CattleLog and VerifEYE – to be sold to new owners within the next 45 days
On February 14, 2007, eMerge Interactive management filed with federal bankruptcy court for protection under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. As a result of this process, eMerge Interactive will eventually be dissolved. Both business units of eMerge Interactive – CattleLog and VerifEYE – will be sold to new owners within the next 45 days.
Our primary concern in this process is ensuring continued availability of all existing CattleLog products and services to new and existing customers. We do not anticipate any interruption in service during this transition or afterwards. Rumors that CattleLog is going out of business or otherwise not meeting USDA verification requirements are completely false.
The process of selling the CattleLog business should be seen as a positive step for current CattleLog customers. The buyer will have the financial resources and staff depth to improve several elements of CattleLog that we simply have not had the ability to complete due to the cash constraints presented by operating the business under the eMerge Interactive public shell. All data and verification operations are continuing without interruption and all existing contracts and partnership agreements are being honored. Additionally, all current CattleLog Staff are being retained and will likely be integrated into the buyer’s organization. Once the business is officially transferred to the new buyer, we will pass that information to you.
We understand this process is confusing and we want to provide as much information to our customers as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your CattleLog Regional Sales Manager or CattleLog Customer Service at 866-239- 2665.
Chief Executive Officer
Vaccine and Equipment Care and Handling
by John Kirkpatrick, DVM
Several millions of dollars have been invested to deliver to the livestock producer safe and efficacious vaccines. It behooves us to handle these products in a manner that will maximize the immune response in the healthy animal.
Let’s take a couple of minutes to review a few simple steps to help insure that we don’t drop the ball by something we did or did not do that could negatively affect vaccine efficacy.
Survey Shows Majority Of Producers Approve Beef Checkoff Program
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2007) – Approval of the beef checkoff program remains high, at 70 percent, according to a winter (Dec.18, 2006-Jan. 11, 2007) survey of 1,225 beef and dairy producers, commissioned by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
The Beef Board conducts surveys twice a year to gauge producers’ economic moods and their expectations of checkoff investments, as well as checkoff program familiarity, strengths or weaknesses. The survey, conducted by Aspen Media & Market Research, is funded with checkoff monies.
Over the past five years, producer approval rates for the checkoff have remained steady, ranging from 70 percent to 73 percent. The proportion of producers who disapprove of the program has remained virtually the same in the past year, although disapproval ratings are trending down. Since January 2003, the producer disapproval rate has dropped 12 points—from 27 percent to the current 15 percent.
National ID, What National ID?
Last week, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns urged cattlemen in Nashville to help make a voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS) work. But despite USDA’s rhetoric and all the organizational support for voluntary national ID, the industry remains in denial about this process.
The Role of Veterinary Practitioners in International Marketing
Ropin the Web
Veterinary practitioners play a vital role in animal health and international marketing. That, according to Dr. Sylvia Checkley, veterinary epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture. Checkley says international markets demand a strong veterinary infrastructure, adding it’s part of proving the health of a jurisdiction’s animals. She says Alberta’s vets are on the front lines of detecting disease and ensuring professional care for livestock and poultry, and they meet and exceed the acceptable standards of education recognized by the OIE, the international body that regulates the animal health status of its 164 member countries.
Stocker Cattle: Reduce Silage Storage & Feeding Losses
Silage is a great way to get more dry matter per acre! Silage has huge harvest advantages. Unfortunately storage and feedout losses rob this bank account.
Not covering and/or sealing the cover can cost you up to 1/3 of the dry matter in the top three feet. Fed to livestock, this degraded feed can drastically reduce their performance. For example, newly weaned calves do not like the taste of moldy material mixed in their feed and only consume half of what they would if it was only good silage. This reduced intake makes them more susceptible to disease and stress. A comparable group fed only uncontaminated feed cost half as much to acclimatize and had much lower death losses.
Steps for Hay Sampling
Kentucky Forage News Letter
FULL NEWS LETTER (PDF)
Identify a single “lot” of hay. A hay lot should be from a single cutting, same field and variety, and less than 200 tons. Don’t mix cuttings or fields. Choose a sharp cutting (sampling) device. Use a sharp cutting device ⅜” – ¾” diameter. Never submit flakes or handfuls (grab samples). For a list of probes, see www.foragetesting.org. Sample at random. Sample to represent all areas of the stack. Don’t avoid or select certain bales (choose bales at random). Take sample number of cores. Take 20 cores per sample. Use proper technique. Sample butt ends of bales between string or wires insert probe to a dept of 12-20’ and at a 90º angle. Sample middle of round bales. Handle samples correctly. Send composite sample in a zip-lock bag. Protect samples from heat. Send sample as soon after sampling as possible.
Send required amount. (not too much – not too little) Send at least ½ pound of sample per lot. Never split samples without grinding. If you wish to recheck a sample, ask for your ground sample to be returned. Choose Laboratory wisely. Choose a lab with a credible reputation.
For a list of NFTA Certified Labs, see http://www.foragetesting.org.
NCBA: Penn State University Students Win 2007 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl
DENVER (February 13, 2007) – Penn State University was named the national winner of the 2007 National Cattlemen’s Foundation National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl, held February 2 in Nashville. Regional championship teams from Michigan State University, Texas A&M University and Utah State University also competed. Teams earned the privilege of competing in the finals at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville by winning their American Society of Animal Science section’s competition of the Academic Quadrathlon.
Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program Expands Market Access
by: Greg Comstock
RAAA Marketing Programs Coordinator
With a dozen years’ experience in providing Source Verification to the ranch of origin, and USDA audited traceability to Angus genotype, the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) recently expanded market access for its customers with the addition of Group Age Verification.
The FCCP was the beef industry’s first Process Verified Program (PVP), and over the past decade has involved over 2,000 producers who have collectively enrolled over a million head of cattle. Many of these producers will notice changes in the program when they enroll their Fall 2006 or Spring 2007 calf crops. The first of these changes is the enrollment process itself, which consists of a new “Supplier Evaluation Process.”
Most residents concerned over smell of cattle operation
The News Gazette (IL)
Pam G. Dempsey
Maris Huls grew up in the livestock business, but she has questions about a beef cattle operation that is set to be built near her property in Middlefork Township.
“I think it’s going to devalue my property,” Huls said. “I agree that agriculture and the beef industry has taken a hit, but I think there needs to be some questions (answered).”
About 60 local residents and area leaders turned out to hear more about the operation at a meeting Sunday afternoon. Champaign grain farmer Robert Wood, a principal partner with Central Illinois Feeders LLC, came to answer their questions.
Senators express concern over imports from Canada
by Tom Steever
A bipartisan group of Senators is concerned about USDA’s proposed rule allowing the import of live Canadian cattle born after March 1st of 1999. The four Senators from cattle producing states made their concerns known in a letter to U.S. Ag Secretary Mike Johanns.
The letter says increasing U.S. imports of Canadian cattle and beef will impact the economic well-being of U.S. cattlemen. It also says the expanded rule might disrupt efforts to further open U.S. export markets overseas. The Senators are also concerned that expanding Canadian cattle imports increases the possibility that a future case of BSE in a Canadian animal would be found in the U.S.
How Can The Stress Of Separating Cows & Calves Be Avoided?
The key to reducing this stressful aspect of weaning is in how the cows and calves are weaned and separated.
One alternative is fenceline contact weaning where cows and calves are separated into directly adjacent pens or pastures. Granted, you should have secure fences to do this. Careful behaviour observations and published scientific research proves that cattle bawl and walk less when weaned with fenceline contact. Another research study even showed fenceline calves had a higher average daily gain than calves separated far away from their mother.
Tips on handling two types of lump jaw in cattle.
Heather Smith Thomas
Bacteria are often present in the mouth of cattle. As a result, anything puncturing the mouth tissue can open the way for infection, which can lead to “lump jaw.”
According to Salmon, ID, veterinarian Robert Cope, there are two kinds of lump jaw. Each is caused by two different types of bacteria and require different treatment.
HSUS improves financial standing despite decline in donations for animal activists
by Philip Lobo,
Communications Director – Animal Agriculture Alliance
According to the December 2006 edition of Animal People, the country’s largest animal rights activist Humane Society for the United States (HSUS), increased its donations by a significant 62 percent in 2005 (the recent available data). This improves the group’s net which total more than $200 million.
FULL STORY (PDF)