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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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.”
Ag supporters join “Ranchers Circle”
Montana State University
This conceptual design by Mark Headley of Studio FORMA Architects of Bozeman is of the proposed MSU Animal Bioscience Teaching Facility. (See link to high resolution version below.)
The Ranchers Circle of Excellence logo. (See link to high resolution version below.)
A group of ranchers and supporters gave agriculture a boost this month by donating over $200,000 to the proposed Montana State University Animal Bioscience Teaching Facility.
Twenty individuals, ranches or agribusinesses joined the Ranchers’ Circle of Excellence, a group recognized by the MSU College of Agriculture for exceptional giving to the proposed teaching facility. The overall two-building complex will combine the $12.5 million teaching facility with a $24 million USDA-ARS research building in a $36.5 million Animal Bioscience Complex at MSU. The research building will be dedicated to work on functional bovine genetics in partnership with the MSU College of Agriculture, USDA/ARS in Miles City and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Facility at Clay Center, Neb.
Gourmet grassfed beef production school set Jan 26-27 in Dallas
North Texas E-News
Featuring Anibal Pordomingo of Argentina and Mike Lorentz of Lorentz Meats
If a reluctance to direct market has kept you from trying grassfed beef production, wait no longer! The market has now grown to the size where many more grassfed producers are needed by America’s top branded beef companies.
Prices for grassfed beef are soaring but so are quality standards. The era of “lean” grassfed beef is over. Today’s minimum is High Select and USDA Choice is even better. Many producers have learned how to do this completely on grass by following Anibal Pordomingo’s program and now you can learn it too.
S.Korea Finds Bones in U.S. Beef Order
By KWANG-TAE KIM
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Friday it would suspend imports of beef from a U.S. slaughterhouse after inspectors found three bone fragments in a shipment, a violation of an agreement related to mad cow disease.
The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service said the shipment containing the bone fragments originated from Premium Protein Products LLC in Hastings, a beef processing plant in Nebraska.
The move came a week after Seoul suspended U.S. beef imports from a Kansas slaughterhouse after a tiny piece of bone was found in a shipment.
South Korea, which had banned U.S. beef for almost three years over mad cow disease fears, in September said it would allow shipments under strict regulations, including only allowing boneless cuts of beef.
“Until we learn more about how big the bone fragment is and what it looks like, it’s a little difficult to comment,” Premium Protein Products CEO Steve Sands said. “We were quite surprised given how close our Korean customer was involved.”
CAB: Feedlot Size Can Affect Cattle Grades
Feedlot sizes have been steadily increasing, while quality grades of cattle continue to drop.
“We think that’s more than a coincidence,” says Larry Corah, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) vice president.
“Larger feedlots face a number of challenges that contribute to this decrease in quality grades.”
More than 50% of today’s cattle are fed at yards with more than 32,000-head capacity. Data from CAB’s Feedlot Licensing Program shows yards larger than 20,000 head have a 41% lower Certified Angus Beef â brand acceptance rate than the average of their counterparts. They also drop 17 to 20 points in the number of cattle grading Choice or higher.
“We recognize that some of the difference could be due to feedlot location, as most of the larger yards have access to Southern-type cattle,” says Mark McCully, director of supply development for CAB. “But cattle that find their way into our dataset tend to be of similar quality.”