The May 10, issue # 486, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMy10.html
This week we begin what is planned will be a weekly feature in the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter – Forage Focus. Jeff McCutcheon kicks it off with some thoughts on this year’s “spring flush” or, the lack thereof as may be your case so far this year.
Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Stay Flexible Grazing This Spring
* Manure Storage and Land Application – Where are we going? How fast can we get there?
* Agronomists Give Tips for Applying Manure to No-till Fields
* OLC Debuts New Website
* How Will More Ethanol Plants Affect Your Feeding Decisions?
* OSU & OCA Announce Joint Position
* Fed Cattle Prices Continue Weak; Feeder Prices Firm with More Rain
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Trends To Track
By Kindra Gordon
The food industry is notable for its twists and turns with consumer trends. Low-fat, low-carb, quality and convenience are just a few of the buzzwords that shaped grocery store offerings in the past decade.
Able Acres Successful at Indiana Bull Sale
The 57th Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) Bull Sale and Video Auction attracted a “standing-room-only” crowd at the Springville Feeder Auction on April 13. Nearly 200 buyers from six states registered to bid on 135 bulls representing 10 breeds.
Provided by the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB)
Melengestrol acetate — widely known as MGA — is the common denominator in three widely used systems for synchronizing and artificially inseminating (AIing) cows and heifers. MGA, which is fed with grain or protein and is often top-dressed on other feeds, suppresses estrus and prevents ovulation in cows and heifers. It’s fed at a rate of 0.5 milligrams (mg) per animal per day in a single daily feeding.
National Survey Reveals 80 Percent of Americans Eat Meat More Than Three Times per Week
Whole Foods Market / webwire.com
5/9/2006 11:43:40 AM
Findings Cite America’s Favorite Grilling Picks and Reveal Top Reasons for Choosing High-Quality Meats: Flavor, Safety, Animal Treatment
Austin, Texas — May 9, 2006. According to a nationwide survey released today by Whole Foods Market*, Americans eat meat an average of 4.2 times a week — that’s 218 times a year. Flavor, safety and humane treatment of animals are the top drivers for choosing high-quality meat and poultry.
U.S. Team to Meet With Japan on Beef Ban
By MARI YAMAGUCHI,
The Associated Press / San Francisco Examiner
May 9, 2006 8:07 AM (20 hrs ago)
TOKYO – U.S. and Japanese agricultural officials could meet as soon as next week to discuss the lifting of Tokyo’s ban on American beef, officials from both countries said Tuesday.
The U.S. is inspecting American beef facilities and will soon dispatch a technical team to give Tokyo the findings, the officials said.
Cattle ID News: Shorthorn Tagging Program Approved
Cattlenetwork.com / American Shorthorn Association
The ASA Board of Directors has unanimously approved a two phase Shorthorn identification ear tagging program. The programs’ intent is to provide users of Shorthorn genetics competitive and proactive options to qualify age and source verified calves and to provide recognition to Shorthorn influenced cattle.
Cattle Update: The Golden Calf
Cattlenetwork.com / American Shorthorn Association
In the past few years, accounting for your actual costs of production hasn’t been that necessary. $150 feeder calves has sent the most inefficient producers smiling all the way to the bank. But, all good things must come to an end and the peak of the cattle cycle has pasted. Recent year’s high prices have been matched by high input costs and in a forgiving, elevated market this works out fine. However, producers who don’t find a way to curb their input appetite and optimize their output will find themselves put out of the business.
Cow shooting cases will stay in juvenile court
Star-Tribune Staff Writer, Pittsylvania Co, VA
The cases against two teenage boys charged in the shooting of 19 Black Angus cows last December will go forward in juvenile court.
Thursday afternoon in Pittsylvania County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Judge Stacey Moreau found probable cause in the cases against Travis Archer, 17, and Cory Lollis, 16.
The judge also decided to keep the cases in juvenile court instead of transferring them to circuit court.
Mad cow testing program vendors were overpaid
U.S. veterinarian relieved of duties in Madison; $1.2 million spent
By LEE BERGQUIST
Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel
Posted: May 9, 2006
A federal veterinarian in Madison has been reassigned after federal auditors concluded that he doctored records and approved $1.2 million in overpayments to contractors as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to test for the presence of mad cow disease in the food chain.
Love Me Tender
By Wes Ishmael
Contributing Editor, Beef Magazine
May 1, 2006 12:00 PM
Beef tenderness may not be everything when it comes to consumer eating satisfaction, but guaranteeing it can propel a relatively young beef brand into the same major tonnage league as the venerable Certified Angus Beef® (CAB).