Burt Rutherford

6 Trending Headlines: UNL stands behind MARC research, PLUS: California high school achieves nearly 100% FFA enrollment
The annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio drew to a close Saturday with strong support behind both the current beef checkoff and efforts to enhance and increase the program going forward.
CattleFax: Better weather, continued strong feeder prices on tap for 2015
While we may never see a market like 2014 for a very long time, if ever, the outlook for cow-calf producers remains positive, according to CattleFax.
Rabobank report: Confinement or semi-confinement cow-calf production is feasible
Cow-calf production is changing and evolving, and production methods that even a few years ago might not have been considered are now worth a second look. One of those is confined or semi-confined cow-calf production, according to a Rabobank report.
6 Trending Headlines: Teach your cattle to eat sagebrush; plus test your cattle for BVD
Breeding and grazing season will soon be upon us. Protect your herd, get your bulls ready and consider that sometimes, those plants you once thought as weeds may be valuable forage sources for your cattle.
USDA Cattle Inventory report shows restocking is underway
Cattle producers are restocking their pastures at an aggressive clip, if USDA’s Cattle Inventory report is any indication.
When should you call the vet on a difficult calving? 2
Dystocia can result in damage to both the dam and the calf. By intervening appropriately, you can help set up your first-calf heifers to become productive cows.
6 Trending Headlines: Proposed checkoff changes and COOL study shows no harm done
The news is heating up, with HSUS and Oklahoma suing each other and an explanation of the proposed changes to the beef checkoff program; plus a study that claims Canada and Mexico weren’t harmed by COOL.
Beef industry says goodbye to Henry C. Gardiner
Industry icon passes peacefully, surrounded by his family
With expansion underway, how big a cowherd does the U.S. need?
It’s a pretty good bet that herd rebuilding is underway, but how much will we expand?
5 Trending Headlines: Livestock auction goes silent, Texas feedyard gets new life, Plus: Ag gag laws in the news
If you were wondering how the beef industry is responding to tighter cattle numbers, this week’s headlines give a glimpse. Meanwhile, animal rights activists continue to make the news and playing in the dirt yields a novel new antibiotic.
Condition scoring, management of beef cows can minimize later challenges 1
Today’s modern, digital world provides cattle producers with an amazing array of management tools, but nothing has yet replaced the eye of the master when it comes to condition scoring cattle.
6 Trending Headlines: RFID study tracks cattle; Northwest producers to get packing plant; and there’s an app for that
Animal disease traceability is in the news as USDA and state animal health agencies move ahead with animal traceability efforts. Here’s a roundup of headlines that made the news.
Phillip Ellis
Incoming NCBA President Philip Ellis rides for the cattle industry’s brand 1
The incoming president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is well-grounded in the beef business.
COOL retaliation
5 Trending Headlines: Demand will be key for cattle prices in 2015, plus: Smartphone app helps move more beef
The year 2015 holds lots of promise as well as challenge for cattle producers. Market prognostications are bullish, many states will start implementing new animal disease traceability rules and the debate over mandatory COOL may come to a head.
Test your hay, and sleep better at night
Do you have hay that’s a candidate for “worst in the county?” How about the best? You can’t tell just by looking.

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