Daily Archives: January 11, 2006

‘Icy moons of Jupiter’ more important than agriculture?

‘Icy moons of Jupiter’ more important than agriculture?
From, Delta Farm Press
Jan 9, 2006 11:57 AMBy Forrest Laws
The national debt is projected to reach $7.8 trillion this fiscal year, but the federal government continues to spend money on projects such as a $248-million study of the icy moons of Jupiter.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, doesn’t understand why the government is shelling out that kind of money for what he clearly considers to be frivolous research when it’s is also planning to cut farm program spending by at least $3.7 billion over the next five years.

Consortium to oversee animal movement database

Statement by
Charles Miller, Chairman
United States Animal Identification Organization (USAIO)
January 11, 2006

I am pleased to announce the formation of the United States Animal Identification Organization (USAIO). The USAIO is a nonprofit, independent organization working with every segment of animal industry and animal health authorities to manage the industry-led animal identification movement database as prescribed by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) plan.

The first board meeting was held January 10, 2006, where members of the board were elected. The board of directors will be expanded as various industry groups formally adopt the USAIO as their database repository for animal movement data needed for the NAIS. Initial directors are:
Charles Miller, Nicholasville, Ky., cow-calf producer
Rick Stott, Boise, Idaho, beef producer
Lance Kuck, Bassett, Neb., bison producer

This organization looks forward to working closely with industry and animal health authorities to move the NAIS forward in a positive, proactive way. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been submitted by the USAIO to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to form a strategic partnership and fulfill Secretary Johanns directive for the industry to develop the database repository. USAIO looks forward to engaging all the interested parties to provide an effective, efficient, and inexpensive database for the NAIS.

Cattlemen prepare for sale

Cattlemen prepare for sale

2006 Siskiyou Daily News

MONTAGUE – It is that time of year when cattlemen start thinking about getting a new bull for the upcoming breeding season. Two major bull auctions will be held within the next month and Montague rancher, Basil Newton, has four bulls that are being prepared for those sales. Two of Newton’s bulls will be going to the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding sale at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff on Jan. 28, and two more to the Klamath Bull and Ranch Horse Sale in Klamath Falls, Ore. on Feb. 4.


Report: Canadian meat imports continued despite bad inspections

Report: Canadian meat imports continued despite bad inspections
Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Two years ago, U.S. food safety officials warned that Canadian meat and poultry inspections were lacking, yet the Agriculture Department refused to stop the flow of imports from Canada, a department investigation found.
Since then, 4.4 billion pounds of processed meat made its way to U.S. supermarkets and restaurants, according to a report from the department’s inspector general.
The Agriculture Department said this week it had addressed problems at individual Canadian plants, some of which lost export privileges. “In no instance was public health placed at risk,” said Richard Raymond, undersecretary for food safety.

Nutritious Treat for Cattle and Wildlife

Nutritious Treat for Cattle and WildlifeForage Kochia!

In the Western United States, a hardy plant called “forage kochia,” Kochia prostrata, greens up in spring, remains green and succulent during the heat of summer, and turns reddish in the fall. On snowy days, the leaves and stems make a satisfying snack for hungry cattle. Sheep, deer, elk, and antelope, as well, can nosh on this nourishing, shrublike plant.
Forage kochia (pronounced KO-chuh) can grow to between 1 and 2 feet high on western rangelands. In winter, it’s not unusual to see cattle deftly punching holes in the snowpack’s crust to reach the delectable kochia below. Now, if the plant were just a bit taller, poking out of the snow, the cattle wouldn’t have to perform this fancy hoofwork.

From USDA Agricultural Research Service


When good things happen to good cows..

When good things happen to good cows..
Yahoo News
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A cow that escaped last week from a Montana slaughterhouse, leading workers and police on a six-hour chase, will be spared following a wave of popular support, officials said on Tuesday.
Del Morris, manager of Mickey’s Packing Plant in Great Falls, said he decided to let the cow live the instant he saw it cross the Missouri River through Great Falls.
Town residents will now decide through a telephone poll whether the cow will remain a resident of Montana, where it will live out its life on pastureland surrounding the packing plant, or be shipped to an animal sanctuary in Seattle.
Morris said the heifer he calls Molly and her escape effort attained celebrity status with television and news organizations requesting interviews and calls pouring in from across the country and overseas.
“I’ve been around cattle all my life and it’s just totally amazing,” Morris said, adding that it is a rare cow that escapes slaughter. “I watched her do things that are just not possible for a cow.”

Saved by a nose: Hunters’ discovery leads to rescue of trapped calf

Saved by a nose: Hunters’ discovery leads to rescue of trapped calf Mary RohrigFor the Daily Mail
Wednesday January 11, 2006
SISTERSVILLE — A rabbit-hunting excursion along the rolling hillsides of Tyler County led to an amazing rescue of a newborn calf.
Now the calf and its mother seem to appreciate what was done for them, said a farmhand who took part in the rescue.

Day-to-day farm management is becoming women’s work

Day-to-day farm management is becoming women’s work
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Of Harrisburg The Patriot-News
When state Rep. Sheila Miller, R-Berks, became the first woman to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation District in 1973, her male co-workers made her carry all the surveying equipment. They carried none.

Johne’s Testing is currently at a temporary halt

Johne’s Testing is currently at a temporary halt

JOHNE’S TESTING is currently at a temporary halt. Funds for the Voluntary Bovine Johne’s Disease Control Program are provided through an agreement with USDA. Due to funding cutbacks, as well as changes in when funds are awarded to states, BOAH must immediately, but temporarly stop testing.

The new Johne’s year will begin on June 1 and funding will be in place at that time. For those practitioners who have already submitted invoices, these will be paid; however, it may take a considerable amount of time. For questions concerning the Johne’s program, please contact Dr. Tam Garland, Cattle/Ruminant Director, at 317-227-0319 or tgarland@boah.in.gov.

The article above is from the Indiana Board of Animal Health Newsletter.