Identification program is important
By Jeff Smith
UT Extension Agent
The Dickson Hearld
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been in use in Dickson County for a long time. On a national basis, Wal-Mart reported in 2003 that using RFID technology saved $8.35 billion in reduced labor, reduced vendor fraud and reduced inventory.
By October 2005, RFID was used at 13 Wal-Mart distribution centers that serviced 600 stores.
Handling, storing colostrum important for cattle producers
By NDSU Extension
The Prairie Star
Thursday, March 16, 2006 8:40 AM MST
Cattle producers should provide additional colostrum if calves don’t get enough from their mothers, a North Dakota State University cattle expert says.
Some cows don’t produce an adequate amount of colostrum, which contains antibodies and immunoglobulins necessary to protect the calf from disease until its own immune system is totally functional. That means producers may need to provide calves with colostrum from other cows or a supply they have on hand.
First mad cow confirmed in beef cattle in Japan
WBOC-TV, Salisbury, MD
TOKYO Officials in Japan have confirmed the country’s first case of mad cow disease in cattle specifically raised to provide meat.
An official of the Health Ministry says the 14-year-old female cow was found in the southern prefecture of Nagasaki. The official says all the body parts from the cow have been destroyed.
Added ammonia boosts hay quality
Family farm injects bales to be used to feed beef cattle
By Mike Surbrugg
Joplin Globe Farm Editor
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Curtis Schallert says injecting ammonia into hay baled after fescue seed is harvested enables the family farm to get income from seed and produce quality hay for beef cattle.
Schallert, Purdy, and Eldon Cole, University Extension livestock specialist at Mount Vernon, talked at the Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference held recently at Springfield.
Covering stacks of baled fescue stubble and injecting it with ammonia to improve protein and for other benefits is not new, but could take on added importance after a year when a lot of hay supplies were depleted in face of drought.
Schallert said his family farm feeds stocker cattle or sell some ammonia-treated hay.
Calf From Alabama ‘Mad Cow’ Being Tested
KSBI-TV, Oklahoma City, OK
One of at least two calves born to an Alabama cow with mad cow disease will be tested for evidence of the fatal, brain-wasting disease
(CNN) — One of at least two calves born to an Alabama cow with mad cow disease will be tested for evidence of the fatal, brain-wasting disease, the state’s agriculture commissioner said Friday.
The cow was at least 10 years old when it was destroyed last week. Its remains have been sent to a government laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for testing, Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks said.
The location of the other calf, which was born in early 2005, is unknown.
Grass Fed Animals better for environment and human body.
By Joanne Hay | Posted March 20, 2006
March 7, the “Union of Concerned Scientists released the first comprehensive study that confirms that beef and milk from animals raised entirely on pasture have higher levels than conventionally raised beef and dairy cattle of beneficial fats that may prevent heart disease and strengthen the immune system.”
U.S. defends inspection systems for beef exports to Japan+
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)TOKYO, March 20_(Kyodo) _ The United States has defended its inspection systems for beef exports to Japan and isolated an inspection problem found in January as unique, the Japanese government said Monday.