Daily Archives: July 19, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The July 19, issue # 496, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJly19.html

With the “dog days” well under way, it’s quickly approaching the time when we would traditionally think about starting to stockpile fescue for this winter.

With much higher nitrogen prices to contend with, is stockpiling still an affordable alternative? Cliff Little takes a look this week.

Articles this week include:
* The Crossbred Cow…
* Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates
* Forage Focus: Will it Pay to Stockpile?
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

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Fairfield County
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Smart Steps For Synchronization

Smart Steps For Synchronization

by Kindra Gordon
American Chianina Journal

What does it take to have a successful synchronization program? These specialists lend their advice.

If implemented properly, an estrus synchronization program can deliver genetic and production gains as well as management efficiency to the cowherd. But, the investment can have a disappointing outcome if herd health or nutrition is sub par prior to breeding. Experienced cattlemen will tell you, “Every detail has to be in order to have a strong synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) program.”

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Shining a Light on Tenderness

Shining a Light on Tenderness

by Troy Smith
Angus Journal

Meat scientists have been trying to get a handle on tenderness for a long time. For years, they have tried to develop a method for evaluating beef carcasses to predict the meat’s relative tenderness. They have sought a method by which the beef industry could, ultimately, offer consumers products with a no-risk tenderness guarantee.

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BeefTalk: Yield Grade Can be Confusing in Calculating Value

BeefTalk: Yield Grade Can be Confusing in Calculating Value

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
NDSU Extension Service

The world of carcass value is a bit elusive, even for the most keen data tracker. The total value is reflective of the summation of all the various parts of the carcass.

Each carcass part and current demand, local, regional, national or worldwide, can add various amounts of value. According to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef (USGCB), effective Jan. 31, 1997, carcasses are graded based on two general categories: yield grade and quality grade.

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Impact of DDGs on cattle marbling studied

Impact of DDGs on cattle marbling studied

by Peter Shinn
Brownfield Network

The ethanol industry’s expansion has created a growing supply of dry distillers grains (DDGs). And DDGs are a growing part of cattle feed rations. But do DDGs lead to reduced cattle marbling scores? According to Dow Jones, a recent review of 13 university studies on cattle feeding says yes, but only if DDGs make up more than 30% of the ration’s dry matter.

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USDA proposes adding preservatives, coloring agents to national organic list

USDA proposes adding preservatives, coloring agents to national organic list
13 substances set to join roster of ingredients used in organic livestock production

by Sustainable Food News

The federal government Monday proposed adding 13 substances, including preservatives and coloring agents, to its list of allowed substances for use in organic livestock production.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a Federal Register notice it was increasing the number of allowed synthetic substances for use in organic livestock production to 36 with the inclusion of the recommended ingredients.

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U.S. assists Canada in mad cow probe

U.S. assists Canada in mad cow probe

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

The USA is joining Canada’s investigation into its most recent occurrence of mad cow disease, a case troubling to officials in both countries because of the youth of the infected animal.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says the diagnosis raises “questions that must be answered” about exactly how this animal was infected. A USDA inspector arrived in Canada on Monday to take part in the investigation.

Last week, Canadian officials confirmed the discovery of the country’s seventh case of mad cow disease since the brain-wasting illness was first discovered there in 2003. The 4½-year-old cow was the fourth found to have the disease in Canada this year.

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Anthrax spreads to 45 Saskatchewan farms, killing 175 cattle

Anthrax spreads to 45 Saskatchewan farms, killing 175 cattle

CBC News

The deadly anthrax bacteria has spread to 45 farms in northeastern Saskatchewan, leaving 175 cattle dead and one person infected with a mild form of the disease.

Federal health authorities say the disease is now under control and does not pose a significant threat to humans or cattle.

The infected person, an unidentified man in his 50s from the Melfort area, is expected to make a full recovery.

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Heat wave keeps Kansas in grip

Heat wave keeps Kansas in grip

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / Arkcity.net

ROZEL — A stifling heat wave continued to bake the Sunflower State on Monday, as temperatures topping 100 degrees sent workers and residents scrambling for relief. Farmers feared the hot conditions would dash their hopes for fall crops.

Heat advisories were issued for much of the state, and temperatures of 105, 106 and 107 were the norm. Health workers urged residents to limit outdoor activities and exposure to the sun, and to check on relatives and neighbors.

At 104 by mid-afternoon, Hays was one of numerous Kansas reporting stations that topped the century mark Monday.

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Farmers harvest ideas to to prevent loss of crops

Farmers harvest ideas to to prevent loss of crops

By:Matt Bower, Kent County Daily Times, (RI)

Farmers, state and USDA officials, the R.I. Congressional delegation, as well as members from the state senators’ and representatives’ offices were in attendance for a meeting held by the Rhode Island Farm Bureau yesterday to discuss options available to farmers because of the excessive rain in May and June.
On the agenda was the possibility of getting federal aide from USDA to combat the damage that has been done and the income lost as a result of preventive planting.
Al Bettencourt, executive director of R.I. Farm Bureau, said in a press release that many farmers were not able to plant their crops because of the excessive wet weather.

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Steers, B&Os, Lim-Flex 1st To Enter Ring at Limousin Jr. Nationals

Steers, B&Os, Lim-Flex 1st To Enter Ring at Limousin Jr. Nationals

Cattlenetwork.com

Junior Limousin exhibitors displayed the results of their personal breeding programs in the bred-and-owned shows at the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) July 12 in Lawton, Okla. Judge Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kan., watched them parade 51 females and 15 bulls.

CTCT Rockin Rosy 5170R, owned by Call Carmichael, Richmond, Ky., earned grand champion bred-and-owned female honors. The Feb. 20, 2005, daughter of MINE PLD Overlooked 2951M first won Division 3. The reserve grand champion was EF Cash Me Out 601R, the Division 1 winner. Austen Etherton, Dawson, Ill., owns the Sept. 1, 2005, daughter of EXLR New Generation 071M.

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