Grand Forks Herald
By Mikkel Pates
We have a system that actually works quite well because it is associated with title and real dollars
The North Dakota Board of Animal Health veterinarian is developing a proposal for a ‘hybrid’ animal trace-back system that relies more on existing systems – cattle branding system and paper trails on livestock transactions – and not switching immediately to untested, expensive individual electronic tracking for all animals.
Man turns simple idea into large-scale cattle operation
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News
GEORGETOWN, S.C. – A few years ago, Georgetown home builder Mike LoVullo bought three cows and set them out to graze on a bit of land owned by his co-worker Lee Godbolt.
LoVullo had a dream that he could raise enough beef to feed the people who rely on the Friendship Place soup kitchen in Georgetown.
His efforts have ballooned into the creation of the nonprofit Outreach Farm, which in its first year has 49 head of beef cattle and more than 70 acres of leased land.
Editorial: ‘1984’ meets ‘Animal Farm’?
The Pueblo Chieftain Online
Sometimes it feels a little like a drug deal when I buy meat products, meeting suppliers in parking lots, fields and other out-of-the-way places to make the transaction. Once I waited in the dark at a warehouse near the railroad tracks in Pueblo to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey from a local food co-op.
Some people may wonder why I don’t just buy all of my food at the grocery store like everyone else. Quite simply I want to support local agriculture whenever I can, and I also feel these foods are more nutritious than those available in the stores.
Kentucky working on program to identify, track livestock
About 10 percent of Kentucky’s livestock farms have registered for a national farm identification system aimed at tracking the movements of diseased animals.
Tim Turney, director of the Division of Producer Services for the state veterinarian’s office, said Kentucky is in line with the national average in getting started with the voluntary program.
Of the state’s 87,000 livestock farms, about 8,700 have registered so far, Turney said.
“We’re making progress. It’s slow. We’ll go anywhere, any time, to talk to producers about the program, but it’s still a voluntary program,” Turney said.
Living with ethanol
Watertown neighbors offer few complaints about Glacial Lakes plant
By Russ Keen
Aberdeen American (SD) News Writer
WATERTOWN – Talk about a diverse neighborhood.
High atop a hill and surrounded by trees and spacious, well-kept lawns, Benedictine sisters live and work at Mother of God Monastery, an imposing and stately edifice on the south side of Watertown.
At the bottom of the hill and north of the monastery sprawls the Glacial Lakes Energy ethanol plant with its exhaust stack, other towers and bins, all with an industrial ambience. A mobile home community stretches out immediately west of the plant. Watertown’s main drag, U.S. Highway 212 – busy with traffic and bordered by business after business – runs a short distance north of the plant that is near U.S. 212’s intersection with U.S. Highway 81.
Water crucial to cattle health
The most important nutrient cattle consume is water, according to Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.
“This can become a real issue when ponds dry up and wells are low,” Cole said.
Water intake is variable depending on the forage being fed, age and weight of the cow, the outside temperature and the stage of production.
From 1995 to 1998, Cole worked with Dr. Richard Crawford at the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon on four summer trials where water intake and quality were monitored closely.
Marysville livestock show is a dying breed
Today’s junior show may be the last of its kind before the auction house closes.
By Jackson Holtz
MARYSVILLE – Tim McGraw was getting ready for his big day.
Raised by 9-year-old Hayley Bell of Stanwood, Tim McGraw is a 277-pound pig.
Hayley, a 4-H’er, showed the swine Friday in the 44th annual Puget Sound Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Today, Tim McGraw will be auctioned off. Tomorrow, Tim McGraw might be bacon.
“It’s very, very disappointing and sad,” Hayley said.
About 220 youngsters had animals in the event, a lesson in agricultural economics and responsibility.
Five charged with selling sick cattle
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
The Associated Press / Kansas City Star
COLUMBIA — Five central Missouri residents face criminal fraud charges for allegedly selling sickly cattle to ranchers in four states.
The consumer fraud charges were filed Friday in Cooper and Howard counties against employees and associates of M.J.L. Cattle Co. of New Franklin, Attorney General Jay Nixon announced Friday at a news conference on an eastern Boone County cattle farm. The alleged victims live in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
According to Nixon, the company promised healthy, high-quality cattle in newspaper and online advertisements. Instead, the buyers received skinnier, unhealthy herds and different breeds from those expected. Many of the cattle were falsely advertised as pregnant, which would make them fetch a higher price.
Drought and other issues offsetting cattle producers’ rhythm
Lincoln Journal Star
LINCOLN, Neb. — For the first five months of 2006, Nebraska’s cattle-on-feed numbers have been running at record pace.
Unfortunately, profit potential has been running in the opposite direction for beef production, the biggest annual generator of revenue in the state’s agricultural economy.
As feedlots have gotten more crowded, the red ink has gotten deep.
“We’re probably seeing the reddest feeding returns right here that we’ve seen in at least a couple of years,” Jeff Stolle, based at the Nebraska Cattlemen office in Lincoln, said recently.
Canada changes bluetongue regulations
— Producers on both sides of the border expect anaplasmosis rule will follow within weeks.
Western Livestock Journal
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed an easing of bluetongue restrictions on imports of cattle from the U.S. In a mid-May announcement, CFIA listed a set of regulations which is expected to pave the way for allowing greater numbers of feeder and breeding cattle to be shipped into Canada. It will also reduce direct costs for producers by eliminating the need for the approximately $15 per head testing fee.
“After carefully weighing the relevant scientific information, the CFIA is proposing that in addition to eastern Canada, bluetongue restrictions be lifted for all classes of cattle, deer, goats, sheep and other ruminants imported year round into western Canada from any state in the U.S.,” the report said. The report also will remove any restrictions on the movement of animals. “As a result, the CFIA would only conduct an investigation into death losses in domestic ruminants such as deer and sheep in the event of a bluetongue outbreak. Easing restrictions would also mean that movement controls for animals moving out of the Okanagan Valley to other areas in Canada would no longer apply even if bluetongue activity is detected,” CFIA said.
Times change, but stockyard business endures
by A.J. Wolfe/The Commercial Appeal
By Chris Gadd
Cattlemen still ride in Collierville.
Every Monday for nearly five decades at the Collierville Stockyards auction, they’ve dealt in cattle. Not on horseback, but in livestock-loaded trailers, they arrive at the barnlike white building on U.S. 72 near Bill Morris Parkway — the very highway that is increasing traffic and development on once cattle-covered land.
The local old-timers stop by too, just to visit.
Cattle producers faced with high-tech changes
Radio Frequency Identification Tags becoming the new standard for age verification of cattle
BY DIANA RINNE
Peace Country SUN EDITOR
Peace Country Sun — It’s been coming for two years and by this time next year, computers and cows will essentially be inseparable.
Initiated by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, all cattle under the age of 30 months being slaughtered in Alberta must be age verified as of April 1, 2007. While the CCIA dangle bar code tags are still acceptable for age verification, the new Radio Frequency Identification Tags (RFID) are preferred and will be the required standard by Jan. 1, 2008.