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Alltech Graduate Development Program

Alltech® is seeking ambitious and passionate applicants to be a part of thAlltech® Graduate Development Program. The Program is an excellent choice for highly motivated people who want to excel and gain new experiences in fields such as animal science, aquaculture, crop science, nutrigenomics and much more.

This is a 12-month, salaried program beginning with a training period at the Alltech® European Bioscience Center in Ireland followed by numerous training and development programs.

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What is in it for YOU???

  •         Defined and structured development path
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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Moosday: Charolais Cattle

This week’s Moosday photo blog series features some of the fine Charolais cattle from DeBruycker Charolais of Dutton, MT.  Thanks to the Montana Stockgrowers Association and blog editor, Lauren Chase for the amazing photography.

If you’d like to share some of your favorite cattle photos on the YPC blog feel free to contact Lauren Chase (lauren.chase4@gmail.com) or Jesse Bussard (jrb5218@gmail.com).

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Beef Advocacy, Moosday, Social Media

 

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Moosday: Happy Herefords

This week’s Moosday photos are from Churchill Cattle Company owned by Dale and Nancy Venhuizen of Manhattan, MT.  You can learn more about Churchill Cattle Company on their website: http://www.churchillcattle.com/index.html.

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Moosday: Calves

Enjoy these photos of calves courtesy of blog co-editor, Lauren Chase.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Beef Advocacy, Moosday

 

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Train Wreck

by Doug Ferguson

Reading some of the recent blogs on Cattle Call, and hearing the point of view of part time cattlemen, I was taken back to 2006.  This was about the tipping point for me, when I was about to become a full time cattlemen.  Notice I said about.  I remember the events that derailed my plans well.   A lot of what I do today is a result of the lessons I learned.

I was building my small feedlot/back grounding yard.  I had two fifty head pens completed and I was determined to fill them.  I had saved up some cash and could buy cattle without a loan.  I was in my late twenties and very excited and determined to really get the ball rolling.  I had been buying calves to feed for a while and had good success.  But this time it was different.  Instead of being in the custom yards I was going to feed them at home.  I was right on the cusp of beginning to live my dream.

I went to a local auction market and started buying calves.  I was really piecing together a nice group.  I was buying the sorts and small packages of calves.  I remember being so excited because I was putting together a group of black three and four weight heifers.  I was imagining how nice they would look in my new pens.  I sat there until the end of the auction, to be sure not to miss out on any bargains.  I did get a few.  I remember this one heifer that came into the ring and I bought her.  I can still tell you today what she weighed and what I paid for her.

I got them home and made sure they had some good hay to eat.  That afternoon was real hot, in the mid nineties.   Due to the heat I was satisfied to let the calves settle in.  That night we had a really rough thunderstorm, and it rained here for the next couple days.  Due to the stress of the weather I decided not to stress the calves any more by processing them.  It didn’t take long and one by one the calves started getting sick.  I would treat them, and about the time I thought we were over the hump they would start getting sick again.

It was really getting expensive to keep treating these calves.  They barely had an appetite, they were weak, and really in tough shape.  I remember calling my vet one afternoon because I had a calf standing in the back of the pen that was shaking, and looking like she was going to blackout.  At this point, I knew that I wasn’t battling a normal case of BRD or coccidiosis as I origionally thought.  While I was talking to my vet that poor calf fell over dead.

That very day I was on my way to the diagnostic lab at UNL.  I had a couple of my recently deceased calves and I played a hunch and loaded the only calf that I hadn’t treated.  While at the lab I watched them do necropsies on my calves.  I stood there for almost two hours without saying anything to anybody.  I watched as they took lots of pictures of the calves.  I finally started asking questions, about what I was seeing.  I’ll spare you the details.

You have probably all read an article about PI BVD some where.  I had.  Let me tell you, that there has never been an article that has even come close to touching what I went through.  Of course the guys at the lab told me that it was the worst case of BVD they had ever seen.

Now that heifer that I remember so well when I bought her was the only one that never showed signs of being sick.  We tested her for PI BVD.  Sure enough she was positive.  She just kept shedding the virus to the other calves.  It beat their immune system down so bad that they just couldn’t fight off any other bugs.  After disposing of that calf, the others started to show signs of improving that very same week.

My vet bills were so high and my death loss was so high that I was out of the cattle feeding deal for awhile.  My confidence in myself was shaken to the very core.  I was wondering if I could really do what it was I wanted to do my whole life.  I stopped my plans to continue building the rest of my yard for two reasons.  One I was almost totally wiped out of money and scared I was going to have to go back to a job in town.  Two, I had lost complete confidence in myself.  I didn’t know what to do next.  I just really can’t put into words what it was like to witness this train wreck.  Or explain what it was like to lay in bed at night thinking about it.

In my next blog I will explain what I did next, and a few of the things I learned.

 

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A Trip to the Ranch – #FarmVisit

BY LAUREN CHASE (Montana Stockgrowers Association)

Cattle rancher and “agvocate” Ryan Goodman (Agricultureproud.com) posed this question: How would you farm differently if a total stranger (non-farmer/rancher) followed you around all day?

In my job, I’m put in this situation most every week. Me: the non-rancher, documenting ranch life via photos and videos. What I’ve learned is that not all ranches are the same, personalities fill the spectrum, and ranching practices vary from place to place.

Now, I can’t vouch for what the ranchers do when I’m not there. How am I to know if they take a 180-degree spin and act completely different?

I can’t know. But there is an ethical standard that is an undertone of the ranching industry. From my observations, ranchers do their job to provide safe, nutritious food for the world, while taking care of the land, livestock and their families. That’s what I’m shown every time I set foot on a ranch. After spending a day with a family, I leave thinking: “Wow, what a great life. I wish more people could experience what I got to today.” Never once have I left feeling unsatisfied or concerned.

Some may question my opinion because I am work for a livestock association, but my roots are city-life, journalism and anthropology – all things that would give me an objective view. The ranchers, over the course of nine months, have won me over and proven themselves to be kind, caring, and conscientious of how and why they raise beef cattle.

This isn’t to say that there hasn’t been a few times where the ranchers knew they would be on camera and put on the clean pair of Wranglers, but overall, I feel ranchers are as genuine as they come.

Share your thoughts with YPC about how you would farm/ranch differently if a stranger was coming over. Comment below! Also, check out #farmvisit feed on Twitter to see how others feel about this question.

 

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Moosday: Happy Halloween from Cattle Call!

Happy Halloween and an early Happy Moosday from Cattle Call blog co-editors, Lauren Chase (pictured) and Jesse Bussard and the NCBA Young Producers Council!  We wanted to share a few photos of what we did for Halloween and of course some cattle!  Enjoy and Moo!

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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Beef Advocacy, Moosday

 

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