Daily Archives: March 2, 2006

2006 Cumberland Beef Day Announced

2006 Cumberland Beef Day Announced

The eighth annual Cumberland Beef Day will be held on April 13, 2006 at the White County Fair Complex in Sparta, TN, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The event will again be co-sponsored by the White/Van Buren Cattlemen’s Association, University of Tennessee Extension, and area Extension Agents.

The 2006 Cumberland Beef Day’s theme will be Competing in a Global Cattle Economy, and will feature Troy Applehans of Cattle-Fax from Centennial, Colorado. Perspectives on the Effects of Globalization on Beef Production and Marketing in the US” will be the title of Applehans presentation.

Troy Applehans is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He is well-versed in the cattle business and has worked extensively with the cow/calf and seedstock segments of the industry. Applehans was previously employed by Cargill Animal Nutrition as a cattle mineral specialist, Future Beef Operations as a member of the cattle procurement team, and as a regional manager for the American Gelbvieh Association. His primary responsibility with Cattle-Fax is serving as a market analyst working with cow/calf and stocker operations.

Other topics will include: Comments on The Tennessee Beef Industry, Ken Givens, Commissioner of Agriculture; Using EID to Expand Opportunities – Dr Emmit Rawls, UT; Trace-back and Related Issues on EID – Dr Charles Hatcher, TN Department of Ag; Argentina, Our Growing Competitor – Dr. David Kirkpatrick, UT. In addition, there will be demonstrations on new innovations, practical applications, and answers to your concerns on EID.

Live demonstrations will include: Conducting a Beef Cow-Calf Herd Evaluation – Kevin Thompson, TN Livestock Producers. Kevin will use heifers and cows from a local herd to demonstrate what he looks for as he conducts an evaluation and how he determines the needs for improving the productivity of that herd. This program will assist anyone who wants to make progress in their breeding program, but is perfect for cattle producers participating in the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.

The beef day will also feature an extensive trade show of products, equipment, services and beef cattle. A sponsored meal will be provided at noon.

For Information contact Scott Swoape (931-946-2435) or Bill Adcock 931-836-3348

Possible first case of mad cow disease in Sweden

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The presence of vacuoles, microscopic “holes” in the gray matter, gives the brain of BSE-affected cows a sponge-like appearance when tissue sections are examined in the lab.

March 1, 2006

The presence of vacuoles, microscopic “holes” in the gray matter, gives the brain of BSE-affected cows a sponge-like appearance when tissue sections are examined in the lab.


The presence of vacuoles, microscopic “holes” in the gray matter, gives the brain of BSE-affected cows a sponge-like appearance when tissue sections are examined in the lab.

A suspected case of BSE, better known as mad cow disease, has been discovered in Sweden at a farm near Västerås some 80 kilometres west of Stockholm.

The affected farm has been quarantined and no ruminants from the farm are allowed to be sold or transported. The cow was destroyed earlier after symptoms of calving paralysis had been discovered, and the tests where carried out in accordance to rules set by the European Union (EU).

The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) analysed specimen from the cow at the farm this weekend. The tests confirmed the presence of BSE and and the specimen was sent for further analysis at a UK laboratory.

If the British analysis confirms BSE in the specimen, it will be the first case of BSE in Sweden. The affected farmer told the Swedish public service radio: “As my father said, if we have to make history it would be a pity to do it this way.”


Farmers using up stored hay in dry times

Farmers using up stored hay in dry times

By Mike Penprase
Springfield, MO News-Leader

The irony of talking about growing forage at a time when farmers are anxious about whether they’ll get the rain needed to make the grass grow wasn’t lost on Jack Miller on Tuesday.

Miller raises cattle in the heart of Missouri’s forage region. The Willard farmer was one of 450 people attending one of the state’s longest-running forage management conferences Tuesday.


GenVec Announces $1.7 Million Collaboration for Continued Development of a Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine

GenVec Announces $1.7 Million Collaboration for Continued Development of a Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine


GAITHERSBURG, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 1, 2006–GenVec, Inc. (Nasdaq:GNVC) announced today that it has received an additional $1.7 million in support provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded through an interagency agreement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate to advance the development of countermeasure vaccines to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FMD has been identified as a key potential threat to the U.S. economy and the country’s food supply, whether infection were to occur as a result of bioterrorism or by accidental exposure to the disease. GenVec is developing candidate vaccines and anti-viral agents to prevent the spread of FMD through a multi-year research collaboration with the ARS and will use the additional DHS funding to support the company’s activities this year.

A prototype Ad5-FMD vaccine, initially developed by ARS, was the first recombinant FMD vaccine to protect swine and cattle from FMD virus challenge with one inoculation. In subsequent collaborative studies with DHS, ARS and GenVec, GenVec’s proprietary adenovector system and cell line was utilized to safely produce, for the first time on the U.S. mainland, an effective FMD vaccine. Preliminary testing by DHS scientists has shown that this vaccine candidate effectively prevented clinical disease (symptoms) in cattle when they were challenged with the FMD virus.

Results from these challenge studies were reported on November 11, 2005, at the 8th National Meeting and 1st International Meeting of Researchers of the Livestock Sciences by Marvin Grubman, Ph.D., USDA-ARS, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, who conceived and developed this vaccine approach. The DHS Targeted Advanced Development group at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, led by Laszlo Zsak, D.V.M., Ph.D., is also collaborating with ARS and GenVec in the development of the vaccine.


Latest Ohio Beef Newsletter available

Latest Ohio Beef Newsletter available

The March 1, issue # 476, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted
to the web at:


Space in the Ohio Beef Heifer Development Short Course is rapidly
filling .
. . find registration information in this week’s letter.

Articles this week include:
* Dr. Les Anderson is featured at Ohio Beef Heifer Development Short
* Good Beef Management Includes Forage Planning
* Extending the Grazing Season Backwards
* Keep Replacement Heifers Growing
* Grazing Workshop and Livestock Mortality Class in Newark
* Weekly Purcell Agricultural Commodity Market Report

Farmers aging on the vine as state’s No. 1 industry changes

Farmers aging on the vine as state’s No. 1 industry changes

By Paul Paterra
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Hilary Schramm’s family has been farming since 1864.

It’s the life he’s known for 55 years, and it’s the life he continues on 400 acres in Penn, Westmoreland County. “It’s a farming family. We’ve been at it for 100 years.”

Richard Burd is starting his 51st year on his farm just six miles south of Uniontown, Fayette County.

“I’ve really been doing it forever,” Burd said. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever known.”

That seems to be the case for the Western Pennsylvania farmer. Traditionally, it’s someone a bit older who may have taken over the family farm.

“I was born and raised on the farm,” said Wayne Frye, of Salem, Westmoreland County, who’s been a farmer for 30 years. “I think you almost have to be born and raised on the farm to do it. I don’t know of anybody who grows up and goes to college (to become a farmer). I don’t think it happens.”


Extending the grazing season

Extending the grazing season

Zanesville TimesRecorder

When we think of extending the grazing season, we usually think of how long we can go into the fall or winter without feeding stored feed. Chris Penrose, extension educator in Morgan County, has some thoughts about how soon we can stop feeding as spring approaches.

The first is by the use of wheat, barley of cereal rye planted back in late summer or early fall. If grazing is your primary option for the crop, cereal rye may be the best bet. It can be lightly grazed in December and again in March. This is probably the small grain that will start growing first in late winter/early spring. When young, it is high quality and provides feed in March; however, if rye is not stocked adequately as temperatures warm up, it can quickly get out of control and lose quality and palatability.

Over the years, there has been a lot of discussion on how early we can turn livestock out on pasture and often it depends if you are looking from the forage or livestock perspective (or if you are out of hay). If you have a healthy, productive pasture, you can turn out livestock as soon as the grass starts to green up. If you use rotational grazing, you can use a fast rotation or open up all the paddocks until the grass really takes off in early April, then start rotational grazing.
A couple other ideas include stockpiling and grazing hay fields.

Each year, you can stockpile a field (set it aside to grow from the end of summer through the fall). Tall fescue is the best species to stockpile. Let it set until calving season starts in early March. If the cows are in good condition, the only feed they will get is the stockpiled fescue and a good salt/mineral mix. There are four advantages to this.