October 26, 2018 | Vol. 11 : No. 10


Pride & Precision

Arkansas cousins use technology to drive Angus success.

A hardware salesman and a hand surgeon walk into a pasture …

For cousins Phillip Smith and David Taylor, there’s no need for a punch line. What might sound like the start of a tall tale is a typical Tuesday afternoon. There’s no joke about their success, either. A recent closeout of the cousins’ cattle shows 73% achieved Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand and Prime.

Association Perspective

The benefits of dual enrollment in AngusSource and Angus Link.

During the last few months various colleagues of mine have used the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA to highlight changes and additions to the commercial programs within the American Angus Association. In June, Kurt Kangas, Association regional manager, and in July, Clint Mefford, Association director of communications, discussed the four new process-verified programs (PVPs) available through AngusSource®.

In August, Shauna Hermel, Angus Beef Bulletin editor, shed some light on the Association’s new feeder-cattle program known as Angus LinkSM. Then in the September Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, Drew Feller, Association regional manager, gave his perspective on utilizing Angus Link and how to develop a marketing plan ahead of time. The articles were very informative and timely.

Post-hurricane Feed Questions Answered

Hurricane Michael devastates southeast agricultural industry; animal feed crops affected.

Hurricane Michael has devastated Florida’s panhandle and southwest and central Georgia, right through the heart of both states’ agriculture industries. The Florida and Georgia departments of agriculture are coordinating efforts to assist recovery in the areas affected most by Hurricane Michael.

Blockchain Technology on Horizon

Feeding Quality Forum speaker explains how blockchain is applicable to cattle producers on The Angus Report.

Click to the seven-minute mark of the video for the blockchain segment.

Checkoff Invests $40 Million into 2019 Programs

Operating Committee approves FY19 plan of work.

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board will invest about $40.5 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2019, subject to USDA approval.

Reduce the Risk of Cold and Flu

With an incubation period of one to four days, how do you know if you have the flu or just the common cold?

You probably already know it is cold and flu season. You may even have a member of your household sneezing, coughing or with body aches and a fever. On average, adults catch two to four colds a year, whereas children can get as many as 10. Furthermore, influenza strikes approximately 20% of all Americans yearly.

Each year the flu vaccination is a combination of various virus strains in an attempt to match the circulating viruses. Unfortunately, that means even those that received the flu shot are susceptible to getting influenza.

With an incubation period of one to four days, how do you know if you have the flu or just the common cold?