Daily Archives: June 1, 2006

ID/INFO EXPO 2006 To Highlight Practical Animal ID Solutions

ID/INFO EXPO 2006 To Highlight Practical Animal ID Solutions


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced plans for ID/INFO EXPO 2006, a national conference and trade show devoted to animal identification and information systems technology. This year’s event will take place, August 22-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

“We are expecting a great meeting for the latest information in animal identification,” said R. Scott Stuart, NIAA Chairman of the Board and CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association. “Our planning committee is working diligently in finalizing what looks to be an excellent program.”


Ohio Beef Newsletter available

The May 31, issue # 489, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMy31.html

“How low can they go . . . or, are they there yet?!” As it relates to the fed cattle market, that seems to be the question that cattlemen are asking and discussing everywhere that two or more of them gather, right now. This week, Brian Roe offers insight into why, and for how long the fed cattle market may be pressured.

Articles include:
* Additional Supplies versus the Promise of the East
* Forage Focus: Management for Cow Nutrient Needs
* Reduce Summer Stress on Calves by Developing a Vaccination Program
* A matter of “Pride and Prejudice”
Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

The Forward Against AgriProcessors

The Forward Against AgriProcessors


BB Editors Note: Please read the entire article before making an opinion about this story

In last week’s issue the Forward continued its seemingly relentless attack on Torah observance and those who facilitate it. This time the target was shechita and the Rubashkin family’s AgriProcessor plant, which was the subject, a year-and-a-half ago and again in March of this year, of abuse at the hands of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which distributed on its web-page grisly films of cattle slaughtered at the AgriProcessors’ plant in Postville, Iowa.





A picture is worth a thousand words… but bad pictures of your cattle can cost you plenty! Many potential customers cannot visit your ranch to view your cattle in person, but when they see your cattle in your photo album, a sale catalog, or in an advertisement in your breed publication, CATTLE TODAY or on the Internet, you want their first impression to be a good one.

A medium priced digital camera is perfect for livestock pictures. Make sure it has a zoom lens so you can get a close-up without having to get too close and a built-in flash to help with the shadows. There are many models available for under $400. The digital cameras have several advantages over film types. You can tell if you get a good picture instantly without waiting for the pictures to get back from the developer. You can take several extra shots of the same animal and then just delete the not so good pictures. The auto-focus and auto-exposure controls make the camera easy to use. With the photo editing software usually included with the camera you can crop and adjust the brightness and contrast to improve your picture even more. You can email the photo to the person doing your ad or web site and they have it the same day it was taken.


Everything You Wanted To Know About Ethanol Production But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Wanted To Know About Ethanol Production But Were Afraid To Ask

by Evelyn Rubin, Seeking Alpha Network

Our plants produce ethanol by processing corn with technology developed by ICM. A bushel of corn yields approximately 2.8 gallons of ethanol. Our dry-mill process of using corn to produce ethanol and co-products is illustrated in the following chart and described below.


2005 Texas Ag Production Valued at $18.5 Billion

2005 Texas Ag Production Valued at $18.5 Billion

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,b-fannin@tamu.edu
Texas A&M University
Contact: Dr. Carl Anderson, 979-845-8011,canderson@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Texas agriculture production for 2005 was valued at $18.5 billion – up from $18 billion in 2004, according to a Texas Cooperative Extension study.

Dr. Carl Anderson, professor emeritus and Extension economist, said total value was calculated surveying production by each Texas county.

“Prices were mostly lower for crops from a year earlier and higher for livestock, but the production value has increased about 33 percent since 1995,” Anderson said.


Why we farm

Why we farm

Carolina Country

Fifteen years ago, I gave up city life to move to rural Rutherford County. The man I married had made the same decision 20 years earlier. We weren’t simply looking for a slower pace and a sense of place, although those are huge benefits. We were choosing a life rarely chosen these days.

Tim is a farmer.