Daily Archives: February 27, 2007

Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 2/20/07

Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 2/20/07




State Premises Registration Statistics as of 2/20/07

Many Factors Affect Rebreeding and Pregnancy Rates

Many Factors Affect Rebreeding and Pregnancy Rates


by: Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today


There are many things that can affect pregnancy rate in a herd, and number of open cows at the end of the breeding season, including nutrition, calving difficulty, disease, level of expertise in doing an A.I. program, and bull fertility if breeding by natural service.


Some of the problems with calving difficulty (which can lead to injury, bruising or infection in the cow–all of which can delay her recovery and inhibit her ability to rebreed) can be avoided these days with use of EPD’s and selective genetics. The rancher has more information now when selecting bulls and replacement heifers, on inheritable factors that affect calving, such as birthweight.


Some of the disease problems in a herd that can affect rebreeding and pregnancy rate can be resolved or avoided with good bull management, eliminating some of the major contagious diseases such as trichomoniasis, with regular bull testing.


The cattle price roller coaster of 2006

The cattle price roller coaster of 2006


by Tim Petry, livestock marketing economist, North Dakota State University

Angus Journal


Another interesting year for cattle prices is behind us. It seems like each year the September to December time period usually spawns an unexpected event that causes dramatic swings in prices.


Livestock Markets Legislation Introduced

Livestock Markets Legislation Introduced




Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Feb. 15 introduced legislation aimed at correcting “deficiencies” in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) enforcement of agricultural markets. Known as the Competitive and Fair Agricultural Markets Act, the bill would reorganize and streamline USDA while establishing an Office of Special Counsel, whose sole responsibility would be to investigate and prosecute violations on competition matters. Harkin stated in a release the position, which would also serve as a liaison between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.


“Producers need to have a fighting chance in an industry that is becoming far too consolidated and vertically integrated,” Harkin stated. “I will propose and seek to include this legislation as part of a competition title in the Farm Bill.”


U.S. cattle on feed down three percent

U.S. cattle on feed down three percent




Cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market are down about three percent from last year.


Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on February 1, 2007, according to statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).


The inventory was three percent below February 1, 2006 but three percent above February 1, 2005.


Analysis: Push made for cellulosic ethanol

Analysis: Push made for cellulosic ethanol





Amid rising corn prices affecting the margins of livestock farmers, the Bush administration has renewed its call for cellulosic materials to eventually take the place of corn as the main source of ethanol.


The problem is we got a lot of hog growers around the United States and a lot of them here in North Carolina who are beginning to feel the pinch as a result of high corn prices, Bush said Thursday during a visit to Franklinton, N.C.-based enzyme firm Novozymes. “A lot of the cattle people around the United States … they ‘ re worried about high corn prices affecting their making a livelihood. … And so the question then is how do you achieve your goal of less dependence on oil without breaking your hog raisers? And here’s how: You develop new technologies that will enable you to make ethanol from wood chips, or stalk grass, or agricultural waste.As part of its efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil the Bush administration has set a goal of reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent over a 10-year period. More than 45 percent of gasoline sold in the United States is 10 percent blended with ethanol, and there are growing calls for that proportion to increase to 85 percent.


Tetanus May Be A Problem Following Band Castrating Of Bulls

Tetanus May Be A Problem Following Band Castrating Of Bulls




Cattlemen using bands to castrate bulls must adhere to proper vaccination procedures and timing of vaccine in order to obtain protection against tetanus. Banding has become a popular castration means particularly for larger bull calves. The type of necrotic lesion that develops on the scrotum is conducive for the tetanus organism (Clostridium tetani) to`grow and produce toxin that can result in classic signs of severe muscle tetany. Cases of tetanus seven to ten days following banding are not uncommon, even though a dose of tetanus toxoid was administered. Death can result only a day or two after signs of tetanus are apparent.


BeefTalk: A Review of a Good Sale Catalog

BeefTalk: A Review of a Good Sale Catalog

Two Points to Look For in Bull Sale Catalog Two Points to Look For in Bull Sale Catalog


By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

NDSU Extension Service


A good catalog starts out with a friendly welcome and factual information about the sale.


The procedure for buying bulls should be fairly methodical. While the process can be as encompassing as one wants, we can not forget that the genes are what is needed for herd improvement.


The number of sale catalogs received can be overwhelming, but the future return on the time investment of reviewing catalog information is critical. Looks can be deceiving, so that is why homework is necessary.


A good catalog starts out with a friendly welcome and factual information about the sale. This information is fairly common, but certainly is needed. Of critical importance is a very clear and obvious phone number and contact information. (In today’s world, cell phone dependability is important.)


Ranchers issue plea for help to recover

Ranchers issue plea for help to recover

Area ag producers detail catatrophic loss for state officials, congressional aides.





SPRINGFIELD – Ranchers in Southeastern Colorado are pleading with state and federal officials to provide more assistance to help offset catastrophic losses that are mounting in the wake of two devastating blizzards that blasted the region during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.


Ranchers from across the Lower Arkansas Valley met Sunday with aides for U.S. Sens. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., and Wayne Allard, R-Colo., as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Baca County Resource Center in Springfield.


“We wanted to arm them (state and federal officials) with information from Southeastern Colorado agriculture producers because everyone in Southeastern Colorado is struggling right now,” Baca County Conservation District manager Misty George said on Monday.


The back-to-back blizzards buried fields, cut off electrical power, and stranded thousands of cattle across the region.


In the following four weeks, cold temperatures and scattered snowstorms dealt another punch to ranchers in areas from Fowler to Lamar and small towns in between.


New potential cash crop being discussed

New potential cash crop being discussed

Teff, an Ethiopian cereal grain, touted as new cash crop





MALONE — Teff, a hearty grass grown primarily in Ethiopia as a cereal grain, has the potential to be a high-quality horse feed and forage grass for dairy cows in northern New York.


Results of a two-year study on the promising cash crop will be presented to farmers and growers in six counties as part of the 11th-annual North Country Crop Congress, to be held Wednesday, March 14, in Carthage and Thursday, March 15, in Canton.


Peter Barney, a field-crop educator from the St. Lawrence County extension office in Canton, and his counterpart in Jefferson County, Michael Hunter, will present regional field-crop research on teff.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Feed Additive Basics

Stocker Cattle Forum: Feed Additive Basics




Feed additive use can be very effective in improving production levels, efficiency, and animal health. Feed additives are appropriate not only in cattle finishing operations, but also in stocker grazing operations. The primary effects of feed additives are to increase feed efficiency and/ or improve average daily gain. Some feed additives have additional benefits such as reducing incidence of bloat, acidosis, and coccidiosis. Other feed additives are used to suppress estrus, reduce liver abscesses, control foot rot problems, and control parasites. Feed additives can be classified into five general categories: antibiotics, ionophores, estrus suppressants, buffers, and others.


Ethanol demand could mean higher food prices

Ethanol demand could mean higher food prices

But the prices may not go up enough for consumers to notice



Mail Tribune (OR)


DES MOINES, Iowa — Soaring demand for ethanol will likely mean higher prices at grocery stores for products from soft drinks to broiler chickens, but the increases may be too small for most consumers to notice.


In the past six months, the rush to produce more corn-based ethanol has doubled the grain’s value, increasing costs for foods that include corn as an ingredient or rely on it as animal feed.


The value of other crops — soybeans, cotton, wheat, rice and vegetable crops — also will likely climb as farmers switch to corn and cash in on prices as high as $4.08 a bushel. Last year at this time, prices hovered around $2.22.


“We’ve seen a little of the retail food price impact already,” said Robert Wisner, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University.