surface rights and leasing for exploration. “The best thing a landowner can do when negotiating an oil and gas lease is to negotiate...

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On Target: Starting at the end
Justin Sexten   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/28/2016

The great success stories in business, manufacturing and agriculture have at least one strategy in common. They identify what potential customers want and need — often within a predictable price or premium range — before setting out to provide it. That used to be obvious and easy in agriculture — just...

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Are Rough Times Coming?
Jason Vance   |   University of Missouri Extension
3/28/2016

The next 10 years could be difficult for farmers. That was the message of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) annual baseline report delivered to Congress on March 10. “We are looking at several years of [a] pretty tight financial situation for U.S. agriculture,” says Pat Westhoff,...

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Spring Reports
Derrell Peel   |   Oklahoma State University
3/28/2016

The latest Cattle on Feed report pegs March 1 feedlot inventories at 10.77 million head, 101% of year-ago levels. February marketings and placements were both up year over year, partly because of an extra business day in February due to leap year. Marketings were 105% of last year, with daily average...

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Along the Trail: March 26
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
3/26/2016

Along America's Trails is redoubling all its previous efforts to be absolutely certain cattle people, and anyone else within the sound of my voice for that matter, are completely on guard when they hear of the old cliche, “Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.” This basic premise is...

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Retallick Joins AGI
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
3/25/2016

Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) welcomes Kelli Retallick to its team as the director of genetic service. AGI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Angus Association and provides a conduit for developing and implementing new technologies in the beef cattle business. Retallick was raised on her family’s...

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Angus Announces Routine Calibration of GE-EPDs
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
3/25/2016

American Angus Association® and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), the organization’s genetic services subsidiary, will soon release newly calibrated genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). AGI announces today plans to release the latest calibration of its genomic-enhanced selection tools in...

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Advice & Action
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
3/23/2016

What advice do those working in the beef industry offer to others looking to pursue a career in agriculture? Phil Bass, the corporate meat scientist for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand is an energetic educator who has a passion for teaching students, producers, consumers, retailers, foodservice...

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BIF Announces June Program
Beef Improvement Federation   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
3/23/2016

Preparations are being finalized for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium themed “Progress on the Prairie.” The annual event will be hosted June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kan., and headquartered at the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. The BIF conference...

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Veterinary Link: Health risk when purchasing cattle
Bob Larson   |   Kansas State University
3/23/2016

Every business deals with risk. The profitable business has the ability to deal with and minimize that risk. As producers introduce purchased cattle into their herds, it becomes very important to recognize what health risks are unavoidable, what risks are avoidable and what risks are manageable. Steps...

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$1 Million a Week
Steve Suther   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/22/2016

Rewards for hitting the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand target have never been greater, even after 11 consecutive years of growing supply. A recent biennial survey of CAB-licensed packers showed they paid producers a record $51.8 million in grid premiums in 2015, or about $1 million per week. Those...

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Creating a Culture
Kasey Brown   |   Angus Journal
3/21/2016

In an industry that values tradition, there is certainly a place for progressive thinking and continual improvement in all areas of the cattle community. The national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program’s goal is to raise consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment...

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Diversified, Yet Focused
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/21/2016

Cattlemen Bart Beattie and Dave Schledewitz don’t take many trips through the pasture together. With farming and swine-finishing enterprises in addition to his family’s 450-head cow herd, Beattie has plenty of different directions to go as he leaves the office each morning. That’s how Schledewitz earned...

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Producers Focus on Herd Sire Selection
Katie Allen and Connor Orrock   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
3/21/2016

Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be...

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Along the Trail: March 19
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
3/19/2016

Along America's Angus Trails ripped open the curtains of his bedroom on Jan. 28, only to discover an inconvenient truth: the sun had come up and the earth looked just like it had when he went to bed on Jan. 27. Yep, Jan. 27, 2016, marked the 10th anniversary of former Vice President Al Gore standing...

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Outside the Box: Ranch staffing
Tom Field   |   University of Nebraska—Lincoln
3/18/2016

Ask cattle producers about their biggest challenges and invariably the issue of finding and retaining excellent employees will enter the discussion. Developing effective employment strategies is the responsibility of management, but attaining business goals and desired outcomes is a shared mission of...

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Value Driven
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/17/2016

There’s only one certainty in the beef cattle market: change is just around the corner. And the current market cycle has left many producers wondering how they can add value and command more dollars for their calves. Larry Corah with Certified Angus Beef says it centers on three drivers: growth, health...

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Increasing the Odds for Beef
Miranda Reiman   |   Angus Journal
3/16/2016

You have to eat it. That’s really the only way to know if a steak is going to be good or not. So it is with all “experience goods.” Tasting wine and using beauty products are other examples. That’s why it is so important to have a system in place that helps predict product performance, says Daryl Tatum,...

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Focus on Fly Control in 2016
Steve McKinley   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
3/16/2016

For most beef producers, the yearly calving season has been completed and breeding cows and heifers is now the main focus. However, another critical step in a profitable season is effectively keeping the various flies attacking your cattle under control, especially as the herd takes advantage of green...

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Grazing Management Improves Profitability
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
3/16/2016

Jim Gerrish sees nothing wrong in keeping cows as a lifestyle choice, rather than as a business. If producers are not doing it just for fun, however, Gerrish says cow-calf enterprises should not have to be buoyed by income from other sources to remain afloat. If honest analysis shows an enterprise is...

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Envisioning the Future of Genomic Prediction
Dan Moser   |   Angus Talk
3/16/2016

Angus Talk host Doug Medlock recently visited with Dan Moser, president of Angus Genetics Inc., the subsidiary of the American Angus Association that generates the most advanced genetic selection tools in the purebred industry. Dan Moser, AGI president and Association director of performance programs...

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Out of the Ashes
Maggie Malson   |   Angus Journal
3/14/2016

It was a hot, dry August day, typical of the Idaho summer, when lightning struck a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing allotment in Owyhee County. “We got the call on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, that Cow Creek was on fire,” says Angus breeder Doug Burgess. “I ran up there because we had commercial heifers...

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Trading Places
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/14/2016

Chad Ellingson mounts his horse just before daybreak. He settles into his saddle and looks out across his own North Dakota hills, clearly right at home. “Oh, there are other ways to make a living, but it sure wouldn’t be as interesting,” says the fourth-generation Angus rancher. Ellingson’s not alone....

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Turnout Tips
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
3/14/2016

Overall health and soundness are key factors in determining if your bulls are ready to head to the breeding pasture this year. Bob Larson, veterinarian and professor of food animal production medicine with the Kansas State University (K-State) College of Veterinary Medicine, and Leo McDonnell, former...

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Your Week in the Cattle Business: March 14
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
3/14/2016

This week on The Angus Report, we share what the Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell for beef trade with Dan Halstrom of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. We explore how a growing beef supply means we also must grow demand, and John Butler of the Beef Marketing Group says there’s reason for cattle...

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Along the Trail: March 12
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
3/12/2016

Along America's Angus Trails is reminded once again, as an old wordsmith himself, that words mean something. And when it comes to human nutrition, such as the excellent protein, B vitamins and zinc that come from, say beef, those words mean something, too. A $10 dollar term for words is nomenclature....

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A New Tradition
Jena McRell   |   Angus Journal
3/11/2016

Denver’s historic stockyards have been home to livestock trading for more than a century. It is a marketing venue that has stood the test of time, as proven by the swarms of people bustling through the pens on a crisp January day. Under the backdrop of the prominent Livestock Exchange Building, Angus...

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Iowa Family Honored for Historic Angus Herd
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/11/2016

Oscar Swanson was so pleased with the performance of his son’s Angus steer 4-H project in 1946 that it led to the family selling their dairy herd to get their start in the Angus cattle business. His oldest son, Glen, continues that tradition today on the farm in eastern Iowa. To recognize their longstanding...

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Cody Sankey Selected for Young Cattlemen’s Conference
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/11/2016

Cody Sankey of Economy, Ind., will represent the American Angus Association and the business breed during the 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC), hosted June 1-9 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The annual event is considered the premier leadership development program within...

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Sensational Sale
Jena McRell   |   Angus Journal
3/10/2016

A sale takes only minutes. Compared to the time invested in breeding, calving and caring for the next calf crop, the trip around the salering is over in an instant. Angus breeder J.J. Reinhardt sets the scene well: “It’s unbelievable. At first when you’re waiting to go in the door, it may seem like normal,...

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Make Every Day Sale Day
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/10/2016

Energy is high during sale season. Whether you are looking for that next herd sire or selling a group of females, there’s nothing quite like sale day. You’ve studied the sale book, made your predictions and anxiously await the final bids. Oh, and did you know this can all be done from your computer?...

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Your Week in the Cattle Business: March 7
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
3/10/2016

This week on the American Angus Association's weekly television show The Angus Report, our team explores how better-quality genetics drive value in challenging market conditions. Doing more with less: An interview from the head of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef. We hear how current protein...

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Angus Genetics Inc. Update
Paige Nelson   |   Angus Journal
3/7/2016

Thanks to available and improving genetic testing systems, Angus cattle continually improve. The more cattle are tested through use of these tools, the better the entire Angus population is characterized, which has helped lower the cost of newer genetic testing options, so more Angus cattle may be tested....

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Genetic Impact
Troy Smith   |   Angus Journal
3/7/2016

It’s been said that competition is fierce among and within land-grant universities for increasingly elusive funding for agricultural research. However, according to Ronnie Green, vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a new...

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Washington Insider
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Journal
3/7/2016

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) staff members from Washington, D.C., offered policy updates to cattlemen and women gathered in San Diego, Calif., for the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Jan. 28. First up was the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included “a lot of tremendous...

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Partnering with the best?
Miranda Reiman   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
3/7/2016

The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand’s pull-through demand model first requires a consistent and abundant supply of high-quality beef. It is a team effort, but CAB recognizes a few of the standouts in that supply chain during its annual conference each fall. The brand is currently accepting nominations...

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Along the Trail: March 5
Dan Green   |   Angus Media
3/5/2016

Along America's Angus Trails joins ranchers around the world in in the struggle to keep up with the pace of change and innovation in the way we do things: but it’s sped up again. The bright new idea of a few months ago — to use helicopters and drones to manage your cattle out on the range — is passe....

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Preventing Bone Loss
Paul Schattenberg   |   Texas AgriLife Communications
3/3/2016

Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. The team’s paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation,” was recently published...

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Calf Watch 2016
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/2/2016

No matter what season they make their arrival, Angus calves are always a welcome sight. They represent the next chapter of a herd’s progression, and are the result of hours spent analyzing performance information and targeting genetic improvements. A new life, and with it, new opportunity to build quality...

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Genetic Consistency
Casey Jentz   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/1/2016

After coming home from the National Western Stock Show in Denver, there is always a lot of excitement about the new bulls and different sire groups that everyone had the chance to see. This show is often the best chance producers have to see genetics from different parts of the country all at the same...

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Protein Supplements
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
3/1/2016

Winter pastures are often low in protein, which limits optimal microbial growth in the rumen. Rumen microbes ferment and break down the roughage in dried standing forages, straw or low-quality hay, converting it into usable complex carbohydrates, but they need adequate protein to do this. Protein supplements...

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Angus Names Director of Member Services
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
3/1/2016

Illinois-native Jerry Cassady brings more than 20 years experience promoting the Angus breed and marketing seedstock cattle to his new role as the American Angus Association’s director of member services. Beginning March 1, Cassady will lead the team of member service representatives in Saint Joseph,...

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Breaking Down the Numbers
Laura Conaway   |   Certified Angus Beef LLC
2/29/2016

Numbers are everywhere. They matter to a rancher, so they matter to the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand. A natural progression, CAB’s Black Ink team set out to uncover stories behind both common and irregular numbers that affect a cattleman’s future. From 120 million to -2.26, each one tells a story...

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Calf Gut Health
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
2/29/2016

Some producers experience frustrating cases of acute enterotoxemia in calves, which is caused by bacterial toxins. The bacterial infection proliferates rapidly and produces toxins that damage the gut. If this condition is not treated quickly and reversed, toxins enter the bloodstream, and the calf goes...

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Feedbunk Management
Warren Rusche   |   South Dakota State University
2/29/2016

When it comes to nutritional management of growing and finishing cattle, the scientific aspects tend to get the most attention. Hours are spent getting the formulations right and debating the merits of different ingredients and additives. In truth, feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgment...

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Preventing Enterotoxemia in Young Calves
Heather Smith Thomas   |   Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
2/29/2016

“The best way to prevent acute toxic gut infections in young calves caused by Clostridium perfringens is to vaccinate the dam,” says Robert Callan, chief of staff at the large animal hospital at the Colorado State University (CSU) James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “Then the antibodies will...

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Number of Kansas Wildfires Spikes in Spring
Mary Lou Peter   |   Kansas State University Research & Extension
2/29/2016

The coming spring holds the promise of longer, warmer days, but it also marks the time when the number of wildfires typically peaks in Kansas. Wildfires in Kansas don’t usually make the national news the way they do in California or other states, but they can be just as destructive, said Chip Redmond,...

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Where’s the Beef?
Shelby Mettlen   |   Angus Media
2/28/2016

During the last four to five years, the United States has exported about 2.5 billion pounds (lb.) of beef on a fairly consistent annual basis — roughly 10% of our production, said CattleFax's Mike Murphy. Maintaining that export level, “even throughout all the chaos,” is a big positive for our industry,...

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Your Week in the Cattle Business: Feb. 22
Crystal Albers   |   Angus Media
2/22/2016

This week on The Angus Report, there’s a lot of talk on 2016 cattle markets. Kevin Good of CattleFax shares what producers can anticipate. Other headlines include how genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) are giving more accuracy to buyers at sale time. The BQA-BI partnership is back,...

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Mental Shift
Kindra Gordon   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/15/2016

“We’ve been trained to focus on production, but we need to work on improving our natural resources. In turn, we can improve the quality of our products and our quality of life.” That’s a mind-set Bowman, N.D., rancher Chad Njos has come to realize after 18 years of trying a variety of management methods...

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Scholarships Available to Angus Youth
Jena McRell   |   Angus Media
2/12/2016

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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Replacement Heifers
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em,” said Ron Lemenager, “and know when to run.” Referencing lyrics from Kenny Rogers’ 1978 hit The Gambler, the Purdue University Extension beef specialist illustrated that cow-calf producers trying to decide what to do with replacement females...

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Outside the Box: Opening the Hood
Tom Field   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

We don’t think twice about raising the hood on the ranch truck to check fluid levels, belts and battery terminals as part of a regular maintenance protocol. A service technician starts every evaluation with a checklist that assures critical components are assessed, pilots work through a preflight assessment...

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Outtakes from the AFBF Meeting
American Farm Bureau Federation   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

Agriculturists representing the spectrum of farming and ranching in the United States gathered in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 8-13 for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 97th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Highlights follow. Investing in a new generation of rural entrepreneurs Equity investment...

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Appreciation for Depreciation
Troy Smith   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

While many cow-calf producers sang sad songs, lamenting the way calf prices dropped during 2015, cash returns to cow-calf operations were not so sad. From a historical perspective, they look pretty good. According to data analyzed by the Denver-based Livestock Market Information Center (LMIC), returns...

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Converting Crops to Grass
Kay Ledbetter   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

A growing interest in shifting out of crop production and into a forage-based system in the Rolling Plains has Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, consulting his crystal ball. He has some advice for those who are contemplating the move: “Have a multi-year plan and...

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Cattle Inventory
Derrell Peel   |   Oklahoma State University
2/10/2016

The annual USDA Cattle report contains new numbers on cattle inventories and significant revisions to the 2015 numbers. It’s important to consider the revisions when interpreting the new numbers. In general, the report confirms, as expected, that cattle inventories in the United States grew in 2015....

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Beef Talk: Expanding genetics
Kris Ringwall   |   Angus Beef Bulletin
2/10/2016

If one is building a house and the door does not fit, does the carpenter throw away the hammer? No. If one is building a cow herd and the cows are the wrong size, does the producer throw away the bull expected progeny differences (EPDs)? No. Cow-size discussions at any time can be pretty involved and...

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Herdsmanship: It Just Comes Natural