November 2009

Future of the Cattle Industry

Will the future of the cattle industry be more of the same…only different? “It strikes me that in some ways, it’s more of the same,” says David Anderson, professor and economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M. “Beef will still be the magnet product that people want. People are still going to want a hamburger; they’re still going to want steak. They’re still going to want those items that we produce.”

Frenzel Honored as Beefmaster Breeders United Breeder of the Year

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Gary Frenzel, Temple, Texas, received the 2009 Breeder of the Year Award at the Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Annual Convention Oct. 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas. Frenzel purchased his first Beefmaster bull in 1980. Within a year, he expanded his commercial herd to include registered Beefmasters and today runs 160 purebred cows. He partners with his brother, Terry, to raise another 50 Beefmasters, and manages a satellite Beefmaster herd of 100 cows with his son, Derek.

Expand on Your Knowledge

Educational opportunities for cattlemen are as numerous as breed options and production philosophies. Instructional offerings in a variety of formats can be found at every level of production: local, state, regional and national. Breed associations, extension educators and industry experts all provide learning venues on an ongoing basis. In states where the beef industry plays a major economic role, research centers linked to state universities provide a wealth of archived and current information. Iowa’s Beef Center offers links to information on Economics and Markets; Forages, Hay and Grazing; Feedlot Operations; Cow-calf Operations; Stocker/Backgrounder; Environmental Management; Feed/Corn Co-Products; and links across the state of Iowa.

Cutting Edge of Change

“To produce volume numbers of low birth weight – high growth seedstock that excel in the economically important traits that are vital to the success of the commercial ranchers of this region." That is the mission of the Tokach family and Tokach Angus Ranch, located four miles east of St. Anthony, ND and 25 miles south west of Bismarck. According to Dick and Theresa Tokach, the original 160-acre home quarter was homesteaded by Dick's grandfather in 1908.

Texas State Livestock Veterinarian to Retire

Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has announced that he will retire December 31, ending his nearly seven-year tenure with the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. The TAHC’s 13 governor-appointed commissioners will establish a committee to conduct a nationwide search to fill Dr. Hillman’s position. “I have wrestled with the decision to retire, but it is time to put family first,”

That Shrinking Feeling

The amount of land in production agriculture declines every year. In the 2007 Ag Census, USDA estimated there were 922 million acres of land in farms, a decline of more than 16 million acres in just five years. The loss has been consistent; 25 years ago, there were nearly 987 million acres in farms in the U.S. Much of that land is developed, as a steadily growing American population needs more room and the cities and their suburbs slowly radiate out into the country. There’s been something of a slowdown over the last couple of years, as the recession has put a damper on new home construction.