Daily Archives: August 11, 2006

Beef Negotiations Continue with South Korea

Beef Negotiations Continue with South Korea

By Kim Souza

The Morning News (AR)

South Korean beef inspectors will revisit seven U.S. beef packing plants in an effort to resolve ongoing negotiations designed to resume U.S. beef imports to South Korea, said Ed Loyd, spokesman for the United States Department of Agriculture.

The South Korean market has been closed to U.S. beef more than 30 months.

Loyd said inspection dates have not been announced but they will occur in the near future. Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. said it is unaware of pending visits to their nine facilities.

“We have made some steady progress in resolving the issues regarding the beef ban in South Korea. It is our hope the USDA will resolve any outstanding issues at the time of upcoming visits by South Korean auditors,” Loyd said.

The South Korean export market for U.S. cattle producers in 2003 was valued at more than $815 million, the third largest export market, according to Michelle Reinke, spokeswoman for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Parched Missouri suffering

Parched Missouri suffering

Dry weather affecting range of businesses.

Columbia Daily Tribune

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Pastures are browning and dusty across much of Missouri. On the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, fewer barges can navigate the low water. Water utilities are spending more to get mud out of sluggish rivers.

A severe drought in much of the state is entering its 18th month, and the costs are mounting – even if it is too soon to tally them, experts agree.

The online Drought Monitor of the National Drought Mitigation Center shows ugly swaths of brown and red across the central and southern United States. The National Climatic Data Center said the country appears to be on course to top $1 billion in drought-related losses this year, although it’s too soon for official figures.


Brazil Beef Gets RFID Tagged

Brazil Beef Gets RFID Tagged


You ask, where’s the beef?

The new answer: Tagged by technology, so it can be tracked.

RFID is the technology of choice for tagging livestock, at least in South America. St. Paul, Minn.-based Digital Angel Corp., which makes advanced location tracking equipment for high-value assets, just announced a distribution agreement with a Brazilian company to begin selling electronic RFID livestock tags, antennas, and readers throughout Brazil (which happens to be the largest beef-exporting country in the world and home to nearly 200 million cattle.)


Hard Work That Pays

Hard Work That Pays

Two Hereford breeders share steps to organize a successful feeder-calf sale.

Hereford World

Producers continually look for better ways to market their calf crop. Some look to Hereford feeder-calf sales as an answer to their annual marketing dilemma. Developing an annual Hereford feedercalf sale is a great way to market Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves to feedlots and cattle buyers.


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.


Prepare For Late-Summer Seedings

Prepare For Late-Summer Seedings

Hay and Forage Grower

If soil moisture is sufficient, late summer can be a good time to seed alfalfa in Wisconsin, says Mike Rankin, Fond du Lac County crops and soils agent. But, like with spring seedings, proper establishment practices must be fol-lowed, says Rankin. Know your soil-test levels before seeding and make any necessary fertilizer and lime applications. Then prepare a firm seedbed; that’s critical.

“Consider rolling or cultipacking both before and after seeding to improve seed-soil contact and to conserve soil moisture,” Rankin advises.

No companion crop or preplant herbicide is needed and, while a postemer-gent herbicide application is an option, the first frost will kill most annual weeds.

The seeding should be made six to eight weeks before the first killing frost. In east-central Wisconsin, where Rankin is located, Aug. 1-10 is ideal most years. Seeding too late won’t give the plants enough time to grow sufficiently before winter. Seeding too early increases the risk of hot, dry conditions dur-ing germination and seedling development.


Forage Producers Should Focus on Nutritive Value and Quality

Forage Producers Should Focus on Nutritive Value and Quality

Texas A&M

Writer: Tim W. McAlavy, 806-746-6101,t-mcalavy@tamu.edu

Contact: Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826,l-redmon@tamu.edu

PLAINVIEW – Forage producers who want the best silage, hay or grazing should remember that quality and nutritive value are related, but not necessarily the same thing, said a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist.

“Nutritive value is what we read in the lab analysis,” said Dr. Larry Redmon, Extension forage program leader, at recent workshop in Plainview. “Forage quality encompasses nutritive value, but goes a step further to include the livestock component.

“Do they prefer it over other feed? Is their intake good? Do they gain well on this feed? These three things are the livestock component of forage quality.”


Stockpiling can increase forage for fall

Stockpiling can increase forage for fall


Zanesville Times Recorder (OH)

The recent heat slowed down pasture and hay growth. Stockpiling is one tool that farmers can use to increase forage quantities for fall. Jeff McCutcheon, Knox County Extension Educator, describes how to stockpile forages.

Stockpiling forages for grazing in winter is one management tool every beef producer should utilize. Why, because winter feed costs are the single biggest costs in most beef operations. Grazing is the cheapest way to feed cattle.


Ramsey: Horse Slaughter Ban Would Be A Blow To Production Agriculture

Ramsey: Horse Slaughter Ban Would Be A Blow To Production Agriculture


I recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to testify on behalf of NCBA’s cattle producer-members on H.R. 503, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. It is well-known that I am a great lover of horses. As I shared with the House Agriculture Committee, I regard horses not only as exceptional tools of the ranching trade and wonderful companions, but also as one of God’s great masterpieces.

So it does not surprise me that some folks are repulsed by the idea of processing horses for food. My goal is not to persuade anyone that horse processing is desirable, but it certainly should not be outlawed as an option for managing horses. That’s precisely the goal of H.R. 503, and it is a serious threat to animal agriculture as we know it.


Key senators urge tax relief for drought-stricken

Key senators urge tax relief for drought-stricken


As Americans across the nation deal with a late summer heat wave, cattle producers are dealing with drought and wildfire conditions that have wreaked havoc on their family-owned businesses for years.

“In many areas of the country, there’s simply no grass for the cattle to eat. Ponds have dried up and water supplies are scarce, so there’s no water for them to drink,” says Jason Jordan, manager of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “Cattle producers have to liquidate their herds quickly which is hampering the profitability of their businesses. To make matters worse, many cattlemen have spent several years struggling with this situation.”

NCBA continues to work to support cattlemen suffering from drought-related conditions. In response to those efforts, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and 14 of his colleagues sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson requesting that he extend the tax relief for ranchers who were forced to sell off large portions of their breeding stock as a result of drought conditions during 2002.