Daily Archives: September 3, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The August 29, issue # 551, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAgst29.html

While recent rainfall may have allowed many pastures to turn green after a summer of dormancy, unfortunately the heat has prevented much vegetative growth. This simply means that careful pasture “management” might be more critical now than it was during dormancy. This week, Jeff McCutcheon offers suggestions which will allow optimum forage production from now into late fall and winter.

Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Managing Your Drought Stressed Pastures this Fall
* Ethanol Co-products: How, When and Where Can I Feed Them?
* Distillers Grains with Solubles
* Thin Stillage and Corn Distillers Solubles
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report


Colorado State Fair Fiasco Tops This Week’s Bloopers

Colorado State Fair Fiasco Tops This Week’s Bloopers

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

I’ve heard it said many times that the problem with any youth program is the parents. To that we might add: “and those who are in charge of enforcing the rules but refuse to do it.”

The controversy this year going into the Colorado State Fair (CSF) was that the 4-H and FFA programs were requiring all livestock entries to have a premise ID. This was quite possibly the most publicized CSF rule ever due to the controversy that accompanied its implementation.


Choosing The Stocker Business

Choosing The Stocker Business

By Wes Ishmael Contributing Editor, Beef Magazine

Like the cattle they grow, this year’s National Stocker Award finalists share some similarities. Namely, each adds value to mismanaged cattle, presenting feedlots with a more uniform, lower-risk product. Along the way, beef consumers benefit from pounds grown for less cost than is typically possible in the feedlot.

Like those cattle though, each finalist is also unique, as each pursues a different and innovative path in accomplishing the aforementioned objective.


10 Vaccination Tips

10 Vaccination Tips

American Cowman

Vaccinations are an important key to proper animal health, and herd health management. And, to ensure that vaccination is as effective as possible, proper vaccine handling and administration is very important. The following tips from Dale Grotelueschen, DVM and veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, will help get you on the right path to better herd health management:


Shake the Weaning Time Blues

Shake the Weaning Time Blues        

Jerilyn Johnson

Missouri Ruralist

While there’s no magic formula that works for everyone at weaning time, Wes Peterson, Breckenridge cattleman, and Missouri Extension beef specialists offer these tried-and-true ranch remedies for getting calves off to a healthy and more profitable start.

* Raise them right – Low-stress management starts the day a calf is born at Peterson’s Rafter P Farms. Peterson selects for strong maternal traits plus good disposition in his commercial cowherd and herd sires. Peterson also puts a lot of effort into developing gentle calves.


Cows that work, calves that grade

Cows that work, calves that grade

Western Livestock Journal

Many beef producers struggle with priorities when it comes to genetic selection. One part of them knows the market rewards a focus on the end product. After all, consumers are the ultimate customers.

Then their skeptical side kicks in: “Yeah, but the most important thing is to get as many live, healthy calves as possible each year so the cows can earn their keep.”

Those torn by this conflict of the mind can take heart in an updated research paper by Twig Marston, Kansas State University.

Its long title indicates a comprehensive approach. “The Relationship Between Marbling and Other EPDs with Implications When Making Beef Cowherd Breeding and Management Decisions” discusses how carcass quality is related to reproduction.


Data, Fund Woes Slow Animal ID

Data, Fund Woes Slow Animal ID

US Animal Health Association

USDA is in the final stages of crafting a business plan to better define goals and strategies for its National Animal Identification System in the midst of Congress moving to pull its funding and a cattle industry that is not embracing the program with open arms.

Bruce Knight, USDA’s undersecretary of marketing and regulatory affairs, told industry leaders at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s ID Info Expo that USDA’s National Animal Identification System is now working to integrate a myriad of federal and state databases into one major animal-disease program. The problem is that most of these databases cannot mesh together and USDA is struggling with compatibility.


Cattle Health: BVD Herd Screening

Cattle Health: BVD Herd Screening


If a laboratory diagnosis of BVDV infection has been made from any submitted clinical samples, then there is an indication and an obligation for further investigation to be conducted at the herd level. Currently, herd screening involves individual animal testing by virus isolation which requires a certain amount of time and expense. Therefore, herd screening should not be done unless a commitment is made to establish and continue long term plans for the control and prevention of BVDV. If possible, due to the time and expense of herd screening, a positive laboratory diagnosis should be sought to indicate the infection status of a herd prior to herd screening.


Bluetongue and Anaplasmosis – Frequently Asked Questions

Bluetongue and Anaplasmosis – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

What is Bluetongue?

Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease that can affect all ruminants; cattle are the natural reservoirs of the virus. There are 21 different strains of Bluetongue that have been identified. In Canada, Type 11 Bluetongue virus was isolated in 1987 and 1988 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.


Meat stakes future in Omaha

Meat stakes future in Omaha



The Union Stockyards helped the south Omaha meatpacking industry thrive for decades. At the Stockyards’ peak, they took up more than 200 acres. But as slaughtering operations moved away from cities and closer to rural feedlots, meatpacking in the Omaha area dipped to a low of 2,171 jobs in 1985.

At the peak of the city’s meatpacking era — when Swift, Armour, Wilson and Cudahy operated around the clock, supplied by the world’s largest stockyards — employment topped 10,000 workers. Furthermore, packing plant jobs represented a greater percentage of total jobs in the Omaha market than they do now.

By 2006, meatpacking jobs in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area numbered 7,045, according to Nebraska Workforce Development.

And the metro area’s meatpacking jobs have continued to increase since the 2006 labor data were collected, said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. The total was 7,200 in June.


Drought dries up farm profits

Drought dries up farm profits

By Kym Klass

Montgomery Advertiser

HOPE HULL — Laslie Hall takes pride in being able to feed his 200 cattle, using the ground to naturally produce food.

But the Hope Hull farmer has learned if there is a drought, and he puts down natural fertilizer and recieves no rain, it is literally a waste of money.

In his case, it’s a $5,000 loss.

“The misconception out there is that cows eat corn,” Hall said. “But mine eat grass. I’ve been having to buy them some feed, which I don’t like to do. Every time you do that, you lose some money.”

The economic impact on Alabama agriculture from a late freeze and the prolonged drought is estimated at $1.2 billion. And that figure, calculated through July 1, is low because damage done by the extreme heat since then hasn’t been figured in, said Ronnie Murphy, a deputy commissioner with the Department of Agriculture and Industries.


Well Being: Lean toward leaner ground beef

Well Being: Lean toward leaner ground beef


Mansfield News Journal

The most popular cut of meat in the United States is ground beef, with Americans eating 28 pounds of “hamburger” per person each year. This is a problem because it is a major source of fat in the American diet, but it doesn’t have to be.

A recent issue of the Environmental Nutrition newsletter attempted to explain the confusion that exists about the various kinds of ground beef. If the package is marked “hamburger meat,” it is allowed to have fat added to the product. The designation “ground beef” means it contains only the fat that was in the meat naturally.

Packages of ground beef are often labeled to specify the cut of meat which was used, such as “ground sirloin” or “ground chuck.” Chuck has the highest fat content, round is in the middle, and sirloin has the least fat, but don’t depend on the cut of meat to really tell you the fat content. The amount of fat in the final product is determined by how well the meat was trimmed before it was ground. In the case of “hamburger meat,” it depends upon how much fat was added.


EPA helping to oversee big farms, despite power switch

EPA helping to oversee big farms, despite power switch


Zanesville Times Recorder

COLUMBUS – Environmental regulators are playing as strong a role as ever fighting pollution by Ohio’s giant livestock farms five years after the state handed its agriculture experts the job.

State data show that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has fielded more agriculture-related complaints on average since the power transfer, and EPA fines against megafarm operators since August 2002 have dwarfed those levied by the Ohio Department of Agriculture


Mini” livestock makes the scene; Backyard Barnyard

Mini” livestock makes the scene; Backyard Barnyard

By MaryAnn Morris, INI Florida


The smaller animals so popular now are for the most part, not so new. Many farm animals have been bred to be larger and larger to produce more meat or more milk per animal. The original breeds of cattle, goats, horses, etc. were quite smaller than the individuals that started the breeds.

Most people around the lake are familiar with the little Cracker horses and the Cracker cattle, dwarfed by today’s hefty Charolais, Angus and Holsteins, which weigh 1,200 to 1,800 pounds.


Drought Management Information for Agricultural Producers

Drought Management Information for Agricultural Producers

Jennifer Taylor

Lincoln Tribune

Cooperative Extension has undertaken a coordinated effort to compile the latest information available to help farmers make the best decisions possible in coping with the worst drought in several decades. The severe rainfall deficit this summer coupled with an early spring freeze has caused a tremendous shortage in feed for livestock and large yield losses in corn and soybeans. A recent survey of 63 counties in North Carolina estimated that an additional 800,000 round bales of hay will be needed to feed the beef and dairy cattle in the state during the normal winter feeding period. This hay is not available without significant transportation cost, which makes it financially unrealistic for most operations.


4-Hers after hours

4-Hers after hours

by Nikki Tundel,

Minnesota Public Radio

Each August, thousands of 4-Hers flood the fairgrounds to showcase their sheep and cattle and swine. But just what do all these farm kids do when they’re not in the judging ring?

St. Paul, Minn. — Ten minutes ago, Maggie Jennissen and Molly Herberg were asleep on the hay. Literally.

The fourteen-year-olds finished showing their heifers at the Minnesota State Fair, and now they’re relaxing on mounds of straw in the cattle barn. The remainder of their afternoon will be spent rolling their eyes at city dwellers, primarily the ones who teeter about the fairgrounds in high heels and insist on plugging their noses as they walk past the well groomed cows and calves.


NDNB holds groundbreaking ceremony for new plant

NDNB holds groundbreaking ceremony for new plant


Farm & Ranch Guide

FARGO, N.D. – Ground was broken on a $3 million beef processing and research building on the north side of Fargo on Aug. 13 which some are hoping will open up new prospects for North Dakota cattle producers.

The plant is a project of the North Dakota Beef Systems Center of Excellence, a joint venture between North Dakota State University’s beef research program and North Dakota Natural Beef, LLC (NDNB). Upon completion, the plant will process and package cattle and bison meat that is free of growth hormones and antibiotics in an effort to meet the growing demand for natural meat products. The beef will be marketed under the Dakota Farms brand.