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.


Beef producers shouldn’t turn blind eye to pinkeye

Beef producers shouldn’t turn blind eye to pinkeye

Steve Leer

Purdue University

Rushville Republican

West Lafayette, Ind. — Next time beef producers look their animals in the eye, they might want to check for a common bacterial disease, a Purdue University beef specialist said.

Pinkeye causes inflammation, swelling and, if left untreated, the rupturing of the infected eye, said Ron Lemenager. The discomfort produces stress for the animal, which, in turn, affects its productivity.

The summer and early fall months are prime times for pinkeye transmission.

“Pinkeye is a disease that is very contagious,” Lemenager said. “It is caused primarily by a bacteria called Moraxella bovis (M. bovis). A more recently identified strain called M. ovis can also cause pinkeye. While humans can get pinkeye, the disease is separate and distinctly different from the pinkeye cattle get.”


Dakotas ‘epicenter’ of drought-stricken nation

Dakotas ‘epicenter’ of drought-stricken nation

By JAMES MACPHERSON | Associated Press

STEELE, N.D. (AP) – Fields of wheat, durum and barley in the Dakotas this dry summer will never end up as pasta, bread or beer. What is left of the stifled crops has been salvaged to feed livestock struggling on pastures where hot winds blow clouds of dirt from dried-out ponds.

Some ranchers have been forced to sell their entire herds, and others are either moving their cattle to greener pastures or buying more already-costly feed. Hundreds of acres of grasslands have been blackened by fires sparked by lightning or farm equipment.


Feeling the heat

Feeling the heat

By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer

Helena Independent Record (MT)

BILLINGS — Rancher John Small figured the worst was over when the spring rains fell, and the land turned green. It looked like he’d have a nice hay crop for a second straight year. It seemed that, finally, the yearslong drought in southeast Montana had broken.

But then, he said, the rain stopped. The rangeland faded to gold. And Small’s hopes for the season withered.

‘‘I thought it would be a nice year,’’ Small, who lives south of Busby, said. ‘‘But it just went the other way.’’ He now expects he’ll have to buy hay to make sure his cattle have all they need this fall and winter and believes many of his neighbors will have to do the same.

Drought is taking a toll across the Plains: Wildfires in eastern Montana have destroyed hay and crop lands. Poor pasture conditions in Colorado and Wyoming have prompted producers to sell cattle or delay plans to rebuild herds. And long periods of hot, dry weather have hurt spring wheat and other crops in the region.


U.S. Delays Lifting Ban on Canadian Beef Imports

U.S. Delays Lifting Ban on Canadian Beef Imports

Axcess News

Stahl fears political tactic in US stalling Canadian beef importsBy Peter Shout

(SP) Toronto – The U.S. is delaying lifting its ban on Canadian beef imports after the latest case of Mad Cow disease confirmation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. But the Agency said the impact on Canada’s beef industry would be minimal as the USDA ban applies to older cattle.

Earlier this month the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed a case of Mad Cow disease in a 50-month-old dairy cow from Alberta. The cow was first reported on Monday, July 10, based on preliminary test results. The entire carcass has been incinerated and did not enter the human or animal feed systems, the Agency said.


Cattle producers think ethanol industry can boost beef production

Cattle producers think ethanol industry can boost beef production

WHO-TV, Des Moines (IA)

DES MOINES, Iowa Cattle producers say Iowa is poised to make a comeback as a major beef-producing state. That’s thanks to Iowa’s booming ethanol industry.

A high-protein feed that can be cheaply fed to livestock is left behind after the starch is removed from the corn kernel and used for ethanol production

Demand is increasing for the high-protein co-product of ethanol. Iowa cattle producers have learned just how good the feed is for their cattle.


U.S. urged to prevent breach of Japan beef trade accord

U.S. urged to prevent breach of Japan beef trade accord

MSN News

Japanese Ambassador to Japan Ryozo Kato on Thursday asked two senators to urge the U.S. authorities and beef industry to prevent any more violations of a beef trade agreement with Japan.

In order to fully normalize beef trade between the two countries, it is critical for the United States not to allow another ineligible shipment to Japan, Kato said in separate meetings with Republican Chuck Hagel and Democrat Ben Nelson, both from Nebraska, a major beef cattle-raising state.


Tyson: Will Ship Beef to Japan in Days

Tyson: Will Ship Beef to Japan in Days

Associated Press News / MSN Money

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s largest meat producer, will begin shipping beef to Japan within several days now that the Asian country has lifted its ban on U.S. beef, a company spokesman said Thursday.


Nebraska beef producers praise Japanese trade deal

Nebraska beef producers praise Japanese trade deal

JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

Grand Island Independent

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska beef producers and officials praised Japan’s decision Thursday to resume importing U.S. beef because it will be good for the industry and the state.

But the additional restrictions Japan has imposed on beef imports — that the beef must come from cows less than 20 months old and no spinal material can be included — remain a source of irritation for beef producers.


Dark day for white meat?

Dark day for white meat?

American Public Radio

Today Japan announced it’s letting US beef back into the country. But while US cattlemen cheer the news, American chicken and pork farmers are less excited. Dan Grech explains.


Farms feel the heat

Farms feel the heat

By Kati Burns

The Times-Journal (AL)

Drought has spread through Alabama, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated DeKalb County as a primary disaster area.

All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Though the crops of most local farmers have been damaged by heat and lack of moisture, poultry, livestock and hay fields have also suffered.


Creekstone pressing forward with BSE testing lawsuit against USDA

Creekstone pressing forward with BSE testing lawsuit against USDA

Brownfield Network
by Peter Shinn

Audio related to this story

Just because Japan has partially re-opened its market to U.S. beef doesn’t mean Creekstone Farms Premium Beef is dropping its lawsuit against USDA. That lawsuit aims to force the Agency to allow Creekstone to voluntarily test 100% of its beef production for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Creekstone CEO John Stewart said he’s happy about the Japanese announcement, but still wants to test all of Creekstone’s cattle for BSE. “We are committed still, after the market’s open, to getting the green light from USDA to privately test. And as you know, we have this working through the court system now,” Stewart said.


US safeguards vastly cut BSE risk to people -study

US safeguards vastly cut BSE risk to people -study

Medline Plus, National Institutes of Health

Reuters Health Information

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government virtually eliminated the threat of mad cow disease to consumers by requiring the removal of brains, spinal cords and other high risk items from older cattle, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis said on Tuesday.

Two consumer groups applauded the progress but said the Agriculture Department was unwilling to take the more stringent steps suggested by an international advisory panel, such as banning high-risk materials from cattle 12 months or older from food and feed use.

Mad cow disease is a fatal, brain-wasting disease believed to be spread by contaminated feed. People can contract a human version of the disease by eating tainted meats. With only three cases of mad cow found in the country, USDA says the risk of mad cow is very low.


Will USDA Water Down Organic Standards?

Will USDA Water Down Organic Standards?

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has an idea … let’s change the regulations to allow some eight substances that are now prohibited for use in organic beef production. Why do they want to do this? We can only surmise that with organic producers concerned about being able to meet supply demands that these will allow more companies to offer “organic” beef. However, the bigger issue is whether allowing these substances dilutes the long-term growth of the organic beef industry, the end product itself and produces even more consumer confusion about what organic is and is not.