On February 5, 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was going to scrap the eight years of work and $120 million poured into creation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA and a former head of the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, said that hes worried that the decision to end NAIS will hinder the ability of veterinarians to respond to a disease outbreak.
Manage Females to Ensure Safe and Easy Calf Delivery
Heather Smith Thomas
There are many things that influence calving ease and length of labor in cows and heifers, and some of these factors can be managed—to help ensure safe and easy delivery of calves. The main cause for dystocia (difficult birth) is a big calf and small pelvic area in the dam, especially in first calf heifers that have not yet attained mature size.
Give them a chance to be productive cows
Calving season has either started or is just around the corner. You’ve spent a lot of time selecting, managing and designing a breeding program for the females that are about to calve for the first time. If the replacements are selected from your herd, these heifers won’t generate any income for almost two and a half years when they wean their first calf. Feed costs are the greatest costs in the beef cow enterprise. Skimping on the groceries for first-calf females after calving is not a place to save on feed costs. .
PSU Announces 2010 Meat Safety Workshops
Penn State Meat is Neat Blog
Faculty and Staff from Penn State University’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science and Department of Food Science have scheduled food safety programs targeted to meat and poultry processors. Workshops include Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs, Food Defense, and special sessions for Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes.
Serve Up A Forage Buffet
Cliff Schuette’s cows dine "cafeteria-style" for much of the year, thanks to the diversity of forage crops he provides on his Breese, Ill., farm. Utilizing a combination of 100 acres of grass, clovers and herbs, backstopped by 15 acres of summer and winter annuals, Schuette generally can maintain 50 cows and their calves, plus 25 replacement heifers, using only high-quality, homegrown forages.
“The power of protein in the land of lean beef” may just be one of my favorite product slogans right now. There is so much in the livestock industry to be proud of, including nutritious meat products for consumers worldwide. National Nutrition Month, going on through March, however, is the crunch time to protect our industry as other groups work to give meat a bad rap.
Manure spreading business sees composting demand increase
The Prairie Star
For six years Lee Roy Goddard and his family have been spreading a lot of manure around Reed Point, Mont., and their ranching and farming neighbors love it.
In fact, they call and ask them to come to their place and spread more manure.
Agritourism potential big, ranchers told
Cattle ranchers, whose fortunes rise and fall largely with the price of beef, might think about throwing their gates open to visitors.
Ranchers gathered in Oakdale this month heard about the potential for agritourism from Holly George, who has helped develop it in the northern Sierra Nevada.
A 4-H project that went berserk
“A 4-H project that went berserk” is one way that Howell Wheaton has described how he got into the business of raising Angus cattle.
Wheaton, who has been involved in agriculture all his life, has been raising Angus in Boone County since 1973 after his daughter Susan wanted a black heifer for a 4-H project.
Antibiotics talk vexes industry
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Pfizer Animal Health recently hosted a workshop at the Abilene Civic Center to further educate livestock producers of the importance of proper animal care and welfare.
Meat That’s Really ‘Well’ Done
Going against the grain, U.S. Wellness Meats says its grass-fed steaks and chops can fight heart disease and cancer, as well as hunger.
Everyone seems to want everyone else to eat healthy food these days, whether it’s the First Lady encouraging us to make better choices, companies supplementing food with omega 3s, cities banning trans fats, posting calorie counts, or taxing soda.
Genetic Potential of Feed Efficiency Being Explored
Whoever first uttered that immortal maxim about being unable to manage something without measuring it was likely someone in the cow business—casting a wishful and frustrated glance at his cows, then at his hay pile.
New Research Shared At Beef Safety Summit
The essential oils in orange peel and pulp kill E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella according to research presented at the 2010 Beef Industry Safety Summit. This ongoing study is looking at these natural byproducts, created by making juice, as a potential feed ingredient for cattle. More than 200 experts from every sector of the beef industry met in Dallas this week to share research and identify farm-to-fork solutions for improving beef safety.
Solving the Big Three
Hoosier AG Today
Critics of modern agriculture are always coming up with new issues to rail about and new problems that have to be solved. Yet, when you cut through the hype and hysteria, they fall into three major categories: treatment of animals, treatment of the environment, and treatment of our natural resources.
Too much grade?
It was just three years ago when industry experts were pointing to a 30-year decline in beef quality. Barely more than half of the cattle were grading USDA Choice, but today the picture is much different. Improvements in genetics, ration changes and better feeding conditions all led to a rise in quality to where Choice cattle made up 60% of the total last spring. Recent weeks find that nationwide number closer to 65%.