Daily Archives: November 10, 2006

Ohio-Israeli collaboration to yield quality beef cattle

Ohio-Israeli collaboration to yield quality beef cattle


Project funded by Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative involves sharing of agricultural ideas and technology between Ohio, Israel

A unique collaboration between the Cleveland-based Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation, The Ohio State University, and the Beef Cattle Breeders Association of Israel will soon improve the quality of beef produced in Israel.

The project, which is funded by the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative, involves the sharing of agricultural ideas and technology between Ohio and Israel; specifically, it involves the export of superior bull semen from Ohio to Israel and the insemination of Israeli cattle.


Five pregnant Herefords taken from Stark farm

Five pregnant Herefords taken from Stark farm

Expectant cows gone without a trace. Lack of brands could be problem

By Bob Downing

Beacon Journal staff writer (OH)

The Stark County sheriff’s office is investigating a rare crime these days — cattle rustling.

Five Hereford cows, all pregnant, were discovered missing about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday from the 74-acre Chula family farm at 3903 Cain St. N.W. in Lake Township.

June Chula said the cows were last seen about 6 p.m. Monday.

“We have no idea if someone stole them to butcher them or to sell at market,” the 36-year-old Chula said. “We’re puzzled and without a clue…. Frankly, we can’t believe this has happened. It’s something that we would not have dreamed would occur in a million years.”


Are we losing our Western heritage to political correctness?

Are we losing our Western heritage to political correctness?

By Sarah Crowley, Columnist

The Prairie Star

Singing old songs to modern audiences can be a rough go.

As I’ve probably announced far too often, my husband Russ and I play old-time fiddle and guitar to audiences on Lewistown’s Charlie Russell Chew-Choo dinner train, as well as fiddling around at various spots around the state. That happy task includes warbling elderly country and western songs to whoever requests them, and even if they don’t request them.

Which works just fine with adult audiences. Providing those mature folks understand the sometimes rowdy content of our tunes. The trouble is as Montana and the U.S. in general grow more urban and too politically correct, Russ and I find ourselves being more careful about what we play. It’s one thing to sing “Bad Brahma Bull,” in which a cowboy gets suckered into riding a rodeo bull. It’s quite another to relate “Sam Hall,” the dire tale of a murdering outlaw who gets likkered up before his hanging. (“My name it is Sam Hall, and I hate you one and all … blast your eyes!” Substitute your favorite four-letter expletive for “blast” and you get the idea.)


Thank Veterinarians for a Healthy Feast

Thank Veterinarians for a Healthy Feast

National Provisioner

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ — When family and friends gather to enjoy holiday meals, remember to thank the host, the hostess, the cook, the farmer, the rancher and the veterinarian. The veterinarian? Yes! Veterinarians play an essential role in overseeing the safety of our food supply. According to the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the unique training and expertise of veterinarians protect the human as well as animal population.


Irradiation Could Reduce Food-Borne Illness

Irradiation Could Reduce Food-Borne Illness


Hamburgers, apple cider, petting zoos and even spinach have been blamed for E. coli outbreaks in recent years. It doesn’t have to be that way, says Dennis G. Maki, M.D., writing in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Irradiation of high-risk foods after processing could greatly reduce the incidence of all bacterial foodborne disease and save hundreds of lives each year, Maki argues.


Grass-finished beef worth the extra effort to rancher

Grass-finished beef worth the extra effort to rancher

By Loretta Srch /Lake Sun Leader

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – As simple as cows eat grass sounds, theres a lot more to the statement if those cows are intended for the dinner table.

Though some health-conscious meat of beef in favor of poultry and vegetables, proponents of grass-finished beef claim that it is even healthier for you than chicken breast.

For beef eaters, choices in the way cattle are fed gives credence to the phrase, you are what you eat and a managed rotational grazing on pastures gives grass-finished cattle advantages in delivering more essential omega-3 fatty acids, more beta carotene, vitamin E and folic acid, important antioxidants that protect us from free radicals, boost our immunity and may lower our risk of heart disease.


NCBA: Registration Now Open for Cattle Industry Annual Convention

NCBA: Registration Now Open for Cattle Industry Annual Convention


DENVER (November 9 , 2006) – Cattlemen from across the nation will gather in Nashville January 31 – February 3 for the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show. Early registration is available through Jan. 5 by going to: http://www.beefusa.org/convregistration.aspx, or by calling 303-694-0305 for a copy of the registration brochure.

The event will be held at the Gaylord Opryland® Resort and Convention Center Nashville, and is hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the American National CattleWomen, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and Cattle-Fax. The U.S. cattle industry’s largest gathering also includes its largest and finest trade show, featuring more than 250 exhibitors.


Impact of Cow Size on Nutrient Needs

Impact of Cow Size on Nutrient Needs


Nutrient needs for cows of different body weights are not the same. Cows that weigh 1,300 pounds have a greater nutrient (pounds of protein, pounds of energy (TDN), ounces of mineral, etc) requirement compared to cows that weigh 1,000 pounds. If a 1,000 pound cow and a 1,300 pound cow are grazing the same forage resource, the 1,300 pound cow will need to consume more of that forage to meet her requirements. Maintenance feed intake is proportional to metabolic body weight which is described as body weight to the 3/4 power (body wt.3/4).


Feeding Grain to Cattle on Pasture Can Be Profitable

Feeding Grain to Cattle on Pasture Can Be Profitable

by: Homer B. Sewell

Dept. of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Cattle Today

Feeding grain to cattle on pasture can be a profitable way to grow and finish cattle. Some purposes for supplementing pasture with energy and protein are:

• To lower the feed cost of beef gains.

• To increase the number of stocker cattle grazed per acre.

• To lower the slaughter weight at which large-frame cattle have choice grade carcasses.

• To hasten the marketing date of grazed cattle that are to be finished for slaughter.

• To supplement pasture during drought or seasons of low production.

Greater response in summer


National Animal ID Program Near Launch

National Animal ID Program Near Launch

The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.


by James Amos

Nov. 4–Local livestock owners are being asked to register their land in what will be the start of the nation’s animal identification program.

A series of meetings has been scheduled around Pueblo County to explain the program and requirements.

Bernie Elliott of the Colorado State University Extension Service office in Pueblo said the program is voluntary, but may become mandatory if enough livestock owners don’t participate.

The USDA program, administered in Colorado by the state’s agriculture department, is designed to help health officials find the sources of any major livestock disease.

Outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease several years ago helped prompt the program, Elliott said, as well as the economic loss to American ranchers whose cattle didn’t have the disease.


For Cattle, Ketosis an Early, Post-Drought Problem

For Cattle, Ketosis an Early, Post-Drought Problem

Southwest Farm Press / mycattle.com

by By Caroline Booth Lara

As Texas Cooperative Extension program leader for veterinary medicine, Buddy Faries has seen – and discussed – a lot of thin cattle.

“In 1994 and 1995, I was talking on inadequate nutrition, then it went to malnutrition, now we have starving cows. Cows need to stay in body condition score 5 and heifers need to stay in BCS 6 – when they have three ribs showing, they are starving.”

The effects of drought on cattle are compounding – one health problem opens the door for another. After the obvious malnutrition or starvation, one of the first drought-related health problems in cattle is range ketosis, or low blood sugar and high ketones.


Cats: Non-toxic pest control

Cats: Non-toxic pest control

By media release

North Texas E-News

With the coming of cooler weather, many rural homes, barns, and workshops are seeing an increase in rodents. Cats can help resolve that problem. Barn Cats, Inc. places sterilized feral (non-domesticated) cats into barns, sheds, and warehouses to take care of rodents who may be getting into the feed supplies of horses and cattle. We bring the cats to your property in cages for a two week relocation period.