Daily Archives: April 21, 2006

Ranch Hand Newsletter

The April 2006 issue of the Ranch Hand newsletter is available.  The link is below.

The weather has been great lately.  I hope you have had the change to enjoy some time outdoors.  I took advantage of the weather this past weekend for some target shooting and shed (dropped antlers) hunting with my family.  We managed to find a few and it made the day for my boys.

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Have a great month,


Greg Lardy
NDSU Animal and Range Sciences Department
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USDA sets timetables for animal ID program

USDA sets timetables for animal ID program
Apr 20, 2006 9:21 AM
By Andrew Bell
Delta Farm Press

The USDA is ratcheting up its efforts to implement a national animal identification system. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has announced that four new phases of the overall plan, initiated in 2004, have been finalized, citing increasing pressures on timelines due to global marketplace demands.

Johanns said timetables and benchmarks for the system have been established, based partly on feedback from industry producers in recent months. Foremost, Johanns said the animal tracking database technology, called the Animal Trace Processing System, is on schedule to be in place by early 2007 with a goal of achieving full producer participation by 2009.


Cattle on feed numbers out Friday afternoon

Cattle on feed numbers out Friday afternoon

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 4:23 PM
by John Perkins, Brownfield Network

The United States Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release Cattle on Feed estimates Friday, April 21, 2006 at 2 PM Central.

According to Dow Jones Newswires, analysts are expecting total U.S. cattle on feed as of April 1 to be 108.2% of a year ago, with a range of 106.5% to 110%.

Estimates for March placements range from 98.6% to 106.1%, with an average of 102.7%.

Marketings during March are pegged at 101.3%, in a range of 100% to 104%.


Drought conditions affect local farmers

Drought conditions affect local farmers

By STEVE SMITH Eldorado Times Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:51 AM CDT

Drought conditions will be affecting Butler County agriculture in a variety of ways, both in terms of vegetation and the livestock which rely upon it.

Both cool and warm season grasses are going to be significantly impacted, said Dave Kehler, Butler County Extension agriculture agent.


Risk is low that gelatin carries mad cow disease

Risk is low that gelatin carries mad cow disease


Q: The recent case of mad cow disease in Alabama has me worried. Is it safe to take prescription and over-the-counter products made with gelatin capsules?

A: The Alabama finding is the third confirmed case of the fatal, brain-wasting disease in cows in the United States.

Gelatin is derived from the skin and bones of cattle and pigs.


Combating Cattle Rustling in Missouri

Combating Cattle Rustling in Missouri

KOLR-TV, Springfield, MO

A special training seminar in Springfield helps law enforcement combat the ongoing cattle rusting problem in Missouri.
More than a hundred officers took part in Thursday’s seminar sponsored by the Governor`s Cattle Theft Task Force.

The seminar provided law enforcement officers with information on the cattle industry and the current trends being seen around the state.


PBS rides herd on MooTube site

PBS rides herd on MooTube site

By Dan Caterinicchia
April 21, 2006

Online enthusiasts who surf the Internet until the cows come home now can literally watch the cows come home and do whatever else it is that cows do.
The Public Broadcasting Service yesterday introduced MooTube.com, an inside look at the daily life of Texas Longhorn cattle via wireless cameras attached to their collars.