Monthly Archives: September 2007

S.D. Beef Council honors Prime Promoters

S.D. Beef Council honors Prime Promoters

Tri State Neighbor

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Two individuals, a restaurant and community organization have received special recognition for their efforts in promoting beef and the beef industry.

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) honored its 2007 Prime Promoters during its Prime Promoter Award Luncheon. The event was held Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SDBIC annual meeting and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Beef Bowl in Brookings, S.D. Honorees this year include Robbi Pritchard, Eldon Roth, Cabaret Steakhouse and Lounge, and the Mobridge Beef and Fun Day Committee.


Gelbvieh Juniors Earn Foundation Scholarships

Gelbvieh Juniors Earn Foundation Scholarships

Cattle TOday

The American Gelbvieh Association Foundation presented scholarships to six deserving junior Gelbvieh members during the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Gateway Classic in Sedalia, Mo., July 8-13. The Heart of America Gelbvieh Association and Heart of America Junior Gelbvieh Association co-hosted the event with the American Gelbvieh Junior Association.


Research takes a hit in Beef Board budget

Research takes a hit in Beef Board budget

by Peter Shinn

Brownfeild Network

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) last week figured out how it planned to spend its $46.8 million budget for the 2008 fiscal year. That budget represents a 9% decrease from the current fiscal year.

CBB Chairman Ken Stielow is a beef producer from Paradise, Kansas. He told Brownfield a number of factors contributed to this year’s smaller budget.

“The cattle inventory in the United States isn’t growing and the imported assessments were down,” Stielow explained. “And then also, we’ve been doing a better job of budgeting and using our funds, so that in the past, we’ve had some carryover funds to budget into the new budget each year and this year we just didn’t have that – we’d used ‘em up.”

That leaner budget, Stielow said, led the CBB Beef Promotion Operating Committee to reject $1.8 million in program requests. And according to Stielow, many of the rejected requests for beef checkoff dollars involved research.


Governor Rendell Announces 51st Annual Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Governor Rendell Announces 51st Annual Keystone International Livestock Exposition

PR Newswire

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today invited the public to attend the 51st Annual Keystone International Livestock Exposition, Sept. 29 – Oct. 7, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

     The largest livestock show in the eastern United States, this year’s expo features more than 4,500 animals and 1,300 exhibitors from 30 states and Canada.

     “Each year, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition features some of the finest livestock in the world,” said Governor Rendell. “This show plays a particularly important role in the Pennsylvania livestock industry – providing producers the opportunity to exhibit, sell, merchandise and promote premier livestock from across the state.”

     Since it began in 1957, the show has grown bigger and better, adding more to its schedule and doubling the number of entries. The cattle show expanded from eight to 16 beef breeds and categories. The sheep show has grown from six to 14 breeds, and the swine show now includes nine breeds. Throughout the years, the horse show has grown to feature nine different breeds.


Beef Myths: Cattle Are Given Large Amounts Of Antibiotics On A Regular Basis

Beef Myths: Cattle Are Given Large Amounts Of Antibiotics On A Regular Basis

Fact: In reality, antibiotics are used very sparingly by cattlemen. Antibiotics are used to treat animals that are sick, but those animals are not permitted to be marketed until the antibiotic residue has been reduced to safe levels in the animal’s system (as determined by requirements of the Food and Drug Administration [FDA]).


Study Shows Hereford Heterosis Advantage

Study Shows Hereford Heterosis Advantage

Hereford World

Preliminary research shows a $78 advantage for Hereford-sired calves compared to Angus-sired calves in a real-world commercial setting.

The American Hereford Association (AHA) announced the first-year results of a heterosis study being conducted in cooperation with California State University, Chico; Lacey Livestock; Harris Feeding Co.; and Harris Ranch Beef Co. The objective of the research project was to conduct a controlled crossbreeding system, comparing progeny sired by Hereford and Angus bulls, under commercial conditions, emphasizing economic differences at the ranch, feedlot and packing plant.


South Korea beef imports from US returning to pre-ban level

South Korea beef imports from US returning to pre-ban level

Seoul – Even in the face of farmers’ protests and consumers’ health concerns, South Korea has increased its consumption of US-produced beef and has almost regained its number 3 spot on the list of American beef importers since it resumed limited imports in April. South Korean consumption of American beef was tallied by the US Meat Export Federation at the 63 million US dollars worth of 14,822 tons during the April-to-June period.

The federation said that South Korea has become the world’s fifth-largest importer of American beef after Mexico, Canada, Egypt and Japan.


North Dakota To Offer Beef Grading Services

North Dakota To Offer Beef Grading Services

BISMARCK – North Dakota will soon offer beef grading services to meat slaughtering operations in the state.

 “North Dakota cattle producers and meat packing companies can add significant value to their products by having their beef graded to accepted standards,” said Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson. “With the state handling the process, the cost will be significantly lower to producers and packers.”

Johnson said the grading service is made possible by a legislative appropriation and through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

 “AMS already offers meat grading service to North Dakota,” Johnson said. “It can be very expensive, however, since the producer or packer must pay the necessary fees, plus the expense of having a federal grading specialist come to the state.”


Good Fertilizer Management Begets Good Grass Production

Good Fertilizer Management Begets Good Grass Production

Beef Magazine

As the weather turns cooler, cool-season grass pastures enter their most productive period of the year. For optimum production, producers need to apply sufficient fertilizer to these grasses at the right time of year, says Dale Leikam, Kansas State University (KSU) Extension nutrient management specialist.

“Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and sulfur are the nutrients which most commonly limit cool-season grass production in Kansas,” he says.

If cool-season grass pastures have not been sampled yet for soil-test analysis, the KSU agronomist says, it should be done at once. “Cool-season grasses may need more than just N. Balanced fertility is essential to optimum yield and high quality hay. For example, adding N won’t produce optimum yields if the soil P or K levels are low,” Leikam says.


Baxter Black: Garlic Mania

Baxter Black:  Garlic Mania

As we pulled off of California Highway 101 into Gilroy, I was assailed by the pungent odor of garlic. When I rolled down the window my eyes began to water and my nose tingled. A blind man driving down the road wouldn’t need a sign to tell him he had arrived at the Annual Garlic Festival!

If there were any secular or religious worshipers of garlic, Gilroy would serve as their Mecca. Yet it is not alone in its oleic appeal. I flew into Wenatchee, WA one summer. As we deboarded the airplane, the pleasant aroma of the apple orchards filled the air. I began to salivate. Another time I saw a bumper sticker on a fertilizer salesman’s truck in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield. It read, “I luv Ammonia”. To each his own.


Hay Quality Impacted by Five Factors

Hay Quality Impacted by Five Factors

by: Chuck Coffey, Noble Foundation

Cattle Today

Of all the feedstuffs livestock consume, hay is probably one of the most variable in terms of quality. Hay can look good and still be low quality, or look bad and be good quality. The best way to know for sure is to have it tested. However, many people never take the time to send off a sample for analysis.

What are the factors affecting the quality of hay?

Stage of Maturity: This refers to the growth stage of the plant at the time of harvest. Stage of maturity is by far the most important factor influencing quality. The younger the plant, the higher the quality. I’ve actually seen common bermudagrass test greater than 20 percent crude protein on a dry matter basis. If you want to harvest or purchase good quality hay, pay particular attention to maturity. In southern Oklahoma, we can expect to harvest decent quality bermudagrass if it’s cut prior to mid June. If you delay much beyond that time, quality rapidly begins declining with the first cutting.


Under Exploited Double Crop Opportunities

Under Exploited Double Crop Opportunities

Dr. Keith Johnson

Purdue University Department of Agronomy


The objective of this paper is to create awareness among Indiana forage producers about under-exploited crops that could fit into double-crop forage systems.

The Midwest USA has distinct seasons that create unique double-crop opportunities for livestock producers. There are many diverse annual crops that grow best in particular seasons of the year that can help improve the efficiency of the farming enterprise when utilized as a double crop. I want to make it clear, however, that I prefer using high quality perennial forages as the base of a livestock producer’s forage program. Annual crops can create more “headaches” for producers than perennial crops; annual crops have to be found and purchased each year, seeded in a timely fashion each year (sometimes Mother Nature does not let that occur), and there is risk associated in getting a good stand established each year.


Send Parasites Packing This Fall

Send Parasites Packing This Fall

If producers and parasitologists agree on one thing, it is the importance of fall parasite control. It’s a convenient time of the year to treat, and it is high on the producer’s priority list because of parasites like liver flukes, lice and mange.  It also is an ideal time to clean cattle of Ostertagia ostertagi (brown stomach worms) before winter.


rograms To Help Pay Hay-Hauling Costs

Programs To Help Pay Hay-Hauling Costs

Hay and Forage Grower

Drought-stricken North Carolina will help finance the costs of getting hay hauled to its livestock producers, announced Steve Troxler, state ag commissioner. Two programs are in the works: the Golden Hay Relief Program, designed to finance some of the costs to move hay and alternative forages within the state, and the Ag Partners Hay Relief Program, which will help pay to bring in out-of-state hay.

“The drought has caused an estimated $80 million in losses of hay, pasture and forage in our state,” Troxler says. “We are working feverishly to cope with this hay emergency and prevent a mass exodus of livestock farmers.”


Beef-forage systems shortcourse planned

Beef-forage systems shortcourse planned

LINCOLN—Registrations are being accepted for the 2007-08 Integrated Beef-Forage Systems shortcourse from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

The three-session, four-day course offers hands-on education designed to improve the management of beef production and forage resources in southern Nebraska. It integrates management of grassland, crop residues, irrigated pastures and harvested forages into a year-round grazing system.

Sessions are scheduled Nov. 19-20 in North Platte; Jan. 23 in Lexington, or Jan. 24 in Grant; and April 2 in Kearney or April 3 in Ogallala.


Getting ‘Bullosophical:’ Texas A&M Students ‘Steer’ Toward Ranching

Getting ‘Bullosophical:’ Texas A&M Students ‘Steer’ Toward Ranching

Guaranteed jobs after graduation make managing land and livestock attractive.


KINGSVILLE, Texas | From a laptop computer in a university classroom beams a long list of letters and numbers – an equation, Les Nunn tells his colleagues in cowboy hats, for getting the most beef out of your pastures’ grass.

It’s noon Friday at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s nascent Institute for Ranch Management, time for brown bag lunches and “bullosophy.” Nunn’s PowerPoint presentation, “Searching for the Economic Optimum Stocking Ratio,” follows another student’s profit-loss analysis of a government incentive program for land conservation and another’s stab at formulas for sharing land between hunting lessees and livestock.

University officials tout the institute as the world’s first master’s degree program in ranch management, the equivalent of a Harvard Business School for those who would take a “systems” approach to the Wild West. In addition to graduate-level business courses, students are schooled in rangeland specialties, including animal nutrition and wildlife management.

It’s an exclusive club, coming with the promise of a job after graduation. The first graduating class had two students; the current class has four, with seven students enrolled in the program this year. Twenty students applied for a slot.


USDA To Examine Health Management In Beef Industry

USDA To Examine Health Management In Beef Industry

Austin, Texas. . . . . The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking an in-depth look at priority health and management issues facing U.S. beef operations in an effort to help further the understanding of potential disease threats.

Conducted through USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), the Beef 2007-08 Study marks the third time NAHMS has focused on cow-calf operations, an important segment of the beef industry. From October through November, representatives from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey selected large beef operations in 24 states including Texas.

 “The Beef 2007-08 Study is a grass-roots effort to gather health data on America’s beef farms,” said David Abbe, director of the NASS Texas Field Office. “In order to continue to be highly productive, the U.S. beef industry relies on this objective, science-based information regarding successful management practices.”


Farm groups: USDA opens doors to mad cows from Canada

Farm groups: USDA opens doors to mad cows from Canada

by George Lauby

North Platte Bulletin

 Farm and ranch groups are battling the USDA over beef shipments from Canada. Again, it’s about mad cow disease, a mysterious disease carried by livestock for which there is no known cure.

There have been nine confirmed cases of mad cow disease in Canada. The disease is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Shipment of older cows that might carry the disease, will be allowed without inspection, according to the proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Graze To Keep Grass Healthy

Graze To Keep Grass Healthy

One way to reduce weeds in a pasture is to graze hard enough so cattle will eat them since there is nothing else to eat. While many weeds can provide satisfactory protein and energy for cattle when eaten, controlling weeds with heavy grazing pressure might not be healthy for the pasture. Every pasture has millions of weed seeds in the soil and the potential to become weedy. Since some pastures stay relatively clean while other pastures become weedy, other factors undoubtedly influence the weed population. Simply grazing or controlling weeds by spraying or cutting does little to prevent weeds from coming back again unless these other factors are changed to better support desirable plants.


E. coli 0157:H7 used in commercial cattle for first time

E. coli 0157:H7 used in commercial cattle for first time

Ag Professional

BELLEVILLE, Ontario — Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. today announced that its vaccine against E. coli O157:H7 in cattle has been used for the first time by a commercial beef producer.

Top Meadow Farms, an Ontario-based producer of premium beef, integrated use of the E. coli O157:H7 vaccine into its Top in Field(TM) cattle rearing standards, under the auspices of Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations governing the sale of the vaccine in Canada.

“Top Meadow is committed to producing beef that is of the best possible taste and healthfulness,” stated Kym Anthony, owner of Top Meadow Farms. “The Bioniche vaccine provides an important pre-harvest intervention against E. coli O157:H7 that we are very pleased to add to our CFIA-audited Top in Field(TM) feed and husbandry protocols.”