Daily Archives: June 14, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter available

The June 14, issue # 491, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted
to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJune14.html

As we field questions this time of year regarding the fertility of hay
fields, and crop fertilizer removal rates, sometimes clientele are
shocked that a ton of forage removes the volume of nutrients frm the
soil that it does. This week, Rory Lewandowski discusses the “fertilizer
values” of hay.

Articles this week include:
* Keep Your Bull at Home
* Forage Focus: The “Fertilizer” Value of Hay
* Hay Day is Saturday in Belle Valley
* Flies, a Health Concern for Beef Cattle
* USDA Extends Incentives to Complete EQIP Practices Delayed by High
Energy Costs
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report


Joining Forces

Joining Forces

Angus Journal
by Boyd Kidwell

How can small-scale seedstock producers make a big impact on the beef business? By forming a marketing partnership, says a group of North Carolina Angus breeders. While traveling on a cattle tour 10 years ago, Ike Jackson of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Wolfgang Lotz of Cedar Grove, N.C., came up with the idea of joining forces to breed and market high-quality Angus genetics to Southeastern cattlemen.


US Could Lose Muslim Beef Markets Over Kill Procedures

US Could Lose Muslim Beef Markets Over Kill Procedures


KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)–U.S. beef markets in some Muslim countries could be in jeopardy if those countries ever decide to get serious about Halal, or permitted, slaughter procedures because many U.S. plants don’t measure up, some Muslim kill certifiers contend.

“If the U.S. continues to promote U.S. beef in the Middle East and continues to turn a blind eye to the method of the blessing and (continues) doing it incorrectly, the Middle East could stop buying,” said Sam Rayes, co-founder of Tex-Med Beef Co., a Houston firm offering Halal-certified meats in mainstream supermarkets.

According to Rayes’ estimates, more than 50% of U.S. beef exports to Islamic countries are affected by inadequate procedures.


New breed of cattle was developed in 20 years

New breed of cattle was developed in 20 years

Science Notes

The Trangie Agricultural Research Centre in Australia conducted this experiment in selective breeding for growth. They used conventional within-herd selection to produce the greatest divergence in growth rate in the shortest time. From a herd of Angus cattle, three groups were selected: Lowline for low growth, Highline for high growth, and a control group called Controline for no particular rate of growth.


Hillman explains animal ID to local ag audience

Hillman explains animal ID to local ag audience

Fred Owens 14.JUN.06
Wilson County (TX) News

Dr. Bob Hillman, executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has a mission in life — to protect the health of Texas livestock.

He gave a presentation about the proposed animal ID system at the Farmer and Ranchers Management Workshop June 2, to an audience of 125 at Floresville High School.

Hillman will be giving a similar presentation this week at the Independent Cattlemen’s Association annual convention in San Antonio.

It’s a tough assignment — convincing a skeptical cattle industry of the value and necessity of the animal ID system.

Hillman began his remarks at the workshop with a history of his agency.


Cattle Grazing

Cattle Grazing

Wibw-TV, Kansas City, MO

The US Agriculture Department has approved emergency cattle grazing on conservation reserve land in 31 Kansas counties.

The move is meant to help livestock producers struggling with lingering drought conditions in the state.

Senator Pat Roberts had asked for the waiver last month. The Kansas Republican says the drought has forced some producers to sell livestock or move them out of state.


Beef marketers try courting Hispanics

Beef marketers try courting Hispanics

Hispanic Trending / juantornoe.blogs.com

The beef industry is eager to keep customers like Lourdes Rodriguez, who recently bought 6 1/2 pounds of chuck roast at a Hispanic supermarket.

“I’m going to boil this into a stew,” Rodriguez, 31, said as she placed the bulging plastic sack of chuck into her cart. “I like beef better than pork.”

Beef consumption may be dropping in many segments of the population, but it has not fallen out of favor in the Hispanic community.


Cattle Raisers meet with Mexico’s ag secretary

Cattle Raisers meet with Mexico’s ag secretary

By Susan Wagner, senior editor — The Cattleman
North Texas e-News

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 9, 2006 — Leaders of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association met June 2 with Franciso Javier Mayorga-Castaneda, secretary of agriculture for Mexico, to discuss beef industry issues that involve our southern neighbor.

Mayorga’s visit to the Fort Worth area was hosted by TSCRA and the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program.


NAIS draws debate with ID system in early stages

NAIS draws debate with ID system in early stages



With the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) still in its early stages of voluntarily registering premises of livestock producers, questions have been raised about its effectiveness in fighting disease outbreaks.
Others say the system will ensure a safe food supply in the long run and that whatever hassle comes with the system is worth while.
In Maryland about 10 percent of the livestock-producing premises are registered, said Marilyn Bassford, the state’s coordinator for NAIS.
“We’re just barely at the tip of the iceberg of the numbers that are there,” Bassford said.
Right now, Bassford said she is working on getting more registration forms into the hands of farmers by way of meetings, feed stores and livestock shows. With more opportunities to register, Bassford said it will be easier.


AngusSource® now live-animal qualifier for CAB program.

AngusSource® now live-animal qualifier for CAB program.

Certified Angus Beef

WOOSTER, OHIO (June 13, 2006) — Calves enrolled in the leading Angus genetic- and source-verification program have a green light on the road to eligibility for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand. In a move first discussed last winter, the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Board of Directors voted unanimously June 9 to approve eligibility of American Angus Association AngusSource® program cattle for the CAB brand.

“We want to endorse and support the Association’s forward-looking program that promotes the value of Angus genetics,” said Jim Riemann, CAB president.

AngusSource, approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Process Verified Program (PVP) last fall, documents source and group age, and it ensures cattle have a minimum of 50% Angus-sired genetics. To be eligible, cattle must be sired by a registered Angus bull and enrolled by the ranch of origin with a documented month, day and year of birth for the oldest calf in the group.

Data from the CAB Feedlot-Licensing Program (FLP) and the Iowa Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity show significantly higher CAB brand acceptance, better health and better feedlot performance for calves with greater than 50% Angus genetics.

Genotype option

USDA-certified branded beef programs allow two methods — genotype and phenotype — to utilize a breed claim. For nearly 30 years, 51% or greater black hair coat has been the phenotypic avenue for identifying Angus-influenced cattle for branded programs.

“The visual method developed by CAB — and the live-animal standard for all USDA-certified Angus brands — will continue as the predominant method to determine eligibility,” Riemann noted. “This genotypic option using AngusSource is simply the next logical step for CAB, the most effective means to include Angus-sired cattle independent of hide color.

“It leads us to high-quality cattle that might never have been eligible and will help meet growing consumer demand for the brand,” he continued.

Of course, any means of live-animal eligibility is just the first step in becoming qualified for the CAB brand. The carcasses defined as “Angus-type” by either method are then presented to the government grader and evaluated for the program’s eight carcass specifications.

“Those science-based specifications have been the foundation for the brand’s success in every segment of the industry from the beginning,” Riemann said.

CAB Packing Director Clint Walenciak notified the USDA Livestock and Meat Standardization Branch following the board vote and subsequently sent letters to all licensed packers.

“Most packing companies already have a Quality System Assessment (QSA) program in place for the export markets,” Walenciak said. “They already have written manuals and trained people, so they would just need to edit or modify their programs to address the traceability requirements of AngusSource, such as animal and lot identification (ID) procedures.”

Walenciak said the volume of genotype method cattle available for CAB evaluation may be light at first. “Down the road, there will be significant numbers as the program becomes more widely utilized,” he said. To streamline operations, packers that opt to include AngusSource cattle for CAB evaluation may choose to do so only for load lots, he noted.

Sara Moyer, director of AngusSource, said the program has enrolled more than 100,000 cattle since it began and more than 40,000 in the first five months of 2006. Nearly 13 million cattle were evaluated for the CAB brand in 2005.

“This is still a very new concept to most producers, and they are learning how to use it,” Moyer said. “The combination of CAB and export eligibility should help drive enrollments.”

Since 1995, packers have paid producers more than $200 million in value-based grid premiums for cattle accepted into the brand. For more information on CAB products and programs, visit http://www.cabpartners.com.

  • by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef