Daily Archives: November 24, 2006

Cattle Update: Storing Colostrum for Optimum Passive Immunity

Cattle Update: Storing Colostrum for Optimum Passive Immunity


Colostrum is the first milk delivered by the cow after calving. Cow calf producers are aware that natural colostrum must be ingested by baby calves within 6 hours of birth to acquire optimum passive immunity and disease protection. However some calves do not have ample opportunity to receive colostrum. Perhaps the mother is a thin, two-year-old that does not give enough milk or the baby calf was stressed by a long delivery process and is too sluggish to get up and nurse in time to get adequate colostrum. These calves need to be hand fed stored colostrum in order to have the best opportunity to survive scours infections and/or respiratory diseases. Therefore stored frozen colostrum from a dairy or from other beef cows that lost calves at calving should be on hand to meet these needs. If colostrum is obtained from another farm (i.e. a neighboring dairy), try to ascertain the health status of that herd.


USDA Pledges Livestock ID Program To Remain Voluntary

USDA Pledges Livestock ID Program To Remain Voluntary


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The debate on whether or not the national livestock identification and tracking program will eventually become mandatory is over now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is pledging it will be a permanently voluntary system, Undersecretary Bruce Knight said Wednesday.

Knight said livestock sector concerns over a mandatory National Animal Identification System has only slowed down progress and the USDA is in a hurry to meet self-imposed deadlines.

The goal of the massive effort to eventually be able to track any animal to its source in a 48-hour time frame in the event of disease outbreak is on track, Knight told reporters.

The first deadline is January, 2007, when USDA is trying to get 25% of all livestock-producing premises registered in data-bases that the federal government could access in the event of a disease outbreak.


S. Korean inspectors find bone fragment, ban sale of U.S. beef

S. Korean inspectors find bone fragment, ban sale of U.S. beef

Yonhap News

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) — South Korea decided Friday not to allow the first shipment of U.S. beef to be sold in the country after discovering a bone fragment in a package, the government said Friday.

The discovery is expected to fuel health concerns about the safety of U.S. beef.

After a nearly three-year ban due to the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States, South Korea resumed imports of American beef from cows under 30 months old in early September. The first shipment of 8.9 tons of beef in about 720 separate packages arrived on Oct. 30.


Michigan Cattle Must Have Electronic ID Tags in Ears

Michigan Cattle Must Have Electronic ID Tags in Ears

Heritage Broadcasting

All Michigan cattle leaving farms must be tagged with electronic identification as part of an effort to combat bovine tuberculosis. Michigan’s statewide electronic livestock I-D program began in 2001.


Midlands feedlot manager, grain farmer both have ethanol concerns

Midlands feedlot manager, grain farmer both have ethanol concerns

by Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Demand for corn from the ethanol industry, both actual and potential, has pushed up corn prices substantially in recent months. And David Trowbridge, feedlot manager for Gregory Feedlots in Tabor, Iowa, told Brownfield it’s put the squeeze on his operation.

“Yes, corn has had about a 50% increase in cost in the last 90 days,” Trowbridge said, “so the cost of our production has gone up accordingly.”

Trowbridge said he does believe ethanol co-products like dry distillers’ grains (DDGs) can provide a big part of the answer to the potential problem of corn availability for cattle feeders. But only, he said, if some of the kinks can be worked out.

“The ethanol by-products are going to be the newest asset that we can use in our business,” said Trowbridge. “We have some work to do on developing feeding procedures to use those and other things, but big asset, big development in the business.”


Theft of agricultural produce on the rise

Theft of agricultural produce on the rise

George Raine

San Francisco Chronicle

Manteca – If the legendary Bonnie and Clyde were alive today, they might be stealing almonds instead of robbing banks.

Fourteen truckloads of almonds valued at $2 million, most packed into seagoing containers, have been stolen in California’s Central Valley in the past 18 months. Authorities believe the nuts, which bring growers about $2.50 per pound, were shipped to buyers overseas.

The thefts are a part of a rising tide of agricultural crime in California. About $10 million in commodities and equipment is reported stolen in the Central Valley annually – although the true figure is believed much higher because many crimes are unreported. Many avocado groves are picked clean. Citrus vanishes from trees along freeways. Pipes and farm equipment are taken and sold for scrap.


Livestock take liking to distillers grains feed

Livestock take liking to distillers grains feed

By Jeff DeYoung,

Farm and Ranch Guide

AURELIA, Iowa – One whiff of the aroma coming from the freshly dumped 15-ton pile of distillers grains would have most casual observers looking for the pancakes.

It’s no wonder his cattle find the feed so appetizing, says Paul Pingel.

Paul and his father, Myron, have been feeding modified wet distillers to their cattle for just over two years. Syrup is added to the dried product at an ethanol plant in nearby Marcus, Iowa.


Mad over cows

Mad over cows


Edmonton Sun

The U.S. election is over, the politicians have gone home, and R-Calf is about to ride again.

And with a Democratic majority soon to officially take over in both the Senate and the House of Representatives – and President George W. Bush relegated to serious lame-duck status by American voters earlier this month – the BSE border war is about to heat up.

Or at least Chuck Kiker – the president of protectionist U.S. cattle producers’ outfit R-Calf from Billings, Montana – sure hopes so. This week, Kiker was celebrating the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out a bid by Bush’s department of agriculture to thwart R-Calf’s appeal of the USDA’s border-opening decision.


Cattle owners to receive tax credits for bovine TB testing

Cattle owners to receive tax credits for bovine TB testing


Minnesota cattle owners paying for bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing for their cattle can offset the costs of that testing with a new tax credit offered this year.

The bovine TB testing credit is a refundable credit available to individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations. Legislation passed earlier this year allows cattle owners to claim a credit against their taxes for an amount equal to one half of the expenses incurred to conduct TB testing on those animals. The eligible testing includes producer funded Caudal-Fold Tuberculin (CFT) tests performed by an accredited veterinarian certified to conduct bovine TB testing in Minnesota.

The credit is available to cattle owners testing just one animal or an entire herd, and there are no limits on how much can be claimed. The testing and resulting expenses must be incurred before Dec. 31, 2006, to be claimed on 2006 tax returns.