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Rounding up the 2012 cattle convention

Jeff Caldwell 02/03/2012 @ 9:51am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The 800-pound gorilla in the cattle barn is this one: Is there a place for the cattle industry in the new 21st-century energy-based agriculture? Is the slide in cattle numbers and beef producers irreversible? Will we continue to bleed pasture acres until the only cattlemen left produce for Asian consumers?

Those are just a few of the issues examined during this week's Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Agriculture.com reporters Gene Johnston and Ashlie Kolb hit meetings and trade show to check in on the mood of cattle producers and how they feel looking ahead to their industry's future.



'Stupid high' prices don't stop cattlemen's worries

Cattle prices have gone through the stratosphere in recent weeks, to over $1.20 a pound liveweight for market steers. Never fear, farmers and ranchers will find things to worry about. But at least they worry with a smile on their faces.

 

Why is beef losing ground to chicken?

There are reasons why cattle aren't as efficient at feed conversion compared to those other species. But a bigger issue is that in the cattle industry, we haven't selected hard for feed efficiency, like they have with chickens and pigs.

 

Q&A on better grazing management

Four grazing specialists fielded questions from a packed room of farmers and ranchers at a Cattle Convention luncheon this week to address questions about improving grazing management and doing a better job of monitoring pasture performance.


New products on display at Cattle Convention

A new loader tractor from CAT, manure fertilizer additives and a new way to stay in touch with the cattle industry are just a few of the new products on display at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention.

 

Selecting cattle for disease resistance

If you could buy a new herd bull that would "fix" your cow herd in one of these areas, which would you most desire? None other holds a candle, economically speaking, to the bull that can solve your herd health problems.

 

New DNA technology for your beef herd

A genetic marker program has been introduced for the masses. You can have young heifers and bulls tested for the two most important economic traits.


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While, like Agriculture, in general, Beef Producti 02/13/2012 @ 12:20pm Americans LIKE to eat beef. Those of us who have gotten concerned over various feed and pharmaceutical issues, have gravitated to and are making "Grass Fed" Producers rich. There's a breed of Red cow from Norway, while it's interest is still mainly from the Dairy Sector, it's size, health, and "daughtering" characteristics make it a potentially profitable cross-breed for the Angus we all love. And let's not forget the Dairy side of raising herds. The old-fashioned Local/Regional Dairy is making a comeback, as is the Local Lockers. There are more ways to raise and sell beef, than ever before. Now, if we can just keep the Government out of the way...

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