Daily Archives: July 19, 2007

Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Ropin’ the Web

This factsheet can both guide producers through a feed test and help them understand the results.

With a feed test in front of you, look at the following rules and compare them to the feed test. Remember, these are rules of thumb, which means they hold true most of the time, but variations in management and cow type will affect the end result.

These rules of thumb should not be considered a replacement for balancing rations with proven software, but rather an aid to understand the feed and where it fits in the management.


Organic = Irresponsible

Organic = Irresponsible

MFA Health Track

I still have not gotten off of my soapbox from Monday yet. The national media continues to how organic foods are ‘healthier to the consumer’ and ‘friendlier to the environment’. Monday’s post more or less addressed concerns about the safety of beef raised using traditional management strategies. But what are the implications related to responsible resource usage and management if US animal agriculture abandoned the technology that has been developed in the last 45 years? Or in other words how would our food supply be affected by switching to organic production?


Forage Focus: Drought-Stressed Corn For Silage

Forage Focus: Drought-Stressed Corn For Silage


The dry conditions in many parts of the state have greatly reduced hay and hay silage yields which has reduced forage inventory on many dairy farms. In addition, corn plants are becoming stunted and grains yields are likely to be poor. Low forage inventory and the desire to salvage some value from corn fields means that much of the droughtstressed corn in the state will be chopped for silage. Drought-stressed corn silage can be a good feed for dairy cows and other ruminants if some guidelines are followed.


Farmers Issued Call To “Arms” To Defeat Kind Flake Farm Bill Amendment

Farmers Issued Call To “Arms” To Defeat Kind Flake Farm Bill Amendment


WASHINGTON, July 18, 2007—As the House of Representatives moves closer to voting on the 2007 Farm Bill, Farm Policy Facts, a non-profit coalition of farmers and commodity groups, today unveiled an online petition to enable farmers from across the nation to speak directly with Capitol Hill.  Since its launch earlier this year, members and their staffs are turning to FarmPolicyFacts.org for unfiltered news and information about America’s farmers and the need to maintain a strong farm policy.

The online petition calls for rejecting any attempts to destroy current farm policies or raid the safety net for farmers and ranchers, and specifically proposals offered by Reps. Kind and Flake.  Their proposal seeks to repeal and cut holes in the farm safety net—a disastrous proposition for America’s farmers and our nation’s food security.


The Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Law is imminent…

The Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Law is imminent…

TOP SEVEN REASONS WHY the current law doesn’t work, and MUST be fixed now!

The current mandatory law will damage our livelihood. Cattlemen are a proud lot, and we are proud of the beef we produce. Labeling our products, especially U.S. beef, helps to strengthen consumer demand. We support a marketing program to promote American beef. But the current mandatory labeling law forces additional burdens on us, and doesn’t achieve the program’s intent.


Inaugural W.D. Farr Scholarships Awarded at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Inaugural W.D. Farr Scholarships Awarded at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

DENVER (July 18, 2007) – The academic careers of two outstanding animal science graduate students were given a lift today with scholarships awarded in honor of one of the cattle industry’s greatest pioneers. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) honored W.D. Farr, 97, of Greeley, Colo., through two annual $12,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name.

Sandra Gruber is currently working on her Ph.D. program at the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, where she also received her master’s degree. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University. Sandra’s research focuses on identifying factors that influence beef tenderness. Following completion of her graduate program, her goal is to actively contribute to the improvement of the beef industry by establishing an industry-recognized research program and have meaningful interaction with undergraduate students.


Center for Profitable Agriculture Welcomes New Marketing Specialist

Center for Profitable Agriculture Welcomes New Marketing Specialist

Cattle Today

Jennifer Dutton has been welcomed as the newest marketing specialist for the University of Tennessee and the Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA). The CPA is a partnership educational outreach program between UT Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and is the state’s flagship program for value-added agriculture.

As the newest member of the Center’s staff, Dutton will be involved with various value-added farm projects and will provide leadership to value-added meat and livestock initiatives. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Agricultural Economics. While at OSU she focused her research on the value that consumers place on brands and product attributes for fresh beef products at the retail level.


Anti-COOL Amendment Designed to Deceive Consumers;

Anti-COOL Amendment Designed to Deceive Consumers;

Opponents Thumb Their Noses at Consumers Who Want Origin Information


Opponents of the 2002 country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law are pulling out all the stops trying to convince Congress to amend the law to allow meat from imported cattle that are fed in the U.S. for any length of time to be classified as USA product.


COOL amendment would weaken, delay food labeling

COOL amendment would weaken, delay food labeling

American consumers deserve to have COOL implented fully and immediately

Rapid City Journal

With this week’s revelations about the Food and Drug Administration’s failures to adequately inspect foreign food imports, it was especially disheartening to see the continuing attacks on country-of-origin-labeling by agribusiness lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

The opponents of COOL are not taking a break from attempts to kill mandatory country-of-origin labeling.


USDA: Half of Livestock Producers Feeding Ethanol Co-products

USDA: Half of Livestock Producers Feeding Ethanol Co-products

Posted by John Davis

Domestic Fuel.com

A new USDA report says that about half of the cattle and hog operations in a 12-state Midwest region either fed ethanol co-products or considered feeding them to their livestock last year.

This story from Cattle Network.com says about 9,400 livestock operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin were surveyed.

Among dairy operations, 38 percent indicated that they fed co-products during 2006 and another 22 percent considered doing so. Among cattle on feed operations, 36 percent fed co-products and 34 percent more considered it. Among beef cattle operations, 13 percent reported that they fed co-products and 30 percent considered it. For hog operations, 12 percent fed co-products and 35 percent considered it.


Eat a steak, warm the planet

Eat a steak, warm the planet


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Paris – A kilogramme of beef causes more greenhouse gas and other pollution than driving for three hours while leaving all the lights on back home, according to a Japanese study.

A team led by Akifumi Ogino of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, calculated the environmental cost of raising cattle through conventional farming, slaughtering the animal and distributing the meat, New Scientist reports in next Saturday’s issue.


Watch cattle for heat stress

Watch cattle for heat stress

LINCOLN—With temperatures forecast to hit 90 degrees and above this week (week of July 15), cattle producers need to take steps to ward off heat stress in their herds, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.

Last week’s 80-degree days with relatively low humidity were a welcome relief, but now it’s even more important producers make sure their cattle have plenty of water, said Terry Mader, beef specialist at UNL’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord.


Final rule prohibits processing of ‘downer’ cattle

Final rule prohibits processing of ‘downer’ cattle

UNITED STATES: FSIS final rule to be published in the July 13 Federal Register.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a permanent prohibition on the slaughter of cattle that are unable to stand or walk (“downer” cattle) when presented for pre-slaughter inspection. The inability to stand or walk can be a clinical sign of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Under the rule, cattle that are injured after they pass pre-slaughter inspection will be reevaluated to determine their eligibility for slaughter. Veal calves that cannot stand because they are tired or cold may be set apart and held for treatment and re-inspection.

The rule to be published in the July 13 Federal Register makes permanent what had been an http://www.fsis.usda.gov prohibiting slaughter of non-ambulatory cattle in the United States. The final rule becomes effective Oct. 1, 2007.


Humane Society of US again scaring people away from good diets?

Humane Society of US again scaring people away from good diets?


Dennis T. Avery

The Humane Society of the U.S. has, for years, been trying to frighten people away from consuming meat, milk and eggs — but its recent testimony before a congressional committee reached a new low when the HSUS president, Wayne Pacelle, made the unsupported claim that pigs could be harboring the infamous and deadly British ‘mad cow” disease.

Swine veterinarians quickly pointed out that “mad cow,” or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, has never occurred naturally in swine. At the height of the British “mad cow” epidemic, both swine and cattle were exposed to the tissues from thousands of infected cattle and the swine were not affected.


K-State´s New Beef Cattle Institute To Support Kansas´ Economy

K-State´s New Beef Cattle Institute To Support Kansas´ Economy


MANHATTAN, Kan. – A new targeted Kansas State University effort, the Beef Cattle Institute, will focus on the cattle business, its role in the state´s economy and the need to provide safe, nutritious beef products to the state, region and world.

The interdisciplinary initiative will include teachers, researchers and subject specialists from several of K-State´s Colleges – the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Business, and Education. From those colleges, researchers from the Departments of Clinical Sciences, Animal Sciences and Industry, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Continuing Education, Food Science Institute, and libraries will be involved, said Daniel Thomson, a K-State veterinarian tapped to lead the new collaborative effort.