February 2009

American Bucking Bull Inc

American Bucking Bull, Inc. (ABBI) is the official registry for the bucking bull industry. We have over 80,000 animals registered. We also have Classic and Futurity events, produced in conjunction with the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) across the United States. ABBI payouts for these events in 2008 was over $1,792,929.00. Our breeders are also looking for recipient cows for their IVF programs.

Conservation… Family Style

Kevin and Lydia Yon have gone from being students Clemson University to managing a farm together and then to running, with the help of their three teen-age children, their own Angus purebred operation. And together, they won the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s National Environmental Stewardship Award for 2009. The Yons were all on hand for the awards ceremony during February’s Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix. Lydia says the kids, Sally, Drake and Corbin, “have been a part of what we’ve done from day one, and we shared the award with them.

EZ Spot UR Rock & Tree Handler (EZ-2010)

This unit is designed to handle trees and rocks. With its rubber lining it is gentle on trees. With the bolt in finger extensions you can handle B&B nursery stock making loading and unloading EZ.

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Honda HS-101V Veterinary Ultra-Portable Ultrasound Scanner

PGI announces the Honda HS-101V veterinary ultra-portable ultrasound scanner. It’s the latest in solid-state digital technology available! Weighing just under 5 pounds, Honda HS-101V comes with a 2-hour battery pack and shoulder strap so you can use it anywhere. It has a large easy-to-see LCD screen as well as Sun/Glare Shield for excellent diagnoses even in bright light situations.

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Environmental Regulations

The list of environmental regulations governing the beef industry continues to grow as environmental concerns come to the forefront and animal rights activities continue to develop. The newest legislation governing beef producers applies to feedlot owners with 1,000 or more head in confinement. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that all large CAFOs must notify state and local emergency response officials about ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions from their operations if they emit 100 pounds or more of these substances during any 24-hour period.

Petty Operations Reaps Benefits of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Ever since David Petty began farming in the 1970s and building his herd of commercial Black Angus cattle, one of his prime objectives has been to be environmentally conscious to leave the land in better shape than it was when he began working the land. From leased pasture land to starting his own ranch in 1987, Petty has continually worked to make improvements on the fragile, hilly land that had previously been turned black and planted to row crops. Petty’s Iowa River Ranch, which is located along the east side of the Iowa River near Eldora, IA, has been shaped and molded on that premise. "Our goal has always been to continue to improve the environment while at the same time enhancing productivity and profitability," says Petty.

Rebuilding our industry from rock bottom

Are we living in a state of crisis? We must ask ourselves this, when we live in a world where we have to bailout Ford and General Motors, the $50 billion collapse of the semi-exclusive fund run by legendary investor Bernie Madoff, and key people such as, Richard L. Bond, President and CEO of Tyson, are gone. We live in a world where the doom and gloom continues… 7.2 percent unemployment, 11.2 million people without work, and 500,000 lost jobs each month since October. This is the world we live in today.

Baby Calf Health: Colostrum Management & Health Calves

Colostrum management is the critical link in establishing a healthy calf. This practice, in addition to keeping the calf clean, dry and comfortable during the nursing period is of primary concern to insure the calf leaves the hutch in optimal condition. According to research conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, colostrum protection levels can vary from cow to cow.