Daily Archives: July 3, 2006

BeefTalk: Grazing Plan Will Eliminate the Need to Hit Panic Button

BeefTalk: Grazing Plan Will Eliminate the Need to Hit Panic Button

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
NDSU Extension Service

Around mid-June to early July, Mother Nature usually kicks summer into gear. The first noticeable symptom in the upper Great Plains is an increase in temperature and a decrease in moisture.

Determining if a drought is in progress or one is simply experiencing good haying weather is a thin line. A concern, however, surfaces that livestock feed may be in short supply. Panic may be too harsh of a word, but some producers do panic.

Before the panic button is pushed, some simple principles need to be noted. If a grazing system is not in place, now is the time for action.


The pros and cons of grazing annual forages

The pros and cons of grazing annual forages

From Agrinews / Peace Country Sun

There is no one ‘best’ method that all producers should use in their production and feeding choices.

In a cow/calf business, feeding is the largest production cost. Many cow/calf managers are of the opinion that the biggest opportunity to lower the cost of producing a calf to market weight is to keep cows grazing for more than the average 150 to 200 grazing day season widely used.

“There are, however, times and places where grazing can be more expensive than some of the low cost alternate feeds. These are situations where factors such as high land ownership costs, low yield, high rent, short grazing season, high transportation costs and cheaper stored feeds, come into play,” says Russel Horvey, beef/forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development’s Ag-Info Centre in Stettler.


Understanding the Ultrasound Info Craze

Understanding the Ultrasound Info Craze


Even though ultrasound technology and its application to the beef industry is still in its “calf” stage, the demand for carcass information is growing and maturing rapidly. With each breed association reporting ultrasound data and carcass EPDs independently, comparing the numbers becomes difficult and extremely confusing. In response to countless requests from breeders and buyers alike, a grass-roots explanation of ultrasound data as it is collected “chute-side” is long overdue. A step-by-step description of each image collected is a good method to help beef producers understand the traits measured and how to incorporate them into selection programs, regardless of breed or background, farm or feedlot.





The Limousin breed is ready for Round 2 in its latest bout to collect data for genetic evaluation and research while showing how its genetics generate profit.

Since December, nearly 30 Limousin breeders and users have helped demonstrate the breed’s improved grade, growth and docility with the feedlot and carcass data from the first Limousin Visions Quest. The project is a follow-up to the Limousin Visions Symposium, where North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) members set breed-improvement and marketing directives in December 2004.

Others now can join the project by sending cattle and learning more about cattle feeding and carcass merit as they track actual animal performances. Visions Quest Round 2 will be another real-world lesson in producing industry-friendly seedstock and feeder cattle.


Funny feeling

Funny feeling

NBA to use new composite ball starting in 2006-07

Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 2:35PM; Updated: Wednesday June 28, 2006 2:35PM
Sports Illustrated

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, the shooting in the NBA might improve. David Stern sees another benefit to the league’s new official game ball, though.

As the commissioner joked Wednesday, now his signature gets to go on the ball twice.

That is just one of the changes on the new game ball, which was unveiled by league and Spalding officials at a news conference at the NBA Store and will be put into use at the start of the 2006-07 season.

The biggest, and most important, difference is that the ball is no longer leather. Instead, it’s made of a microfiber composite that allows for a much better and more consistent grip.

The ability to grip the leather was a driving reason behind the first change to the ball in more than 35 years.

“That really became a challenge, particularly when the ball was wet,” said executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson.


Cattle, hay producers may see more problems due to drought

Cattle, hay producers may see more problems due to drought

By Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M
North Texas E-News

SAN ANTONIO – As if cattle and hay producers haven’t had enough to worry about lately, the drought may spur additional problems, said a Texas Cooperative Extension soil and crop expert.

“Besides reduced production, lack of moisture can also potentially lead to toxic levels of nitrates in warm-season grasses, as well as the possibility of prussic acid poisoning,” said Larry Redmon, Extension state forage specialist.

During dry weather, warm-season annual grasses – including forage sorghums, sorghum-sudan hybrids and various millets – can accumulate nitrates to a level toxic for cattle, he said. Forages belonging to the genus Sorghum also can produce prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) in quantities toxic to cattle.


6th case of mad cow disease suspected

6th case of mad cow disease suspected

Chicago Tribune news services

WINNIPEG, CANADA — A suspected case of mad cow disease has been discovered in Canada, potentially the country’s sixth case.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that preliminary tests detected the disease known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, in a mature cow in the south central province of Manitoba.


Farmers using Devon cows to revive agriculture

Farmers using Devon cows to revive agriculture

By JOHN P. GREGG, Valley News Staff Writer
Nashua Telegraph (NH)

BATH – When farmer Tom Cope and two business partners inspected young Devon bulls and cows at the Cope family farm in Bath earlier this month, they were doing more than deciding the fate of a few head of cattle.

Their work – which includes flushing embryos from Devons and implanting the fertilized eggs in cows of another breed – could one day influence farm practices and eating habits around the country.

What is taking place at the Cope farm, about 3 miles north of Woodsville, is part of an effort to revive the Devon, once common to the American landscape but now almost a forgotten breed in the United States.


First cuttings of hay come in strong; future uncertain

First cuttings of hay come in strong; future uncertain

Farmers have been pleased with the first hay cuttings, but experts say poor moisture may limit the rest of the crop.


Strawberry Point, Ia. — Before his first cutting of hay, Paul Riniker walked his fields. He found thick, disease-free hay, and he expected a big harvest. Even so, the volume of the first crop surprised him.

“The first cutting was exceptional,” said Riniker, who farms south of Greeley in Delaware County. “The yield was very high, and it was relatively high feed value.”

The second cutting will be good, too, “if we can get it made,” he said, referring to recent rainy weather that has kept many northern Iowa farmers from their fields.

In a good year, an Iowa farmer can get four, sometimes five, cuttings. Early cuttings are crucial.


Beef ban end lifts attitudes

Beef ban end lifts attitudes

Japan’s move might ease problems for producers

By Angela Mettler
Aberdeen American (SD) News Writer

While many area cattle producers have been adversely affected by drought conditions, Japan’s recent decision to lift its ban on U.S. beef could help ease some financial frustrations, said Scott Rau, a Java cattle producer.

“It’s a great thing they’ve opened (the market) so maybe prices will go up a little,” he said.

In December, Japan ended its original two-year ban on U.S. beef, which had been put in place due to fears of mad cow disease. A little more than a month later, Japan again stopped importing when backbone was found in a shipment, renewing worries of mad cow disease.


Farmers Help Bail Out La. Cattle Industry

Farmers Help Bail Out La. Cattle Industry

Las Vegas Sun

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (AP) – When John Adams drove around southern Louisiana in the weeks after Hurricane Rita, he saw drowned cattle, knocked down fences and land inundated with saltwater.

The Kentucky farmer is now part of a nationwide relief effort to help bail out Louisiana’s $400 million cattle industry by donating hay, feed and farm supplies.

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association, the Fellowship of Christian Farmers and county extension agents started the relief effort last year shortly after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated parts of Louisiana.