BeefCast update for February 4, 2010, A Look Into the Future of the Cattle Industry

Last week was very exciting. The trip to San Antonio, Texas for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention was extremely valuable. I truly enjoyed the chance to catch up with many of you and gain your perspectives. If we weren’t able to connect last week, drop me a message to let me know what’s on your mind and how we can help.

BeefCast update for January 22, 2010, A look back at 2009 and a look ahead to 2010

Well, the countdown to the premier beef industry event is nearly over. I hope that you have made your plans to be with us next week in San Antonio for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

BeefCast update for January 8, 2010, Enhanced marker assisted selection and Cattle of Feed report

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2010 will be extremely prosperous and successful for you. We at BeefCast resolve to continue to bring you the information and solutions you need to enhance your profitability. Let me know how we can help you on a daily basis by sending me a note

BeefCast update for December 18, 2009, Effecting Spring Breedback Rates Today

Which topics are on your list of concerns for the coming year? Your responses will help improve BeefCast. Plus, by completing the survey, you can be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Survey link.

BeefCast update for December 3, 2009, What is the current drop in carcass weights telling us?

Hopefully you enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving with friends, family and plenty of beef. We are continually thankful for each of you actively helping to grow BeefCast.

We always enjoy your feedback to help us provide you with the information and solutions you need to succeed. Let us know what’s on your mind today by sending me a note to

FYI, Elanco Animal Health released the new, higher concentration of Rumensin. Listen in as Dr. Justin Homm, PhD and Technical Consultant for Elanco, explains the details you should know.

BeefCast update for November 16, 2009, What can you learn from the Feed Quality Forums?

Thanks to the great sponsors, the Feeding Quality Forums were extremely successful!

This event, sponsored by Land O'Lakes Purina Feeds, Feedlot Magazine, Pfizer Animal Health, and Certified Angus Beef, had many astute industry leaders attend in both Sioux City and Garden City.

But if you weren’t able to make it to these great meetings, don’t worry we were there for you. Today you can view all five presentations in their entirety at the BeefCast Conference Connection. Be sure to share this excellent resource with others in your business and friends.

BeefCast update for October 30, 2009, What is re-energizing our cattle markets?

Last week provided an excellent opportunity to regain a fresh perspective on the future of our industry. It was a pleasure for me to take part in the some of the activities of the National FFA Convention. There is nothing quite like the enthusiasm and excitement of tens of thousands of young people focused on feeding a growing world population through agriculture advancements.

Even though enthusiasm and excitement will not cause the challenges we face to disappear without hard work, I believe that positive thinking will do much more than negative thinking. It is great to see the way that FFA is developing our next generation of industry leaders.

BeefCast update for October 16, 2009, How can you combat consumers' misconceptions on beef?

While doing early morning chores it is evident that unseasonably cool weather has wrapped around much of the country. Even though warmer temperatures are forecasted for next week, the next few days may offer potential for frosting. For cattle on pasture it is important to keep in mind how frost and killing frost (typically four or more hours at 28 degrees or cooler) can impact the forage supply. Take some time today to ensure that you and your cattle are properly prepared for such an event should it occur.

Register today for the upcoming Feeding Quality Forum. This premier event is hosted by Certified Angus Beef and features two convenient locations: November 10th in South Sioux City, NE and November 12th in Garden City, KS.

Highlighting these outstanding events will be the following presentations: “Protein and Feedstuff Market Outlook” by Dan Basse, AgResource Company; “The Economics of Quality Beef Production in the Feedlot” by Mark McCully, CAB; “Bringing Precision Management to the U.S. Feedlot Industry through Genetics” by Mark Allan & Kent Andersen, Pfizer Animal Genetics; “Nutritional Strategies for Quality-Focused Feeding Systems” by Ron Scott, Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed LLC; “Conventional Beef Production’s Economic and Environmental Advantage” by Alex Avery, the Center for Global Food Issues.
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