Daily Archives: December 8, 2006

Is National ID Really Dead?

Is National ID Really Dead?

Jennifer Greiner

Indiana Board of Animal Health

Premise identification and animal identification have been hot topics in the agriculture community for years now. With recent announcements from USDA regarding the fate of the NAIS and premise ID, as well as articles questioning the current status of the program, I feel it is important to remind Hoosier producers of Indiana’s current position on premise and animal ID.

The premise ID program in Indiana is not “dead.” Although USDA does not require producers to enroll in the program, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health decided that with the risks of foreign animal diseases, and bio-terrorism, the premise ID mandate was needed in our state. According to Indiana state law, as of Sept. 1, 2006, any location involved with the purchase, sale or exhibition of livestock must possess a premise ID number. Some exhibitions, including the Hoosier Beef Congress, are requiring all exhibitors provide their number to register.

The premise registry will allow trace-forward and trace-back of animals in the event of a significant disease outbreak. Tracing animals for disease control purposes has been part of animal health programs for more than 100 years. Premise registration brings that system up to date with the modern, highly mobile marketplace of today. Registering these sites is not about controlling or monitoring what people are raising or consuming; the program is about protecting Hoosiers’ investment in animal agriculture.

Registration is very simple; in fact, most registration information could be found in a phone book—contact name(s), addresses and phone number, along with species information. No income, production, or population information is collected. This program simply builds a phonebook for us. We don’t require participants to report animal movements, and we don’t collect any herd data for taxation. We simply need a way to contact producers in an emergency. The premise ID program does not currently have an individual animal ID requirement; however, Indiana state law requires that all exhibition livestock must have individual identification.

Indiana’s premise registration program is voluntary for horse and poultry owners. Hoosiers owning cattle, bison, swine, sheep, goats, farmed deer or elk must register their premises if they have not already done so.

Producers have several options to register their premises at no charge. Printed registration forms may be picked up at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices, some Purdue Extension Service offices, some veterinary clinics, and at many state and regional commodity association events/meetings. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from the BOAH website. Another avenue is to register online via the web at: http://www.boah.in.gov.

After forms are returned, BOAH will issue a premise identification card for each premise. For more information on Premise ID, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit Indiana’s official program website at: http://www.boah.in.gov

Proper cattle handling facilities make things easier

Proper cattle handling facilities make things easier

By Lori Schott, University of Minnesota Beef Team

Minnesota Farm Guide

Cattle handling facilities are an essential part of any cattle operation.

Producers who want to improve cattle health as well as marketing and production (along with family and worker relations) must invest in some type of livestock handling facilities.

A well-designed handling facility can save you time and money by making the task of treating and conducting preventive health practices, pregnancy testing, implanting, controlling parasites, vaccinating, castrating and dehorning practices easier and safer to conduct.


Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Offers Information for all Producers

Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Offers Information for all Producers


There is still time to register for the Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, December 18-19 in Stillwater, Okla. The American Angus Association and Angus Foundation sponsor the event, hosted by Oklahoma State University (OSU). Industry experts will focus on all segments of the industry from production to meeting consumer demands. All producers are encouraged to attend the event.

This is the fourth Boot Camp conducted by the Foundation and Association at various universities across the country, and allows cattle producers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the industry and basic production skills. The Boot Camp begins at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 18 in the Animal Science Building on the OSU campus. An intense afternoon of discussion on end-product merit and consumer needs will kick off the event, and attendees will view actual carcass differences. A bull selection case study will fill the evening, giving the attendees an opportunity to use the information they have used in a mock sale. The Boot Camp continues on Tuesday, December 19 with presentations on nutrition and reproduction and creating value in the cow herd.


Red Angus Honors Haines with Industry Service Award

Red Angus Honors Haines with Industry Service Award

Red Angus Breeders from across the US, Canada, and Australia gathered in Kerrville, Texas recently for the annual 2006 National Red Angus Convention. Several key individuals were recognized for their service to the Red Angus breed. The Industry Service Award is given by the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) to individuals who have had a significant impact on the growth and progress of the breed. This year’s RAAA Industry Service Award recipient is Steve Haines of San Diego, CA.

Steve has led the development and expansion of The Science of Systems Thinking – a practical discipline that views organizational issues in their natural and biological contexts. Steve has consulted with over 300 CEOs on the topic of Strategic Management. He is the founder and CEO of Haines Centre International which currently has 38 Offices in 20 Countries.

Thirteen years ago, Steve and his wife Jayne first spent time with the Red Angus Board of Directors to identify the breed’s Vision and Mission, and ultimately helped facilitate the development of the Red Angus Strategic Plan 2000. That relationship has flourished as did the active use of the plan.

The direction and guidance from Steve’s Strategic Planning Services are directly correlated to Red Angus programs like Total Herd Reporting (THR), the industry’s first USDA source and genetic verification program to supply Angus product lines, the ProCow commercial Red Angus female program and Economically Relevant EPDs that have advanced Red Angus from 12th to 4th among beef breed ranking in the past few years.

The Red Angus breed and especially Red Angus breeders are fortunate to have the support and knowledge that Steve Haines provides. Steve is a great asset to the breed and the industry as a whole. RAAA is pleased to recognize Steve Haines as its 2006 Industry Service Award recipient.

Interest revives Beef Information Day

Interest revives Beef Information Day

‘Quality’ program aims to assist cattle producers

By Matthew Weaver

Columbia Basin Herald staff writer

GRANT COUNTY — There hasn’t been a beef information day for quite a while.

But that’s about to change.

A collaborative event between the Washington State University Grant/Adams Area Extension office and Grant County Cattlemen’s Association, Grant County Beef Information Day is Dec. 14 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall on the Grant County Fairgrounds.


IBCA to hold series of regional meetings

IBCA to hold series of regional meetings

by Dave Russell

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association will begin a series of regional meetings around the state next week.

IBCA Executive Vice President Julia Wickard says the meetings are a way for the association to update producers on a number of issues. “The regional meetings are really important to the association,” says Wickard. “Whether it is staff, officers or directors, our job is going out and talking with producers.”


New Iowa Ag Secretary Says Beef Industry Will Benefit From Ethanol

New Iowa Ag Secretary Says Beef Industry Will Benefit From Ethanol

Domestic Fuel

Northey Iowa’s newly-elected Secretary of Agriculture says the ethanol industry can help the state regain its dominance in beef production.

According to a story from the Brownfield Network, Bill Northey told members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association meeting Thursday that widespread availability of ethanol co-products like dry distillers’ grains could make Iowa the number one beef producing state again like it was just over 30 years ago.


NCBA sees quick Congressional action on M-COOL

NCBA sees quick Congressional action on M-COOL

by Peter Shinn, Brownfield Network

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) legislative affairs director Colin Woodall covered the waterfront of cattle industry issues in remarks Thursday morning to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association annual convention in Des Moines. But he focused on the expected changes a Congress controlled by Democrats will mean to NCBA’s legislative agenda.

Perhaps most significantly, Woodall predicted Democratic control of Congress would limit NCBA’s ability to get things done in Washington D.C. “Here, the past several years, NCBA’s been able to go at a shotgun approach – pull the trigger and go after every single hole we can find and try to plug it, because we had a lot of friends, a lot of people who were on our side and would help us,” Woodall said. “That’s not so much the case anymore.”


Lawmakers pledge drought-relief fight

Lawmakers pledge drought-relief fight

By Bill Harlan, Rapid City Journal

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate rejected a $4.8 billion relief package for farmers and ranchers for a drought that a Perkins County rancher likened to “a slow-moving hurricane.”

Nolan Seim, who ranches near Shadehill, 12 miles north of Bison, said the water table in north-central South Dakota has been dropping since drought began in 2001 or 2002. “It just keeps pounding on you,” he said. “It’s like a cancer. It just eats you up.”

The drought-package measure won 57 votes in the Senate, but supporters needed 60 votes to attach it to an agriculture-spending bill.

South Dakota’s two senators lamented the defeat and promised to reintroduce drought relief in the next Congress.


Cattlemen on horseback drive 1,000 cattle home

Cattlemen on horseback drive 1,000 cattle home

November, west central North Dakota ranchers on horseback drive cattle 35 miles home from northern pastures on the Fort Berthold Reservation – a sight reminiscent of the early days of cowboy cattle drives.

About 1,000 head of cattle file down Highway 22, making their way across the Lost Bridge and maneuvering through vehicles filled with pheasant and deer hunters. Always a sight to see, the cattle move along in order, sometimes in single file, for miles through the Reservation and into Little Missouri State Park.

Amazingly, even when the horseback riders and other helpers stop for the lunch Candace Kleeman brings them at midday, the cattle continue their long jaunt home.


Cattle Update: BEEF 509 Is Set For January

Cattle Update: BEEF 509 Is Set For January


Registrations are now being accepted for the popular Beef 509 program. Beginning last year, the format of the program was changed from a 3-day program during the week to two full Saturdays. BEEF 509 is designed to help beef producers better understand the process involved in taking a beef animal and turning it into a beef food product on a consumer’s plate.


2007 Ohio Beef Feedlot Management School to be Held in Meigs Co.

2007 Ohio Beef Feedlot Management School to be Held in Meigs Co.


If you operate a feedlot or want to learn how to raise feeder cattle for specific fed cattle markets, plan on enrolling in the 2007 OSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management School. This school provides cattle producers with an excellent educational opportunity to increase their knowledge about all aspects of feedlot management.

Dr. Francis Fluharty, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University will be the instructor for the 8 week course. Classes will be held on 8 consecutive Thursdays starting on February 8th and running through March 29, 2007. The classes will be 3 hours per night (7 p.m.-10 p.m.) for a total 24 hours of instruction.


Farmers can get Johne’s disease testing results fast

Farmers can get Johne’s disease testing results fast


Prairie Star

Scientists are developing new methods for getting back the results of Johne’s disease tests fast.

How fast? How about two days vs. 120 days?

Johne’s (pronounced yo-nees) disease is an infectious bacterial disease affecting the intestinal tract. The cause is a bacterium called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, which invades the small intestine. The infection causes thickening of the intestinal lining, which leads to poor nutrient absorption.

The most common source of Johne’s infection is manure from infected cattle. The bacteria can survive over a year outside the animal, and other animals ingest it, becoming sick.


Fund-Raiser Breaks $11,000

Fund-Raiser Breaks $11,000

Lewistown, Mont. – Lester and Carol Sluggett of Roy, Mont., and Lyle and Julie Deegan, of Moccasin, Mont., organized a very successful R-CALF USA fund-raiser on Nov. 7 at the Lewistown Livestock Auction, as more than $11, 000 was gathered from the 100-plus ranchers and agri-businesses that participated in the event.

“Special thanks go to Lyle and Jan Allen of Lewistown Livestock Auction,” noted Carol Sluggett. “They have stood with ranchers since the start of R-CALF.”

”This is the second R-CALF USA fund-raiser in Montana this fall, with each one grossing over the $10,000 mark,” explained Lyle Deegan. “It makes one proud to see the growing support for our national cattle organization: R-CALF USA.”


Indiana: bible belt or CAFO spine? It’s Christmas time in the country

Indiana: bible belt or CAFO spine? It’s Christmas time in the country

By Cindy Ward/Kankakee Post

Indiana has often been referred to by the nation as the bible belt, or tornado alley, but more recently, on-line blogs are referring to Indiana as the CAFO spine. Depending on where you are in the equation you may or may not think CAFO, Confined Animal Feeding Operation, is a bad term. CAFO is defined as more than 1,000 animal units, which is 1,000 cattle or 2,500 hogs.