Ranchers turn to expensive choices during hay shortage
By Greg Hilburn
The News Star (LA)
A hay shortage caused by drought last summer has ranchers scrambling to find enough roughage for their cattle to make it through the winter.
Though the shortage is most pronounced in Texas and Oklahoma, ranchers in Louisiana also are having to ration their hay or supplement it with expensive ground soybean or alfalfa products.
Robert Joyner of West Monroe, president of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, said producers are concerned that the hay shortage could force massive sell-offs of beef.
Bulls In a Large Multiple Sire Breeding Herd Varies In Calf Output
Little is known about the serving capacity or calf output of bulls in large multiple sire commercial herds. The objective of this Washington State Univ. study was to evaluate the calf output of 19 mature Wagyu bulls in a multiple sire setting through the use of DNA parentage verification. The bulls were turned out with 420 first-calf Angus-cross heifers on a Western Montana ranch for a 45-day breeding period. The 392 calves that resulted from these matings were tested for paternal identity.
Of the 19 bulls used, 10 of them (52.6%) sired 70.6% of the calves to which parentage was assigned. Amongst those 10 bulls, 5 (26.3% of all bulls) sired 42.6% of the calf crop. Conversely, the 5 (26.3%) least prolific bulls sired only 12.4% of the calves, with the 2 bottom ranking bulls siring only 6 (1.6%) calves each. Scrotal circumference (SC) measurements were available for 15 of the 19 bulls there was no correlation between SC and the number of calves sired.
Veterinarian jobs go unfilled
Asbury Park Press
BY PHILIP BRASHER
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
For an aspiring veterinarian, Iowa State University student Pete Thomas is in a distinct minority.
He wants to work with livestock rather than pets.
He wants to stay in Iowa.
“I thought that vet school would be a good way to stay connected with agriculture, be with livestock and stay on farms without necessarily having the risk involved with being a farmer,” he said.
But veterinarians and livestock industry officials worry that there are too few future vets like Thomas, especially if there is an outbreak of diseases such as avian influenza or foot and mouth.
Cattleman claims his invention was stolen
News Examiner-Enterprise (OK)
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – A cattleman is locked in a dispute with employees at a career technology center in Stillwater over his invention idea for a cattle temperature monitoring device.
Tom Hixson of Yale filed a complaint with the Meridian Technology Center superintendent in late November, accusing Meridian staff members of “fraud, theft and breach of contract.” He accuses them of conspiring with researcher Steve Trost.
Low tech with low inputs can be profitable
By SEAN CLOUGHERTY
EASTON, Md. — Farming low tech and with low inputs has its advantages and is profitable in the right market.
That’s the view of Joel Salatin, a third-generation farmer from Swoope, Va., and author of five books on rotational farming and raising animals on pasture.
Speaking to the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, Salatin detailed his farm operation, Polyface Farms, and philosophies on agriculture.
Salatin raises five animal species on the farm and uses a unique rotational program that comingles animals together as they are fed. By using electric fencing and homemade inventions, he raises them all on grass. He said it is also important on his farm to have forest, streams and fields intertwined and to treat the three as one.
“The more we can intersect and connect the open land, the forest land and the water, the more diversified the landscape. The more diversified the landscape, the more flora and fauna we will have to act as checks and balances on each other.”
Feedlot meeting to feature ethanol, corn and cattle
Le Mars Daily Sentinel (IA)
What a difference a year makes in the price of ethanol, corn and cattle! This will be the central theme for a Beef Feedlot Meeting to be held in Sioux Center Wednesday, Jan. 17. The meeting will be from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Corporate Centre.
Keynote speaker for the day will be Mike Murphy, market analyst for Cattle Fax. Murphy will discuss the market situation and outlook for cattle, including feeder and fed cattle. This fall’s increase in corn price has pressured cattle prices. See what Murphy predicts for 2007 and beyond.
Louisiana cattlemen focus on diseases, animal identification
By Bill Sumrall
The News Star (LA)
ALEXANDRIA — Beauregard Parish cattleman George Hauser and his wife, Cookie, both 75, oversee 100 head of cattle around DeRidder.
The Hauser’s were among about 200 cattlemen registered to attend the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association’s 10th annual Southeast Beef Industry Symposium & Trade Show held this weekend at the Holiday Inn and Riverfront Convention Center in downtown Alexandria.