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Smith receives Industry Achievement Award at Feeding Quality Forum

The hands of a veterinarian hold the life cycle of an animal in their care. The mind, however, directs the hands. Anyone who’s met Dr. Bob Smith knows the way he thinks is something else. It’s come from more than 30 years in the industry caring for its people and cattle. It’s why he earned the 2021 Industry Achievement Award.

Of cattle care and human flourishing

Dr. Bob Smith, or “Doc Bob,” is the kind of man that looks to others’ success before his own. One that endeavors to be a life-long learner and shares that knowledge with anyone it’ll help. He’s also our 2021 Industry Achievement Award recipient.

Registration now open for 2021 Feeding Quality Forum

Since 2006, commercial cattlemen, cattle feeders and industry partners have gathered to network and learn about the current and the future state of the beef industry. This is the first year Feeding Quality Forum is offering in-person and virtual registration options.

Add value to calves

“Value” in feeder calf marketing is a relative term. All calves have some and the trick is to capture your share, said Paul Dykstra. Success is rooted in your customers he said. Customer changes through the supply chain from feeder, to packer to consumer.

Rebound

Shocks to the beef industry were all part of 2020’s “unprecedented” theme, but how the market responded was less surprising. That’s from RaboResearch analyst Dustin Aherin. When history is in the making, cattlemen should be innovative.

A scours change

Just like regular maintenance on your vehicle, prevention is the best way to ward off scours in your cow-calf herd. But sometimes the best treatment plans fail, with lasting effects on calf performance. That’s why ranchers should try to get ahead of the problem.

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Smith receives Industry Achievement Award at Feeding Quality Forum

The hands of a veterinarian hold the life cycle of an animal in their care. The mind, however, directs the hands. Anyone who’s met Dr. Bob Smith knows the way he thinks is something else. It’s come from more than 30 years in the industry caring for its people and cattle. It’s why he earned the 2021 Industry Achievement Award.

$59,000 for 15 emerging leaders

Tackling the variety of challenges and opportunities in the beef supply chain are talented young leaders paving a path for the future. Certified Angus Beef recognized 10 undergraduate and five graduate students with bright ideas for making the best beef, even better.

How to pick a feedyard

Not every ranch, pen or feedlot is alike or ideally suited to handle the same class of cattle.  Here is a 12-point checklist of ways cattlemen can help themselves when selecting a feedyard. 

Backgrounding can add value, flexibility

Backgrounding calves can open gates to new revenue paths, though not without risk. When more cattle are sent to the grazing fields or grow yards, there’s a shift in the seasonal pattern of the market and more opportunity to take advantage of better prices.

CAB interns join for the summer

Classroom knowledge is important, but cultivating skills happens through applied, hands-on learning. Two carnivore college students connect their passion and crafts this summer as Certified Angus Beef interns.

Not all good days are sunny and warm

Stress of any kind affects performance and health, but also well-being and behavior, a special focus for CSU animal scientist Lily Edwards-Callaway. Her team’s literature review found shade benefits vary by location, structure type and the weather.

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Lifelong learner

Perhaps the hardest lesson I’ve learned is this: learning is a daily chore. After all, learning is a lifetime process. It’s easier when motivated, but sometimes it takes discipline and a little conversation.

Cultivating growth

Humans have a built-in desire to grow. But it’s not something that just happens. We must have a curiosity about us – a will and work ethic for the growing.

Replanning the plan

In the cattle business, it’s easy for a brilliant strategy to become less ideal over time. Is there anything you’ve accepted as status quo that could benefit from a little reevaluation?

Videos: Industry Updates

Shade and cattle performance

May 26, 2021

Researchers talk about recent findings on the effects of shade on cattle performance and well-being.

A focus on the cow and the carcass can coexist

Room for growth

CAB brand basics

Cattle Crew Views

Progress from small steps

Every day is a chance to learn and get better. Thousands of others like my new friends in Alabama are taking steps to meet the shifts in consumer demand, and to know more. Small steps in the right direction can start now. Even if it’s just recording a snapshot of where you are today, a benchmark for tomorrow.

Not perfect, but working to get better

The CAB Cattleman Connection team heard its name called more than once in the virtual ceremonies, and each time came a sense of personal accomplishment, but even better: confirmation that we’re getting better at our craft. I hope that means we’re doing a better job for you.

Beefed up findings

Frank Mitloehner presents his findings on the animal ag sector’s impact on global warming. He explains how cattle counterbalance other fossil fuel sectors, proving that cattle are a solution and not a threat.

This too shall pass

There are no words that will take away the devastating slap of a market drop, the pain of a postponed bull sale or the exhausting frustration that things feel out of control. The page will eventually turn and the world will still need great beef and those who raise it.

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Prime premiums doubles last year

Lately the Prime grade has slipped down to 8.3% of the total, versus 9.5% a year ago. The reduced slaughter pace, combined with this lower Prime share, has prices heated up for the most premium quality grade.

Fundamentals point to bullish conditions

Beef demand continues at such a solid pace that it seemingly defies logic, with the CAB cutout value now 41% higher than a year ago. Beef buying ahead of Labor Day has proven stronger than high prices suggest it should be.

Quality grades lower, production factors shift

This summer many of us have had our eyes on carcass weights, grading trends and days on feed as they relate to the fed cattle sector. These factors have been set on abnormal paths since the onset of the pandemic and accompanying backlog over a year ago.

Read More Stories for Success

We do the information gathering so you don’t miss a beat at home. Stories of those who aim for quality and have hit their target, but keep aiming to get even better.