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January 2016 A successful calving season Part #1: Pre-calving considerations
Calving season is upon us, and getting ready for this year’s calf crop takes careful planning. The Beef Roundtable brings you a three-part broadcast on how to plan and have a successful calving season, as well as some post-calving considerations. In Part 1, we look at some pre-calving considerations.
This month, the Beef Roundtable takes an in-depth look at calving management with Blake Angell, cattle rancher and partner in Lundgren Angus Ranch, Gove, Kansas, and cattle buyer for Meyer Natural Angus; and Larry Horstman, DVM, emeritus professor at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
January 2016 A successful calving season Part #2: Calving Considerations
Calving season is upon us, and getting ready for this year’s calf crop takes careful planning. The Beef Roundtable brings you a three-part broadcast on how to plan and have a successful calving season, as well as some post-calving considerations. In Part 2, we look at considerations to keep in mind as calving season begins and progresses. This month, the Beef Roundtable takes an in-depth look at calving management with Blake Angell, cattle rancher and partner in Lundgren Angus Ranch, Gove, Kansas, and cattle buyer for Meyer Natural Angus; and Larry Horstman, DVM, emeritus professor at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
January 2016 A successful calving season Part #3: Tips for calving success
In Part 3, we delve into the many post-calving management challenges that producers can face. This month, the Beef Roundtable takes an in-depth look at calving management with Blake Angell, cattle rancher and partner in Lundgren Angus Ranch, Gove, Kansas, and cattle buyer for Meyer Natural Angus; and Larry Horstman, DVM, emeritus professor at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Beef Roundtable is a joint project with BEEF and Purdue University. It’s a monthly 15-minute video podcast that features some of the top leaders in the beef industry co-hosted by Ron Lemenager, Extension beef specialist at Purdue University and BEEF Senior Editor Burt Rutherford.
February 2016 Steps to herd bull purchasing success
The Spring Bull Buying season is just around the corner and it’s time for cow-calf producers to begin thinking about which bulls will move their operation to the next level of success.
Today our guests are Dr. Tom Field. Tom is not only a co-owner of Field Land and Cattle Company in Gunnison, Colorado, but also serves as the Director and Chair of the Paul Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Prior to accepting the Paul Engler Chaired position, Tom was a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, and more recently served as Executive Director of Producer Education with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Our second guest is Dr. Connee Quinn from Chadron, Nebraska. Connee has been involved in beef production most of her life. She was raised on a ranch in western Nebraska and took an early interest in the family operation. She is a full-time rancher with her husband Reuben, and they operate a cow/calf ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation located just across the Nebraska line in southwestern South Dakota.
Connee was the 2002 president of the Beef Improvement Federation. The Quinn’s received the 2011 BIF Commerical Producer of the Year Award.
She is a popular invited speaker for many rancher, feedlot, veterinary and feed company meetings because of her excellent combination of practical and technical experiences, and her obvious passion for the beef cattle industry.
March 2016 Vaccines and Dewormers for the Spring Breeding Season
Breeding season is approaching and now is the time to begin planning your pre-breeding management. Among the pre-breeding chores are vaccinating and deworming your cattle before turnout. In this month’s Beef Roundtable, Bill Clymer, a commercial cow-calf producer and consulting livestock parasitologist from Canyon, Texas and Dan Grooms, a veterinarian in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, discuss the pre-breeding plan and how a vaccination and deworming program fit in.
April 2016 Fly Season is Just Around the Corner
It’s beginning to look like a lot like Spring around the country, the grass is greening-up, cows are bring turned out to pasture, and the fly season is just around the corner.
Dr. Lew Strickland is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine. Currently, he is Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Tennessee.
As Extension Veterinarian, Lew is responsible for providing animal health information to the farm animal interested public in Tennessee. He is also associated with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness. As a part of Office of Laboratory Care at UT, Lew is responsible for the oversight of health and wellbeing of farm animals at the UT Agricultural Experiment Station’s Research and Education Centers across the state.
As an Extension beef cattle specialist
Dr.Jason Banta works with county Extension agents and allied industry personal to develop educational programming for cow-calf and stocker producers in East and Northeast Texas. Dr. Banta also works with other AgriLife and A&M faculty to conduct beef cattle research in the areas of ruminant nutrition, cow-calf and stocker management, and animal health. Additionally, he co-coordinates and teaches a Special Topics in Applied Beef Cattle Nutrition course in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
May 2016 Calf Management During the Grazing Season
Spring has arrived and most producers have turned cows and calves out to pasture and life for many of us seems just a bit easier.
Now we need to turn our attention to considering calf management during the grazing season to keep calves healthy, and gaining at an optimal rate during the summer, so we can have heavy, high quality calves at weaning.
Lisa Pederson has been the Beef Quality Assurance Specialist with North Dakota State University Extension Service and NDSU’s Dickinson Research Extension Center since 1999. Lisa earned bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State University where she dual majored in Agricultural Business and Animal Science; and earned a Master’s degree in Farm and Ranch Management and Livestock Production. Livestock production is in Lisa’s genetics! She is the fourth generation raised on her family’s cow-calf and sheep operation located near the Southwestern Colorado town of Durango. Lisa is married to Chad, and they raise registered and commercial Red Angus cattle and registered Quarter Horses at Chad’s family ranch in north central South Dakota near Firesteel,.
Lisa works with producers and youth of all ages to teach them the importance of producing the safest, highest quality and most consumer-accepted beef. Lisa has been recognized as the 2016 National Cattleman’s Beef Association “BQA Educator of the Year” award winner.
Dr. Larry Hollis, DVM is a graduate of Texas A & M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hollis spent 4 years in private practice first as an employee, and later as a clinic owner in the Texas Panhandle where he was heavily involved in cow/calf and stocker production medicine and feedlot consultation.
He received a Master of Agriculture degree in Beef Management and Nutrition from West Texas A & M University, worked as a Technical Service Veterinarian for Syntex Animal Health and Pfizer Animal Health, and became the Extension Beef Veterinarian at Kansas State University in 2002.
Dr. Hollis recently retired from Kansas State University and moved to Tyler, TX where he is a private beef health management consultant.
June 2016 Value Added Replacement Heifers
This edition of the Beef Roundtable will focus on “Value Added Replacement Heifers”
Dr. Glenn Rogers is a beef veterinarian with over 32 years’ experience in supporting cattle health and well-being in clinical practice, teaching, research and technical service. He’s also a 5th generation “ranching Texan” where he manages a beef heifer development business and cow/calf operation.
Dr. Patterson is a Beef Extension Specialist at the University of Missouri specializing in reproductive management of the cow herd and serves as the state-wide coordinator for the Show-Me-Select replacement heifer program.
July 2016 Value Added Cull Cows
This month our discussion will focus on “Value Added Cull Cows”
Cull cows and bulls represent about 20% of the gross receipts in a beef cow operation and that makes them an important part of cow herd profitability
If we can increase their value by utilizing good science-based management practices, then producers have an opportunity to improve their bottom line as well as assure consumers that the beef products from these cows are safe and wholesome.
Dr. Cody Wright is a Professor of Animal Science at South Dakota State University with expertise in cow-calf nutrition and management and experience in management practices that increase cull cow value.
Our second guest is Casey Davis who cut his teeth as a cattle buyer and currently serves as the Cattle Buyer Manager for JBS in Greenbay, Wisc. where he is responsible for oversight of about 28 buyers.
August 2016 Where are the premiums in the feeder cattle market?
This edition of the Beef Roundtable, the second in a series that looks at ways to make the market work for you, explores those questions and more. This video delves into the feeder cattle market with Jennifer Houston and Jim Collins.
Jennifer and her husband run a stocker operation, commercial cow-calf herd and feed cattle in Texas and Kansas. In addition, they own and operate a livestock auction market in Sweetwater, Tenn. Collins heads the Quinton Group, a network of economists, nutritionists, agronomists and other experts to meet the needs of a host of clients. Listen as they dissect the premiums and discounts in the feeder cattle market.
For years, cattle producers have discussed the advantages of seeking out the premiums the market offers. Others maintain the way to capture premiums is to avoid the discounts. But what is the market looking for? What attributes and management characteristics will the next buyer along the marketing chain from the cow-calf producer pay more for? Conversely, what will bring a discount?
September 2016 Adding Value through niche marketing
Niche market can add value to production, however, there may be increased risk involved for producers. When done correctly niche marketing in the beef industry can result in premium prices in all the different cuts of beef. The Beef RoundTable interviewed two producers who have been successful at marketing in a niche market situation
Our first guest is Robbie LeValley from western Colorado where she and her husband Mark operate LeValley Ranch. Robbie is a past-president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association and serves on NCBA’s Public Lands Council.
Right at 20 years ago, 6 Colorado Ranch families in the North Fork Valley formed a coop called Colorado Homestead Ranches to add more value to their livestock. The coop owns their own USDA packing plant, a wild game processing facility, and 2 store fronts. The coop markets value added, natural Colorado products such as sausage, jerky, meat sticks and ready to cook entrees under the name Homestead Natural Meats.
Our second guest is Dave Fischer from southern Indiana. After a career in supply chain technologies to improve manufacturing efficiency, Dave and his wife Diana returned to the family farm in 2002 and established Fischer Farms, LLP and Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC. In 2004 they began selling their beef directly to restaurants and individual consumers. As their business grew, they created partnerships with a meat processor and other local producers to supply over 16 skids of beef, pork, eggs, chicken and even maple syrup weekly to over 100 restaurants and retail stores across the state of Indiana.
October 2016 Fetal Programing
Nutrition, no doubt, nutrition impacts health and productivity especially during the prenatal and at least during the immediate postnatal period. Fetal and placental development, we know, is directly effected by the nutritional plane of the dam, however up until recently much less is known about how maternal nutrition impacts the health and productivity of the offspring. Today we explore this with two experts in the field of fetal programing on The Beef RoundTable.
Our one of our Guests is Dr. Ron Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Purdue University, a master’s degree in animal science and a doctoral degree with a specialization in ruminant nutrition from Oklahoma State University. His master’s work focused on supplementation/management strategies for Tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem that’s largely managed by prescribed spring burning and grazing. Supplementation of poor quality forage for beef cattle was the focal point of his Ph.D. He grew up on a diversified farm in North Central Indiana where his family raised cattle and swine, row crops and hay.
Dr. Kimberly Vonnahme was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in west central Iowa. She studied animal science as an undergraduate and transferred to Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Master's degree. She completed her PhD at the University of Wyoming. In 2003, she came to NDSU to do post-doctoral work on placental vascularity in a cow's placenta. The long-term objective of her current project is to healthy pregnancies in livestock, which helps the offspring grow to their utmost potential. The overall concept is to study developmental programming in gestation. Dr. Vonnahme joined the NDSU Animal Sciences Department as an assistant professor in 2004.
November 2016 Telling the Beef Industry's Story to an Often Skeptical Public
Beef producers work hard every day to be good stewards of the land and their livestock so they can produce a safe, wholesome beef product that provides consumers with a great eating experience. Today we’re going to talk about telling the beef industry story to an often skeptical public.
Our guests today are Anne Burkholder, a city kid raised in Palm Beach County, FL, and Ivy League-educated with a degree in psychology from Dartmouth University. Yet, today, she operates Will Feed Inc., a 3,000-head capacity feedyard in Cozad, NE. Through her blog “Feedyard Foodie” educates visitors about the beef industry, and cattle feeding in particular.
Our second guest is Kim Brackett. She has served on the Cattleman’s Beef Board for over five years, acting as secretary-treasurer, vice-chairwoman and chairwoman. She is an owner/partner on the family ranch, Brackett Ranches LP, a cow-calf and stocker operation located near Castleford, Idaho.