Burt Rutherford

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After Soft Start, Rural Bankers See Better Economy Ahead
After moving below growth neutral in February, the rural economy moved above the 50.0 threshold for two straight months, according to the April survey of bank CEOs in a 10-state area.
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What Drives Value In a Feedyard Steer?
There are several important factors that determine value in a feedyard steer, but feed efficiency is number one.
2014 hurricane forecast shows no drought busters for cattlemen
2014 Hurricane Forecast: Fewer Drought-Busters In The Offing
It’s a mixed forecast for rain this spring and summer – fewer tropical storms and hurricanes, but better chances for an El Niño.
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Feedyard Biosecurity Plans Ready For Rollout 1
Ever since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease nearly decimated England’s animal agricultural industry, feedyard biosecurity in the U.S. has been an issue but conducted under the radar. A Department of Homeland Security project has elevated the issue to a new level.
Chinese Market To Lead Global Demand For Beef
It’s long been said that U.S. cattlemen produce for a global market. And indeed they do. While the forecast is for the U.S. beef and cattle markets to remain volatile as they respond to ever tightening supplies, on the international front however, it’s Chinese beef demand that will drive market dynamics.
Padlock Ranch, Sheridan College Offer Ranch Sustainability Forum 2
Sustainability is now a cultural buzzword. But the concept is nothing new to ranchers.
Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken As Threatened 4
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides to list the lesser prairie chicken as endangered, though a special rule establishes unprecedented conservation partnership with states to provide regulatory certainty for landowners and businesses. It also enables states to maintain the lead management for conservation efforts.
Leachman’s Industry Game Plan: Work Together To Move Forward 7
Who’s your competition? Is it the rancher down the road who sells his calves at the same time you do? One seedstock breeder suggests, since our ultimate goal is to sell beef, our competition is everything else a consumer can eat instead of beef, principally pork and poultry. Thus, being competitive means working together.
Finding Solutions To Child Hunger Worldwide
The rhetoric surrounding estimates that the world’s population will hit 9 billion people by 2050, and the very real questions that estimate generates about how we will feed all those people, continues to escalate. But does that conversation overlook the very real issues of food insecurity that exist right now? Several international meat organizations are stepping up.
Use The Grazing Response Index To Evaluate Pasture Health 3

One of the fundamental rules of thumb in pasture management is “take half and leave half.” “The problem is,” says Tim Steffens, Texas AgriLife Extension Service rangeland specialist in Canyon, TX, “the cows did not read the book.”

Cows, being cows, take the best half and leave the rest alone. And that means, Steffens says, you can be conservatively stocked and still overgraze a pasture.

The Case Of The Disappearing Mesa
For many parts of cattle country, the drought is far from over. A Dust Bowl-style dust storm in the Texas Panhandle was a stark reminder of that reality.
Manage Your Way To A Short Calving Season

Ranchers, ever looking for the thin sliver of silver on the edges of the darker cloud bank, have found that drought-driven culling of the cow herd has resulted in a shorter calving season.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Moves Forward

Things are moving inexorably toward March 31, which is when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is expected to announce whether or not the lesser prairie-chicken will be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

National Beef To Close Brawley Plant In Spite Of Efforts By Cattle Feeders
In spite of significant incentives, Natinal Beef Packing decides to close Brawley, CA, plant
Cattle Feeders Work to Keep Brawley Plant Open In Wake of Decision to Close Facility
California Cattle Feeders offer National Beef an additional $9 million in discounts in bid to keep Brawley plant open

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