Daily Archives: September 11, 2006

Tennessee Animal Science Newsletter Available

The Tennessee Beef Newsletter for September is available by clicking here.

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Checkoff task force recommends increase, other enhancements

Checkoff task force recommends increase, other enhancements

Drovers Alert

The Industry-Wide Beef Checkoff Task Force has developed four recommendations for strengthening the Beef Checkoff program, providing more stakeholder input and making it more inclusive. Conclusions of the 18-member group were reached following extensive fact finding and discussion, and finalized at a meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 7.

The recommendations are:

An opportunity to petition for a referendum. The beef referendum process be revised to provide producers the opportunity to petition every five years for a referendum on continuing the Checkoff.


Kansas Beef Newsletter Available

The Kansas State Beef Newsletter “Beef Tips” September edition is now available. Click Here to view the newsletter

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Weber to join Harrison Ethanol project

Weber to join Harrison Ethanol project

Timesreporter.com (OH)

CADIZ – An announcement is expected today that Gary M. Weber, Ph.D., has been named chief operating officer for Harrison Ethanol LLC, effective Sept. 1. The announcement and an update on the facility is scheduled about noon at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Assn. Fall Roundup at Union Local High near Morristown.

“Ohio agriculture and Harrison Ethanol, LLC, will greatly benefit from Dr. Weber’s distinct combination of local and national level agricultural and ethanol experiences,” said Marion Gilliland, chief communications officer for Farmers’ Ethanol LLC, parent company of Harrison Ethanol.

Weber received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in animal science from Purdue University. In 1984, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University. As a component of his Ph.D. research at MSU, Weber led the development of a farm scale ethanol production system, including the utilization of byproducts in cattle diets.


Some Are Having Cows Over RFID

Some Are Having Cows Over RFID


Tagging cattle’s been the talk of many towns as of late — and keeping track of livestock using RFID appears to have plenty of obvious benefits, like preventing mad cow disease from spreading.


Things to avoid in heifer management

Things to avoid in heifer management

by Bill Beal, beef cattle reproductive physiologist, Virgina Tech

Angus Journal

Selecting, rearing and breeding replacement heifers are critical steps in the success of a commercial or purebred cow-calf operation. Management practices involving the feeding of replacement heifers and the extra-label use of synchronization drugs have been “in the news” lately. Purebred breeders should carefully consider some of the current and proposed practices when deciding how to manage replacement heifers.


Agri-terrorism real threat for state farmers, ranchers

Agri-terrorism real threat for state farmers, ranchers


Tulsa World Staff Writer

Oklahoma’s wheat fields and pastures are 1,400 miles away from New York’s Ground Zero. They might as well be in separate worlds.

But that hasn’t stopped leaders in Oklahoma from preparing for an act of agri-terrorism.

An agri-terrorism working group was created in 2005 after a meeting two years earlier between Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Terry Peach, the FBI, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and several members of Peach’s agency.

Peach said he asked to meet with authorities in 2003 because he was concerned about the potential for terrorism in the agriculture community.


Author demystifies the minds of animals

Author demystifies the minds of animals

She says autism gave her insights

By McClatchy News Service

News-press.com (FL)

MINNEAPOLIS — Temple Grandin speaks about animal behavior with the same piercing insight that most people use when discussing a close friend’s habits.

Cattle that refuse to enter a chute for a vaccination may have seen something in the building — a shadow on the ground, perhaps — that spooked them, she says. Remove the object and the behavior will change.

A horse abused by a man wearing a black cowboy hat now fears all black cowboy hats. Expose the horse to the hat in an unthreatening way and desensitize it.


Poisonous plants a threat to cattle

Poisonous plants a threat to cattle

News-leader.com (MO)

This year’s dry weather increases the odds that a toxic plant could be eaten.

Although poisonous plants abound in southwest Missouri, few cattle deaths are traced to their consumption of these toxic plants.

A high death loss may sometimes be attributed to yew shrub trimmings that are tossed over the fence to cattle by some unknowing person. Johnson grass can also show up as the culprit in some cattle deaths.

“When I’m asked if a certain weed is poisonous and could it have killed some cattle, my response is, ‘yes’ because it is toxic to cattle, but cattle seldom eat it unless there’s nothing else in the pasture,” said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.


Chicago embraces designer beef trend

Chicago embraces designer beef trend


Kansan.com / Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO — Fashionistas who want the latest in couture can go to Paris, but for cow-ture, the place to be is Chicago.

The city once known for its stockyards is at the center of a hip food trend: designer beef.

Today, diners at a handful of restaurants can select a steak that in its cow days ate nothing but sweet, tall grass. They can sit down in a restaurant where every steak comes from cattle that shared the same father. Or they can enjoy a piece of beef that is exactly like one famous designer Ralph Lauren dines on at his Colorado ranch.

Bill Kurtis, the owner of online purveyor Tallgrass Beef Co. and a longtime Chicago news anchor who now hosts A&E’s “American Justice” and “Cold Case Files,” says he knows of nowhere else where brand-name beef has gained such a foothold with discriminating diners.


BeefTalk: Verification – Same Story, Different Time

BeefTalk: Verification – Same Story, Different Time

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

NDSU Extension Service

Seldom is it worth the effort to repeat information quickly, but the National Animal Identification System continues to be portrayed in marketing circles as simple. However, few producers are ready to fully understand or appreciate what it is they are being asked to do. There are questions that need to be answered.

At present, there is no mandatory animal identification program in the U.S. There also is no indication a program will be put in place in the near future. Instead, the focus appears to center on assisting a multitude of private efforts. Maximum utilization of these efforts provides the sophistication to furnish 48-hour traceback, if an event occurs that would require such an effort.


Review Proper Injection Site Methods

Review Proper Injection Site Methods


One of the most important aspects of quality in our industry is performing injections properly. Veterinarians Mark Hilton and Mike Apley offer these basic guidelines:

Foremost, adequate restraint is a basic requirement. Every effort should be made to have the animal still when administering an injection.

Needle movement during intramuscular (IM) injections increases muscle damage, and could cause a significant portion of the injection to be deposited subcutaneously (SC). Movement during SC injections may lead to a significant portion of the injection ending up IM.

In either case, the result is a product in a different site than intended. This may affect efficacy and, in some cases, contribute to an altered withdrawal time.


NCBA: IRS Announces Tax Relief for Drought-Stricken Cattlemen

NCBA: IRS Announces Tax Relief for Drought-Stricken Cattlemen


Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2006) – Cattle producers impacted by the nation’s ongoing drought will have additional time to purchase replacement property for livestock they were forced to sell, according to a notice released today by the Internal Revenue Service.

Today’s announcement comes in response to efforts by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and letters from key senators 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.

“In the past, NCBA worked to support the American Jobs Creation Act which contained a provision to amend Section 1033 (e) of the Uniform Tax Code,” explains Jason Jordan, manager of legislative affairs for NCBA. “This amendment extended the tax deferment period for weather-related sales of livestock – known as involuntary conversions – from two years to four years. The language also gives the Secretary of the Treasury authority to further extend the deferral period.”


Cattle producers have options to gain new markets

Cattle producers have options to gain new markets

By Deborah Gertz Husar

Herald-Whig Staff Writer (IL)

PERRY, Ill. — Beef producers might be able to learn a thing or two from grain producers tapped into niche markets and earning a premium price.

“People have to find out where they can get more than just the normal commodity price,” said Dave Seibert, a University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator based in Peoria.

“Whether that’s going the high-quality route, the branded route, you’re basically trying to capture a little more of the dollar through the retailer.”

Seibert spoke Wednesday at the annual field day at the university’s Orr Beef Research Center. He identified five markets for producers.

The traditional, or commodity, market is the largest, with 85 percent of the nation’s cattle sold from the farm to feedlots, order buyers or auction barns.


State’s farms evolve to stay competitive

State’s farms evolve to stay competitive


Courier-Post Staff (NJ)

Neptune Farm in Salem County caters to people worried about what’s in the meat they eat by raising its sheep and cattle on a strict, organic diet devoid of antibiotics and hormones.

Circle M Fruit Farm in Harrison turns its overripe peaches into a sweet cider beverage now sold at farmers’ markets, roadside stands and select supermarkets. It also is served in New Jersey’s public schools as part of the state’s school lunch program.


Cystic ovaries in beef cows

Cystic ovaries in beef cows

by Bob Larson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State Universiy

Angus Journal

Cystic ovarian disease is one of the most common diagnoses associated with lack of fertility in individual cows. Cystic ovaries are more common in dairy cows, but can occur in beef cattle. …