U of I Extension Plans Eight Seminars Focusing on Ethanol By-Products
Urbana, IL — Eight seminars have been set this winter to help cow-calf producers utilize by-products from ethanol production, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.
“With the expansion of ethanol plants in Illinois and the Midwest, the production and availability of corn co-products, mainly corn gluten feed (CGF) and distillers dry grain solubles (DDGS), will play a major part in reducing the cost of beef cattle diets,” said Dave Seibert, U of I Extension animal systems educator based in East Peoria, IL.
“However, it is important for producers to have a good understanding of these and other by-products, transportation costs, and feeding guidelines.”
Currently, six ethanol plants are located throughout central and northern Illinois.
Two plants are under construction and two more are being expanded. There are also two corn processing plants that do not produce ethanol but periodically have co-products available.
Workshop set to focus on pest management
Delta Farm Press
Soybean rust, crow control in commercial pecan orchards, and termites are among the topics that will be discussed in the upcoming Integrated Pest Management workshop in Raymond, Miss., on Jan. 24.
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Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is sponsoring the General Pest Management Workshop at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. Registration is $10 and begins at 8 a.m. for the full-day event that will be held in the auditorium.
USDA’s farm animal ID program gets mixed reception
Is it just more government intrusion or common sense? That’s the argument shaping up over a new U.S. Department of Agriculture farm animal identification program. The program, which is so far voluntary, would make it possible for the government to trace an animal’s origins.
If there is an outbreak of bird flu or mad cow disease, knowing where an animal came from makes it easier for the government to trace the source and stop a disease from spreading.
Local farmers gathered at the Dartmouth Grange on Dec. 11 to find out more about the program and get answers to their questions.
Vet’s Corner: With a united effort BVD can be eradicated in the near future
By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
Tri State Neighbor
Every day of warm weather this winter is one day less of cold for producers and their cows.
Most cows in this area are still in winter grazing and lots of stored feed has been saved for later feeding. Calving season is beginning for some and soon it will be here for everyone.
Yearly, researchers unravel more of the complexity of the Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) infections in cattle. Our herds are relatively isolated here in South Dakota and we tend to believe our vaccination programs will handle any challenge facing our herds. We are realizing that we need more than good vaccination to control this common problem.
US Meat Group Downplays S. Korean Dioxin Find
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)–The American Meat Institute on Thursday downplayed the importance of South Korean scientists finding trace amounts of dioxin in a shipment of U.S. beef.
“Dioxin is ubiquitous in the environment,“ the AMI said in a release attributed to president J. Patrick Boyle. “In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the leading source of dioxin today is backyard refuse burning.
“Dioxin can be found in many food products at de minimis levels that are far below any cause for public health concern,“ Boyle said. “Unfortunately, the Korean government is demonstrating that they have no real desire to resume full and fair trade with the U.S., as the product they tested for dioxin had already been rejected for other reasons.“
Do distillers grains affect beef quality?
Recently, Certified Angus Beef commissioned a white paper to evaluate factors affecting beef quality. This study was conducted to review factors that may be involved in a recent decline nationally in beef quality grades.
A number of factors were identified including cattle health, feedlot size, steam flaking of corn and implant programs.
Survey to examine use of ethanol co-products
by Peter Shinn
Last week, the Nebraska Corn Board announced it had gotten $135,000 in funding from USDA to conduct a survey of 9,500 livestock producers in 12 states about how, or if, they use ethanol co-products like dry distillers’ grains (DDGs). Kelly Brunkhorst, ag promotions coordinator for the Nebraska Corn Board, told Brownfield the survey has a single focus.
“Their usage of the co-product that’s coming out of the ethanol industry,” Brunkhorst said. “If they are not using it, what are some of those barriers to their usage, so we get a great foundation of information that we can move forward with.”
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the survey. And Joe Prusacki, Director of the Iowa NASS Field Office, told Brownfield there’s no question the survey is significant.