Daily Archives: February 9, 2007

Ohio Cattleman Wins Beef Industry Vision Award

Ohio Cattleman Wins Beef Industry Vision Award


The 2007 Beef Industry Vision Award, presented by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF), was announced Saturday at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville. Fred H. Johnson of Summitcrest Farms of Summitville, Ohio, is the winner of this prestigious award.

The Vision Award, sponsored by Micro Beef Technologies, recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations in the cattle industry that have incorporated innovation into their operation in an effort to enhance not only their business, but also the industry as a whole. Nominees were evaluated on the basis of effective use of technology, impact on production costs, ingenuity of implementation, innovative marketing, impact on the industry and optimum resource management.


Indiana Considers New Limits On Large Livestock Farms

Indiana Considers New Limits On Large Livestock Farms


Indiana Considers New Limits On Large Livestock Farms

Indiana legislators are considering two bills that would place new restrictions on large livestock farms.

One bill aims to address concerns about odors, dust and manure runoff from the farms by prohibiting their construction within two miles of a school, city or town. It would allow manure application only by “incorporation or injection” below a field’s surface and require certification of farm workers who apply livestock waste to farmland as fertilizer.

A second bill would prevent state officials from authorizing a new confined feeding operation without the endorsement of local health and zoning officials. It would also create procedures for local approval of the farms, including a system to appeal a farm’s approval or rejection.


Bunk Scoring Really Works

Bunk Scoring Really Works

Clifton L. Willms, Ph.D., PAS

Land O’ Lakes Farmland Beef team has worked with a number of producers to implement good bunk management practices. We have referenced much of the work by Dr. Robbi Pritchard to help producers be more profitable. While many producers know from first hand experience that bunk management is important to bottom line profitability, rarely do we see research trials demonstrating the value.

A trial conducted by Colorado State University and reported in ARPAS 16:182-187 (September 2000) demonstrates the value of good bunk management. Two of the treatment groups in the trial contrasted feeding rations with 7.5% corn silage (DM basis) either ad lib or at restricted (slick bunk management) intake. Whole-shelled corn was the grain source.


Realistic expectations from estrous synchronization and AI programs

Realistic expectations from estrous synchronization and AI programs

Dr Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University

Producers that are wanting to improve the genetic makeup of their beef herds very often turn to artificial insemination as a tool to accomplish that goal. Many times, these producers have very high expectations as they begin the first season of artificial breeding. Perhaps they have heard other producers tell of situations where “near-perfect” pregnancy rates resulted from THEIR artificial insemination program. Everyone wants to get every cow or heifer bred as they start the labor and expense of an AI program. However, the rules of biology do not allow for 100% pregnancy rates in most situations.

First of all it is important to understand several terms.


Gene Leman Joins Cactus Feeders Board

Gene Leman Joins Cactus Feeders Board

Cattle Today

Retired Tyson executive, Gene Leman, joined the Board of Directors for Cactus Feeders, Inc. on February 1, 2007. “We’ve worked with Gene for many years in his roles with IBP and Tyson, and we’re pleased with his acceptance of a Board appointment. Gene brings a level of expertise and experience that Cactus can readily and productively utilize in Board deliberations,” said Cactus Chairman, Paul Engler. “We’ve seen first hand Gene’s strength in anticipating the marketplace and knowing how to make things happen,” Engler adds.


E. coli Prevention: The Ranchers

E. coli Prevention: The Ranchers

“It is the cattle? is it something else? We don’t know.”

By: Kimberly Romo


The cattle industry accounts for almost $90 million a year in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

At today’s monthly meeting of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association, two topics were discussed: conservation issues and E. coli outbreaks. Today’s guest speaker is part of a massive study that’s underway to look at the sources of E. coli outside of the fields.

“It is the cattle? is it something else? We don’t know,” says area Watershed Natural Resources Advisor Royce Larsen. “Can you be too careful? Probably not. And E. coli isn’t the only issue. There’s sediment and nutrients and other things.”


Cow from S.D. found to have tuberculosis

Cow from S.D. found to have tuberculosis

Case is first in more than 35 years

By Ben Shouse

Sioux Falls Argus Leader (SD)

Tuberculosis has been found in a South Dakota cow for the first time in more than 35 years.

State Veterinarian Sam Holland said testing is under way to determine if the bovine disease has spread, and the economic threat is still unclear. If more than two herds are found to be infected, the state could lose its tuberculosis-free status.

That could cost producers several dollars a head for additional testing, slow down the cattle trade and hurt the state’s reputation. But, Holland said, “we’re far from that at this point.”

The cow that tested positive was sold by a feedlot in southeast South Dakota to a slaughter plant in Wisconsin.