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Friday, September 6,2013

Guest Opinion

Why not be pro-active with marketing strategy?

by WLJ
How many times have you heard it? “I raise good cattle, but I just take them to town and I take what they give me!” Many Oklahoma commercial cow/ calf ranchers do a great job of selecting, feeding, caring for, and taking to market top quality cattle, yet do very little, if anything, about promoting the products they sell.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Calves and feeders remain strong

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s been quite a summer for calves and feeder cattle. The market took off in June and hasn’t looked back. Ever smaller supplies of feeding cattle have forced cattle feeders to dig deep into their pockets if they want to keep their yards operating efficiently.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Kay's Korner

Blind eye over Zilmax

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The Zilmax story is still unfolding. But years from now, it should be taught as a cautionary tale of how the best intentions can go awry. Merck Animal Health, which makes the feed supplement, had spent 30 years developing and testing the product.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Guest Opinion

Better forage conditions in many drought regions

by WLJ
I have had the opportunity to travel nearly 4,000 miles in the month of August over a good deal of the drought areas of the Southern Plains and western Great Plains. In one trip I traveled across the Texas Panhandle and made a loop covering much of central and eastern New Mexico.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Management Topics

Crossbreed instead of using beta-agonists

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
With the whole Zilmax controversy shining a light on the use of beta-agonists, I think we all need to stand back and review their value to the industry. I question the real benefits of them to our industry when in my opinion crossbreeding our current British-based cowherd with Continental cattle may achieve the same results.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Technology for a better breed

by WLJ
Every breed of every species contains genetic abnormalities. Each breed of cattle contains them, but because Angus has the largest population, they have had the most attention from corporate DNA labs and academic institutions as they have the quickest means to validating DNA technology.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Beef Talk

New ventures come with unprotected risk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Perhaps one is somewhat handicapped in the beef business without a marketing background. Marketing information is continuous and certainly needed. There are processes that allow producers to cover market risk, and given the center’s recent $300 losses in feeding cattle, one comes to appreciate those risk processes.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Black Ink

More than one path to cattle profit

by WLJ
Tom Brink, president of J&F Oklahoma Holdings, says feeding 1.6 million cattle per year at Five Rivers Feedlots has led him to conclude: “Planned crossbreeding is not the problem. Planned straight breeding is not the problem. Breeding cattle without any consistent plan is the problem.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Antagonistic relationship

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Live cattle markets finally moved off the six-week average of $119 last week when Tyson foods announced that they would not be buyers of cattle fed the beta-agonist Zilmax. The announcement came on Aug. 7 during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) midyear conference in Denver.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Beef Talk

Pondering grass

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center (REC) had three pens of yearling steers. One pen (A) was harvested when the steers were 18.1 months old. The next pen (B) was harvested when the steers were 21.4 months old and the last pen (C) was harvested when they were 22.

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