Stanley E. Stout
Nov. 23, 1941-April 30, 2006
Stanley E. Stout, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., died from an aortic aneurism Sunday afternoon, April 30. Stout was a premier livestock auctioneer and seedstock marketeer. He started in the purebred livestock auction business in 1975 and has sold numerous sales throughout the United States and Canada.
Stout was raised on a Flint Hills Ranch in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. He attended Kansas State University and then went to auction school in Bryan, Texas. After graduating from auction school, he showed and managed a group of Herefords in Japan for the American Hereford Association. Upon returning to the states, he joined the Western Livestock Journal as a field representative covering the state of Texas. He then joined the Drovers Journal and covered Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. From the field, he moved to the main office and was in charge of the field staff. He then went to work for the Charolais Banner as director of advertising, and then entered the sales management business with the North American Auction Company. In 1975 he started Stanley E. Stout Auction Services.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at the Flint Hills Rodeo Arena in Strong City, Kan. Following the burial there will be a barbecue luncheon at the rodeo grounds. The funeral home is Brown-Bennett-Alexander, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., (620) 273-6311. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 476, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.
Stanley was very active in the American Royal Livestock Show and served as the chairman of the livestock committee. The American Royal has established the Stanley E. Stout Supreme Heifer Memorial Scholarship in his memory. Memorials may be sent to the American Royal in care of the Stanley E. Stout Memorial, 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102.
Stout’s sudden death leaves a tremendous void in the industry. The “Colonel” was a legend among livestock producers everywhere and touched countless lives throughout the thousands and thousands of miles he traveled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stout Family and Stanley’s family of friends in the industry.
How to unwrap the mysteries behind meat labeling
By Mike Dunne — Bee Food Editor
May 3, 2006
Is it finally safe to go outdoors? Because of the winter that felt like it never would end, Sacramentans were facing a grim prospect that much of the rest of the country considers normal – no outdoor grilling until Memorial Day weekend.
But now that typically warm and bright spring weather is settling in, Sacramentans can take advantage of long and balmy evenings by trundling the kettle out of the garage and into the backyard.
Cattle Alert: CCIA Age Verification Reaches 2 Million Birthdates
The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency’s (CCIA) Age Verification Website continues to see a dramatic increase in participation. As of April 24, 2006, over 2 Million birthdates have been entered into the system.
Nadine Meade, Project Manager of Database Enhancements, is thrilled with the continued support from producers across Canada. “Canadian producers have shown that they are ready to market their cattle as Age Verified and ensure we meet the demands of our international customers.”
The CCIA has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of birthdates submitted since the website became available in 2005. “The biggest increase occurred in December when the Japanese border opened and the numbers have continued since that time”, Meade added.
Age Verification is free of charge and offered to producers across Canada. Producers who do not have internet access can assign a third party user to submit information on their behalf. To submit birthdates, please visit http://www.canadaid.ca
The CCIA is an industry led non-profit organization established to ensure accurate animal identification and efficient animal disease and food safety traceback.
Source: Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
USDA Releases Report On Investigation Into Alabama BSE Case
USDA’s Animal and Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) today released the results of an investigation into a BSE case identified in Alabama in March and noted that the animal was a non-ambulatory red crossbred, and that dentition determined that the animal was more than ten years old. The ten-year age determination is significant because it indicates that the animal was born prior to the implementation of FDA’s 1997 feed ban that minimizes the risk that a cow might consume feed contaminated with the agent thought to cause BSE.
The animal was euthanized on the farm and a veterinarian submitted brain samples for testing. The animal was buried on the farm and did not enter the food supply. APHIS and Alabama State officials investigated 36 farms and 5 auction houses and conducted DNA testing on herds that may have included relatives of the index animal. APHIS and State investigators were unable to find any related animals except for the two most recent calves of the index animal. The most recent calf was located at the same farm as the index animal and the second calf died the year before. No other animals of interest were located. The living calf of the BSE-positive animal is currently being held at APHIS’ National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for observation.
Pregnancy diet crucial
May 1 2006
A poor diet leading up to pregnancy can spell trouble for beef cattle, according to DPI.
In beef cattle, pregnancy toxaemia, also known as fat cow syndrome, occurs most commonly in late pregnancy when the nutrient intake is decreased in cows which were previously well fed and in good body condition.
It commonly occurs in early autumn calving herds in Victoria, when paddock feed supplies are short.
Over-fat pregnant cows provided with insufficient food during the last two months of pregnancy can develop the disease which is similar to pregnancy toxaemia (twin lamb disease) of sheep.
|The ABCs of Xs and Ys
|By John Maday
Drovers Journal / mycattle.com
|April 15, 2006
Call heads and toss a coin. Your chance is 50/50. Toss it 10 times. You might get lucky and beat the odds, but over enough tosses, the ratio comes back to 50/50.
It’s the same with breeding cows. With some variation, the ratio between male and female calves will average about 50/50. But what if you could cheat? Increasingly, the beef industry will have access to bull semen that is processed for sex selection, with sperm sorted into X or Y batches to favor female or male births. It’s not quite like a two-headed coin, but sexed semen can shift the odds for a female or male calf to around 85 or even 90 percent.
CFIA Identifies 23 Animals Of Interest In Latest BSE Case
Resource News International, May 01, 2006
WINNIPEG, MB, May 01, 2006 (Resource News International via COMTEX) — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has identified 23 live cattle potentially exposed to the same feed as the affected animal that was confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on April 16, a release from the CFIA said late Friday.
These animals have been quarantined and will be tested.
The CFIA said that investigators continue to trace other animals from the feed cohort. To date, a number of animals from this group are known to have been exported to the United States.
Exported animals were also identified during investigations conducted in 2003 and 2005, which is not surprising, considering the regular cross-border movement of cattle prior to the first detection of BSE in this part of the world, the release said.
Know your cuts of meat
Select beef that’s tender and tasty to grill, roast
JARETT C. BIES, Argusleader.com
May 3, 2006
For many people, a stroll along the meat counter in a supermarket is a baffling display of meat cuts wrapped in plastic and styrofoam.
Chuck roasts, arm roasts, shoulder steaks, tenderloin, top loin, tri-tips. It can be difficult to decide what all those names really mean.
Grilling season is here, but since it is still spring, there probably will be a bit more cold and rainy weather to encourage stews and roasting, too.
Official End For Beef Ban
Updated: 07:20, Wednesday May 03, 2006
A decade-long ban on British beef exports brought in to stop the spread of mad cow disease is officially lifted today.
The industry says the move will help it claw back trade previously worth some £650m per year.
However, protesters fear that renewed live cattle exports will expose animals to unnecessary suffering.
Cattle Producers See Immigration Protest Impact
Tuesday, 5/2/06, 9:00 PM
Immigrants, back at work Tuesday, after a day of demonstration. Monday, three-fourths of Nebraska’s beef packing industry shut down and cattle producers take notice.
“It threw a monkey wrench into feedlots, in terms of their shipping and keeping cattle on feed,” says Nebraska Cattleman Association President Pete McClymont.
“A Day Without Immigrants” demonstrations fill the streets and empty meat-packing plants in Grand Island and Lexington; backing up an already tough cattle market for a day.
“When you miss a day to have a full 100 percent harvest, it’s disappointing because you can’t go back and make that up.” (McClymont)
Brazil launches anti FAM vaccination campaign
Brazil the world’s leading exporter of beef begun this week the mid year vaccination campaign against foot and mouth disease with a target of 139.4 million cattle.
The anti FAM vaccination campaign that extends until the end of May will include 14 of the country’s 26 states plus the Federal District, with a second leg to be completed next November, reported the official news agency Agencia Brasil.
This means that in the first stage 69% of the total Brazilian herd of 202.5 million cattle will be vaccinated, although some states as Santa Catarina in the south is not included since the region is considered free of FAM.
Veterinary Medicine’s West Named to Armbrust Professorship at Iowa State
Iowa State News Service
Dr. James K. West, clinician in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and a noted expert in bovine reproduction and embryo transfer, has been named the first Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. West has established an embryo transfer service at ISU. The Armbrusts are ISU alumni from Green Bay Wis. Dr. Scott Armbrust is a pioneer in embryo transfer and bovine genetics. Nancy Armbrust is vice president of Schreiber Foods.
Agronomists give tips for applying manure to no-till fields
May 2, 2006
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Whether to enrich fields with manure is a dilemma for some producers who use no-till practices in their farm operations.
“Best management practices for manure applications call for incorporating the material into the soil, and there are applicators that can inject the manure into the soil without creating too much disturbance,” said Kansas State University agronomist Dave Whitney.
“But conventional surface applications of manure can pose a problem for no-till producers, since it is not possible to incorporate it after application.”
ADVICE TO WOULD-BE FEEDLOT OPERATORS
Grand Forks Hearld
MCLAUGLIN, S.D. – Dallas Schott has three pieces of advice for would-be custom feedlot operators:
• Make sure you can get feedstock or commodities at reasonable rates.
• Start small and build a good facility that can be expanded. Make it clean and impressive to the person who is paying you to feed cattle.
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION RELEASES SPRING SIRE SUMMARY
Boseman, Mont. — The American Simmental Association (ASA) has released its Spring 2006 Sire Summary.
The ASA, in cooperation with the Animal Breeding Group at Cornell University and the Center for the Genetic Evaluation of Livestock at Colorado State University, evaluated the progeny of over 100,000 sires, representing in excess of four million individuals. Based on those evaluations, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are published in the summary on over 900 of the most popular sires. Information on all other sires can be accessed at www.simmental.org.
A NOVEL METHOD TO DRY-AGE BEEF
UNITED STATES: Researchers use vacuum packaging to enhance beef quality.
Processors use two basic methods of aging beef post-mortem. Beef subprimals for retail and most foodservice outlets are aged in highly moisture-impermeable, vacuum-package bags, a process known as wet aging. A unique, high-end segment of the industry still ages unpackaged subprimal cuts in coolers tightly controlled for temperature, humidity, airflow, and air quality.
This process — termed dry aging — creates a highly prized product with superior aged flavor that is sold at a premium, compared with wet-aged beef.