Daily Archives: January 4, 2006

All cows don’t share same needs

All cows don’t share same needs
Proper feeding now means better calves later, expert says
By Mike SurbruggGlobe Farm Editor
1/1/06 COLUMBUS, Kan. – Dennis Elbrader, Kansas State University agriculture extension agent in Cherokee County, said how cattle producers care for cows this winter will affect their calf production in the spring.Cow-calf income is tied to the number and weight of weaned calves.Elbrader advises producers to segregate the cow herd based on body condition and to balance rations to supply needed levels of protein and energy. Each farm or ranch is different and not all cows on the farm need the same diet.Winter cattle feeding is costly and getting the needed ration to beef cows can mean using grass or hay, supplements and possibly minerals, he said.percent of the lost weight 60 to 80 days after calving.


Hokkaido lab may have succeeded in 1st artificial BSE infection+

Hokkaido lab may have succeeded in 1st artificial BSE infection+

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

SAPPORO, Jan. 4_(Kyodo) _ Japan may have succeeded for the first time in artificially triggering the onset of mad cow disease as several cows inoculated with abnormal prions have shown symptoms of the disease at the Hokkaido Animal Research Center, its official said Wednesday.
The center plans to dissect three of the cows in February to see if they were indeed infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. If confirmed, it will be the first successful case of human-induced BSE in Japan, which researchers hope will contribute to further studies of the disease-causing abnormal proteins and cure methods.According to the prefectural research center, the experiment began in February 2004 when 14 female Holstein calves, kept in an isolated facility, were inoculated in the brain with 0.1 gram of abnormal prions extracted from BSE infected cows.Researchers kept a close watch on the calves, including their behavior and blood samples. Around the end of last year, several calves began to show early symptoms of the brain-wasting disease such as wobbling and overreacting to sounds, the official said.”Until now, we have only had (samples from) dead infected cows,” the official said. “If it becomes possible to analyze blood and other samples from infected cows that are alive, then we can understand what kinds of changes occur before the infection develops and enable earlier detection of the disease.”Researchers in Britain have already succeeded in similar experiments. Elsewhere in Japan, the National Institute of Animal Health in Ibaraki Prefecture is conducting a similar test by injecting abnormal prions into the stomachs of cows.

Farmers and ranchers struggle with drought

Farmers and ranchers struggle with drought

Updated: Jan 3, 2006 6:25pmThe drought is making it tough to grow crops and raise cattle and that means we’ll pay more for certain things at the supermarket, like beef. Some Central Texas farmers and ranchers are struggling to stay afloat.
Acres of dry and brittle grass are a common site throughout Central Texas.
McLennan County rancher Leonard Graham says, “I’ve seen some dry times, but not near as bad as it is right now.”

Thailand lifts import ban on US beef

Thailand lifts import ban on US beef

The Thai government has decided to lift its ban on beef imports from the United States, official Thai News Agency reported this afternoon. The lifting of the ban, imposed after a mad-cow scare in the US last year, is on condidtion that US authorities certify in writing that every shipment is free from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the official name of mad cow disease.According to TNA, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told journalists this afternoon that the decision was made after a meeting of all agencies concerning food safety, including those under the Ministries of Public Health and Agriculture and Cooperatives.”We’ve decided to lift the ban based on a strict condition that each shipment of imported US beef must be officially certified in a written document that it is free from the BSE–the same condition the Japanese government has imposed on imported US beef,” he noted.The two-year ban will be lifted next week when US and Thai officials in charge of food safety meet here–scheduled for January 9.Thailand imposed a total ban on imported US beef in late 2003 after an outbreak of the mad cow disease was confirmed in US cattle farms.

Try mini-cattle for your "back four"

Try mini-cattle for your “back four”
Posted by the Ocean County Observer on 01/4/06
TRAPPE, Md. — If you’re a suburban cowboy hankering to raise a herd and short on ranch land, mini cattle may be for you.
New breeds of pint-sized heifers and bulls are making it easier for small farmers to raise cattle for milk, meat or just fun.
On Bill Bryan’s 50-acre spread on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he has sold seven calves this year.

China reveals new outbreak of foot-and-mouth

China reveals new outbreak of foot-and-mouth
The Boston Globe from Reuters
December 30, 2005
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease forced the killing of 91 cattle in northeastern China this week, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Foot-and-mouth disease causes severe weight loss in cloven-hoofed animals. It does not affect humans and outbreaks are relatively easy to control, but can have serious economic impact on the livestock industry.
Cattle on a farm in Shandong province developed symptoms this month. The culling commenced on December 29 after cattle were found to have contracted the disease, Xinhua cited the agricultural ministry as saying late on Friday.
The provincial government has since quarantined the farm where the outbreak occurred, and ordered inoculations for animals in the area, the agency added.
Beijing has kept outbreaks of the disease hidden in the past.
The country is now struggling also to contain avian influenza, reporting its third human fatality from the H5N1 bird flu strain just this week.
This year alone, China has killed and incinerated thousands of head of cattle to control the outbreak of the Asia type 1 foot-and-mouth disease, officials say.
Outbreaks have been reported on the outskirts of Beijing, neighbouring Hebei province, eastern Jiangsu province, the western region of Xinjiang, and in Shandong. However, officials in the animal feed industry say Beijing has failed to report the full extent of the disease’s spread. (image placeholder)