Raising high quality beef is going high-tech with plans to build a 34-million dollar animal bio-science complex in Bozeman. Montana State University officials were in Lewistown to update cattle producers on the two-part project.
Japan mad cow experts quit govt food safety panel
TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Half the members of a key Japanese government panel involved in thorny discussions over a ban on U.S. beef imports resigned last month, raising concern among consumer groups that the panel may become more vulnerable to political pressure.
Devastated, right down to the barbed wire
After fires, Panhandle ranchers must fence themselves in once more.
By Eric Dexheimer
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
DUMAS — Politicians may talk about mending fences after disasters, but on a recent day when 40-mph wind gusts scooped up fire-loosened soil and spit it into swirling brownouts, Burl Scroggs was the man in the middle of the grunt work.
“I’ve never seen this many fences needing to be built in all my years in the business,” he said watching one of his crews plunge posthole diggers into scorched earth a few miles south of Dumas. Blackened fence posts stretched into the distance, tilting out of the ground like rotten teeth.
National Animal ID compelling, just not convincing
By ALAN GUEBERT, Columnist
The Prairie StarTuesday, April 4, 2006 1:43 PM MDT
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of the nation’s first mad cow in late Dec. 2003, consumers and ranchers were met by a government search-and-destroy blitz worthy of war.
Where had this cow been born? Where had it been? Where were its siblings, herdmates, offspring?
Making room for more grass
By Alan Newport
Weed control had long lasting effects for grazing on this farm
David Schapeler had always done brush control on his Appleton City dairy farm with a mower, but 2 years ago he learned a new trick.
MFA dairy specialist Archie Devore visited him and suggested a good spraying of Schapeler’s pastures would pay dividends. Schapeler can’t recall exactly what Devore said that convinced him, but he decided to try it.
The fescue pasture where his cows are turned out between milkings nearly every day of the year was the biggest issue. It was burdened with a variety of problem plants, including pigweed, ragweed and buck brush … and their numbers were growing. About a fourth of the 55- or 60-acre pasture, a portion on the west side of a creek, was the worst, Schapeler said. Sometimes he couldn’t even see the cows when they were in that area.
Fertilizing pastures in the spring
Each spring farmers want to know if they should fertilize their pastures. Many producers coming out of winter want to give their pastures a boost or they are fertilizing crop fields and figure they might as well do their pasture while they are thinking about it. Is this the best time of year to fertilize your pastures? Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Educator, Knox County, has some thoughts on this topic.
Vet school open house displays holey cow
April 4th, 2006
Katie Hoffman, Staff Writer
Annual event showcases various interests
The most popular attraction at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s open house on Saturday was the fistulated steer: a beef steer with a plastic-encircled hole in his side that allowed visitors to reach in and feel the contents of his stomach.
Japan won’t lift U.S. beef ban before late 2006: Standard and Poor’s
Mainichi Daily News
U.S. ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said Monday that it expects Japan to keep its import ban on U.S. beef at least until late this year.
“It is Standard & Poor’s expectation that the Japanese market will probably not reopen until late in 2006 or early 2007,” the agency said.
Organic Maryland Sunrise Farm wants to stay put
By ELIZABETH LEIS, Staff Writer
As a hawk flew over acres of heifers and horses, Marian Fry looked at a last vestige of Maryland farming.
Houses jut up against the road that encircles the crops on Maryland Sunrise Farm, site of the former Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills. But while others salivate at the potential of the land, Mrs. Fry sees something worth saving.
Big Bull Sale For WBIA
Apr 3, 2006 4:51 pm
The Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association’s annual Performance Tested Bull Sale on Saturday at UW Platteville’s Pioneer Prairie Farm was a record setter. John Freitage said that 53 bulls were sold for an average of $2,077, the highest average ever in the history of the test.
Wet fields delay some field work
Associated Press /Aberdeen American Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some South Dakota farmers have started seeding small grains this growing season, but many other fields are too wet yet, according to the weekly South Dakota crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers who take part in the report say much of the field work could begin this week.
Topsoil moisture improved due to last week’s rains. The report said topsoil is rated at 90 percent adequate to surplus. Also, subsoil moisture levels remained similar to the previous week.
Agricultural Terrorism Experts Speaks in Mankato
Meanwhile, an agricultural terrorism expert will speak at Bethany Lutheran college tonight. Dr Carol Lehtola will speak about rural areas and farms and how they may be a significant risk for terrorist attacks. Dr Lehtola’s research at the University of Florida shows that beef cattle producers agree there could be an agricultural terrorist attack. However, none of them were concerned that it would happen to them, thinking their farm’s remote location would protect them.
FAM outbreak in Argentina “eradicated”
Argentina’s animal sanitary officials stated Monday that the foot and mouth outbreak reported last February in the northeast of the country had been “put under control and eradicated”.
The outbreak was first reported last February 5 in a model cattle farm “San Juan”, in San Luis del Palmar, Corrientes province, close to the Paraguayan border.
USDA: Allowing cattle tests is bad policy
BY ALAN BJERGA
The Wichita Eagle
WASHINGTON – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Monday that the federal government can’t let an Arkansas City company test its cattle for mad cow disease because doing so would be bad for international trade.
“If you’re going to have a coherent system of trade in beef… you need to advance the cause of scientifically based international standards,” Johanns said at the annual North American Agricultural Journalists meeting in Washington, D.C.