Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Manage Lice To Maximize Production
Each winter, producers battle parasites, such as lice and mange, that can rob their herds of production and profits. These bothersome parasites can make cattle uncomfortable and suppress their appetites.
“Mange and lice are present all year-round and build during the cold weather months,” says Dr. Roger Moon, professor, University of Minnesota, livestock entomology.
Lice are most common on mature cattle in December through March, with peak populations found in March. They are most often found on the neck, back, hips and around the tailhead regions of cattle.(1) There are four species of lice that may affect cattle. They are the chewing lice and three species of sucking lice. Chewing lice cause damage by biting hair and skin, while sucking lice penetrate the skin and suck blood.
All-Natural Beef at Every Black Angus Steakhouse Is a Cut Above the Rest
As consumers grow hungrier than ever for steak, Black Angus Steakhouse announced today that 100 percent of the beef served at all 84 locations is now exclusively all-natural beef from corn- fed Black Angus cattle. Black Angus Steakhouse is the first major steakhouse chain to make a system-wide commitment to serving all-natural beef that is free from all additives, artificial flavors or colors and preservatives, and that is rigorously tested for hormones and antibiotics.
Electronic ID required for cattle movement under new rules
LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Department of Agriculture is imposing new requirements for moving cattle to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
Department Director Mitch Irwin said today the changes are necessary to bring the state into compliance with federal rules.
Last November, the state required that cattle leaving farms be tagged with electronic identification so their movements could be traced.
Stocker Cattle Forum: Developing A Rational Treatment Program
Any time that you are dealing with calves that are co-mingled in sale barns and hauled long distances, you are going to be faced with developing a treatment program. While pull rates are highly variable in these calves, we normally plan on treating at least 25-30% even if we give an antibiotic at arrival (metaphylaxis). Of the animals that we pull, over 85% of these calves will be diagnosed with respiratory disease of some form or fashion. So when you look at the sheer number of calves we are forced to treat for respiratory disease, it is imperative that we use a rational approach to make sure it is done effectively and economically.
Top-quality cattle coming to Kentucky Beef Expo
Beef cattle breeders will bring some of their best animals to show and sell at the 21st annual Kentucky Beef Expo March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“The Kentucky Beef Expo is one of the top shows of its kind,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Exhibitors show and sell some of the best cattle Kentucky has to offer. Buyers improve their herd genetics. And our youth can purchase a show calf for the 2007 show season or sharpen their skills in the shows and judging competitions.”
The 2006 Expo generated $895,300 in gross sales, 10.7 percent higher than the 2005 Expo, and an average of $1,848 per head, 7.9 percent higher than the previous year. For the first time, four breeds grossed more than $100,000 each.
“Last year’s sale results were significantly higher than those of the year before,” Farmer said. “I expect that trend to continue because of the quality of the cattle offered for sale at this event.”
Growth strategy for Indiana’s beef cattle industry being considered
by Dave Russell
At the Indiana Beef Cattle Association convention this past weekend, Andy Miller, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture talked about the decline in the beef cattle industry in the state. Something that Miller would like to see turn around. “Really the key first step is why did we see such a precipitous decline? Do we know all those reasons? If we do, are all of those obstacles overcomeable, if that’s a word, and then what are the opportunities,” said Miller.
Indiana Beef Industry Ready to Grow
by Gary Truitt
Hoosier Ag Today
In 2005 when the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced its strategic plan for Indiana agricultural growth, expansion of the ethanol and pork industries topped the list. The Hoosier beef industry was not sited as a major growth sector for the state. That has changed. In remarks to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association on Saturday, ISDA Director Andy Miller said recent studies have shown Indiana’s Beef industry is ready for a major growth spurt. Miller said he is bullish about the Hoosier beef industry, “With a change in corn production and a change in ethanol production, do we have an opportunity for the beef industry that we did not see two years ago?” He told IBCA members his department will begin working with their organization to examine the possibilities to increase cattle production and processing in the state.