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ISSUE DATE: 10/08/2012

Grown on grass

By Jennifer Carrico

Concentrating on excelling in one breed is a challenge for many beef producers, but excelling in more than one breed takes decades of experience and lessons learned in all areas of the cattle business.

At Flying H Genetics in Arapahoe, Neb., Dick Helms and his family strive to have cattle that will excel for their customers and are raised to be able to survive on roughages.

"It's important for our cattle to be able to survive out on the range or in any situation. We feel that cattle need to be able to prove themselves for us and our customers in a low-input situation," said Helms.


Flying H Genetics started in the seedstock business in 1948. Originally in the Hereford business, Helms' parents were very successful with both horned and polled Herefords.

In 1976 Helms returned from college, needing to expand the operation. After much research including the Meat Animal Research Center data, he decided to add the Gelbvieh breed and expand their genetic offering to customers.

They traveled to several surrounding states to purchase high-quality cattle. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Helms was intrigued by composite cattle and how they simplified crossbreeding. That is when he started a Gelbvieh/Angus composite to give his customers another hybrid option. GelPLUS cattle were marketed for 15 years before the American Gelbvieh Association developed a hybrid registry and trademarked the name Balancer.


Beef checkoff Facebook promotion engages consumers
Farm bill expires; Renewal uncertain
Farm Bureau hosts economic summit
FSA announces drought assistance available for livestock producers
Industry groups: U.S. Forest Service planning rule violates law
Initiatives target rural economic development
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reaches record enrollment
Journal wins awards at National Federation of Press Women conference
Kansas foresters' skill, expertise recognized
K-State awarded $2.5M grant to study kids' eating habits
K-State Crops Team competes in Australia
New CREP project to help conserve Rio Grande watershed
Okla. communities become 'Firewise'
Punishing savers--Again
RFD-TV breaks Guinness World Record for largest parade of classic tractors
Rural Economic Outlook Conference set for Nov. 9
Statewide Forest Summit set for Oct. 12
SUNUP TV launches mobile-friendly website
Understand the issues before going to the poll
USDA changing release times for WASDE, other major reports


Ag in the Classroom hosts conference
Ag workshop for military veterans set for Nov. 10
Agronomist: Stunted wheat this fall could have several causes
Arkansas corn expected to break 2007 yield record
Cash rents continue to rise
Drought brings yield extremes
Drought taking a toll on corn farmer
Extension specialist: 'Dusting in' worth the risk
Extension to hold crop pest management school
Fund created for KCGA executive director Jere White
Grants available for biodiesel blender pump infrastructure
Harvest Festival offers family fun on the farm
Herbicide resistance problems continue
Howdy Farm: Dirt, labor yield healthy, community-minded college grads
Improve phosphorus management decisions
Iowa State professors receive awards
Kansas Wheat Alliance settles PVP infringement cases
K-State announces horticulture, ag events
K-State coach Bill Snyder spokesperson for ethanol
Managing nutrients following drought
Nebraska LEAD announces 2012-2014 Fellows
Nebraska Wheat Board elects new chairman
New feature streamlines Commercial Pesticide Applicator testing process
New uses for old tools could boost biodiesel output
NMSU hosts sustainable ag research meeting, tour
Participants chosen for the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program
Proper weed management important
Rains beat back drought but foster soybean rust
Report: Conservation efforts have strong, positive effects in watershed
Researchers evaluate apple cultivars
Soybean fields with low yield have value as a forage
Sudden death syndrome, soybean vein necrosis virus found in fields
Symposium to highlight the future of ag water supplies
University of Nebraska launches Rural Futures Institute
UNL Extension names new dean and director
Use caution before using soybeans for forage
Vilsack appoints Ark. producer to National Peanut Board
Winter wheat planting underway in Arkansas
Youth Educator Grants available for sustainable ag projects


Adding HD 50K information to Red Angus EPDs provides more dependable genetic predictions
American Brahman Breeders Association to hold convention
American Gelbvieh Association hires new executive director
Body condition important for bred heifers
Brahman genetics provide relief for drought-stricken herds
Brahman percentage females offer hybrid vigor, profit
Cattle feeders face challenges, but quality target remains best option
CDA releases anthrax quarantines
Certified Hereford Beef brand posts record year in volume
Crossbreeding, alliances stressed at Colorado Beef Profit Alliance
Dairy farmers get MU drought updates via teleconference
Drought can cause vitamin A deficiencies in cattle
Evaluating treatment program options
Fewer calves, imports means tighter feeder cattle supplies
Grown on grass
Hereford breed making a resurgence
Jornada Experimental Range celebrates 100 years of research
July beef exports largest monthly volume of 2012
KCA addresses meat import concerns
K-State a partner in distance education program
Livestock owner loses appeal in livestock abuse case
Monitor heifer average daily gain
MU vet: Watch cow herds for early calving in drought
National Beef Ambassadors for 2013 announced
National Cowdog Association holds Midwest Regional Finals
National Western Stock Show names Citizen of the West
NCBA accepting applications for public policy internship
Newborn calf care: Preventing navel infection
NILE to host cattle drive, parade
NMSU to host Rancher's Roundtable on ranch economics
NMSU to offer 'chicken tractor' workshop
Parasite control pays off
Pork Month celebrates pork producers doing the right thing
Premium beef drives profit
Quarterly hog and pig numbers released
South Dakota Stockgrowers and Cattlewomen award scholarship
Stocker strategies affect value
UA study: Drought takes $128M bite out of Ark. beef cattle industry


America's Nutrition Nannies invade school cafeterias
Fall's farm bill frustrations
Food bill vs. farm bill


Alltech examines global future of food
Another Uncle Sam pork delivery
From round fields to square
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
New handheld GreenSeeker sensor debuts
Pfizer launches getaway sweepstakes
Plastic pivot tires offer advantages
Refuge-in-a-bag options expand
Registration open for Kansas State MAST Program
The 2008 farm bill expired Sept. 30--Now what?


Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Bloomfield feeder cattle auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn harvest over half complete, ahead of average
Corn, sorghum harvest complete
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather favors harvest progress
Ft. Smith livestock action report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Harvest surpasses halfway mark
Hay prices steady to firm
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Ideal weather conditions for row crop harvest
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most parts of state receive rain
Most producers get some rain
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Rain aids fall planting
Rain limits harvest progress
Range conditions rated mostly very poor
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soybeans have sharp losses
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Unseasonably warm, dry pattern
West Plains livestock auction report
Wheat planting progresses rapidly
Winter wheat planting nearing completion
Woodward livestock auction report


Determine winter hay needs
Fall frost increases potential for toxicity in livestock
Johnsongrass troubles have increased
Make last alfalfa cutting before fall dormancy
PLC meeting stresses need for rancher involvement
Severe fall armyworm infestation reported in Arkansas
Vilsack extends emergency grazing


4-H enrollment period open
Boy Scouts kick off their annual popcorn sale
Colorful hints that autumn is moving in
Community gardens grants available
Debunking food safety myths
Extension offers 'What's Cookin' with Diabetes' workshop
Fall garden workshop scheduled
Garden tips for October
Help landscapes recover this fall
Hickory nuts plentiful this fall
Kid friendly meals with a tropical twist
Lesser prairie-chicken's fate no simple matter
Managing downy mildew in impatiens
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks to host Fall Gardening Workshop
Missouri 4-H Foundation names 'Bridge Builder' winners
New resource for gardeners available
Nicholls ideal for an acreage
State primed for deer season

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