Heart of America Grazing Conference
The Heart of America Grazing Conference began in Illinois as a joint educational effort between Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri University, Government, Industry, and Producer representatives to provide livestock producers and grazierswith the most current regional grazing information and resources. The 2007 program returns to Illinois, the conference will be at the Mount Vernon Holiday Inn.
The program kicks off at 6 pm on January 24th, 2007 with a dinner and keynote speaker Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services LLC discussing Grazing across the country and around the world: Implications for the Heart of America.
Winter feeding of beef cattle
by Dennis Smith
East Texas Review
The dollars spent in wintering cows often make the difference in profit or loss in a beef herd. Wintering costs represent 35 to 45 percent of the annual expense for keeping a cow. Proper feeding exerts a tremendous influence on a cow’s fertility and calf weight at weaning. Beef cattle producers must plan their winter feeding strategy to meet the cow’s nutritional requirements and do it as cheaply as possible. Cattlemen must analyze their individual situations and use their resources for a successful feeding program. Proper planning will enable cattlemen to feed brood cows successfully during the most critical season of the year.
Wisconsin Rolls Out Voluntary Animal ID Cost Sharing
Wisconsin is offering a voluntary animal ID cost-sharing program on a first-come, first-serve basis to in-state producers with a premises registration number. The program consists of sign-up, approval and confirmation of participation followed by tag purchase and application, reports Wisconsin Ag Connection. Reimbursement is upon completion of these steps.
Livestock Producers Urged to take FMD Survey
Alabama Farmers Federation
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Farmers Federation is urging Alabama livestock producers to take an online survey to help protect America’s livestock industry from an accidental or terrorist-caused outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including pigs, cattle, sheep and goats. The virus that causes the disease can spread rapidly over large distances, mainly from animal-to-animal contact or from contact with other contaminated sources.
Perry Mobley, director of the Federation’s Beef, Dairy and Hay and Forage Divisions, said that while there has not be a case of FMD reported in the U.S. since 1929, more than six million animals were slaughtered during a 2001 epidemic in the United Kingdom, causing economic losses in excess of $15 billion.
“Such an outbreak would be worse here because our industry is much bigger, our speed of commerce is much faster, our transportation system is much more vast, and we move animals such great distances across this country,” said Mobley. “We’re more vulnerable, and the economic impact would be much greater.”
The November 29, issue # 514, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefNovr29.html
Stockpiled fescue in Ohio can provide a relatively easy solution to many winter cow feeding issues. This week, Rory Lewandowski discusses considerations for when might be the best time to utilize this high quality feed.
Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Stockpiled Fescue Decisions
* Ohio Heifer Development Program Now Accepting Consignments
* Feeder Cattle Markets Skittish
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report
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OSU Extension, Fairfield County
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Lancaster, OH 43130
Ag secretary stresses ‘doing trade right’ in 2007 farm bill
Associated Press Writer / Grand Island Independent
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After negotiations between the United States and the World Trade Organization fell apart, the 2007 Farm Bill currently being crafted will be more important than ever for American farmers, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday.
Exports brought in $77 billion to U.S. farmers in 2005, accounting for one-quarter of all cash receipts. Therefore, striking the right balance between trade and subsidies to farmers is crucial, Johanns told the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual convention in Louisville.
“That’s what we put at risk if we don’t do this right,” Johanns said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job … if I put in a policy that jeopardized $1 billion of your business.”
Peterson battles wind when preparing for winter months
By SHANNON BURKDOLL, The Prairie Star editor
JUDITH GAP, Mont. – Dean Peterson has been battling the wind while feeding cattle, working on machinery maintenance, finishing grain sales and hauling manure at his family’s ranch.
“It has been extremely windy,” said Peterson, who with his wife, Trudi, raises cattle, grains and sheep on the E.L. Peterson Ranch near Judith Gap, Mont. “But we got five inches of precipitation this fall, which is nice for us. We’re set up good for next year; there was some new grass growth after that last rain, which the cows really liked.”