Daily Archives: June 8, 2006

Projected Serious Food Supply Veterinarian Shortage Poses Threat to Industry, Society

Projected Serious Food Supply Veterinarian Shortage Poses Threat to Industry, Society

AVMA, Schaumburg, Ill.

— America’s livestock and meat industries have one of the world’s best health and safety records, but that status may be threatened in the years ahead because of a projected severe shortage of food animal veterinarians, according to the most comprehensive veterinary business study ever conducted on the current and future state of the large animal veterinary profession.
While projected demand for food supply veterinarians will increase a modest 12 percent to 13 percent between now and 2016, the research forecasts a shortfall of 4 percent to 5 percent per year. This means for every 100 food supply veterinary jobs available, there will be only 96 veterinarians available to fill them due to decreasing numbers of veterinary students choosing to practice in the fields in food supply specialties and socio-economic trends, including further declines in rural populations.


Johanns extends incentives to complete EQIP practices delayed by energy costs

Johanns extends incentives to complete EQIP practices delayed by energy costs
Drovers news source (Wednesday, June 07, 2006)
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the deadline for completing environmental projects to qualify for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) energy cost assistance will be extended to September 1, 2006.
“Farmers and ranchers have put various conservation practices on hold because of the recent increases in the cost of energy,” said Johanns. “As part of our commitment to help mitigate the impact of high energy costs on agricultural producers, this cost adjustment and time extension will lessen the impact of energy prices on farmers and ranchers, while protecting our natural resources.”

Science’s methods intrigue top grad

Science’s methods intrigue top grad
Goal-oriented procedures draw interest in a career that would benefit others

By Leslie Collins
Indianapolis Star correspondent

If you can figure out answers and solutions, why keep them to yourself? Such is the philosophy that led Western Boone valedictorian Heather Halsema, Jamestown, to choose a college major in biochemistry.

She credits Michael Schlemmer, her chemistry teacher, for the inspiration.
“He presents a goal and leaves it up to the student to figure out how to reach the conclusion,” she said.


Farmer Frank & The Tale Of The Bull Calf Dilemma

Farmer Frank & The Tale Of The Bull Calf Dilemma


Farmer Frank was sitting at the market watching the cattle being sold. He has always in the past bought steer calves, but he noticed that quite a few of the calves being sold were bull calves. He saw quite a few bull calves that he would have been interested in buying if they were steers. Frank wondered to himself if it would be worthwhile to start buying bull calves. The main question he had was how much less a bull calf was worth in order for him to buy it.

Many stocker operators buy bull calves. There are many reasons for them to do this and they include:

To get enough cattle to meet their needs, they must buy both steers and bulls.

They perceive the bull calves to be a better bargain than equivalent quality steer calves.


Fertilizing Forage Crops

Fertilizing Forage Crops


Even with high fertilizer prices, we need to make sure we are meeting the nutrient needs of forage crops if we want optimum production. Forage crops have a large appetite for nutrients, removing around 50 lb N, 15 lb P2O5, and 50 lb K2O per ton of hay equivalent harvested. Many fields that get a lot of manure in the corn part of the rotation have good reserves of nutrients that can be used by the forage crops, at least for a while. Here is a place to save some dollars and utilize these banked nutrients rather than applying fertilizer. Fields receiving little manure or that are late in the forage rotation can have fairly low soil test levels and thus need fertilization. This is where you need to prioritize your forage fertility dollars. The key is to recognize these differences and fertilize wisely.


Cattle Producers Appeal Judge’s Decision

Cattle Producers Appeal Judge’s Decision


Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA on Monday filed a notice of appeal in U.S. District Court – District of Montana of an April decision by District Judge Richard F. Cebull that denied the organization’s request for a permanent injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Final Rule. The Final Rule allows imports of cattle under 30 months of age and beef products from cattle younger than 30 months of age into the United States from Canada, a country affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).




USDA Release

SEC. MIKE JOHANNS: Thank you, JB, thank you very much for that very nice introduction. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Washington. As JB mentioned, last year I had the pleasure of traveling to Africa to attend this forum in Dakar, Senegal. And during that meeting I met some of you. Today I am very, very pleased to welcome you to the United States.

I do hope you enjoy your time here as much as I enjoyed my trip in Senegal. I had the chance to see a beautiful country for the first time, learn about a new culture, and participate in a very productive AGOA forum.


Rising gas prices add to cost of feeding wet distillers grains

Rising gas prices add to cost of feeding wet distillers grains

Tri-State Neighbor

BROOKINGS, S.D. – As gas prices rise, it becomes more costly to haul wet distillers grains long distances and producers may want to pencil out costs and benefits.

That’s according to South Dakota State University Extension dairy specialist Alvaro Garcia, who said transporting high-moisture feeds increases the cost of nutrient delivery on a dry matter basis.


Cattle producers have options to manage risk this year

Cattle producers have options to manage risk this year

By Ron Hook, Iowa State University Extension Farm Management Specialist
Tri-State Neighbor

Cattle futures have been in a downtrend since the beginning of 2006. June, August and October futures have all dropped at least $10 per hundredweight.

The March 1 cattle on feed report showed an 8 percent increase over a year ago in the number of cattle on feed in 1,000-plus head feedlots. This increased supply coupled with export markets that remain closed have been among the main reasons for this decline.


Canadian cattle exports to US exceed 1 million

Canadian cattle exports to US exceed 1 million


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Canada has exported more than one million cattle to the United States since the border reopened following the mad cow crisis, showing the industry is “back on track,” a Canadian Cattlemen’s Association spokesman said on Wednesday.

“It means that things are back to what they normally were,” said John Masswohl, director of government international relations for the association.

The U.S. border opened to Canadian cattle under 30 months of age last July after closing in May 2003, when Canada’s first native-born case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was discovered.


DNR: Wolves preyed on livestock on a record 25 farms last year

DNR: Wolves preyed on livestock on a record 25 farms last year

Associated Press Writer / Chicago Tribune

WAUSAU, Wis. — Wisconsin’s growing number of gray wolves killed or injured livestock on 25 farms last year — triple the number from four years ago, a state official said Wednesday.

“We have been setting new records in the number of farms with depredation problems for the last four years,” said Adrian Wydeven of the state Department of Natural Resources. “Luckily, we are able to get permits to trap and euthanize problem wolves.”

Among the 37 livestock killed by wolves in 2005 was an injured horse and two newborn colts, he said. The killing of horses by wolves has been rare, occurring only three times in previous years, Wydeven said.

The most southern farm that lost livestock to wolves was near Westfield, in northern Marquette County, he said.


Vet’s Corner: Producers should determine which size cow generates the most profit

Vet’s Corner: Producers should determine which size cow generates the most profit

By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
Tri-State Neighbor

Summer is upon us and as usual, most operations could use more moisture. Pasture stocking rates are always important to the operation because it represents a significant portion of feed expenses. One of the most important parameters in the decision is cow size.

Most of us “old timers” have seen cow size fluctuate through the years. In the ’50s, producers couldn’t get their cows small enough, but in the ’80s, they couldn’t get big enough. Hopefully now we have settled on a more moderate-framed animal. The important thing to ascertain is which size animal generates the most profit for the operation.