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The State Agriculture Department has started a quality systems assessment program for the state’s livestock producers. Arkansas will be the second state in the US to have the program. The voluntary program will identify the source and age of cattle. The identies are verified by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. International customers want beef from cattle younger than 20 months of age because of fear about mad-cow disease in older animals. Many countries banned U. S. beef after bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in the US in 2003. “If we don’t have this program in place, we’re looking at a discount instead of a premium for cattle in our state,” Bell said. This quality systems assessment program will allow ranchers to sell beef at higher prices overseas to such countries as Japan. “We have got to track our cattle on age and source if we’re going to play in the international market,” Bell said. The program is voluntary, but participants will be subject to audits. Arkansas provides the beef industry with feeder cattle that are finished in other states feedyards. The state has about 1. 9 million head of cattle. Beef that can be verified by age and source is in demand internationally and also in supermarkets on the East and West coasts, said Claude “Tubby” Smith, executive director of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association in Little Rock. The age and source verification will be a market boon “for all producers, both large and small,” he said. The cattle program will be administered by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. ...more

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NUGEN FOUNDATION SALE AND CELEBRATION HELD IN GEORGIA
The first public offering of new, genetically improved and performance-based Santa Gertrudis NuGen cattle were auctioned in at the NuGen Foundation Sale and Celebration in Ringgold, Ga., in mid-April.
HEAT STRESS IS A HINDRANCE TO EFFICIENCY
Stress is continually imposed upon production animals to provide more meat and milk products. To maximize yield, it is imperative to keep animals as comfortable as possible and maintain feed intake for conversion into meat and milk.
HALTER TRAINING CATTLE REQUIRES GOOD "COACHING"
There are a large number of sports and projects for youth and adults alike to focus their attention toward. Whichever activities people choose, it is eventually understood that there are some proven methods for success.
HUNTIN'DAYLIGHT -- CATTLE OPPORTUNITY NOW AND AHEAD
As unsettling as it might be to suggest or consider, by some projections, the next two decades could be the most profitable the U.S. cattle business has ever seen.
ITS THE PITTS -- WORDY
I could never be a purebred breeder because I couldn't get all the paper work done, especially naming the animals. It's hard enough coming up with titles to my weekly columns but to have to name 500 or 1,000 cattle every year would drive me even more crazy.
IMPORTANT TO MANAGE ALL FACETS OF PUREBRED NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000 beef cattle operations in the United States. Of these there are tens of thousands of purebred or seed stock operations.
ABBA SPRING SALE AVERAGES $5,750
The Third Annual ABBA Spring Select Sale was the best to date with more participation by both consignors and buyers as well as a $1,150 higher average as compared to last year.
BLACK INK - YOUR EXPERTISE
A T-bone or a sirloin is a summer suppertime staple at our house. After working all day, I can easily pair a steak with a quick potato option, garden veggies and biscuits or popovers and have the meal on the table in less than half an hour. And it's consistently good, a meal we look forward to.
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THE BRAHMAN F1 WORKS WELL FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
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IT'S THE PITTS -- LITTLE CHUCK
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