Anthrax case identified in Lennox, S.D.
Sioux City News
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A second anthrax case this year has been confirmed in a South Dakota cattle herd.
The disease recently was detected in Lincoln County, where three cows were lost in a herd of 51 unvaccinated cattle, Sam Holland, state veterinarian, said in a release.
Anthrax is a serious disease, he said. Often there are no signs of illness, and it can cause rapid loss of large animals in a short time.
It’s important to quickly quarantine herds when anthrax is confirmed, Holland said.
Situation Bleak For Farmers, Ranchers, Texas Extension Official Says
(August 16, 2006)—The situation is growing worse for farmers and ranchers in dought-stricken areas of the state as the summer sun continues to beat down on already parched fields and pastures.
“The situation is bleak for our agricultural producers across this region, and prayers are certainly in order to receive significant rainfall over the next three or four weeks,” said Galen Chandler, Texas Cooperative Extension Director in Vernon.
After another week of drought and 100 degree plus temperatures across the state, conditions in Central Texas are worsening, the Cooperative Extension said Wednesday.
Farmers and ranchers are liquidating herds and dairy producers are concerned about finding sufficient forage as feed prices continue to climb.
When cattle call, he answers
Cows with twisted stomachs and pigs in need of gelding are all in a day’s work
BY MIKE FRASSINELLI
Star-Ledger Staff (NJ)
Veterinarian Bruce Frey has been called to some unusual cases.
There was the monitor lizard that got stuck in a glue mouse trap and ended up with one foot affixed to its back and another to its head. And the mountain lion with the toothache. And the elephant with the broken leg.
Most complete cow genome is assembled
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A U.S.-supported research team says it has produced the most complete sequence of the cow genome ever assembled.
The achievement is expected to assist scientists in improving the health and disease management of cattle and enhance the nutritional value of beef and dairy products.
Developed by an international consortium of research organizations, the new bovine sequence contains 2.9 billion DNA base pairs and incorporates one-third more data than earlier versions.
Joint Venture for Integrating Livestock and Ethanol Operations
Green Car Congress
Hybrid Fuels has reached an agreement in principle with the A4 Bar Cattle Company Ltd. in Alberta, Canada covering a proposed joint venture to develop an operation for the integration of cattle “feeding-to-finish” with production of fuel ethanol.
The joint venture will develop and operate the proposed Siksika A4 Bar Farm Operations Project, consisting initially of the construction of two facilities using Hybrid Fuels’s technology together with cattle supplied by A4 Bar Cattle Company.
The barns constructed for the Siksika Project will be atmospherically controlled and will contain fly control devices. Cattle in the barns will be fed a diet of wet distillers grains (WDG) resulting from ethanol production and which will be supplemented by a daily ration of barley grass grown hydroponically. The barley grain serves as the feedstock for fermentation.
Beef field day, Oct. 7, at MU South Farm
Suntimes News (MO)
COLUMBIA – A full day of beef research results and farm demonstrations will be offered Saturday, Oct. 7, at the University of Missouri South Farm.
“We will show an array of beef research and extension programs conducted at the farm,” said Bob Weaber, MU Extension geneticist. “We have timely information on beef cattle nutrition, reproduction, management and genetics for beef producers.”
Speakers will discuss ethanol byproduct feeds, animal identification, beef sire selection, and the value of genetic, source and process verification.
Luncheon talks will include a cattle market update by Ron Plain, MU Extension economist. Mike John, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will give an update on beef industry issues. Fred Ferrell, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has been invited to discuss the importance of beef in the Missouri economy.
“The farm has recent upgrades and renovations to support the educational programs,” said Phillip Brooks, South Farm manager. “This is the first field day in many years to be held at the farm.”
Ban of Horse Slaughter would carry big Price Tag
Alfa Farmer News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would prohibit slaughter of horses. H.R. 503 sets a dangerous precedent by banning slaughter of horses for reasons other than food safety or public health, said Federation National Affairs Director Keith Gray.
This legislation may be voted upon in the House this month. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) are sponsors of this legislation. The Alabama Farmers Federation has policy opposing this legislation and interested members should contact their congressional representative to voice their opposition.
Currently about 60,000 of the 70,000-80,000 horses that have been abandoned or neglected move through USDA-regulated and inspected processing facilities each year, and are hauled in trucks regulated by USDA’s humane transport rules, and are euthanized under the regulations of the Federal Humane Slaughter Act. In contrast, there are no humane standards governing the care of horses which end up in so-called rescue or retirement facilities, and nothing in this legislation would address that.
The High-Moisture Option
Story by Ed Haag
As the price of conventional animal feed rises, more beef producers are looking to locally available alternatives to help control production costs.
“In the near future, the only way some regions in the U.S. are going to remain competitive in the cattle industry is if they feed byproducts,” says Mark Nelson, beef researcher at Washington State University. “With our rising freight rates, the Pacific Northwest is one of those regions.”
Nelson notes that other regions include California; parts of Canada; Midwestern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan; and southern states such as North Carolina and Georgia. Some of the more popular and available high-moisture byproducts are wet distillers’ and brewers’ grains, corn gluten, whey, apple and grape pomace, and a variety of vegetable and fruit culls and production leavings.
Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, set for Aug. 29-30 at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
Cattle producers, don’t miss your opportunity to attend the next Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, set for Aug. 29-30 at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The Boot Camp is open to all cattle producers and will overview the various segments of the beef industry as well as give perspective on emerging technologies. The American Angus AssociationSM, Angus Foundation and the University of Illinois will host this third Cattlemen’s Boot Camp sponsored by the Association and Foundation. It is open to all cattle producers, but enrollment is limited, so producers should sign up today.
“This two-day event is designed to give producers more insight and understanding to all aspects of the industry,” says Jim Shirley, vice president of industry relations for the American Angus Association. “We enjoy working with various universities and their staff to make sure we bring a top-notch program to cattle producers around the country.”
What Does Value-Added Beef Production Mean for the Cow/Calf Producer?
John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech
Part 1 – Adding Value to Feeder Calves
Recently, considerable interest, discussion, articles, and programs have focused on various value-added beef production opportunities. Valued-added beef production means different things to different people. Quite simply, value-added is as a procedure or process that increases the value of your product to the customer for which they are willing to pay additional money.
We have many customers of the Virginia Beef Industry. Being a cow/calf and stocker state, our primary customers are the cattle feeders and beef packers. As a segment of the US beef industry, the US consumer is our ultimate customer. In addition, the predominant genetics of Virginia cattle give them the potential to meet the needs of the high quality export market.