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Articles from 2011 In August

Farm Show Illustrates Strong Agriculture Economy

More than 600 companies have tents and booths set up at the annual Farm Progress trade show in Decatur, IL, but a list of the companies that didn't get in will give you an idea about the country's healthy agriculture economy.

Matt Jungman is manager of the show. He says about 40 companies you might not expect applied for spots but had to be turned away for lack of space. Those companies included hot tub makers, an exotic car company and others.

To read the entire article, link here.

Cattlewomen Share Their Passion For Beef At State Fair

The Nebraska Cattlewomen will be out in full force to educate both consumers and youth who attend the 2011 Nebraska State Fair about the state's number one industry -- beef.

The Cattlewomen have selected two finalist recipes from the 2011 National Beef Cook-Off to prepare on the Showcase of Agriculture Stage in the Exhibit Building. Cattlewomen will give a total of 15 cooking demonstrations including asking beef trivia questions and educating consumers about the benefits of adding beef to their diet.

The recipes include Mongolian beef sloppy joes from the category retro recipes revived and steak, asparagus and walnut stir-fry, which was entered in the stir crazy solutions division.

To read the entire article, link here.

NMSU To Host Forum On Cow High-Altitude Disease

New Mexico State University has announced that it will give cattle producers a chance to learn more about bovine high-altitude disease and cattle dying from hypertension while grazing in the mountains.

The school's Top of the Valle research facility at the Valles Caldera National Preserve will host a field day Sept. 23 at the 89,000-acre Baca Ranch.

Presentations on the research will be given, and cattlemen will be able to view the bulls and cows from the research.

To read the entire article, link here.

Video: Max Deets Wins 2011 Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award

Lifelong cattle feeder Max Deets shares his stories about the cattle industry and talks about how all sectors must work together to expand demand for beef. The recipient of the Feeding Quality Forum's Industry Achievement Award, Deets is a native of Beloit, KS.

HSUS And Peta Don't Make The Grade

back-to-school1.jpg It's that time of year again -- time for 4-H kids to enter their final projects at the State Fair, and time for students to return to school. Calves are being washed and clipped, book bags are being packed, sports practices have resumed, and the busy schedule of fall is officially getting started. Whether it's getting a purple ribbon on a show steer, scoring a touchdown in the football game or receiving an A on a spelling test, we are constantly being graded for our efforts. In a fitting article I read recently, the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) has released its final grades for charitable groups including 4-H, HSUS and PETA. Find out how they stack up in today's blog.

"Three times a year, the venerable AIP analyzes publicly reported information from charities and issues a report card grading how well these organizations spend their money. Unlike other charity analysts, AIP digs past the face-value data to get a more accurate measure of how effective a charity is," according to the article.

"In its latest report, AIP gives the deceptively named Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) a 'D' grade, yet again. Last year, AIP gave HSUS a 'D' grade, twice, due to the animal rights group's lackluster performance in using donors' contributions. Even the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a 'C-plus' grade."

To read the entire report, link here.

Notably, 4-H and Farm Aid both received an 'A' grades.

Come on, HSUS and PETA. Why the poor grades? Perhaps you aren't being honest about where your funds are going to?

Learn more about these activist groups here.

Ranchers Sell Cattle As Hay Prices Climb

The worst drought in Texas history has not only been disastrous for farmers but is also impacting cattle ranchers who are selling off some of their best cattle as a way to minimize their losses caused by a statewide hay shortage.

Windell Sisk, 73 years old, has been in the hay business since he was in high school.

“Hay was my FFA project in high school,” says Sisk. “I’ve been selling hay off and on ever since.”

He works with his son in the family business.

“We’ve had a good hay business every year except this year,” says Sisk.

This is the first year in his lifetime that he has not been able to produce hay. The current drought is to blame.

To read the entire article, link here.

Farm Bureau Assessing Hurricane Irene Damage

New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) assembled a team to assist in emergency situations on flooded and wind-blown farms and assess overall damage from Hurricane Irene to agriculture, which appears to be extensive in some areas.

“We are coordinating through our vast member network to reach out to our farmers who are in immediate need of help,” says Dean Norton, NYFB president. "Stranded farms, stranded livestock, infrastructure damage and power issues appear to be the immediate concerns. In the coming days we will be collecting damage assessments and making sure that information is delivered to county emergency management offices in affected areas.”

Crop damage appears to be severe in areas around the Schoharie Valley and Mohawk Valley. Other areas in the Hudson Valley are seeing considerable damage as well. Long Island experienced crop damage as well.

To read the entire article, link here.

South Dakota Legislators To Compete In Showmanship Contest

About 20 of South Dakota’s legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle Saturday at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

The annual Legislative Showmanship Competition – a friendly competition – pairs legislators with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district. The youth partner “fits” the animal, prepares it for competition and offers the legislator a crash course in livestock showmanship. The legislator then shows the animal in the show ring.

To read the entire article, link here.


Fendt Debuts New 900 Series Tractors At The Farm Progress Show In Decatur, Ill.

Fendt raises the bar for fuel-efficient power, versatility and comfort; delivering even more productivity-enhancing advancements

Atlanta, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2011) — Today, Fendt will introduce the new Fendt 900 Series Vario tractors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. With Fendt selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for Tier 4-interim compliance, the latest 900 Series tractors deliver up to 7 percent greater fuel efficiency compared to previous models*, along with the productivity and efficiency-enhancing advancements farmers have come to expect first from Fendt. Other new features for the 900 Series, which offers a reversing operator station on all models, are a standard 10.4-inch Varioterminal monitor which puts control of all tractor functions in one, touch-screen terminal; the option of fully integrated guidance; and an on-board computer that makes tracking, storing and transferring data to an office PC nearly effortless.

“For many producers and custom operators, Fendt 900 Series tractors are their first choice for the combination of speed, fuel efficiency, power and technology they must have to get the most work done each day,” says Mike Alvin, product manager for high horsepower tractors. “Plus, these tractors deliver the traditional Fendt ride-comfort and ergonomically designed control features that help reduce operator fatigue over a long day of work. Now, with even greater fuel efficiency and innovation, the Fendt 900 Series again raises the bar for high horsepower tractors.”

New engine for power and efficiency

Available in five models ranging from 200 - 300 PTO hp (240 to 360 engine hp), the 900 Series is now powered by a Deutz 7.8-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged air-to-air after-cooled engine. Coupled with the proven, step less Vario CVT and Fendt-exclusive Tractor Management System (TMS), the Deutz engine with SCR technology provides exceptional fuel efficiency, whether cruising down the road at 31 mph (51 kph) or tilling soil at 10 mph (16 kph). Through the implementation of SCR technology, which treats engine emissions after combustion, the Fendt 900 Vario is Tier 4-interim compliant, with an average fuel-use-per hour of 6.6 gallons (25 l/h), up to 7 percent* more fuel efficient than the previous models.

Though tough and powerful, the 900 Series tractors are light on their feet with a low unladen weight of less than 23,000 pounds on even the largest model, translating to a power-to-weight ratio of 64 lbs/hp. For heavy-weight jobs, the maximum gross weight is 39,400 pounds, providing a heavy-weight tractor when needed, but no unnecessary weight when you don’t.

Built for any job

Fendt is the only tractor available with an optional reversing driver station which allows 180-degree rotation of the entire front console, driver station and dash. This provides the same ride, operating comfort and productivity in reverse as in forward drive.

The tractors offer 22 equipment connections, including six rear and two front double-acting hydraulic valves, rear PTO; factory-installed front and rear three-point hitches, and full ISOBUS connection. The new 900 Series tractors ensure versatile operation and trouble-free connection for effective teamwork between the tractor and implement.

Lift capacities of the 900 Series tractors mean even heavy, rear-mounted implements for this power class can be lifted to the fullest height without trouble. The maximum rear lift capacity of is a robust 19,800 pounds, while the front tops out at a maximum lift capacity of up to 9,000 pounds.

Front-axle suspension, with leveling control, and a mechanical three-point cab suspension ensure an exceptional driving experience. For the highest level of comfort, the tractor can be equipped with pneumatic cab suspension and active seat suspension.

New Variotronic electronic control unites all functions in one terminal

Available only from Fendt, the all-new Variotronic electronic control allows the operator to direct all tractor and implement controls, camera functions, operation documentation and the automatic steering system using the single Varioterminal 10.4-inch touch-screen terminal. It can display up to four applications simultaneously.

The option of fully integrated automatic steering, which reduces overlap an average of 6 percent, helps deliver a corresponding 6 percent savings in fuel and inputs such as seed and fertilizer. Equipped with a headland management system as a standard feature, these tractors help make sure the last turn is as precise as the first. And with the easy-to-see Varioterminal, even at night or in poor visibility conditions, operators can achieve optimum results with minimal operator fatigue and possible operating errors during a long day.

The documentation system of the Varioterminal records relevant data with a minimum of effort. Data can be transferred wirelessly from tractor to office computer and from computer to tractor as well.

Big x5 cab for comfort and exceptional visibility

Within the spacious x5 cab, The Fendt 900 Series offers simple, ergonomic controls including Fendt’s trademark, single-joystick control of all drive functions and hydraulics. Exceptional all-around visibility includes low lines of sight for a full view of the crop. Tinted front and side windows help offer a relaxed working environment. There are three different operator seat options, all with comfort in mind. Automatic air conditioning with an operator-selected preset ensures consistent operator comfort all day. On cold days, the optional seat heater is a comfort you wouldn’t want to be without. Spacious and quiet, the cab is equipped with a wide range of conveniences, such as an air-conditioned cool box for beverages; USB power and service-supply jacks for mobile phones and media players; and a comfortable instructor seat.

The Fendt 900 Series includes:

924 Vario SCR with 200 PTO hp / 149 kW and 240 engine hp / 177 kW.

927 Vario SCR with 225 PTO hp / 168 kW and 270 engine hp / 199 kW.

930 Vario SCR with 250 PTO hp / 186 kW and 300 engine hp / 221 kW.

933 Vario SCR with 275 PTO hp / 205 kW and 330 engine hp / 243 kW.

Available only in Canada:

936 Vario SCR with 300 PTO hp / 224 kW and 360 engine hp / 265 kW.

For more information visit your Fendt dealer or


Global Animal Management Partners With Online Feedyard Manager

SUMMIT, NJ, August 29, 2011 – Global Animal Management, a subsidiary of Merck Animal Health, announces a partnership with the world’s first online visual feedyard manager, Pro SAAMYA, Inc. Beef Asset Pro, a software developed by Pro SAAMYA, features tools for producers, helping them to better manage their cattle.

“Similar to Global Animal Management services, Beef Asset Pro is an online program you can access anywhere, anytime,” Tucker Schumacher, Global Animal Management marketing manager, said. “By forming this partnership, Global Animal Management provides yet another service option to our customers.”

From contracts to sold summaries, Beef Asset Pro tracks cattle in real time. The online management tool sorts multiple operations with more than 60 percent of feedyard information on one page. Calculated reports estimate expenses and returns on investments before cattle are even harvested.

“This is another value-added tool that producers can use to help make their operations more profitable,” Schumacher said. “Like our products from Global Animal Management, Beef Asset Pro is at a producer’s disposal, providing resources to help them manage their cattle and documents.”

Additional features of Beef Asset Pro include a calendar showing scheduled delivery dates, document management features, closeout reports including actual versus projections and color-coded maps of feedyards customized at set-up. Customers, packers and lenders also can be provided a log-in to access information on their cattle anytime of the day.

Pro SAAMYA, Inc., provides custom software design, development, testing and integration services to clients worldwide. For more information on Beef Asset Pro, go online to

Global Animal Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., Inc. For more information on available products and services, please visit

About Merck Animal Health

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