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.”
Meat Output Record Set
USDA reports that red meat processors produced a record 4.14 billion pounds of beef, pork, veal, and lamb in November.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said that red meat production in November sets a record high. Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.14 billion pounds in November – five percent more red meat than the 3.94 billion pounds produced in November 2005.
NASS reported that beef production – at 2.22 billion pounds – was seven percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.84 million head – up six percent from November 2005. The average live weight was up seven pounds from the previous year, at 1,291 pounds per head.
Feedlots working to meet federal deadlines
Bismarck, N.D. (AP) The new year brings a new focus on federal rules for animal feedlots.
Karl Rockeman (ROCK’-man) is an environmental engineer with the state Health Department. He says large feedlot operations face a July deadline to meet federal wastewater rules. A large operation is defined as one with one-thousand or more beef cattle, 700 or more dairy cattle or 25-hundred or more large swine.
Rockeman says most of them have been working on designs for such changes as holding ponds or other containment operations.
Fixing fence, deworming heifers on Reems’ ranch
Farm and Ranch Guide
By SUE ROESLER
KILLDEER, N.D. – Joe Reems, who ranches north of Killdeer, was out of breath when he answered the phone last week. He reported he had just gotten in from fixing the barbed wire gate that one of his bulls and a steer had broken that morning.
“I’ve still got the fence to repair,” Joe said.
The bull and steer had apparently wanted to join the cows in a nearby pasture and knocked out about 16 feet of windbreak fence, in addition to the gate.
With the mild weather, the Reems haven’t had to feed hay the last couple of days as Joe said he still has grass left in the pastures.
Cattle vaccine Okayed to prevent E.coli
by Tyne Morgan
The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) approved a new E. coli cattle vaccine aimed to prevent the E. coli 0157:H7 bacterium from shedding in the intestines of cattle.
The vaccine, created by Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., is the first vaccine to be authorized by a regulator for the control of E. coli. CFIA is allowing the company to distribute the cattle vaccine to Canadian veterinarians under a Permit to Release Veterinary Biologics, specified under Canadian Health of Animal Regulations.
However, the authorization does not grant a full license to Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. for the vaccine. The approval by CFIA is the same as a “conditional license” in the United States.
In order for Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. to receive a complete license for the vaccine, instead of the permit already granted, the company must provide additional data confirming the reduction of E. coli O157:H7 shedding in vaccinated animals. This is a guideline the company plans to meet in 2007.
South Korea Says Dioxin Is Found In U.S. Beef Shipment
South Korea is saying bone fragments found in three shipments of U.S. beef is not the only problem they are having with U.S. beef shipments. South Korean officials say the third of the three shipments of U.S. beef also contained dioxin levels exceeding South Korea’s norm. A South Korean Agriculture and Forestry Ministry official says Washington has been asked to explain why the beef in the third shipment contained dioxin.
Agri-Media Livestock Group launches CattleSeller.com to fully serve cattle industry
The Prairie Star
Agri-Media Livestock Group, which represents nine agricultural publications in the upper Midwest and Great Plains, has launched a new Internet site to assist cattle and livestock producers market and promote their animals and much more.
CattleSeller.com (http://www.cattleseller.com/) is meant to be a marketing vehicle for anything livestock – not only for producers, but also suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, etc.