Burt Rutherford

Burt
Rutherford
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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.
It’s the cowboys’ turn in the market driver’s seat
2014 signaled loud and clear that U.S. agriculture has entered the ‘livestock era.’ Here’s a look at what BEEF editors anticipate for 2015 and beyond.
6 Trending Headlines: Online heifer development info available, plus: Do cattle prices have room to rise in 2015?
2015 is right around the corner. It’s time to look back on the year that was and take the lessons learned into the year that that’s coming. Here’s a look at current news headlines to help you get ready for the coming year.
Will these technologies change how you ranch? 1
All you can say is “wow.” The revolutionary technologies that are already here may cut down on trips to town for parts and could very well change the face of cattle production.
7 Trending Headlines: Oil prices a game-changer; plus: Birth control for wild horses
The meteoric plunge in crude oil prices is sending economic ripples throughout the orld economy. Are low oil prices good or bad? However you think, the steep drop in crude is clearly a game-changer.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
Vilsack abandons plans for second beef checkoff 3
After losing support from one of the only ag organizations in favor of a second, duplicative beef checkoff program and then losing funding for the idea, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will walk away from his proposal to create a second, government-run beef checkoff program.
6 trending headlines: Cowboy nuns; COOL labels don’t impress consumers; and what will the market do?
As the world turns its thoughts to the holiday season, the news affecting the beef business continues to keep the conversation hopping for cattle producers. Here’s a roundup of a few headlines that made the news.
eating beef
Consumers rank taste, value as most important in beef purchases 1
What are the most important factors that drive the dinner decision? How is beef doing? Here’s a report card for the beef industry.
6 Trending Headlines: Checkoff chatter; 2015 beef demand; and GMO cattle to the rescue
State beef checkoffs are hitting road gear while the idea of a separate, government-run national beef checkoff is hitting a wall.

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