Cow-Calf Weekly



7 Ranching Operations Competing For Top Stewardship Title

Stewardship; By Jamie Purfeerst, BEEF Senior Associate Editor

Stewardship WinnersSeven unique cattle operations, all regional honorees recognized for their outstanding efforts in conservation and stewardship, will compete for the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award Program’s national title. The winner will be announced during the cattle industry convention in Nashville, TN, in February.

Meet the seven finalists and learn more about their stewardship efforts here.

The Beef Market Continues To Rewrite The Record Book

Commentary; By Troy Marshall, BEEF Contributing Editor

Select beef and fed cattle have set all-time records recently, and market prognosticators see more records falling in the coming year for bred females, calves and bulls.


Survey Shows Feedlots Dedicated To Calm Handling Of Cattle

Cattle Handling; by Ruth Woiwode and Temple Grandin

A number of recent undercover videos chronicling apparent abuse by workers of animals on dairies and pig farms have received widespread public play. Such sensational videos are very instrumental in forming public perceptions regarding the treatment and handling of livestock in the U.S. However, new survey done by Colorado State University proves the opposite: the majority of feedlots are adhering to the industry’s Beef Quality Assurance guidelines when handling cattle in squeeze chutes.


Make Sure You’re Using Antibiotics In A Legal Manner

Animal Health; by Mike Apley, DVM

The beef industry’s willingness to adhere to regulations regarding animal health products will determine if label directions, extra-label use regulations and veterinary oversight will continue to serve as sufficient assurances to allow approval of new tools for animal health and to keep the ones we have. Our responsibility includes both being involved in the regulatory process through our veterinary and producer organizations, and being very vocal about not tolerating lack of adherence to the regulations once they are in place.


Beef Industry Must Expand Digital Marketing to Reach Young Consumers

Consumer Marketing; by Larry Stalcup

Millennials, consumers born from the early 1980s to the early ’00s, are projected to outspend Baby Boomers in five years. Research shows that 74% of millenials prefer to serve chicken to their kids, and only 18% prefer beef. That’s a huge potential demand problem domestically for beef producers, but the industry is working hard to reach this important demographic.


There Are No Black-And-White Answers In Our Gray World

Commentary; By Troy Marshall, BEEF Contributing Editor

Broad efforts at beef demand are good, but the market is becoming so segmented that broad campaigns may have lost their effectiveness. While the challenges are great, the opportunities are just as vast, but we won’t capitalize on them with black-and-white edicts. Today’s issues simply aren’t that simple anymore.


BEEF Poll: How Did You Prepare For The Cold Spell?

The headlines this week were all about the widespread cold in the U.S. caused by a “polar vortex” that closed schools and businesses, and stranded travelers. This week’s online poll question at is “How did you prepare your cattle for the cold spell?” Leave your thoughts and tell us how cold in got in your area in the comments section after voting.

We provided extra bedding

We provided extra feed

We made sure they had shelter

All the above

Meanwhile, last week’s online poll asked the question: “How do you primarily buffer your operation against external risk?” The biggest share of respondents (42%) said they “manage costs,” while 30% rely on “paying down or restructuring debt.” Another 21% said they “lock in margins” and 6% said they “increase working capital.” Thanks for participating.

Industry At A Glance: Shrinking Feedyard Margins

Marketing; By Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University

The trend in feedyard margins has turned positive of late from the low-point during the summer of 2012. However, the cattle feeding sector is still a long way from establishing a better trend of some duration. And this all becomes even more important in coming years given prospect for even tighter feeder cattle supply.



Books by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual by Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume.

This guide is a detailed book review of sorts, but perhaps it would be more accurately described as an abstract that condenses 864 pages of detail into 189 pages of concentrated information. No more excuses for failing to properly plan your grazing. The booklet is available from in both soft cover and Kendall versions. Click here. 

CoverA Handbook for Ranch Managers A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Managing the Working Ranch. Click here to buy the paperback version from Land & Livestock International’s Rancher Supply aStore.

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The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits.  Click here to buy the paperback version from Land & Livestock International’s Rancher Supply aStore.

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About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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