Michigan Mandates Individual EID To Begin In 2007
The Michigan Ag Commission has mandated all cattle leaving the farm after March 1, 2007, be tagged with an electronic ear (EID) tag. The main impetus behind this ruling is Michigan’s ongoing statewide bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication program.
Michigan has TB in both its cattle herds and wild deer population. Being able to quickly and accurately track cattle movement is critical to regaining statewide TB-free status, officials say.
“The ability to track animals will also encourage other states to be as generous as possible when deciding if, and under what restriction, to allow our cattle into their states,” says Ben Bartlett, DVM, Michigan State University livestock educator. “Therefore, we will have electronic tags and they will directly benefit Michigan’s cattle industry by aiding in resolution of our TB problem.”
This EID program is “not optional,” he adds.
There have been several studies both in North America and in Europe indicating that if a bull or cow is lame, almost 90% of the time it’s due to a problem in the foot, says David Van Metre, veterinarian and clinical sciences professor at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins.
If an animal is limping, it’s likely attributed to a problem at or below the fetlock joint, also known as the ankle, he adds. “So, right away we really need to focus on the foot.”
Seoul to resume imports of U.S. beef June 6
The Korean Hearld
Korea will resume importing beef from the United States June 6, an official at the Agriculture Ministry said today, with consumers expected to be able to purchase American beef around the end of next month.
Park Hyun-chool, head of the ministry’s livestock bureau, said the government will announce early next month the list of U.S. meat processing plants that are qualified to export beef to Korea.
Match forage to needs of livestock
Inexpensive test can indicate if food will meet requirements.
No one pulls into a service station and purchases the lowest-price fuel, regardless of whether it is gasoline or diesel fuel. Instead, drivers buy the appropriate type of fuel for their specific vehicle.
“This should be the same approach producers use when feeding forages to their animals,” said Tony Rickard, dairy specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “If the forage fed does not contain the fuel required, production will suffer, whether it is daily gain or milk production.”
An inexpensive forage test can furnish the basic information needed to determine whether forage will meet the requirements of the animal in question.
Value-added event to discuss ethanol
DES MOINES REGISTER FARM EDITOR
May 28, 2006
Iowa’s rapidly expanding ethanol industry is producing an abundant supply of ethanol co-products known as distillers grains that can boost the state’s livestock producers.
That value-added, economic development opportunity will be explored at a conference, “Growing Iowa’s Cattle Industry: Ethanol, Opportunities, and Economic Development,” which begins at 9 a.m. June 5 at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Building, 5400 University Avenue in West Des Moines.
Farmers struggle to choose between family legacy and big payday
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 05/28/06
BY NORM HEIKENS AND J.K. WALL
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
Throughout his 70 years, David Doles has often retreated to a shady hillside behind his family’s cattle barns to think. Recently, he sat beneath the oaks, sycamores and hickories to decide whether it was time to sell his farm.
If he signs an agreement to sell, he could end up getting as much as $2.7 million. A huge corporation is dangling that deal through its lawyers because it wants to put up a factory that would cost at least $200 million and employ at least 750 people. The company’s name has not been made public.
A lot of people around town, including the mayor, consider it Greensburg, Ind.’s golden opportunity.
But Doles wasn’t so sure. He has lived on this farm his whole life, just like his father before him and his father’s father — back five generations.
Top dog stepping down
Alpine Meats CEO calling it quits after 55-year run
Record Staff Writer
Published Sunday, May 28, 2006
Alpine Meats CEO Jerry Singer watches Suzanna Hernandez hang hot dogs as they come out of a machine that stuffs casings with ground meat.Credit: BRUCE SPENCE/The Record
STOCKTON – Jerry Singer is the top dog at the Stockton company that makes the top dog, at least at San Francisco Giants home games.
It’s been a grand run, and a long one of 55 years, at the small meat-processing company that remains a family-owned business after its 70 years of operation.
Japan, U.S. reach accord on beef imports
Tokyo and Washington have reached a tentative agreement to resume U.S. beef imports despite deep-rooted safety concerns about mad cow disease, officials said Friday. Japan’s ban on U.S. beef has long been a source of contention. Concessions on the Japanese side apparently stem from political concerns for a smooth Japan-U.S. summit in the United States scheduled for June.
From the pasture to the plate
May 28, 2006
MARSHA MOULDER – Victoria Advocate
Randy R. Vrana believes that if every cow-calf producer, stocker operator, feedlot operator, packer and retailer understood and sympathized more about the issues facing each member of the beef value chain, the performance of every link in the beef industry would improve.
Organic Meat Demand Is Stoking Organic Imports
Organic meat sales grew at a 51% rate in North America in 2005 — the fastest growing segment in the continent’s organic food industry. In fact, organic meat sales have surged more than 150% in the last three years with such growth expected to continue as retail availability increases.
Organic Monitor (www.organicmonitor.com) attributes the surge to the discovery of BSE in the U.S. and Canada, which raised greater consumer awareness of organic production methods.
The demand surge, however, has pressured the domestic supply of organic meats, with some companies forced to import organic product to make up the shortfall. The U.S. market for organic meats, for instance, has become highly import-dependent with product coming in from Latin America, Australasia, and even Canada, Organic Monitor reports. The supply shortages are mostly affecting the organic beef and pork markets.
The organic beef market is the fastest growing segment in North America, while poultry boasts the highest sales volume, with roughly 26,000 tons of organic poultry being sold in 2005. Learn more at: www.organicmonitor.com/300244.htm.