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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IT'S THE PITTS -- DRONING ON AND ON
You can't pick up an ag publication these days without finding a story on how drones will revolutionize the cow business.
APPALACHIAN CLASSIC CHAROLAIS SALE HELD JUNE 3
A moderate crowd was on hand to evaluate an excellent set of cattle, very well presented in excellent sale condition.
MARKETING CATTLE AT PROPER TIME IS KEY TO PROFITS
Marketing cattle efficiently and at the proper time can make money for the producer. There are many costs involved in getting cattle to market and it is important to try to minimize those costs. Many cattle producers do a good job of getting the calves born, keeping them healthy, minimizing sickness and death loss, but only do an average or even a poor job of marketing those calves and thus reduce their potential profit.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FISHING FLIES
There's no telling how many inventions and pastimes, good, bad and pointless, are borne by idleness. Not laziness, mind you, but willing, busy minds and hands forced to wait.
BLACK INK -- RISE ABOVE THE CYCLE
Is this a good time to expand your cow herd, now that the U.S. beef cattle industry is deep into a fourth year of its rebuilding phase? The consensus has a short answer: no.
SBBA FIELD DAY & IBBA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD
The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) will host a cattlemen's gathering at the Seminole Indian Reservation in Brighton, Florida, on Friday, Aug. 18.
TAKE MEASURES TO KEEP FACE FLY POPULATIONS DOWN
The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal.
FIRST-CALF HEIFERS REQUIRE DIFFERENT MANAGEMENT
First-calf heifers. Let's face it we all struggle with them at least to some degree. And it's an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country.
GENETRUST SALE AT CAVENDER'S RANCH HELD APRIL 22
A capacity crowd gathered at Cavender's picturesque Neches River Ranch to evaluate the largest offering of registered Brangus and Ultrablack females presented anywhere in the spring of 2017.
PRODUCERS FIND SUCCESS GRAZING COVER CROPS
Interest in planting cover crops on Mississippi row crop acres continues to grow, along with interest in adding livestock grazing on those acres. Cover crops have been used by growers of cash crops for many years to solve a number of problems. Erosion, water quality, nutrient loss, compaction, organic matter, and conversion to no-till planting have all been addressed by the use of cover crops
REMOTE DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS AREA GAINING POPULARITY
Remote drug delivery (RDD) systems, or dart guns, are being used more and more frequently throughout the beef industry for the delivery of antibiotics.
KNOWLEDGE OF GRAZING BEHAVIOR CAN AID MANAGEMENT
As ruminants, cattle can eat a lot of forage in a short time. Understanding and taking grazing behavior into account can help stockmen optimize production when managing cattle on pastures.
MANAGE FORAGES IN ANTICIPATION OF NEXT DROUGHT
A few years ago we were in the midst of one of the worst droughts in US history. It had huge implications on the beef cattle producer as well as most of production agriculture. Fortunately, these conditions passed, moisture conditions improved in most areas and we were back to normal.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY MOST MEMORABLE VACATIONS
It's summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- INDEXING OPPORTUNITIES
Selection indices, to me, are the most valuable tool we have to help us make more right decisions and fewer mistakes, says Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch at Throckmorton, Texas.