Daily Archives: May 2, 2006

Schiefelbein: Crossbreeding can be simple, successful

Schiefelbein: Crossbreeding can be simple, successful

The Prairie Star editor
Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:16 AM MDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Crossbreeding cattle doesn’t have to be complex to be successful, according to a Minnesota rancher.

In fact, crossbreeding cattle could solve some of the industry’s greatest problems and earn $100 extra per cow per year for cattlemen, Don Schiefelbein, told producers at the Livestock Nutrition Conference on April 11 in Bozeman.


Tall fescue toxicity affecting Missouri livestock producers

Tall fescue toxicity affecting Missouri livestock producers

Monday, May 1, 2006, 1:20 PM

by Lane McConnell
Brownfield Network

Across Missouri there have been reports from farmers that early warm spring weather has caused tall fescue to rear seed heads three weeks to a month ahead of schedule. That could mean bad news for livestock producers.

According to University of Missouri Extension state forage specialist Craig Roberts, fescue seeds carry high levels of toxins called ergot alkaloids. These toxins produced are harmful to livestock.

“The toxins cause reduced weight gains in beef cattle and low milk production in dairy,” said Roberts. “Other problems can include cattle not shedding winter coats, restricted blood flow, intestinal constriction, abortions, low calving rates and the toxins are very dangerous for horses.”


Editorial: Why all the fuss about US beef?

Editorial: Why all the fuss about US beef?

Taipei Times
Tuesday, May 02, 2006,Page 8

It’s hard to see what all the fuss is about on the recent discovery of a few bone fragments in cases of US beef. After all, the US has only had two confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease as it is more commonly known. And as both of these cases were detected and taken care of very quickly, there was little chance of any infected meat getting into the human food chain in the US, let alone Taiwan. Nevertheless, the Taiwanese government has been extremely cautious and imposed a total import ban on two previous occasions, actions that must be commended.


RCALF Says Beef Is a Perishable and Cyclical Product

RCALF Says Beef Is a Perishable and Cyclical Product

High Plains Journal

OMAHA (DTN) — The country’s two major trade groups for cattle producers are divided on what they see as critical issues for the beef industry in any World Trade Organization agreement for agriculture.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association wants to ensure markets are open to U.S. beef by making sure other countries don’t label beef as a “sensitive product.” Once a country labels a product as sensitive, it can keep higher tariff rates on imports. Two major potential markets the U.S. is trying to reopen — Japan and South Korea — both could protect their domestic industries from imports by designating beef as a sensitive product, said Gregg Doud, chief economist for the NCBA.


Imported beef likely to capture record share of 2006 domestic market

Imported beef likely to capture record share of 2006 domestic market

Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:19 PM CDT
Minnesota Farm Guide

The gap between domestic beef production and consumption is greater than ever, yet prices to cattle producers fail to reflect this fact.

While some industry analysts may point to the loss of U.S. export markets to explain reduced production and falling prices, worth examining is another trend affecting cattle producers: rising imports of cattle and beef.

An industry review suggests we could soon suffer a repeat of 2002. Remember 2002? The U.S. cattle industry reeled from depressed prices, with Choice fed steers averaging only $67.30 per cwt – well below production costs.


Food Science: Building Better Steaks, Wings and ‘Chops

Food Science: Building Better Steaks, Wings and ‘Chops

By Paul Elias
Associated Press / livescience.com
posted: 01 May 2006
03:52 pm ET

AMES, Iowa (AP)—Max Rothschild has been trying to “build” a better pig for almost 30 years, since he took a job cleaning up after the hogs at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis.

He’s now a renowned swine scientist who has traded the dirty pigpens of his undergraduate days for a glistening Iowa State University laboratory dedicated to producing tastier chops, safer pork and healthier pigs.

Rothschild is part of a national collaboration that earlier this year received a $10 million federal grant to map pig genes. Researchers from the University of Illinois-led project promise it will help take the guesswork out of breeding.


Meat companies planning plant closures

Meat companies planning plant closures

San Jose Mercury News
Associated Press

DENVER – Some of the nation’s largest meatpacking companies are planning to pare production or shut down entire plants Monday in part to accommodate workers’ requests for time off to participate in pro-immigration reform rallies and demonstrations, company officials said.

Greeley, Colo.-based Swift & Co. will shut down four of its five beef processing plants and two of its three pork processing plants, spokesman Sean McHugh said in a statement Friday.


Spring and summer grazing

Spring and summer grazing

Zanesville Times Recorder

Wow, have you been watching the grass grow? Once we got some rain and a few warmer days it seems that the forage plants began racing to see which ones could get the tallest and head out first. Yes I said head out already. I have seen orchardgrass, bluegrass and fescue heads starting to show up in some fields that have not been grazed yet this spring.





Plans are being finalized for the 2006 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 9-15 in Indianapolis, Ind. “All Roads Lead to the ’06 Show” is the theme of the event, hosted by the Indiana Junior Angus and Indiana Angus Associations. The week-long event features the largest single-breed beef cattle show in the world, with more than 1,000 head of cattle exhibited by youth ages 9-21 years old who are members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA).

Youth will compete for top prizes in several divisions within the cattle show including bred-and-owned heifers, bulls and cow-calf pairs and owned heifers, cow-calf pairs and steers. The opportunity to enter steers in a carcass division also exists.