Spring Snow Causes Calving Woes in N.D.
By BLAKE NICHOLSON
BISMARCK, N.D. Apr 19, 2006 (AP)— Western North Dakota ranchers in the middle of calving season worked long hours to help their calves survive the heavy snow and strong winds brought by this week’s spring blizzard.
Cuba to Purchase More Food From Nebraska
By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS / Las Vegas Sun
HAVANA (AP) –
Cuba agreed Wednesday to buy another $30 million in food from Nebraska, strengthening trade relations with a U.S. farm state already selling corn, wheat, soybeans and other products to the communist island.
Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Agriculture Director Greg Ibach led the trade delegation, which included meat and other agriculture producers on the four-day trip.
Trade war looms over beef dispute
Posted 4/19/2006 10:40 PM ET
By Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY
TOKYO — A mistake at a Brooklyn meatpacking company and public hysteria in Japan about mad cow disease are raising tensions between the United States and Japan, reviving memories of the bitter trade disputes of the 1980s.
Scout Fields Now for Alfalfa Weevil
Writer: Candace Pollock
Source: Ron Hammond, OARDC
Ohio State Extension Service
WOOSTER, Ohio — Scouting for field crop insects is not just left to corn and soybean growers. Now is the time for alfalfa producers to begin scouting their fields for alfalfa weevil, an insect that can cause severe defoliation if left unchecked.
Training Available for Animal ID Number Managers
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold additional training seminars, via Web conference, for producers and other stakeholders who intend to distribute animal identification (ID) number (AIN) tags as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Participants will learn about the administration of AIN tags and view a demonstration of the AIN Management System, the Web-based system for distributing and administering AINs used in the NAIS. Seminars are scheduled for Thursday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 26.
An announcement of the training seminars was published Friday in the Federal Register. For more information, including how to participate, visit http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-5085.htm. To view the updated NAIS implementation plan, visit http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/downloads/print/NAIS_Implementation_Plan_April_2006.pdf.
Ohio Beef Newsletter available
The April 19, issue # 483, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now postedto the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAprl19.htmlHave the hippos gone berserk? Find out by reading this week’s letter!Articles include:* Good News In Short Supply* Spreadsheet helps decide fertilizer rates for grasses* Managing Calving Difficulty* Ohio Bull Test Concludes With Record Sale Prices* Weekly Purcell Agricultural Commodity Market ReportStan———-Stan SmithProgram Assistant, AgricultureOSU Extension, Fairfield County831 College Ave., Suite DLancaster, OH 43130
Cattle Update: Managing Calving Difficulty
For many beef herds, calving difficulty is the largest single factor resulting calf losses over time. In addition to the obvious economic consequences associated with calf mortality as a result of calving difficulty, dystocia (calving difficulty) also results in increased cow mortality, increased calving intervals (as a result of delayed return to estrus), lower conception rates, reduced weaning weights, and increased veterinary and medical costs. Losses attributed to calving difficulty have been estimated to cost the beef industry $750 million annually.