Daily Archives: August 3, 2006

Tagging systems approved for NAIS

Tagging systems approved for NAIS

Drovers Alert

On the hardware side, the USDA announced this week that Digital Angel Corp. is the first ID tag manufacturer to gain approval for the use of its electronic tagging systems in the NAIS. This designation indicates that the company’s products meet the standards of the NAIS and will allow Digital Angel to distribute tags using the program’s official 15-digit animal identification number. In March of this year, the USDA announced the implementation of the official animal identification number and released guidelines for the manufacture and distribution of official AIN devices. For more information, follow this link.

USDA approves first private ID database

USDA approves first private ID database

Drovers Alert

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved Global Animal Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Animal Health, as the first interim animal tracking database for the National Animal Identification System. Through an independent review process, the agency determined that Global Animal Management’s Animal Tracker program meets the requirements to feed data into the USDA’s information system as needed to track cattle in an animal-disease emergency.

Hungry Heifers

Hungry Heifers

by Boyd Kidwell

“Heifer nutrition is a key to profitable beef production. Unfortunately, due to the perceived high cost of developing heifers, many young females have a slow start in life and this impacts their lifetime productivity,” says Matt Poore, North Carolina Extension beef nutritionist.


Ag Progress Days is a full-featured forum

Ag Progress Days is a full-featured forum

Penn State Live

University Park, Pa. — Variety has come to be expected every year at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, being held Aug. 15-17 at Rock Springs. But practitioners and participants are calling this year’s edition surprisingly diverse, even for the state’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition.


Litton loyalists try to keep legacy alive, 30 years after crash

Litton loyalists try to keep legacy alive, 30 years after crash


Kansas City Star

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – To his followers, Jerry Lon Litton had Harry Truman’s down-home sensibilities, Ronald Reagan’s command of the public microphone and Bill Clinton’s uncanny ability to connect through a simple handshake and smile.

Jimmy Carter, himself not quite yet a president, predicted that Litton could someday live in the White House.

But what might have been was forever extinguished when Litton, his wife, their children and two others died in a plane crash Aug. 3, 1976 – the very night of the Missouri congressman’s stunning victory in the Democratic senatorial primary.


Snelgrove blasts R-CALF over beef battle

Snelgrove blasts R-CALF over beef battle

Alberta was again blindsided by R-CALF at the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting in Estes, Colorado, says Vermillion – Lloydminster MLA Lloyd Snelgrove.

Brad Herron

Lloydminster Meridian Booster

Alberta was again blindsided by R-CALF at the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting in Estes, Colorado, says Vermillion – Lloydminster MLA Lloyd Snelgrove.

During last weekend’s meetings, R-CALF, the protectionist American cattle group, requested cattle be removed from the J-List, a list derived in the 1930’s, outlining products that need country-of-origin labeling. Snelgrove said R-CALF just doesn’t get it.


BeefTalk: The J Game – Vaccinate

BeefTalk: The J Game – Vaccinate

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

NDSU Extension Service

The summer may be hot, but, believe it or not, fall is fast approaching. Fall is the typical time for getting calves prepared to meet the rigors of weaning and shipping. A plan, if not already in place, needs to be developed so it can be applied when the time is right.

The Dickinson Research Extension Center is getting ready to ship some calves. A quick review of the vaccination efforts at the center notes that the calves were vaccinated for viral and bacterial invaders in the spring during branding. The calves will be vaccinated again prior to weaning and at weaning.


Where’s Your Vet?

Where’s Your Vet?

By Clint Peck Senior Editor

Beef Magazine

A recent set of surveys conducted by BEEF magazine reflects growing national concern regarding the availability of rural, large-animal veterinarians. In separate surveys of beef producers and veterinarians, significant concerns of a long-run shortage surfaced.

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When asked about the future availability of large-animal vets in their locale, a third of responding producers expressed concern of a long-run shortage. Another third are either concerned about a shortfall coming soon or are already experiencing it. Only one-third of respondents said they’re unconcerned about the future shortfall of veterinary service in their communities.




by: Blake Angell

Cattle Today

The Meyer Natural Angus (MNA) program continues to enjoy increased demand from the consuming public, and 2006 is off to another very strong start. As the industry prepares to begin forward contracting calves and feeder cattle for late summer and fall delivery, MNA is aggressively seeking to expand the numbers of Certified Red Angus cattle that supply their branded beef product. Because Red Angus cattle have worked so well in the MNA program, the Meyer folks have introduced a cash premium specifically for producers of Certified Red Angus cattle which are purchased by MNA.


COMMENTARY- Farmers unfairly rapped for treatment of animals

COMMENTARY- Farmers unfairly rapped for treatment of animals

By: John Schlageck

Hillsboro Free Press (KS)

The stereotypical image of the family farm complete with red barn, a few layer hens scratching in the yard, some pigs wallowing in the mud and contented cows chewing their cuds in the field isn’t commonplace anymore.

Neither is the farm as a sterile, mechanized emotionless “food factory” an accurate picture.

Today, raising livestock on the farm or ranch is a dynamic, specialized profession that has proven one of the most successful in the world. Only in the United States can less than 2 percent of the population feed 100 percent of our population-and other people around the world-as efficiently as we do.


Vet’s Corner: Patience may result in decreased nitrate toxicity in feedstuffs

Vet’s Corner: Patience may result in decreased nitrate toxicity in feedstuffs

By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply

Tri State Neighbor

The dry conditions in most of South Dakota have really stressed forages.

Many producers are bringing in corn silage samples to be tested for nitrates. Almost all samples tested have demonstrated unacceptably high nitrate levels.


Does drought affect beef quality?

Does drought affect beef quality

Due to “fetal programming” drought-stressed cows may deliver calves with impaired performance and carcass quality.

Posted: August 2 , 2006

By Troy Smith


For most producers plagued by drought, the biggest management challenges come in the form of reduced forage production. Those who depend on runoff to charge stock dams and ponds face water quantity and quality issues as well as short pastures and diminished hay crops. With the return to favorable rainfall patterns and good management, range and pastures can return to health and water supplies are refreshed. However, drought may have a long-term effect on cattle performance and carcass merit.