Raising high quality beef is going high-tech with plans to build a 34-million dollar animal bio-science complex in Bozeman. Montana State University officials were in Lewistown to update cattle producers on the two-part project.
Japan mad cow experts quit govt food safety panel
TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Half the members of a key Japanese government panel involved in thorny discussions over a ban on U.S. beef imports resigned last month, raising concern among consumer groups that the panel may become more vulnerable to political pressure.
Devastated, right down to the barbed wire
After fires, Panhandle ranchers must fence themselves in once more.
By Eric Dexheimer
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
DUMAS — Politicians may talk about mending fences after disasters, but on a recent day when 40-mph wind gusts scooped up fire-loosened soil and spit it into swirling brownouts, Burl Scroggs was the man in the middle of the grunt work.
“I’ve never seen this many fences needing to be built in all my years in the business,” he said watching one of his crews plunge posthole diggers into scorched earth a few miles south of Dumas. Blackened fence posts stretched into the distance, tilting out of the ground like rotten teeth.
National Animal ID compelling, just not convincing
By ALAN GUEBERT, Columnist
The Prairie StarTuesday, April 4, 2006 1:43 PM MDT
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of the nation’s first mad cow in late Dec. 2003, consumers and ranchers were met by a government search-and-destroy blitz worthy of war.
Where had this cow been born? Where had it been? Where were its siblings, herdmates, offspring?
Making room for more grass
By Alan Newport
Weed control had long lasting effects for grazing on this farm
David Schapeler had always done brush control on his Appleton City dairy farm with a mower, but 2 years ago he learned a new trick.
MFA dairy specialist Archie Devore visited him and suggested a good spraying of Schapeler’s pastures would pay dividends. Schapeler can’t recall exactly what Devore said that convinced him, but he decided to try it.
The fescue pasture where his cows are turned out between milkings nearly every day of the year was the biggest issue. It was burdened with a variety of problem plants, including pigweed, ragweed and buck brush … and their numbers were growing. About a fourth of the 55- or 60-acre pasture, a portion on the west side of a creek, was the worst, Schapeler said. Sometimes he couldn’t even see the cows when they were in that area.
Fertilizing pastures in the spring
Each spring farmers want to know if they should fertilize their pastures. Many producers coming out of winter want to give their pastures a boost or they are fertilizing crop fields and figure they might as well do their pasture while they are thinking about it. Is this the best time of year to fertilize your pastures? Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Educator, Knox County, has some thoughts on this topic.
Vet school open house displays holey cow
April 4th, 2006
Katie Hoffman, Staff Writer
Annual event showcases various interests
The most popular attraction at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s open house on Saturday was the fistulated steer: a beef steer with a plastic-encircled hole in his side that allowed visitors to reach in and feel the contents of his stomach.