Daily Archives: December 30, 2005

Midwest Value-Added Ag Conference is Jan. 27-28

Midwest Value-Added Ag Conference is Jan. 27-28 The Midwest Value-Added Ag Conference is designed to help agriculturists explore new market opportunities and learn from farmers, business people and experts involved in value-added farm enterprises. The eight annual conference, themed “Connecting You with Your Customers,” is Jan. 27-28 at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire, WI. Attendees will learn how to write a business plan, market as a group and choose between alternative enterprises. They’ll also learn about ag products others have created, sources of start-up funds and how to get a loan. To learn more, call Heather Flashinski, River Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, at 715-834-9672. Register before Jan. 1 to save $15. For more info, visit www.rivercountryrcd.org/valad.htm. — Joe Roybal, Beef Magazine

Make 100 Healthy Calves Your 2006 Goal

Make 100% Healthy Calves Your 2006 Goal
Dr. Mark Hilton, Purdue University
Beef Cow Calf Weekly

When I was a growing up on our family farm, my father would have been embarrassed if the telephone rang during “working hours” and he was in the house. In his day, you had to be outside doing physical labor to really be “working.” Times have changed. Today, most of us realize time spent researching and planning is as important as physical labor. In fact, the time spent on such tasks should reduce your workload later in the year. With that as a backdrop, let’s examine some items to discuss with your family or crew in regard to having 100% healthy calves in 2006. Some research-based concepts for producing healthy calves can be transferred directly from research herds to your herd.


Six Factors For Better Artificial Insemination Success

— Eric Grant for the National Association of Animal Breeders.
From Cow-Calf Weekly
Most artificial insemination (AI) programs rely heavily on a wide array of estrous synchronization (ES) programs now available. But success can vary widely, so it’s important producers know which factors can negatively impact their AI programs — and how to manage them.


Canadian Beef Back in Tokyo Supermarkets

SanFrancisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

(12-27) 10:16 PST TOKYO, Japan (AP) —

Canadian beef was back on some supermarket shelves in the Japanese capital on Tuesday, following the lifting of a two year ban on imports, but with consumers still wary about mad cow disease, it wasn’t expected to be flying off the shelves just yet.

Canada’s Ambassador to Japan said he was confident that Canadian beef will regain its popularity following the easing of the ban.

“We are very confident that this market will strengthen as it did in the past and that the Japanese will again merit well from good quality Canadian beef,” Ambassador Josef Caron said as he attended a ceremony at a Tokyo supermarket, one of the first to begin selling the beef Tuesday.

“It will take a little bit of time, but it will come back,” he said.

Canada exported between 10,000 and 20,000 tons of beef a year to Japan until trade was halted in May 2003, when the first case of mad cow disease was found in a Canadian animal.

Before the ban, Japan was the third largest importer of Canadian beef after the United States and Mexico, according to the Canadian Embassy.

Japan partially lifted the ban on U.S. and Canadian beef imports on Dec. 12, allowing meat only from cows younger than 21 months.

Hanamasa Co., a Tokyo-based operator of supermarkets and restaurants, said it had imported about eight tons of beef from Ontario to be sold Tuesday and Wednesday at its 10 outlets in the Tokyo area.

The meat was priced at about the same before the import ban, said company official Hiroko Abe, adding that Hanamasa plans to begin full-scale sales of Canadian beef in late January or February.

Hanamasa may start selling U.S. beef next spring, she added.

On Monday, two mid-sized supermarket chains in northern and western Japan began selling U.S. beef.

URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/12/27/international/i061112S00.DTL

Nine Challenges Facing The Industry In 2006

by Troy Marshall
Cow-Calf Weekly

  • Exports — rebuild and regain our market share in lost export markets, while reducing market barriers and solidifying the U.S. position as the world’s foremost supplier of high-quality, safe and wholesome, corn-fed beef.
  • Continue to shift away from the commodity trap, and create marketing systems and avenues that allow us not only to consistently hit specific market segments and niches, but reflect these value differences through a revamped marketing system.
  • Implementation of a national animal ID system.
  • Be ready to face even more ferocious attacks from anti-beef advocates.
  • Coping with a cattle-cycle phase where more beef tonnage will be available (even with exports and dry conditions offsetting the effects of expansion to a large extent).
  • Fierce competition from competing meats.
  • Higher fuel, transportation, energy and input costs.