Third-Party Verified Preconditioning Programs Pay
A recent study conducted by Iowa State University showed buyers are willing to pay more for cattle preconditioned through a program that is backed by a third party. The study found a $2.75 difference in the premium given for calves preconditioned through third-party-verified programs versus those with unverified claims.
Dr. John Lawrence, professor of economics, Iowa State University Extension, conducted this study to get to the root of a pricing problem. He says the issue is that buyers cannot easily determine the quality of cattle. And, it is to the sellers’ advantage to overstate the condition of their animals. “Our purpose was to look at the value in the amount and the source of the preconditioning information sellers attach to calves,” Dr. Lawrence says. “We know that buyers are willing to pay extra for management practices required for preconditioning, but we wanted to know if they are willing to pay even more for claims that are certified by a third party.”
Thaler Land & Livestock Co. Named National Environmental Stewardship Award Winner
NASHVILLE (February 1, 2007) – Thaler Land & Livestock Company is the 2006 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) National Winner, officially announced tonight at a reception during the 2007 Cattle Industry Convention. Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Dow AgroSciences and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the annual ESAP awards honor cattle producers whose stewardship practices are inventive, cost-effective and contribute to environmental conservation.
In spring 2006, the Thaler family was chosen as one of seven regional winners, representing the NCBA’s Region V. They were nominated by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
“Over the years, the Thaler family has been an ambassador of stewardship, reaching out to educate schoolchildren, community groups, government employees, fellow producers, anyone that will listen,” noted the ESAP Selection Committee. “They have an open-door ranch, where spreading the message about stewardship is a number one priority.”
Cattlemen Applaud Canada’s Elimination of Bluetongue Testing
NASHVILLE (Feb. 3, 2007) – Reducing obsolete restrictions and government red tape is a critical goal for U.S. cattlemen that market live cattle internationally. That’s why the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) praised Friday’s decision by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to eliminate all bluetongue-related import restrictions on all U.S. cattle entering Canada.
“NCBA has fought long and hard on this issue, because our members felt strongly that these restrictions were costly and unnecessary,” said Terry Stokes, NCBA chief executive officer. “It’s gratifying to see these efforts pay off.”
CFIA also reduced testing requirements for anaplasmosis, based on advances in diagnostic testing for the disease.
Enzi, Senators Say ‘Whoa’ To USDA Beef Import Rule
Washington, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture should hold up on its proposed plan to expand beef imports from Canada, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and John Thune, R-S.D.
Permitting the importation of live Canadian cattle born after March 1, 1999 and beef from animals of any age, would harm American producers economically and further endanger the U.S. market with the threat of mad cow disease.
Sec. Johanns Briefs Cattlemen on Farm Bill, Trade, Animal ID
NASHVILLE (Feb. 2, 2007) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns gave the keynote address Friday at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville. The convention is hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National CattleWomen, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Cattle-Fax. A capacity crowd of cattle producers from across the nation heard Johanns outline USDA’s 2007 Farm Bill proposals, which were released earlier this week.
Why Test for Persistently Infected BVD?
Dr Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University
Three years ago, the very well managed University commercial cow herd at Cal-State, Fresno started to have a high mortality rate (over 10%) of pre-weaned calves. Cattle raised in the herd had been vaccinated twice at weaning time and given an annual booster for the respiratory diseases such as BVD and IBR. Upon diagnostic testing, a high incidence of “persistently infected” (PI) BVD cattle were found.
Livestock Marketeers Honor Jim Birdwell and Willard Wolf
The Livestock Marketeers — an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — held their 42th annual banquet in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, on Jan. 13, 2007.
This year’s honorees for the Livestock Marketeers “Hall of Fame” are auctioneer Jim Birdwell, Fletcher, OK, and livestock marketer and former American Hereford Association field representative Willard Wolf, Valleyford, WA.
Auctioneer Jim Birdwell grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma, on a small livestock operation near Fletcher. After graduating from Fletcher High School in 1963, Birdwell entered Oklahoma State University majoring in agriculture education. He was a member of OSU’s junior and senior livestock judging teams, earning awards as High Individual in beef cattle judging at the American Royal and High Individual in sheep judging at Fort Worth.