Daily Archives: November 13, 2006

New vaccines help producers prevent disease

New vaccines help producers prevent disease

By ANDREA JOHNSON, Assistant Editor

The Prairie Star

As consumers call for wholesome beef and dairy products from healthy animals, animal health companies are using the latest in technology to develop new vaccines.

Novartis Animal Health recently introduced two new products the pharmaceutical company believes can help keep beef and dairy animals healthy.

The products are Vira Shield 6 plus VL5 HB and Vira Shield 6 plus L5 HB.

“These are the first and only inactivated viral vaccines in combination with Lepto hardjo-bovis,” said Dr. Doug Scholz, D.V.M. and Novartis Animal Health director of professional services.


Korea Softens Standard for US Beef

Korea Softens Standard for US Beef

By Kim Yon-se
Staff Reporter

South Korea is considering allowing in U.S. beef with bones, a move that will result in its easier access to Korean markets.

According to officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Monday, it would not be a concession because the two sides didn’t determine a detailed criteria for U.S beef to be marketed in Korea.

A ministry official added that bits of bones that come with beef would not pose great health risks.


Area native to be honored with portrait

Area native to be honored with portrait


Zanesville Times Recorder (OH)

This year’s inductee to the 2006 Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery at the North American International Livestock Exposition has local roots.

Lester Leachman, originally from Adamsville, will be honored at a special presentation ceremony and banquet held today in Louisville, Ky. at the Executive West. The gallery is housed at the Kentucky Exposition Center and operated by the Kentucky State Fair Board and serves to preserve the history of achievement of persons in the agricultural field.

More than 300 paintings of agricultural leaders significantly impacting and improving the field are commemorated by the gallery. More than one hundred of Leachman’s friends and family will be in attendance for the unveiling of the portrait and the official presentation.


Where’s the beef from?

Where’s the beef from?


Great Falls Tribune

Bill Boland grew accustomed to flavorful, tender custom-fed beef when his kids joined 4-H. Through junior high and high school the Boland clan raised steers for shows and the family filled their freezer with the beef from those animals.

After the kids left for college, Boland didn’t want to return to the T-bones and burger sold in the grocer’s case. He’s an annual customer for the 7 Bar Heart ranch, a natural beef operation run by Greg Gould and his family near Ulm.


Beef cattle convenience trait explained

Beef cattle convenience trait explained

Rusty Evans, The Leaf Chronicle, (TN)

Temperament or disposition has been defined as a convenience trait. “What is a convenience trait?” is the usual response from a group of producers when the topic is first brought up. The answer is, “Well, it is just what you would think it is.”

Convenience traits are those traits that contribute directly to savings in time, facilities, drugs and labor in a cow-calf enterprise. Some examples of these traits would be temperament, polledness, structural and udder soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, doing or “fleshing” ability, mothering ability and calving ease.


Impact of Level of Milk Production on Nutrient Needs

Impact of Level of Milk Production on Nutrient Needs


Managing for milk level in your cow herd is kind-of like determining whether the porridge is too cold, too hot, or just right. Too little milk in the cow herd equates to lighter weaning weights which impacts dollars generated in the cow/calf enterprise. However, low milk level in a cow herd should result in lower feed costs. High milk level equates to heavier weaning weights, but also has the potential to increase feed inputs and therefore cow costs. As milk potential increases so does nutrient needs. Cows that have a high milk level have a greater need for pounds of protein, pounds of energy (TDN), ounces mineral, etc. to be consumed daily to meet those needs compared to cows with a low level of milk potential.


Animal ID Committee Chair, Richard Bowman, DVM to address I-BAND Meeting

Animal ID Committee Chair, Richard Bowman, DVM to address I-BAND Meeting

R-CALF USA Animal ID Committee Chair Richard Bowman, DVM, will participate on a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) panel at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the AmVets Club located at 2402 Railroad Ave., Bismarck, N.D., during the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota’s (I-BAND’s) annual convention. I-BAND is an R-CALF USA affiliate organization.

Registration for the I-BAND Convention is free and all meetings are open to the public. The event gets underway at 8 a.m. Lunch and dinner tickets are available before Nov. 12, at a cost of $7 per person for lunch, and $18 per person for dinner. For more information or to purchase meal tickets, visit I-BAND’s website at www.i-band.org, or call 701-673-3161.

Activities carried out by R-CALF USA for the benefit of the U.S. cattle industry are funded exclusively by the independent cattle producers who pay their membership dues and by cattle producers, main-street businesses, and other individuals who participate in and contribute to fund-raising events.

Vaccination Vitals

Vaccination Vitals

by Vic Cortese

Angus Journal

Have you ever heard someone complain that they vaccinated their calves and the animals still got sick? Or maybe it’s happened in your herd. What’s the reason?

The leading factor causing vaccines to be ineffective is mismanagement in handling and administering the product. Fortunately, with attention to detail, these management errors can be corrected to achieve optimal effectiveness of the vaccine.


Kansas Beef Newsletter Available

Kansas State Beef Newsletter Available

The Kansas State Beef Newsletter “Beef Tips” September edition is now available. Click Here to view the newsletter

Note: all files are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. For more information or to download Acrobat, click here.

Freezing effects on forages

Freezing effects on forages

By Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension

Minnesota Farm Guide

Most of us have experienced a freeze already this fall. Freezing can cause hazards for grazing livestock using some forages.

When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can be toxic to livestock. However, many of these problems can be prevented.

Sorghum-related plants, like cane, sudangrass, shattercane, and milo can be highly toxic for a few days after frost. Freezing breaks plant cell membranes. This breakage allows the chemicals that form prussic acid to mix together and release this poisonous compound rapidly.


High sugar grass offers many benefits for cattle grazing

High sugar grass offers many benefits for cattle grazing

Western Livestock Journal

Research conducted by the Institution of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER), Wales, UK, has proven that feeding high sugar grasses to ruminant livestock could have many advantages.

It is known that the conversion of grass protein to milk protein is significantly poor. The reason is that the microbes in the animal’s rumen cannot keep pace with the rapid breakdown of proteins into compounds containing nitrogen. Much of the nitrogen is absorbed from the rumen and becomes waste which is excreted in the animal’s urine, producing large amounts of ammonia.


Animal Rights Initiatives A Little Scary

Animal Rights Initiatives A Little Scary

Cow/Calf Weekly

The most publicized animal rights issue this fall was proposition 204 in Arizona which prohibited veal crates for calves and gestation crates for pigs. A similar initiative was passed regarding gestation crates in 2002, and was successful in essentially eliminating the already small pig industry in Florida.


So Long Cheap Feed?

So Long Cheap Feed?

Beef Stocker Trends

“The era of cheap feed is probably over for years to come,” says Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist. In the Oct. 23 “Weekly Outlook,” he explains, “Over the past eight crop years from 1998 to 2005, U.S. corn prices averaged just $2.05/bu. 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.”


Swapping SMARTS

Swapping SMARTS

By Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

The notion of private industry and public education trying to work together, leverage assets and seek solutions is about as novel as flies at a branding. What’s extraordinary is finding a successful example.

“This is one of those rare, win-win opportunities for everyone involved,” says Dieter Pape, CEO of North Dakota Natural Beef (NDNB).