Monthly Archives: October 2006

High Prices Spark Cattle Rustling

High Prices Spark Cattle Rustling

By UPI / Post Chronicle (TX)

FORT WORTH, Texas – Oct. 30, 2006 (UPI) — Rising beef prices are being blamed for a resurgence of cattle rustling in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, says livestock thefts increased more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2005, USA Today reported.


Cattle industry adjusts to higher feed costs: Who are the losers?

Cattle industry adjusts to higher feed costs: Who are the losers?

The era of cheap feed is probably over for years to come

Chris Hurt

Purdue University Extension economist

Successful Farming

Over the past eight crop years from 1998 to 2005, U.S. corn prices averaged just $2.05 per bushel. Historically, the cattle industry has been the animal segment that makes the biggest adjustments to high priced feed and that will likely be the case this time as well.

The recent decline in calf prices represents a potential for $1.9 billion in lower annual returns for cow-calf operations. Excess capacity in feedlots will be costly as well. However, learning to feed distillers grains at much higher inclusion rates remains the opportunity.

In addition, there are lots of cattle in feedlots. The October 1, 2006 inventory is the largest since the current records began in 1996. Feedlot managers placed large numbers of calves this summer and early fall, and paid high prices for the privilege of ownership. Now, feed prices have moved much higher, raising costs of production and breakeven levels.


FMD Fears Quashed

FMD Fears Quashed

UNITED KINGDOM: Tests for feared foot and mouth disease outbreak prove negative.

Meat Processing

Fears that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease had been discovered in beef in the UK have proved unfounded.

Tests on animals at a slaughterhouse in Essex have come back negative.

“A suspect disease was reported to the State Veterinary Service in pigs at a slaughterhouse in Essex. Samples were taken and submitted to the Institute for Animal Health for testing. Initial laboratory results this morning are negative for both foot and mouth disease and swine vesicular disease,” said Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds.

“In accordance with Defra’s contingency plan, restrictions were placed on the slaughterhouse and farm where the pigs originated from. An 8km radius temporary zone preventing the movement of pigs, cattle and other ruminants was also put in place surrounding the slaughterhouse.”

However, the Chief Veterinary Officer added: “Further negative laboratory test results for foot and mouth disease and swine vesicular disease mean that restrictions have been lifted on the slaughterhouse in Essex, and the farm the pigs originated from. The 8km radius zone surrounding the slaughterhouse has also been removed.


Preconditioning topic of today’s of Beefcast

Preconditioning topic of today’s of Beefcast

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

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Tomorrow, Ron concludes this series with a presentation on vaccinations.

Process Verification Program Implemented At ABS Global

Process Verification Program Implemented At ABS Global

DEFOREST, WISCONSIN – October 27, 2006 – ABS Global is pleased to announce that it has received USDA approval of its Process Verification Program (PVP) for age and source verification.

“ABS is the largest supplier of quality beef genetics in the U.S. and around the globe. Our customers generally have top-notch cattle that meet the quality demands of many beef programs-foreign and domestic. A growing number of these programs require that cattle be officially verified for age and source. By combining quality genetics with a USDA-approved Process Verification Program, we aim to help premium cattle feeders find the cattle they need while helping our cow-calf customers gain access to premium markets,” stated Dr. Darrell Wilkes, U.S. Beef Supply Manager for ABS Global.


Avoid Nitrate Toxicity in the First Snow/Ice Storm

Avoid Nitrate Toxicity in the First Snow/Ice Storm

Almost as predictable as the coming of the winter season, will be the quickly spread horror story of the death of several cows from a herd that was fed “the good hay” for the first time after snow storm. Ranchers that have harvested and stored potentially high nitrate forages such as forage sorghums, millets, sudangrass hybrids, and/or Johnsongrass, need to be aware of the increased possibility of nitrate toxicity. Nitrate toxicity is most likely if the cows are fed this hay for the first time after a severe winter storm. Cattle can adapt (to a limited amount) to nitrate intake over time. However, cattlemen often wait and feed the higher quality forage sorghum type hays during a stressful cold wet winter storm. Cows may be especially hungry, because they have not gone out in the pasture grazing during the storm. When fed the hay, the cows eat a larger than normal meal. They may be stressed and slightly weakened by the cold, wet conditions. This combination of events make them even more vulnerable to nitrate toxicity.


Selenium is Important in Animal and Human Diets

Selenium is Important in Animal and Human Diets

by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

In the past we have discussed a number of nutrients and how they contribute to the cow’s dietary needs. This article will deviate from this format somewhat because it will not only address a nutritional issue related to the bovine but also to humans as well. Sometimes, as cattlemen we forget that we are actually in the food business. Ultimately the product we are producing is destined for the food market whether it is in the local grocery store, in a high dollar steakhouse or in a fast-food restaurant. As beef producers we have discussed at length our ability to deliver a product that is desirable and in demand. As a nutrient source for the consumer, beef is an excellent source of protein, B-Vitamins and minerals such as Zinc and Iron. Research that is currently emerging is also showing beef to be an excellent source of the trace mineral Selenium. We talked about selenium before and how important it is in the animal’s diet and the effects it can have on health and reproduction. This research is showing us how important it is in our diets from these same perspectives. The data on health effects is truly staggering in its implications. If you have ever read one of these articles before I strongly recommend to take the time to read this one carefully. It will get a little technical and involved but it has information that could change all of our lives.