Oklahoma State’s Newsletter, Cow-Calf Corner, is available at:
June 30, 2006
In this Issue
Vaccine Confusion; Killed or Modified Live?
Dave Sparks, DVM, OSU Area Extension Food-Animal Quality and Health Specialist
This Year Test the Forage Before You Cut!
Dr. Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist
The July edition of Beeftips, Kansas State University’s Beef newsletter is now available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format by clicking the link below:
Beef as business
Kansas City Star
W hen you drive across rural Kansas or Missouri, it’s pretty clear that beef is big business around here. Kansas has 32,000 farms with cattle and calves, generating $5.64 billion in cash receipts in 2004. Missouri has 68,000 farms (dairy and cattle) and adds $1.5 billion to the state economy with its beef production. Last year Kansas ranked first in the country in the number of commercial cattle processed: 7.3 million head.
“This is a major part of our economy,” says Todd Johnson, who grew up on a farm in central Kansas. He points out that the industry suppliers still tend to be family operations rather than giant conglomerates until you get to the feed lot and packaging plant.
Beefing up Utah’s revenues
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By Andrew Weeks
Box Elder County leads state in cattle production
For Brian Shaffer, a fourth-generation cattle rancher, there isn’t a better place to raise a herd than in Box Elder County.
“There’s a lot of rangeland here, wide-open spaces, mixed with the ability to raise good seed for the winter,” he said.
Shaffer sells his cattle in the state and international markets, and helps contribute to Box Elder County’s rank as the state’s top cattle-producing county.
The county also is a major sheep producer and a large contributor of fruit and grain production, according to the Utah Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Statistics Service.
Most U.S. farms are smaller family operations
Washington—Despite their diversity of scale, business structure and products, most U.S. farms are family-run.
That’s the key finding in a report released by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Structure and Finances of U.S. Farms: 2005 Family Farm Report” was prepared to provide agricultural policymakers with a source of information on how farming in the United States is organized. It is based primarily on findings of the 2005 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Livestock tagging plan has fans, foes in farmers
By McGregor McCance
Daily Progress staff writer
ID Tagged Cows
Livestock tags, attached to the ears of cattle, cost about $1.90 each, and grant money for tagging is available. The Daily Progress/ Andrew Shurtleff
At Dovedale Farm in northeast Albemarle County, ID tags dangle from the ears of many beef cattle, which often have matching tattoos inside their ears.
A.C. Shackelford raises and sells registered, purebred Angus cattle and breeding stock. For each, he voluntarily maintains meticulous records of the animals from their birth through a sale.
The animal tracking isn’t a problem for Shackelford. But that’s not the case for all farmers – especially if doing so becomes a government requirement.
A national program that will require farmers to participate in an animal ID system by 2009 has divided opinions.
The system, now only voluntary in Virginia and others states, is a method to let animal health officials figure out within 48 hours where an infected animal is from and what other animals may have come in contact with it.
Where the Cattle Herds Roam, Ideally in Harmony With Their Neighbors
By JIM ROBBINS, New York Times
MALTA, Mont. — Dale Veseth slowly drives a pickup over dirt tracks studded with small boulders, across a prairie that the word expansive does not begin to describe. The blanket of spring-green grass stretches 40 or 50 miles in every direction, and there is not a tree in sight.
Birds are abundant, though. “That’s a long-billed curlew,” Mr. Veseth said, pointing to a large brown bird running along the ground with a long curled beak, “and look, a Western kingbird.”
Mr. Veseth raises cattle. But in a sense, he and his neighbors also raise curlews, sage grouse, prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets and other species. They are part of a program run by the Nature Conservancy to create what are called grass banks, which give ranchers rights to graze land beyond their own, in return for commitments to conserve species like the ferrets and curlews on land they already own.