Daily Archives: October 26, 2006

Weaning Nutrition subject of Beefcast

Weaning Nutrition subject of Beefcast

Today Dr. Ron Lemenager continues his five part series on weaning. Today’s topic is “Weaning Nutrition.” View this presentation by CLICKING HERE.

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Ohio Beef Newsletter now available

The October 25, issue number 509, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted on-line at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefOctr25.html

With calf weaning season quickly passing, culling decision time is approaching. With that thought in mind, Steve Suther discusses the concept of a “purpose driven herd” this week.

Articles include:
* The purpose-driven herd
* Forage Focus: Feeding Hay During The Winter
* Grazing School Planned
* Frozen Vaccines
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

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

National Western to Host International Livestock Congress

National Western to Host International Livestock Congress

Cattle Today

Denver – The National Western Stock Show will host the 2007 International Livestock Congress – USA (ILC-USA) Jan. 9 in Denver. The ILC is hosted in partnership with the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

“As the global economy continues to propel the beef industry into the world marketplace, producers are realizing that their day-to-day decisions go beyond their county line, state line and national borders,” said National Western president and CEO Pat Grant. “The 2007 International Livestock Congress, “Global Beef: Thinking Beyond the Fence,” gives producers, ranchers, retailers, packers and other industry suppliers real tools to make decisions for tomorrow.”

Highlights of the event include a packer panel with representatives from Swift, Tyson and Cargill Meat Solutions; a producer panel with representatives from the cow-calf and feedlot segment and the export and auction market segment; a hands-on program showing producers where the various cuts come from, why certain cuts are exported, and a comparison of values, i.e. the Flat-Iron Steak and the Tri-Trip, a discussion on grid pricing based on carcass merit; workshops on age and source verification, additional methods of adding value to the ranch (wildlife, fishing, birding etc.), disease prevention, drought management and risk management.


National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (NCIFAP) Launches New Website

National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (NCIFAP) Launches New Website

Contact: Ralph Loglisci of the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, 202-223-2996

US Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ — The National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production’s (NCIFAP) two-year study on intensive animal production in the United States and its effects on public health, the environment, rural communities and animal health and well-being is well on its way. As part of its commitment to transparency, the NCIFAP launched a new website (www.ncifap.org) today designed to inform the public, policy makers and stakeholders on the Commission’s progress and the issues surrounding concentrated farm animal production.

Commissioners are traveling across the country gathering vital information and hearing testimony from the public, farmers, government representatives, advocacy groups and industry leaders. Details regarding current and former Commission meetings and hearings are just some of the content that readers will be able to find on the NCIFAP’s new site.


SDSU provides backgrounding spreadsheet for producers

SDSU provides backgrounding spreadsheet for producers

Tri State Neighbor

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A backgrounding spreadsheet available online from South Dakota State University will make it easier for producers to calculate costs when deciding whether to background calves.

Find it online by going to an SDSU Department of Economics Web site, http://econ.sdstate.edu/. Use the pulldown menu under “Extension” and click on “Management Tools and Links.”


Control thistles now

Control thistles now

Baxter Bulletin

There are seven species of thistle common to Arkansas pastures which have spiny stems and leaves. When thistles are present in pastures, cattle will not graze near the plants because of the spines.

Heavy infestations of thistles can keep cattle from grazing large areas of pasture. Thistles also compete with desirable forage species for soil nutrients, light and water.

The crown of the thistle plant sends up a stalk during late spring which may be from waist high to head high. Thistle plants have a showy, white, feathery flower. This type of flower allows air currents to carry the seeds. The flower of thistles is similar to that of the dandelion.


Cattle market affecting ranchers

Cattle market affecting ranchers


Ranchers selling cattle face more obstacles than drought and low prices.

Watching market prices fall and drop is what many ranchers do this time of year.

Reporter Nikki Morel takes us to Kist Livestock to get a closer look at sales.

(Nikki Morel, Reporting) “This time of year is typically a busy time for sale barns and Ranchers.

It seems the punch of the drought is still taking its toll.”

“For the month of October, Kist Livestock is estimating right around ten thousand cattle to be ran through the sale barn. Whereas last year there were over fourteen thousand.”

(Chad Berger, Berger Cattle Co.) “We were seeing a lot of calves move a little bit earlier because of the drought and basically their hay supply is down considerable from last year and they have to sell something.”


U.S. Beef Awaits Inspection

U.S. Beef Awaits Inspection

By Kim Souza
The Morning News (AR)

More than 910 tons of U.S. beef will undergo Japanese inspection beginning Friday, according to reports by Japanese officials who said the beef has been in storage for more than eight months.

Japan lifted the ban on new U.S. shipments on July 27 but did not allow stored beef to enter the domestic market.

Lynn Heinze, a spokesman for the U.S Meat Export Federation, said this was meat that met Japan’s export verification program standards and was purchased and shipped from the U.S. but had not cleared customs prior to the suspension of trade.

Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. is the nation’s largest beef producer. Prior to the beef ban in 2003, Tyson had Japanese beef sales totaling $594 million for the fiscal year.


Fewer anthrax cases this year

Fewer anthrax cases this year

Rapid City Journal

PIERRE (AP) — Increased use of vaccine sharply reduced the number of anthrax cases in livestock this year, according to Sam Holland, state veterinarian.

There were at least 55 cases of the disease in the state in 2005, but only two cases so far this year.

Holland said more than 1 million doses of anthrax vaccine were sold last year, and he expects similar sales this year.


Plans to feed retired pumpkins to cattle must be weighed

Plans to feed retired pumpkins to cattle must be weighed

By KARI KRAMER | East Texas Edition| Texas Country World

OCT. 26, 2006 – Pumpkin patches faced with the task of clearing their excess supply after the halloween season ends may find there is one group of people interested in taking the oversized fruits off their hands.

Area pumpkin patches, like the one operated by Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Childrens’ Learning Center, have reported that area farmers are often interested in picking up and hauling away any left-over pumpkins at the end of the season.