Daily Archives: July 10, 2006

Inflation may take edge off beef, lamb prices

Inflation may take edge off beef, lamb prices

By Neal Wallace Monday, 10th July 2006
The Otago Daily Times

High inflation looks like taking the gloss off expected better prices in the new beef and lamb export season.

Rob Davison, the executive director of Meat and Wool New Zealand’s economic service, said while prospects for next year were bright, predicted inflation of between 4% and 5% for the coming year could undermine returns.

The specialist rural economists are preparing a preview of the coming season.

In an interview, Mr Davison said a lower exchange rate would underpin expected higher returns.

“That will be the No 1 main driver that is positive for next season,” he said.


Deadline nearing for grass-fed meat label

Deadline nearing for grass-fed meat label
Prairie Star

LYONS, Neb. – Cattle producers have 30 days left to make comments on the proposed standard of grass-fed beef.The Center for Rural Affairs along with the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and other organizations are urging the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to approve the proposed rule requiring that animals certified as grass fed receive a minimum of 99 percent of their lifetime energy source from grass or forage. There are only 30 days left to make comments supporting the proposed standard.

Talking Fescue: Antibiotics in feed of little benefit to cattle

Talking Fescue: Antibiotics in feed of little benefit to cattle

News-Leader.com (MO)

Pearlmillet may be best for replenishing low hay stockpiles.

How much benefit against fescue toxicosis in cattle can a producer expect by including antibiotics in feed and minerals?

According to Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Mount Vernon, the low-level feeding of antibiotics to beef cattle has very limited benefits to cattle suffering from fescue toxicosis.


Tongues are big business in the meat trade

Tongues are big business in the meat trade

By Bob Burgdorfer

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Beef tongues, a popular export item to Japan, tumbled from $5 a pound wholesale in the United States to about $1 when Tokyo banned all U.S. beef about two and a half years ago.

Bruce Berven, director of marketing for the California-based Harris Ranch Beef Company, hopes that the tongues it used to ship to Japan will go back to $5 now that Tokyo has agreed to buy U.S. beef again.

“On a per head of cattle basis, you are looking at $13 to $15 difference per head. That’s huge economically in the beef business,” said Berven.


Indiana reaches milestone with livestock registration

Indiana reaches milestone with livestock registration

Richmond Palladium-Item

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — With fewer than 60 days before a statewide livestock premise registration deadline, Indiana has reached a milestone: 10,000 Hoosier livestock farms and sale barns have been registered with the State Board of Animal Health.

Those 10,000 premises represent nearly half of the estimated number of sites that must be part of the system by Sept. 1, said Dr. Jen Greiner, a veterinarian and director of the identification programs.


Weak links in the food chain

Weak links in the food chain

Experts say consumers who worry about health risks should first digest the facts

Courier-Post Staff (NJ)

Remember the childhood song about the old lady who swallowed a succession of creatures to catch the fly that none of us knew why she swallowed in the first place? The only thing we knew for sure was that old lady didn’t fare too well.

For many meat, poultry and seafood lovers, serving their favorite animal proteins could threaten similar health risks these days. From PCB contamination to mercury poisoning, mad cow disease and the threat of an avian flu virus making it into our food chain, many meat eaters wonder if it’s safe to continue enjoying some of their favorite foods.


Farmers Upset Over USDA Animal Tracing Program

Farmers Upset Over USDA Animal Tracing Program

KTHV, Little Rock (AR)

The USDA is implementing a new program that will give it the ability to know exactly where the meat comes from that you’re eating. In an effort to eliminate disease, the program would require farmers to tag or electronically chip their livestock. A group against this program spoke out Sunday in Conway.


There’s not much fever to harvest hay

There’s not much fever to harvest hay

Of The News Register (OR)

Hay growing was a $7.9 million business for Yamhill County farmers last year, but that only accounted for about one fifth of the $43 million generated through the grass and legume production overall.

Susan Aldrich-Markham of the Oregon State University Extension Service office said that’s because hay growing is almost exclusively a secondary business for local farmers. Grass seed produced in the Willamette Valley is sold the world over, she said, but farmers grow hay mainly for their own use or that of immediate neighbors.




by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Over the last few weeks I have gotten a number of calls from cattlemen from different parts of the country with concerns over calf scours and how the condition may be managed or treated. This was an issue we covered some time back and although we are actually in the midst of a series I felt it would be a good time to reexamine this issue and talk about some practical, nutrition and feeding related factors that can be used to deal with this situation. I went to a number of sources but found one of the best to be a paper written in 2002 by John Maas, DVM with the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC-Davis.


Livestock Drinking Water Quality

Livestock Drinking Water Quality


Quick Facts…

–Test livestock drinking water for salinity and toxic elements if water quality is not known.

–Take a representative water sample for any testing.

–The National Academy of Sciences proposes general guidelines for use of saline waters and for upper limits of toxic ions in water. There are no easy answers or quick fixes for toxic water problems.

Excessive salinity in livestock drinking water can upset the animals’ water balance and cause death. High levels of specific ions in water can cause animal health problems and death. The National Academy of Sciences offers upper limits for toxic substances in water (Table 1). It also offers guidelines for use of saline waters for livestock and poultry (Table 2).

Unsafe levels of salts and ions depend on the amount of water consumed each day and the weight of the animal. Test livestock drinking water for salinity and toxic elements if water quality is not known. The general guidelines presented in Tables 1 and 2 include an appropriate margin of safety. For a more specific interpretation of livestock drinking water quality, contact your veterinarian.