Daily Archives: November 1, 2006

Ohio Beef Newsletter now available

The November 1, issue # 510, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefNovr1.html

In recent weeks we’ve spent time discussing opportunities for creating an Ohio beef heifer development program. With applications from potential heifer development cooperators still being accepted for a couple more weeks, we are now beginning to seek out cattlemen interested in enrolling heifers in such a program. To that end, this week we discuss the “costs” of developing bred beef heifers.

Articles include:
* What’s a bred beef heifer “cost”?
* The Future of Beef – Midsized Challenges
* Forage Focus: Utilizing Corn Stalks
* Sorting Cows In the Fall For Efficient Winter Feeding
* 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
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fax: 740.687.7010

How to spot a sick calf

How to spot a sick calf

American Cowman

After calves are weaned and being backgrounded, monitor the calves for signs of sickness. Gerald Stokka, former Kansas State Extension beef veterinarian and current senior veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, says in most cases the cause of treatment failure is usually due to not treating an animal early enough during the course of the illness.


Get a Better Handle on Forage Quality

Get a Better Handle on Forage Quality


Have you ever started the herd on a new silage crop and experienced an intake and milk production crash? Producers commonly evaluate silage on the basis of DM%, CP%, ADF% and NDF%. Generally, lower fiber means higher energy content and more milk. However, sometimes these traditional measures are not sufficient to determine how a herd might respond to a silage crop. Fermentation analysis can provide valuable information and help determine expected response to a forage or it’s suitability for a given class of livestock on the farm.


A Potential Anti-prion Drug With ‘Unprecedented’ Potency

A Potential Anti-prion Drug With ‘Unprecedented’ Potency

Science Daily

The urgent search for a medication to treat prion diseases has led scientists in Germany to synthesize a new group of compounds, including one that is 15 times more potent than an approved drug now being tested in clinical trials.

Their report is scheduled for the Nov. 2 issue of the biweekly ACS Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Prions are infectious proteins that cause brain disorders like Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans. Peter Gmeiner and colleagues note that the recent emergence of a new form of CDJ, linked to consumption of infected beef mainly in Great Britain, intensified the search for anti-prion compounds.


E-beam eliminates E. coli in ground beef, researchers say

E-beam eliminates E. coli in ground beef, researchers say

By George Reynolds


Low levels of irradiation can reduce pathogen levels, including the potentially deadly E. coli, in carcasses used for ground beef, claim researchers.

A low dose, low penetration electron beam (E-beam) irradiation penetrating 15 millimetres below the surface of a carcass can effectively reduce pathogens, found Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the Roman L Hruska Meat Animal Research Centre in the US.

Pathogens are most prevalent on the surface of a carcass, but the risk of sub-surface contamination is high in ground beef because it is mixed so thoroughly.


Another herd found infected with bovine TB

Another herd found infected with bovine TB

KXMC.com / Associated Press

ST. PAUL (AP) Bovine tuberculosis has been found in another

beef cattle herd in northwestern Minnesota.

The state Board of Animal Health says the newest case was found

in one cow from a farm in Beltrami County.

That brings to seven the number of cattle herds found to be

infected with bovine T-B in Roseau (ROH’-zoh) and Beltrami counties

since July of last year.


National Hereford Feedout Recognizes Test Winners

National Hereford Feedout Recognizes Test Winners

Hereford World

National Hereford Feedout winners were recognized at the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 23, for consigning the high-performing cattle to the winter 2006 test.

Overall winners are determined by a formula that takes into consideration the performance and carcass quality of consignments, putting the most emphasis on profit-driving performance traits. Winning the overall award for the winter test (December 2005 start date) were Brad and Dixie Hollenbeck, Brownlee, Neb., first; Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan., second; and Bud Stolzenberg, Crookston, Neb., third. Winning the youth division was Katherine Krauss, Russell, Kan.


Governor Rendell Says Pennsylvania Investing in Agricultural Research Projects; More than $600,000 Dedicated to Improving the State’s Largest Industry

Governor Rendell Says Pennsylvania Investing in Agricultural Research Projects; More than $600,000 Dedicated to Improving the State’s Largest Industry

PR Newswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Pennsylvania farmers and

consumers will benefit from the most current agricultural practices and

technology through an investment of more than $600,000 in new agricultural

research announced today by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

“Pennsylvania is a leader in agricultural innovation, helping sustain

our state’s largest industry,” said Governor Rendell. “By investing in

these research projects, the commonwealth can stay in the forefront,

benefiting our farmers, protecting our consumers and helping grow



GeneSeek gets grant for bacterium diagnosis

GeneSeek gets grant for bacterium diagnosis

By The Lincoln Journal Star

GeneSeek Inc., a biotechnology company at the University of Nebraska Technology Park in Lincoln, said it has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant of about $80,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a test to detect Mycobacterium avium, subspecies paratuberculosis.

That bacterium causes Johne’s disease in cattle.


I’ll Pay You to Kill My Steer

I’ll Pay You to Kill My Steer

It’s not so easy for small farmers to get their animals slaughtered

By Jason Krause


When Bill Niman, founder and chairman of Niman Ranch, started selling sustainably raised meat 30 years ago, the slaughterhouse he worked with was about 10 miles from his ranch in northern California. Now he has to truck his animals across state lines to be killed—250 miles away, to be exact.

Though consumer demand for specialty meats like Niman’s is growing, smaller ranchers are having a hard time meeting it. They simply can’t find places to get their animals killed.

The problem is the slaughterhouses. As ranching has changed from small family operations to giant corporations, the killing floors have expanded to meet their needs. An outfit like Niman Ranch, which has hundreds of animals a day that it needs slaughtered, is too small for many large slaughterhouses to bother with. And his is one of the largest specialty meat producers in the country. One farmer with a single herd often doesn’t stand a chance.


The world’s most expensive steaks

The world’s most expensive steaks

Wagyu accounts for all of ForbesTraveler.com’s top ten entrees

By Rob Baedeker


It’s a steak with the texture of foie gras, and it comes from cattle that, according to legend, are fed beer and massaged by human hands. In its raw state, the meat is pale — almost white — packed with what Chef de Cuisine David Varley of Las Vegas’ Bradley Ogden restaurant calls “an ungodly amount of fat.”

This marbled delicacy is the product of Japanese beef cattle, or “Wagyu,” raised both in and outside of Japan, and it dominates high-end steak menus internationally. We spoke with chefs and managers at fine steakhouses worldwide, as well as beef producers, butchers and meat experts, to compile our list of the world’s most expensive steaks. Wagyu entrees account for all of our top ten.