The State of Arizona in 1970 created the Arizona Beef Council to establish a program to develop and maintain
state, national, and foreign markets for Arizona beef and beef products.
The Arizona Beef Council is funded
by the Beef
Arizona's ranchers are continually challenged to produce high quality beef. With pressure from foreign markets many cow-calf operators were getting less money for the animals they sold. They seemed to be losing repeat customers. Very few Arizona cow-calf producers fed their calves to market size in feedyards and didn't have any production records on them and really did not know what kind of animal they were producing. Data was needed to show buyers in order to get better prices. They also needed this data in order to improve the quality of next year's calf crop.
Since 1997 the Arizona Ranch to Rail program provides data collected at the feedlot and packing plant. Producers send from 5 to 20 calves to Benedict Feedlot where their records are carefully monitored. At the packing plant data is collected on muscling, grade and other quality characteristics. "Carcass data includes their yield grades, their rib-eye measurements, the amount of muscling that the cattle have," Bob Grumbles of Mohave County says. "They're able to see what changes they may need to make in their production systems. Because many of the animal deficits are directly tied back to genetics most typically ranchers will make changes in their tie bull selection. "That's the one thing that they can change very quickly and very easily that can impact major changes in their herds," he says.
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SOUND MARKETING PROGRAM IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS
A sound marketing program is an integral part of any cattle production operation. Too many producers engage in cattle production without ever establishing a well thought out marketing and sales system.
ETHEREDGE ELECTED LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
Jerry Etheredge, Montgomery, Ala., was elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, Etheredge will complete a two-year term leading the nation's largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.
PRECONDITIONING VITAL PART OF CALF HEALTH PROGRAM
If you have sold a calf recently, I don't have to tell you that calf prices have dropped significantly from 2015. Last year, you could sell about anything and get good money for it; but now, you have to have a good calf to bring the best price. In the right market, preconditioned calves still bring the most money, and there is a good return on healthy calves. Besides a health premium, farmers also sell a heavier calf.
CONSUMER TRENDS HEADLINE BIF CONFERENCE
The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer. Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
WINNER NAMED IN LMA AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
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As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
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In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
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Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?
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