The December 27, issue # 518, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefDecr27.html
What a year! In fact, a couple of decades from now, we’ll likely be calling it a “history making” year! Highlights – to mention only a couple – include animal ID shifting from “mandatory” to a marketing tool, and feeder calf prices slipping enough in the past few months to make feeding $3.60 corn more profitable to the feedlot owner than feeding $2.20 corn budgeted out to be just last September!
Despite this, will “ethanol” simply be the story of year?? It remains to be seen.
As the beef cattle industry continues to experience a rapid change in dynamics, continue to check the OSU Beef Team WEB CALENDAR for timely meetings that address all the current and relevant issues in our quickly evolving industry. And, plan to have a great new year!Articles this week include:
* 2006 Cattle Market Review and 2007 Forecast
* Using Animal ID as a Marketing Tool* Trouble-shooting Reproductive Failure
* Forage Focus: Effects of Three Hay Feeding Methods on Cow Performance and Wintering Cost
* Effect of Storage Method on Round Bale Hay Loss
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Distillers’ grains for heifer development.
by Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist, University of Nebraska
Heifer development programs can be a major expense for the cow-calf enterprise. Heifer development costs depend on when the potential replacements are weaned and on the feeding strategy used to develop the heifers. Because the replacement heifer enterprise does not generate income, or very little income from cull replacements, costs for this enterprise are borne by the cow-calf enterprise. …
Checkoff-funded Web Site Showcases Research Projects
The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) has released a new web site showcasing checkoff-funded research projects. The site, http://www.beefresearch.org, contains fact sheets and summaries, graphics, resource listings, related web sites, staff contacts and glossaries of terms. It is reader-friendly, CBB reports, and it presents facts and findings in layman’s terms.
Research presented on the site was managed by the checkoff-funded Center for Research & Knowledge Management (R&KM) at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), in four priority areas: human nutrition, beef safety, market research and product enhancement. According to CBB, much of the information on the site has stemmed from cooperative research efforts at some of the country’s leading university agricultural and meat-science programs.
Tagging newborns takes a few minutes but yields lasting benefits.
by By Boyd Kidwell
If you haven’t been identifying calves and keeping records, it’s time to start. Resuming beef exports to Japan is a good thing for U.S. producers. But only cattle that can be verified as 20 months of age and younger are eligible. This makes packing plants and feedlots serious about knowing cattle ages.
The Japanese agreement is just another example of how animal identification is working its way into the daily lives of cattle producers. The USDA’s animal ID program also is chugging along and will eventually require records of animals born on each farm.
Mechanization Has Changed US Meatpacking Industry
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The meatpacking industry that Jack Cagle knew is gone.
Cagle, 76, a retired meat inspector for Swift & Co., could hardly believe it was his old company where workers were led out in handcuffs two weeks ago during an immigration raid. But changes like automation and falling wages have remade his industry radically, the Star Tribune newspaper reported.
Those jobs once paid $15.67 or more in today’s dollars. Federal statistics show they pay about 30% less today.
“I don’t know when it began to change,“ Cagle said.
US Plains Feedlots Vary Widely In Muddiness, Cattle Stress
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)–The condition of U.S. Plains states feedlots appears to vary widely, as does the condition of the cattle they contain, according to trade sources in the Plains.
Feedlots south of Amarillo, Texas, were said to be quite muddy, with cattle losing weight through the weekend as they dealt with the extra work of slogging around and the effects of being wet and cold, trade sources said. Cattle weighed just before last week’s snowstorm and then reweighed after the storm showed as much as 40 pounds of loss, an analyst/trader said.
North of Amarillo, the situation tends to be more variable, but none appear to have dodged the bullet entirely, trade sources said.
Benefits of organic crops over-hyped, Avery says
By Hembree Brandon
Delta Farm Press
Alex Avery sees the issue of conventional versus organic crops as “a battle for the hearts and minds of consumers,” and in reality, he says, the organic foods movement is “a waste of money and resources.”
“But we can win this battle,” he told members of the Southern Crop Production Association at their annual meeting at Amelia Island, Fla. Rather than letting the “utopian myths” of the organic adherents go unanswered, “we need to be an industry on the attack, proud of what we’re doing to feed the world and protect the environment.”