• Don McCabe

    Rock Corral Maintained as Part of the History of Maddux Ranch

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 12, 2015

    I've always enjoyed reading and learning about Western history, through both fiction and non-fiction literature. It's not quite an obsession, although I have read at least 50 Louis L 'Amour westerns as well as western histories written by many other authors. Brave men and women settled the West, but not without great adventures, inevitable conflicts and hardships. Eventually, ranches, farms and towns were built in the rough and unforgiving region we call the American West. A big…

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    Consumers Give Out Mixed Reviews for Beef

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on November 4, 2014

    For beef producers, it all boils down to consumers, their diet preferences, perceptions about how cattle are raised and their lifestyles. In this country, while demand for your product is difficult to predict, the future holds some market hurdles. But the picture is brighter for overseas demand, particularly in China. I recently listened to John Paterson, executive director of education for the National Cattlemens Beef Association, as he examined our low cowherd numbers in the U.S. and what…

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    Cornhusker State is 'Cattle Country'

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 20, 2014

    Nebraska is a large state, geographically, but small in population--1.8 million. We like our open spaces. Cattle reside on much of that open space. Cows and calves harvest the 24 million acres of grass--rangeland and pastures--that cover nearly half the state. Indirectly, they are harvesting the solar energy and water that nurture the grass. According to the Nebraska Beef Council, there are 1.9 million beef cows in the state, plus 4.7 million head of calves fed here annually. The total…

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    Dollars Still Needed To Defend Beef

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on June 13, 2013

    A Nebraska Cattlemen task force this spring made the right decision, at least for now, to back off from pursuing for a state-based beef checkoff in Nebraska. After more than a year's worth of background work, public meetings and a survey, task force members decided against seeking legislative action in 2014 on a $1 per-head state checkoff, one that would have been in addition to the $1 national checkoff. The drought's harsh impacts on cattlemen and poor market conditions were…

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    Give Nebraska Cattlemen Task Force Input On State Checkoff Idea

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on March 22, 2013

    A task force put together by the Nebraska Cattlemen has embarked on a tough sell this summer and fall, but one that merits consideration by the state's beef producers. Led by Thedford rancher Dave Hamilton, the task force has proposed a state-based beef checkoff of $1 per head, an assessment that would be in addition to the existing national beef checkoff fee, which also is $1 per head. Thus far, seeking the state checkoff is not the official policy of the Nebraska Cattlemen…

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