Daily Archives: July 26, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter available

The July 26th, issue number 497, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJly26.html

Often times during our grazing schools, participants are told that shade trees in a pasture field are not necessarily a good thing. This week, Rory Lewandowski discusses the pros and cons of shade, and how and when it might need to be managed.

Articles include:
* Is Shade Necessary for Cattle?
* Drought and Infertility – Find the Fertile Cattle and Sell the Rest
* Forage Focus: Stockpiling for winter grazing
* Cattle Industry Faces Vulnerable Period

The Ohio State Fair opens next week, and the best steak sandwich on the grounds continues to be found in the OCA Steak Barn . . . and while you’re there, plan to stop by on August 8 during the late shift and say hello to the OSU Beef Team members who will be working.
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Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

e-mail: smith.263@cfaes.osu.edu
voice: 740.653.5419 ext. 24
fax: 740.687.7010

Japan Ready To OK U.S. Beef Imports

Japan Ready To OK U.S. Beef Imports

KEYE-TV

(AP) TOKYO Japan is preparing to approve a resumption of imports of U.S. beef this week, officials said Tuesday, despite a report that Japanese inspectors found problems at some U.S. meat processing plants.

Officials from Japan’s agriculture and health ministries are expected to decide soon, possibly when the Food Safety Commission meets Thursday, on whether to allow U.S. beef back into Japan.

But Japanese inspectors who toured U.S. meat processing facilities have found compliance problems “at one or two facilities,” the Yomiuri newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Health Ministry officials.

FULL STORY

Cattle producers say scientific criteria used by USDA support claims Canada’s BSE problem underestimated

Cattle producers say scientific criteria used by USDA support claims Canada’s BSE problem underestimated

By R-CALF USA media release
North Texas E-news

Billings, Mont.) – In order to convince the U.S. District Court District of Montana (Court) to rule against R-CALF USA’s lawsuit that seeks to strike down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Final Rule in 2005, the agency enlisted a team of renowned scientific experts to submit to the Court written declarations, in which these scientists provided the criteria they used to conclude that the Final Rule was supported by sound science. USDA’s Final Rule is titled “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): Minimal Risk Regions and Imports of Commodities,” which relaxed U.S. import standards for Canadian cattle and beef.

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Heat Causes Pileup of Livestock Carcasses

Heat Causes Pileup of Livestock Carcasses

By OLIVIA MUNOZ
Associated Press Writer
Newsday

FRESNO, Calif. — The state’s record-setting heat wave has killed thousands of dairy cows and other livestock, leaving farmers with piles of carcasses and creating a backup at factories that turn the dead animals into pet food.

A combination of sweltering temperatures, growth in the state’s dominant $5 billion dairy industry and fewer plants to properly dispose of the animals have forced several counties to declare a state of emergency.

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Producers Advised to Use Caution with Drought-Stressed Feed

Producers Advised to Use Caution with Drought-Stressed Feed

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan,b 972-952-9212,e-jordan2@tamu.edu
Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, tmccollu@ag.tamu.edu
Texas A&M

DALLAS – Danger may be lurking as farmers try to market drought-stressed crops and livestock producers hunt for forage, said two Texas Cooperative Extension specialists.

Dr. Ellen Jordan, Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, said many growers are attempting to salvage drought-stressed corn and sorghum crops. One possible market is dairy rations.

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CBW Exclusive: Heat wave suppresses beef prices

CBW Exclusive: Heat wave suppresses beef prices

by MEAT&POULTRY Staff
by Steve Kay

A heat wave over much of the United States adds to an ongoing meltdown in wholesale beef prices. Record high temperatures are exacerbating the summer doldrums’ decline in beef demand. Hardest hit are the prices of middle meats, where cuts for grilling come from. Rib and loin prices have fallen sharply since the start of July. The Choice cutout by last Thursday had fallen $10.44 per cwt in 10 business days while the Select cutout had fallen $7.10. The slump in boxed beef prices has put packer margins back into the red.

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United States should not import older Canadian cattle yet, NDSA says

United States should not import older Canadian cattle yet, NDSA says

Farm and Ranch Guide

At its quarterly meeting in Mandan, N.D., in July, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) Board of Directors reiterated the organization’s stance against importing Canadian cattle 30 months old and older to the United States – at least until a well-designed and regulated tracking system is put in place to assure no market disruption and any disease traced back to such imports becomes the responsibility and liability of the country of origin.

NDSA members initiated and passed a resolution, “Canadian Cattle Imports,” calling for those changes at the NDSA Annual Convention in Bismarck, N.D., in September 2005 in anticipation that Canada would request to broaden its U.S. export options.

FULL STORY

As Drought Worsens, More Farmers Fear Losing Crops

As Drought Worsens, More Farmers Fear Losing Crops

Keloland.com

With limited rainfall and hot temperatures staying in the forecast, the severity of the drought across South Dakota is only expected to increase.

Farmers in the “exceptionally dry” parts of South Dakota have all but lost this year’s crop. But Hanson County is in the area classified as “severe” drought. Farmers there say their fields have reached the breaking point. They either need rain now or else they too will be calling this year’s crop a loss.

David Kayser farms several acres in Hanson County. The last time he dealt with a drought this bad was also the first year he started to farm there, in 1976. He says he lost a lot of his crop that year, and without more rain, he’s afraid it’s going to happen all over again.

FULL STORY

Japan To OK US Beef Import Resumption This Week

Japan To OK US Beef Import Resumption This Week

Cattlenetwork.com

TOKYO (AP)–Japan is preparing to approve a resumption of imports of U.S. beef this week, officials said Tuesday, despite a report that Japanese inspectors found problems at some U.S. meat-processing plants.

Officials from Japan’s agriculture and health ministries are expected to decide soon, possibly when the Food Safety Commission meets Thursday, on whether to allow U.S. beef back into Japan.

But Japanese inspectors who toured U.S. meat-processing facilities have found compliance problems “at one or two facilities,” the Yomiuri newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Health Ministry officials.

FULL STORY

Crossing the Line with Missouri Beef

Crossing the Line with Missouri Beef

KOMU-TV

Kobe beef cattleJEFFERSON CITY – Local farmers are joining a national effort to let Missouri-inspected meat be sold in other states.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Taylor Woods said small Missouri farmers have been waiting for 30 years.

“Forever we have needed to be able for our state-inspected packing plants to be able to go interstate,” he said, “and we’ve never been allowed to do that.”

FULL STORY

Pretty Good Feed for a Weed

Pretty Good Feed for a Weed

by Troy Smith
Angus Journal

When discussing ways to improve the forage on western rangelands, some ranchers praise the value of kochia. To others, that name (pronounced ko-shuh) evokes disdain for a lowly weed. These people are thinking of annual kochia (Kochia scoparia), commonly called “firebush” because its stem takes on a bright red hue as it matures. It is not a desirable forage-maker and can be toxic to cattle.

However, when ranchers and range scientists refer to forage kochia, they are talking about an entirely different kind of plant.

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