Hone in on Heifer Health
by Barb Baylor Anderson, Angus Journal
You may already have a system in place for managing heifer health. But, Clifford Shipley, veterinarian with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Farm Animal Reproduction, Medicine and Surgery (FARMS) Section, stresses that the most successful health programs for developing heifers must focus on a combination of nutrition, management, parasite control and the right vaccinations.
Grasslands Sequester Greenhouse Gases Too
Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191,firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts: Dr. Vincent Haby, 903-834-6191,email@example.com
Ag News from Texas A&M
OVERTON – New equipment will enable Texas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists fine- tune grassland management to sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
The new equipment, a carbon, nitrogen, sulfur analyzer, will also allow him and other researchers at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Overton to more quickly analyze the nutritive value of forages, said Dr. Vincent Haby, Experiment Station soil scientist.
Carbon sequestration is an important research area because of the rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Rising carbon dioxide is now widely recognized by the scientific community to be linked to global warming.
Gelbvieh Association Adds Balancer Shows to American Royal, National Western
The American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors voted to add Balancer open shows to the 2006 American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., and the 2007 National Western Stock Show. A Balancer is hybrid seedstock combining Gelbvieh with Angus or Red Angus genetics. The American Gelbvieh Association documents the pedigrees, issues a registration certificate and provides performance data as well as EPDs for Balancer cattle.
“The American Gelbvieh Association was one of the first continental breeds to formally recognize hybrid seedstock and promote Balancers in an organized crossbreeding system,” says Wayne Vanderwert, AGA Executive Director. “We feel it is an excellent way to promote Balancers by adding separate shows at key events like the American Royal and National Western.”
Authorities bust cattle-rustling ring
Brazoria County rancher is suspect; Nolan Ryan’s cows among the stolen
By ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA and ERIC HANSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
Authorities said Tuesday they have cracked a cattle-rustling operation that stretched across eight counties and claimed 289 head, including 17 cows and 30 calves belonging to Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.
The total value of the stolen livestock was estimated at up to $300,000.
Livestock feed recalled over possible mad cow violation
WASHINGTON Livestock feed ingredients shipped to Michigan and eight other states may have been contaminated with cattle remains in violation of a 1997 ban to protect against mad cow disease.
The maker, H-J Baker and Brothers, says it’s recalling three livestock feed ingredients, including two used to supplement feed given to dairy cows.
The Connecticut company says that a sample tested by the Food and Drug Administration was positive for cattle meat and bone meal.
The company shipped the ingredients to feed manufacturers and dairy farms in Michigan, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Japan set to lift U.S. beef ban
Inspections deal to pave way for imports but doubts remain
By YUMI WIJERS-HASEGAWA
Staff writer, Japan Times
Despite lingering concern over the safety of U.S. beef, Japan continued final talks with Washington past midnight Tuesday on lifting the import ban, after winning a slew of concessions on inspection procedures for mad cow disease.
“I believe we will go to the next step” toward resuming imports, farm minister Shoichi Nakagawa had said earlier in the day, indicating senior officials from the two countries would reach the agreement at a teleconference in the evening. The lengthy talks, with a one-hour break, ended up continuing well into the night.
If the ban is lifted, U.S. beef shipments would reportedly resume late next month, albeit without blanket testing.
Wildfires, drought pushing more cattle to market
Associated Press / Kansascity.com
DIGHTON, Kan. – A lingering drought in the Southern Plains and wildfires that destroyed thousands of miles of fencing are forcing ranchers to send more cattle to the slaughterhouse.
Drought conditions in Texas, the nation’s biggest cattle producing area, are enough to drive the higher cattle slaughter numbers, said James Mintert, an agriculture economist at Kansas State University. But drought in other key cow states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Missouri are also fueling the higher kill rates.
Federally inspected beef cow slaughter in April was up 17 percent from the same month a year ago, coming on the heels of a 13 percent jump in March. May beef cow slaughter is estimated to be up 9.4 percent, Mintert said.