October Beef Management Calendar Video Podcast
Matt Claeys, beef cattle extension specialist, offers tips for management in this presentation.
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Where’s the beef? Cattle rustlers know
By Hugh Aynesworth
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s not quite like the olden times in Texas, when cattle rustlers were hunted down by sheriffs’ posses and strung up in the nearest oak tree.
Times have changed, but almost every day at one of the state’s 119 auction markets, stolen cattle are sold. The rustlers’ take for the day may be as much as $10,000.
Some law enforcement officials claim cattle thievery is on the rise because beef prices have steadily risen. Others claim the increase stems from the profit margin the rustlers enjoy. Still, others point to the ease with which many thieves can get rid of their stash — often just as easy as selling a stolen car to a chop shop or a color TV to a pawnshop.
Wisconsin Cattle Prices Up in September
Wisconsin Ag Connection
September prices received for Wisconsin cows, calves, steers and heifers, and beef cattle were all up from the previous month. The cow price was up 50 cents to $48.80 per hundredweight. Steers and heifers were up $1.70 to $86.80. Beef cattle and calves were both up $1.00 per cwt. to $64.80 and $165.00, respectively.
BeefTalk: Do Not Cut Out Tags
By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
NDSU Extension Service
The other day I was visiting with a producer who wanted carcass information on the calves he sold. His frustration was directed at the failure of the system.
None of the performance data from his calves was coming back to him. He tagged his calves with electronic ID tags and followed all the appropriate steps, but nothing happened. The principal reason was the electronic ID tags in his calves had been cut out when the calves arrived at the feed yard.
Sometimes the message needs to be very blunt: “Do not cut out electronic identification tags, commonly known as EIDs.” The EIDs may have different appearances, depending on the tag company design, but essentially they consist of a button that is attached to the ear by means of a stud.
The Making of a Veterinarian
by: Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM
“We are pleased to notify you that you have been accepted by the College of Veterinary Medicine as a first-year student in the professional curriculum beginning August 22, 2002.” These few words are the light at the end of a long tunnel, and the beginning of a new pathway for people wanting to become veterinarians. What did your veterinarian do during this journey?
Whether you are thinking of going to vet school or just want to know what your practitioner went through before being licensed to touch your horse, know that it takes a lot more than just a love of horses to become a veterinarian.
Creekstone Continues Fighting For Private BSE Testing
Cow Calf Weekly
Last Friday, USDA filed a response in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia opposing Creekstone Farms’ lawsuit seeking permission to voluntarily test cattle they slaughter for BSE. In its response, USDA argued that (1) Creekstone Farms was not harmed by USDA’s prohibition on voluntary testing, despite the fact that Creekstone Farms has lost customers as a result of the USDA ban; and (2) a nearly-100 year old statute to stop the sale of bogus hog cholera serums provides USDA with the legal authority to ban private BSE testing.
It’s The Pitts: FFA Versus 4H
I was a proud participant in the FFA, which stood for the Future Farmers of America, while my childhood friend Red was in the 4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and some other word that starts with H. As kids we used to argue for hours over which organization was better and so when we recently got together for the first time in several years it was only natural that we rekindled the argument.
“Red, looking back now you surely must realize how dorky you looked with your white pants and that funny looking folding hat that looked like you were on shore leave from the Navy. And that green necktie sure clashed with your red hair.”
“Well, you weren’t exactly a girl-magnet yourself with your blue corduroy jacket with a cross section of an ear of corn on the back. As I recall you wore that jacket to school every day and never took it off, even when it was 100 degrees. Do you have any idea how bad you smelled? Or perhaps it was the smell of steer manure.”
Biosecurity Is Essential In Keeping BVD Away
Cow Calf Weekly
The Colorado Voluntary BVD Control Program continues to set the standard in statewide coordinated efforts to find and eliminate cattle persistently infected (PI) with the bovine virus diarrhea virus (BVD). But, BVD control does not stop at finding and eliminating PI animals from the cow herd.
“The key to controlling BVD lies in the elimination of the PI animals,” says James A. Kennedy, DVM, MS. “But, once this is accomplished a good biosecurity program will remove the worry of the financial and health impact BVD may have on your cowherd.”
by Fae Holin
Hay and Forage
Stephen Gardner, Eddyville, IA, is one of a number of growers with big dreams for switchgrass. The native grass could generate electricity and fuel vehicles while improving marginal lands.
This potential biomass fuel crop, however, has a long row to hoe before it can be profitable for growers, says Bill Belden, biomass project manager for the Chariton Valley Biomass Project. Belden works with Gardner, who is president of Prairie Lands Bio Products Inc., an organization with 60 dedicated grower members.
For nearly a decade, Prairie Lands, the Chariton project and Alliant Energy, Centerville, IA, have invested in and investigated the possibility of co-firing switchgrass with coal to generate electricity.
Cutting alfalfa in the fall
By MARK MECHLING
OSU Extension Agent
Zanesville Times Recorder
Every fall farmers want to know if it is too late to make a cutting of alfalfa. The following discussion from an OSU Extension forage specialist will shed some light on this subject.
Early September is ideal for taking that last yearly cutting of alfalfa. The timing of this cutting can be very important to the long-term health of the stand. It is best for alfalfa to not be cut during the five to six week period before a killing frost. During this critical period, cold resistance and energy reserves for winter survival are built up.