Chicago‘s Star Bull
Single Animal Provides All the Beef for One Steakhouse
By Dean Reynolds
Chicago is quite possibly the worst city in the world for vegetarians — in this town its meat and more meat.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Chicagoans ate at least 7 pounds more beef than those in any other region of the country last year.
The blur of steakhouses in this city makes it hard for one eatery to stand out, unless you have a particular angle. So you can find some restaurants that promise their cattle supply is fed only on sweet tall grass, while others assure customers their steaks will taste just like the ones the owner eats, and then there’s David Burke’s Primehouse.
E. Coli Strain Linked to Cattle Ranch
By ANDREW BRIDGES
Bismarck Tribune (SD)
WASHINGTON – The same strain of deadly bacteria that sickened dozens of people nationwide has been found at a cattle ranch in California’s Salinas Valley within a mile of spinach fields, investigators said Thursday.
Investigators still can’t be sure if the E. coli found in cow manure contaminated the fields, but said the find warrants further investigation.
“We do not have a smoking cow at this point,” said Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of the Prevention Services Division of the California Department of Health Services. Nevertheless, Reilly called the match an important finding.
There are still many unanswered questions and the probe is continuing, said Dr. Robert Brackett, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
“It’s our expectation that no farm should feel they are off the hook,” Brackett said.
Beef Improvement Federation returns to Colorado for 40th meeting
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The 2007 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual research symposium and annual meeting is to be held June 6-9, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colo.
The inception of BIF in January of 1967 was a day that would change the future of the cattle industry and lay the foundation for the creation of a business founded on the exchange and utilization of information. January traditionally was reserved for the National Western Stock Show; but on this day, discussion was focused on the transformation of cattle selection from its historical focus on visual appraisal to a unified system of performance testing.
“This historic discussion started a revolutionary performance movement,” said Willie Altenburg, chairman of the Colorado BIF Convention. “This group, still in its infancy, enabled producers to practically apply scientific efforts as a way of improving beef cattle globally, creating a more profitable product.”
Watch for AIP, grass tetany in cattle
By SDSU Extension
Minnesota Farm Guide
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Two cattle diseases more often associated with spring are showing up in South Dakota this fall.
South Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly said some South Dakota producers are seeing AIP (atypical interstitial pneumonia) and grass tetany in cattle herds on pasture.
Make plans for fall calf marketing
By Tim Petry, NDSU Extension Service
Livestock Marketing Economist
Cow-calf producers should start making plans for marketing calves, even though the actual sales date may be weeks or even months away.
Calf prices at livestock auction markets in the northern Plains were averaging very near last year’s levels in mid-September.
Many 550- to 600-pound steers were selling between $120 and $130 per hundredweight (cwt) and premium-quality calves were bringing even more.
Cyclically short supplies and strong demand were supporting prices.
Vet’s Corner: Alternative winter feedstuffs are available to producers
By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
The warm weather and precipitation this fall have been great. Harvest is progressing and the grasses have made a comeback. Soon a few cold days will remind us that winter will be here soon and we must begin to feed our cows.
The drought this summer has really limited winter feedstuffs and many producers are looking for alternative ways to feed their cows. Hopefully all producers early-weaned their calves to give them a chance to recover some body condition before winter arrives. If the winter is mild, residue feed can be utilized. Grazing cornstalks, bean stubble, wheat stubble and unharvested drought corn are all options. Most producers will have to rent or lease these fields and transport their cattle to them.
Limit-feeding cows is another alternative. Cows fed traditional rations of hay and 1 pound of supplement would cost about $1.75 to $1.90 per cow per day. Limit-feeding forage and supplementing with grain or grain byproducts can be done for about $1.25 per head per day. This program requires cows to be sorted by age and body condition so proper nutrition will be available for growth and weight gain.
Neosporosis in beef cattle
By Lori Weddle-Schott, U of M Beef Team
Minnesota Farm Guide
Neospora caninum has been recognized as a cause of reproductive loss in cattle since 1988. The organism, Neospora caninum, is a microscopic protozoan parasite. The disease caused by N. caninum is known as Neosporosis.
In 1988 dogs were identified as the definitive host for Neospora caninum. Neospora caninum can complete its life cycle in dogs, definitive hosts, resulting in shedding of oocysts in feces. Coyotes have also been identified as a definitive host for N. caninum.