JULY 2006 Ranch Hand Newsletter (Adobe Acrobat PDF file)
This month's issue is devoted to topics related to drought and drought management. Unfortunately, many of you are dealing with very dry conditions. I hope you will find some useful information in this issue that will help you more effectively manage the situation.
NDSU Animal and Range Sciences Department
100e Hultz Hall Fargo, ND 58105
The latest issue of the Cattle Call (Adobe Acrobat PDF) is now posted at:
Blight Farms Recognized for Environmental Stewardship
Dates and Changes for Michigan Bull Test Station
Tonsor Joins MSU Ag. Econ.
Johne’s Disease Control Demonstration Project
UP Agricultural Experiment Station Field Day
Department of Animal Science 100th Anniversary Celebration
Official Cattle Identification
Why are Michigan Farms Getting Bigger?
Low Stress Cattle Handling and Facilities Workshop
Pasture Conditions Continue Their Decline
Beef Cow-Calf Weekly
The National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) most recent numbers offer detail on why cow slaughter is up. Compared to last year, 14% less pasture is rated Good or Excellent, and 14% more is rated as Poor or worse.
More specifically, for the week ending July 2, NASS reported:
States with the worst pasture conditions — at least 30% of the acreage rated poor or worse — include: Alabama (66%); Arizona (78%); Colorado (65%); Georgia (43%); Kansas (33%); Louisiana (50%); Mississippi (40%); Missouri (41%); Nebraska (50%); New Mexico (74%); North Dakota (31%); Oklahoma (58%); South Dakota (46%); Texas (71%); and Wyoming (53%).
Small force for large animals
Willing to care for cows? Large-animal veterinarians are becoming a rare breed as more vets choose to treat household pets.
By Christina Rogers
Roanoke Times (VA)
Dr. Tony Hutchins works as a large-animal vet.
Wearing navy-blue coveralls, black rubber boots and a red baseball cap, Dr. Tony Hutchins leans over a metal pen and injects a milky-white vaccine into the neck of a 5-month-old Holstein calf.
The heifer wriggles about in the pen. Using an inked clamp, Hutchins tattoos her left ear and clips a triangular piece of skin from the right — a literal earmark identifying the vaccination.
Company Unveils Silage Web Site
A new Web site devoted to forage information, research data and news has been introduced by Lallemand Animal Nutrition.
“Our goal is to help beef and dairy producers maximize the value of their for-ages by learning, and then practicing, quality silage management,” says Bob Charley, forage product manager for the company, which sells silage inoculants.
ISU gives advice on managing nitrates in forages in dry weather
Stephen K. Barnhart, Department of Agronomy
Iowa State University, writes the following:
During periods of dry growing conditions, forage producers begin to ask about the increased risk of nitrate accumulation in forages and how best to manage them.
Plants take up nitrogen from available soil sources during normal plant growth. Soil-source nitrates are used by the plant to form protein. Since photosynthesis-formed sugars are also components of protein, anything that influences normal plant growth (such as drought) will reduce protein synthesis, and nitrate (NO3) can accumulate in the plant in higher than normal amounts.
Conner Announces $6.2 Million for Rural Community Development
High Plains Journal
OMAHA (DTN) — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner Thursday announced the availability of more than $6.2 million in grant funds through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI). The RCDI program provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.
“The projects funded through this program promote economic investments and job development in our rural communities,” said Conner. “The community buildings, housing and improvement projects these funds will help finance are providing additional economic opportunities and improving the quality of life of rural America.”