Daily Archives: August 16, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter Online

It’s a pleasure to tell you that the August 16, 2006 – the 500th issue – of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAgst16.html

Ten years ago when this publication was created, feeder calves were in the mid to low 60’s, fed cattle were being forecast to sell for $64+/-, and both harvest and feedlot capacity in Canada were influencing the U.S. cattle markets.

Articles included in the first issue of the BEEF Cattle letter involved marketing (Harlan Hughes), testing forage quality (Rory Lewandowski), Stockpiling forages and Winter pasture management (Ed Volborn) and creating forages for winter grazing (Dave Samples).

Sound familiar ? ? ?

While technology and management techniques have evolved significantly over the past decade, the issues tend to remain the same.

It’s interesting to note that in response, the only question I was asked when I suggested the BEEF Cattle letter might need to be a weekly publication was, “Is there really enough going on within the Ohio beef cattle industry to warrant a weekly publication?”

I’ll leave the answer to each of you.

Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Water should be an important part of your managed grazing system
* What Does Value-Added Beef Production Mean for the Cow/Calf Producer?
* Livestock Grazing Field Day to be Held
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

Thanks for reading!

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
Fairfield Co. OSU Extension – http://fairfield.osu.edu
OSU Beef Team – http://beef.osu.edu

Grass-Fed Cattle End Beef Over Feed Lots

Grass-Fed Cattle End Beef Over Feed Lots


Hartford Courant

It’s almost a movement. Sustainable agriculture – David to factory farming’s Goliath – is capturing the eating public’s imagination with its contented cows, bucolic landscape and its practice of leaving the environment intact.

With an assist from some recent books describing the miserable lives of animals under big agriculture, the small farmer’s message that we should care about the lives of our livestock is getting traction. As it does, it gives those of us with a concern for animals, but also a fondness for pork chops, a place to hang our hats.


Backers of beef to seek tax help

Backers of beef to seek tax help

Say TIF district would help build 500-job plant

By Scott Waltman

American News Writer (SD)

Organizers of a proposed beef processing plant south of Aberdeen will seek a tax increment financing district to help pay for their project.

Norg Sanderson, a developer for Northern Beef Packers, told Brown County commissioners that the company will submit a formal TIF district request in the weeks to come.

Northern Beef Packers hope work on constructing the plant can begin this year. It could be operating by early summer 2007. When fully operational, it could process 1,500 cattle per day and employ 500 people.


Drought cuts hay supply

Drought cuts hay supply

Low yields force producers to import from out of state

By Liz McMahan

Phoenix Staff Writer (OK)

Frank Bartholet can’t remember a time when he wasn’t involved in raising cattle.

He also can’t remember a time when conditions were as bad as they are this summer.

“Things are a lot worse — 10 times worse — than it was this time last year,” Bartholet said. “At least we had plenty of grass. We didn’t have water, but we had the other. Now we’re out of hay, we’re out of grass and we’re out of water.”


Farm registration proposal on hold

Farm registration proposal on hold

By Nancy Remsen

Free Press Staff Writer (NH)

WILLISTON — Secretary of Agriculture Steve Kerr will abandon, for now, a controversial proposal that would have required all livestock operations — from the family raising a couple of lambs for the freezer to a large dairy farm — to register the location of their animals.

Speaking Tuesday afternoon at a hearing previously scheduled on the rule, Kerr explained how he learned Friday that federal officials couldn’t guarantee the confidentiality of the information that Vermont would collect and contribute to a federal database.


Ogallala Aquifer starting to run on empty

Ogallala Aquifer starting to run on empty

Joseph S. Stroud

Express-News Staff Writer (TX)

DUMAS — Harold Grall plans to save water by selling it — 16.9 ounces at a time.

He has set up a bottled water factory in a white Quonset barn in the middle of his farm in the Texas Panhandle, and he hopes to sell enough Pure Element Premier Water to allow him to stop irrigating corn someday.

That would be good for the Ogallala Aquifer, the giant underground water formation that extends north from the Panhandle to South Dakota and Wyoming.

About 40 percent of the water used in Texas comes from the Ogallala, and almost all of that is poured onto farmland — in staggering amounts.

In a given year, more water is used to irrigate farms in each of a half-dozen Panhandle counties than is pumped out of the entire Edwards Aquifer, the primary water source for San Antonio and much of South-Central Texas.


Johanns: Congress losing patience with South Korea on beef

Johanns: Congress losing patience with South Korea on beef

by Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Audio related to this story

U.S. Ag Secretary Mike Johanns told reporters in Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuesday he’s convinced South Korea will re-open its markets to U.S. beef in a “matter of weeks, not months.”

And Johanns says South Korea better do so, or risk jeopardizing a U.S.-South Korean Free Trade Agreement that’s currently being negotiated. “Not only are we working the beef issue, but we’re also starting to work a trade agreement with South Korea,” said Johanns. “And folks on the Hill are saying, ‘Look, we’re not going to look kindly at a trade agreement unless we can solve this basic issue of returning beef to your marketplace.'”

As Nebraska GOP Senator Chuck Hagel nodded in agreement, Johanns said members of Congress were becoming frustrated with South Korea’s continued ban of U.S. beef. “The other thing I will say, and you can see it,” Johanns said, “the Senate and the House, they’re going to get very impatient about South Korea…”


Rotational grazing a pick-me-up for tired pastures

Rotational grazing a pick-me-up for tired pastures

Steve Leer, Purdue University

Rushville Republican

West Lafayette, Ind. — Some pastures could use a little time off, and a rotational grazing system is the perfect R and R, a Purdue University Extension beef specialist said.

Rotational grazing rejuvenates pasture grasses and legumes worn out from constant livestock feeding and traffic, said Ron Lemenager. The system, which allows livestock producers to extend forage supplies or carry more

animals per pasture, is growing in popularity, he said.

“Rotational grazing is dividing your grazing area into smaller pastures or cells, or paddocks as they are commonly called,” Lemenager said. “The idea here is that you’d like the animals to graze an area for no more than five to seven days, and then let that area recover for about 28 to 40 days after it has been grazed.


A trouble-shooter for common silage problems

A trouble-shooter for common silage problems

By Dr. Jim White

Today’s Farmer

Beef and dairy producers know problems can occur in almost every silage program. Read up on these common problems.

Excessive effluent (seepage or run-off) Causes

• Ensiling forages too wet (low dry matter [DM] content) for the silo type and size.

• Weather did not allow the forage to be field-wilted properly before chopping.

• Forage was not “conditioned” when it was cut.

• Forage was placed in a window that was too bulky for the time allowed for field-wilting.

• Whole-plant corn, sorghum or cereals were harvested at an immature stage of growth.

• Some aggressive enzyme additives increase run-off and have caused silage to fall and ooze out of bunkers.


Indiana Beef Producers Field Day Set For August 26

Indiana Beef Producers Field Day Set For August 26


As farmers in Indiana are gearing up for the fall harvest season, an opportunity awaits beef and forage producers to attend the first annual Indiana Beef Producers Field Day. This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) in Orange County on August 26 at the Rodney Hager Farm, just a few miles northwest of Orleans. Hager is an Orange County beef producer and also is the current president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.

Producers attending can take a farm tour and experience numerous manufacturers displays of livestock and grazing equipment and supplies. Farming practices that will be available for viewing will include: watering and fencing systems including heavy use area protection, pasture management and rotation techniques, and cattle feeding and waste management practices.

An informational program entitled “Does Extended Grazing Reduce Annual Cow Costs and Increase Profits?” will be presented by Kenneth Burdine, Extension Specialist, from the University of Kentucky.


Consider Early Weaning

Consider Early Weaning

by Mary Lou Peter-Blecha

Angus Journal

With drought conditions stretching from Texas through Kansas and into the Dakotas, cow-calf producers are making decisions on how to protect pastures and maintain as much profitability as possible, said Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University (K-State) animal scientist.


BeefTalk: Early Weaning is Certainly a Viable Option in Drought Conditions

BeefTalk: Early Weaning is Certainly a Viable Option in Drought Conditions

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

NDSU Extension Service

On Aug. 9, 2006, the Dickinson Research Extension Center shipped its first load of early weaned calves to Scottsbluff, Neb. The day was hot, but not unbearable. The cows were put back to pasture after ultrasounding for pregnancy.

The cows were bred well. Only five cows of the 48 in the group were not detected as pregnant. That doesn’t mean they were not pregnant; it simply means they could have been late and are under the detection age for ultrasounding. The other 43 cows were at least a month along in their pregnancy.