Daily Archives: March 24, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter available

The March 22, issue number 479, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now
posted to the web at:
http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMarc22.html

Just because he settled cows last year, or even last fall, may not mean
your bull’s a sound breeder today. With calves valued as they are, even
one missed breeding cycle this spring could be an “expensive 3 weeks”
when relating it to the pounds lost on calves you market in the fall of
2007.
Find out this week if breeding soundness exams will “cost or pay?”

Articles this week include:
* Bull Breeding Soundness Exams, Do They Cost or Pay?
* 99 Bulls Catalogued to Sell April 15 at OBT
* Manage Young Bulls for “A Lifetime of Success”
* The River Card Makes The Game

Stan
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Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

e-mail: smith.263@osu.edu
voice: 740.653.5419 ext. 24
fax: 740.687.7010
Visit:
Fairfield Co. OSU Extension – http://fairfield.osu.edu OSU Beef Team -
http://beef.osu.edu Ohio Bull Test – http://bulltest.osu.edu

Producers Can Add Value to Calves

Producers Can Add Value to Calves

By Donald Stotts

STILLWATER, Okla. – In the low margin industry that is the cow-calf business, producers ignore the advantages of calf de-horning, de-worming, castration, implantation and vaccination at their own risk.

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock specialist, said one experienced sale barn employee put it this way: just about the dumbest thing a rancher can do is to bring a horned bull calf to a sale.

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Meatpacker sues over mad cow

Meatpacker sues over mad cow

By LIBBY QUAID
Thebismarktimes.com
AP Food and Farm Writer

WASHINGTON – A Kansas meatpacker sued the government on Thursday for refusing to let the company test for mad cow disease in every animal it slaughters.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef says it has Japanese customers who want comprehensive testing. The Agriculture Department threatened criminal prosecution if Creekstone did the tests, according to the company’s lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

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Rice calls Japan’s re-imposition of beef import ban excessive+

Rice calls Japan’s re-imposition of beef import ban excessive+

Tmcnet.com

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)SYDNEY, March 18_(Kyodo) _ U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Saturday that Japan’s re-imposition in January of an import ban on beef from U.S. cattle is an excessive reaction, Japanese officials said.

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UGA Employee Accused Of Illegally Selling School Cows

UGA Employee Accused Of Illegally Selling School Cows

WSBTV.com, Atlanta, GA
POSTED: 10:52 am EST March 22, 2006

ATHENS — Campus police say four beef cows owned by the University of Georgia have been taken from a research center and sold illegally by a university employee.

The black Angus cows were being used to help federal researchers study better land management. An employee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture contacted UGA police Monday to report the cattle had been rustled from the center in Watkinsville between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. last Wednesday.

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Japan wants explanation on beef shipment

Japan wants explanation on beef shipment

Washington Times
Mar. 21, 2006 at 12:27PM

Japan says the United States has until September to fully explain how some banned beef products were shipped to Japan.

Japan has proposed guidelines to ensure such mistakes are not committed again, its agriculture minister told the Financial Times.

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Buffalo Lake cow kill plant closes; only two left in state

Buffalo Lake cow kill plant closes; only two left in state

By Dick Hagen
The Land Staff Writer

One Canadian cow showing evidence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was the first shot. Next was the shortage of old cows coupled with the rebuilding of cowherds. And the final salvo was that same BSE critter also shut down markets of U.S. beef to Japan.

“Because of the BSE break on that single cow in Canada, we’ve had negative margins for 12 months. Without sourcing Canadian cows we couldn’t buy our cattle right, plus we lost a good Japanese market so we simply had to shut down. You can only bleed so long,” said a spokesperson for Minnesota Beef Industries of Buffalo Lake, which shut down their cow kill on Feb. 24.

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Cattle Learning Center Series Now Available Online

Cattle Learning Center Series Now Available Online

NCBA

Self-paced, interactive tool offers valuable information on cattle reproduction

DENVER (March 17, 2005) – Thanks to an educational grant from Pfizer Animal Health, the Cattle Learning Center is ready to launch a valuable, Web-based educational series on cattle reproduction. The Web site features a self-paced, interactive learning module that allows users to move step by step through the course. The site includes illustrations, quizzes, video clips and interactive calculators.

“The Web-based course provides another way for cattlemen to gather information that they can implement in their operation to continue to provide quality beef products,” said Carl Crabtree, a Grangeville, Idaho, cattle producer and chairman of the Joint Producer Education Committee.

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCHES A UNIQUE BREED FOR SUBTROPICAL CLIMATES

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCHES A UNIQUE BREED FOR SUBTROPICAL CLIMATES

Cattletoday.com

Dr. Joel Yelich is no stranger to conducting extensive research on cattle. So a year ago, he and the University of Florida began an extensive research project on Aubrac (pronounced Oh-Brack) cattle, an ancient breed of cattle that is growing in popularity in North and South America.

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