Ohio State Fair – Junior Heifers | Session 1 by the Pulse

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Grand Champion AOB Heifer
Sire: Monopoly
Shown by Zane Davidson
Sold by Andrew Clark
Congratulations to Zane Davison

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Reserve Grand Champion AOB Heifer
Congratulations to Erin Lawrence

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Grand Champion Chi Heifer
Sire: Monopoly
Raised/Sold by Winegardner
Congratulations to Zach Altvater

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Reserve Grand Champion Chi Heifer
Congratulations to Anne Thompson

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Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer
Congratulations to Caitlin Schaub

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Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer
Congratulations to Abbie Collins

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Grand Champion Mainetainer Heifer
Congratulations to Austin Hunker

2ResMainetainerHJRLJS_1297
Reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer Heifer
Congratulations to Hannah Topmiller

1ChShorthornHJRLJS_1386
Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer
Congratulations to Mya Hetrick

2ResShorthornHJRLJS_1380
Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer
Congratulations to Emily Dahse

1ChShorthornPlusHJRLJS_1415
Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer
Congratulations to Adison Niese

2ResShorthornPlusHJRLJS_1420
Reserve Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer
Congratulations to Taylor Gerdeman

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Grand Champion Simmental Heifer
Congratulations to Meghan Reed

2ResSimmentalHJRLJS_1475
Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Heifer
Congratulations to Curtis Harsh

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Grand Champion Percentage Simmental Heifer
Congratulations to Erin Lawrence

2ResPctSimmHJRLJS_1498
Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Simmental Heifer
Congratulations to Sydney Sanders

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Ohio State Fair – Maine-Anjou| Open Show by the Pulse

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Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Abbie Collins

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Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Caitlin Schaub

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Grand Champion Mainetainer Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Abbie Collins

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Reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Demi Powers.

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Iowa Junior Beef Breed Points Update by the Pulse

Click below to check out the most updated point standings for the IJBBA.
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From Bill Potter | Ohio  by MLC

Grand Champion Breeding Heifer
2015 Clermont County Fair | Ohio
I 80 x Northern Improvement/Monopoly out of a first calf heifer purchased from Shaws.
Raised by Bill Potter
Shown by Brooke Gibbons

  

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Ohio State Fair – Chianina | Open Show by the Pulse

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Grand Champion Chianina Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Lindsey Miller

2ResChiFLJS_1528
Reserve Grand Champion Chianina Heifer | Open Show
Congratulations to Raelene Frame.

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What is preconditioning really worth? by Lautner Farms

By John Maday, Editor, Bovine Veterinarian

Given the value of cattle today, feedyard death loss is more costly than ever, and in spite of the preventative measures and treatments available, death loss percentages seem to have increased in recent years.

Speaking during the recent Cattle Industry Convention, Tom Brink, founder and owner of Top Dollar Angus, presented data showing the margin-busting losses associated with feedyard mortality and illustrating the value of effective preconditioning. Brink has vast experience in cattle feeding after years of helping manage the cattle-ownership branch of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the nation’s largest cattle-feeding company.

Brink says that in his years with JBS Five Rivers, a 1 percent mortality rate was a long-term average for feedyard cattle. Citing data from Professional Cattle Consultants (PCC), he says the mortality rate has increased to around 2 percent over the past three years, and death losses can run much higher in some feedyards and some lots of cattle. When feeders first noticed the increase around three years ago, they generally assumed it was related to the widespread drought occurring at that time, with poor nutrition back on the ranch adversely affecting immunity. However, mortality rates have remained at that higher level even as moisture and forage conditions have improved in most areas.

Brink provided examples of two pens of cattle in which he shared ownership, finished at a Texas feedyard. In one pen of 113 cattle, 47 percent were pulled once for treatment, 19 percent were pulled twice and two died within the first 45 days on feed. In the second pen of 117 unweaned calves, 53 percent were pulled once, 21 percent pulled twice and four died within the first 45 days. Over the entire feeding period, death loss reached 9.5 percent for the two pens and the cattle lost an average of $ 485 per head. Based on their purchase price, the feedyard had projected the cattle would close out at $ 150 per head profit.

Losses at that level are not uncommon. Again citing data from PCC, Brink says that among a large sample of five-weight cattle placed in April and May of 2014, average mortality was 3.6 percent for steers and 4 percent for heifers, and the likelihood of a pen experiencing 5 percent or greater death loss was 21 percent.

Among the steers in the sample, 63 percent of pens had 0 to 3 percent death loss, 16 percent had 3 to five percent, 12 percent had 5 to 10 percent and 8.4 percent had greater than 10 percent mortality. Also, significant numbers of these mortalities occur late in the feeding period, making them even more costly due to the feed, labor and other inputs invested in those animals.

Medical costs naturally increased in the pens with high levels of mortality, and pounds sold per pounds purchased declined, partly due to mortality and also due to lost performance in sick cattle.

Using a baseline of $ 0 loss for pens with less than 3 percent mortality, losses climbed to $ 112 per head for 3 to 5 percent death loss, $ 318 for 5 to 10 percent and $ 1,431 for greater than 10 percent mortality.

Based on the likelihood of a pen of cattle experiencing these high mortality rates, and the associated financial losses, Brink calculates that unweaned feeder calves should be discounted by about $ 191 per head. Market competition prevents such steep discounts from occurring though, and buyers assume most of the price risk and health risk.

Looking at preconditioned calves, Brink cited multi-year data from showing that calves managed in certified VAC-45 programs, meaning a full course of preconditioning vaccines and at least a 45-day weaning period prior to shipping, experienced one-third the feedyard morbidity and one-half the mortality seen in unweaned calves. They also posted daily gains averaging 0.3 pounds higher than unweaned calves and better feed conversion.

Based on the previous data showing the likelihood of high mortality rates in non-preconditioned pens, and the financial losses, Brink calculates that VAC-45 calves actually are worth a premium of about $ 95 per head, due to the 30 percent reduction in morbidity and 50 percent reduction in mortality.

According to data from Superior Livestock Auctions and Zoetis, VAC-45 calves in 2013 brought premiums averaging $ 6 per hundredweight over non-preconditioned calves, meaning a total premium of $ 30 to $ 36 per head.

In summary, Brink says:

·         Cattle health has never been more important.

·         Sickness and death loss in feedyards has gotten worse in some cases.

·         Feedyard mortality is more costly than ever and the financial risk is enormous.

·         Comprehensive vaccination and weaning programs have a positive impact, and are only partially rewarded in the markets.

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Back to Back Birthdays by the Pulse

Back to Back Birthday’s for the PKL Show Cattle crew in Oklahoma.  Parker Lockhart & Garrett Cloud. Happy Birthday guys!

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Happy 10th Birthday to Parker Lockhart of PKL Show Cattle in Oklahoma!   Continue the path you are on, we’re proud of you!

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Happy Birthday to Garrett Cloud show barn manager at PKL Show Cattle, Oklahoma!

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Story County Fair | Iowa by Lautner Farms

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Grand Champion Market Animal
Sire: Monopoly
Sold By Derek Kennedy & Phil Halbach
Congratulations to Garrett Longnecker

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Interview With Exhibitor Of Grand Champion Market Lamb At 2015 Ohio State Fair  by MLC

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Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan Show Results From Kurtis Reid | #BreedLautner Grand & Reserve  by MLC

        

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FU MAN CHU STEER @ WEAVER SHOW CATTLE MOVILLE IOWA SEPT. 14 NICK WEAVER 712-870-1634 by Rodgers Cattle

 

Been a pretty good rip since day one!

 

Thanks for posting.

 

Nick Weaver

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Fumanchu @ Weaver Show Cattle by Rodgers Cattle

Been a pretty good rip since day one!
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French farmers spray straw on cars in prices protest by Lautner Farms

Angry French farmers sprayed cars with straw and blocked roads during further protests over low prices for their produce and cheap imports.

In the latest in a series of demonstrations, farmers blocked the A31 road in eastern France and pelted vehicles with straw.

Farmers used convoys of tractors and set fire to piles of tyres to block the highway in the eastern Moselle region on Tuesday (28 July).

Elsewhere in the region, farmers dumped tires at supermarkets and restaurants, including McDonald’s and Buffalo Grill.

Earlier this week, farmers blockaded main roads into France from Germany and Spain to stop lorries bringing food into the country.

The French government announced a €600m (£420m) aid package of tax breaks and loan guarantees for farmers.

Farmers burn tyres in protest at falling food prices

But the measures have done little to appease farm leaders, who have called for real reforms to French agricultural policy.

Franck Sander, head of France’s main farming union, the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA), said the measures would do nothing to stop competition from cheap foreign food imports.

“The measures announced by the government are only about postponing contributions, but none of them deal with the competition distortions,” Mr Sander told reporters.

Farmers blockade French steakhouse chain Buffalo Grill.

The French socialist government estimates that as many as 10% of cash-strapped farmers are facing bankruptcy.

According to French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll, about 20,000 farmers are struggling with financial problems and 12,000 could go out of business.

French farmers have been hit by lower demand for meat amid anaemic economic growth, the Russian import ban on Western foods following tensions over the Ukraine, a fall in demand from China and an end to EU milk quotas.

Protesting French farmers blockade McDonald's.

One French farming union worker, who did not want to be named, said: “Notably, dairy, beef and pork producers are in a really serious situation at the moment.

“The prices which they are being paid are too low to the extent that they can’t even cover their costs of production. Many are producing food at a loss.

“Over several months and weeks, farmers have been left is a dire economic situation which is on the verge of explosion.”

French farmers blockade main roads in France

Struggling British farmers staged a French-style rolling road tractor protest on the A50 in Staffordshire last Friday (24 July).

Supermarket food price wars, oversupply of dairy products and low milk and lamb prices, in particular, have left many UK farmers teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

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Keep It Up by the Pulse

Kendra Robinson 5, from Tennant, IA, showing her heifer at sixteen shows this year. Keep up the good work Kendra

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Story County Fair | Iowa by the Pulse

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Grand Champion Market Animal
Sire: Monopoly
Sold By Derek Kennedy & Phil Halbach
Congratulations to Garrett Longnecker

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