Monthly Archives: July 2006

Purdue Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Field Day

Purdue Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Field Day

The 4th Annual Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Field Day will be held on August 22nd at the Purdue Animal Science Research & Education Center. Scott Lake PH.D, PAS will present Trace Mineral Nutrition, “What do you need to feed?” W Mark Hilton, DVM will present Management of 2nd Calf Heifers, “How can you keep them in the herd”. The event, sponsored by Indiana IRM, will start at 2:00 pm and conclude at 6:30 pm. Supper will be sponsored by Tippecanoe County Cattlemen Association. If interested in attending this event, RSVP to Rachel Ontrop at (765) 494-9234 or by August 14th.

BEEF Magazine Debuts

BEEF Magazine Debuts

There exist some 800,000 operations in the U.S. with cattle, USDA says. BEEF magazine services about the largest 10% of them with its printed product. Now, BEEF magazine is rolling out a product for the other 90%.

Called American Cowman (, this entirely electronic venture consists of a Web site and a semi-monthly electronic newsletter. Designed for today’s family-owned cattle outfit with less than 100 head, the project’s purpose is to serve the information and lifestyle needs of ranch operations who are serious about the beef business but whose information needs are perhaps more basic and/or general than the reader of our BEEF printed product.

Beyond the basic operational ranching topics, the product will also deliver news, management tips, and info celebrating the lifestyle that makes the beef business so treasured and unique — the people, the places, the history and the trends.

Visitors to American Cowman can find a wealth of standing information on facilities, nutrition, animal health, pasture & range, and genetics. Augmenting these operational categories will be industry news, new products, and access to breed associations, ranch horses, weather, markets, recipes, continuing education opportunities, stories on interesting people, great books, etc.

Meanwhile, the newsletter will deliver helpful management hints and western human interest to your email box twice each month.

Check out the possibilities at

New issue of ARS ‘Healthy Animals’ newsletter is online

New issue of ARS ‘Healthy Animals’ newsletter is online

Ag Professional

The latest issue of the Agricultural Research Service online newsletter “Healthy Animals” looks at the agency’s Rangeland, Pasture and Forages National Program plus other livestock research.

In addition to information on the program, the issue includes research on:

# The effects of calving times on livestock production

# New methods to control bacteria in swine waste lagoons

# Benefits of relaxed cattle management

# Shooting to heal: projectile brucellosis vaccinations.

“Healthy Animals” is online at


Dry spell puts focus on feed, weeds

Dry spell puts focus on feed, weeds

News Leader (MO)

Producers consider supplements; weed control field tours scheduled in August.

Because of dry conditions in southwest Missouri many farmers are asking about supplementing beef cows, calves and stocker cattle.

According to Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, protein is the nutrient most folks worry about supplementing but it is not that much of a problem.

“Energy, calories, or total digestible nutrients are more likely to be the performance limiting factors,” said Cole.


Ranchers look to border collies to help with herding

Ranchers look to border collies to help with herding

Bismarck Tribune

ST. HILAIRE, Minn. (AP) – Farmers and ranchers interested in lowering their fuel costs and exploring the idea of sustainable agriculture may want to take a second look at an old-school way of handling their livestock.

Herding dogs are much more common in the Western Plains and mountain states than they are in the Northern Plains. But here, border collie fans are demonstrating how useful the animals can be, especially for smaller livestock operations.

Michelle Davis lives on a hobby farm near St. Hilaire and owns more than two dozen dogs, 11 of them border collies. She’s a professional trainer who regularly participates in obedience, agility and herding competitions. Her farm has chickens and horses, plus a small flock of sheep, which give her dogs real working experience.


Strategies for dealing with weather

Strategies for dealing with weather

Rusty Evans

Clarksville Leaf Chronicle (TN)

Clyde Lane of University of Tennessee Animal Science shares this information with us.

Weather conditions across the state have been quite variable this spring and summer. Many areas saw limited moisture early in the spring followed by adequate rainfall. This resulted in a relatively short hay crop with poor harvesting conditions. Following this, some areas had dry, hot conditions with limited growth of forage. The result is that available forage for the beef herd may be limited and/or of low quality during the summer, fall and winter.


U.S. cattle on feed up 5 percent

U.S. cattle on feed up 5 percent


North Texas E-news

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on July 1, 2006. The inventory was 5 percent above July 1, 2005 and 7 percent above July 1, 2004.

This is the second highest July 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. The inventory included 7.09 million steers and steer calves, up 4 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 65 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.71 million head, up 5 percent from 2005.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.95 million, 10 percent above 2005 and 18 percent above 2004. This is the second highest placements for the month of June since the series began in 1996.

Net placements were 1.89 million. During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 565,000, 600-699 pounds were 430,000, 700-799 pounds were 456,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 500,000.