Daily Archives: March 2, 2007

Profit Priorities Revealed in Recently Released Study

Profit Priorities Revealed in Recently Released Study

 Cattle Today

 A comprehensive study to prioritize management and economic issues for commercial beef cow-calf producers made its debut in Nashville, Tenn. In fulfilling the mission to provide programs and services that will aid commercial cattle producers to achieve profitability, the American Angus AssociationSM commissioned an independent, in-depth study to provide a blueprint for prioritizing profit drivers in today’s cattle operations.


CHB LLC President Brings Passion to the Plate

CHB LLC President Brings Passion to the Plate

 Hereford World

 Fellow board members elected Bill Cox, Pomeroy, Wash., as the 2007 Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC president. Cox has served on the CHB LLC and American Hereford Association (AHA) boards since 2004, and will now focus primarily on issues related to marketing the CHB brand.

 As a passionate Hereford breeder, Cox is especially excited to help advance a brand that creates demand for Hereford genetics. More than 37.9 million lb. of CHB were sold in fiscal year 2006, creating pull demand for 465,261 head of commercial Hereford cattle.

 Cox says that selling even more product in upcoming years will require growing the CHB LLC marketing team. This process has already begun with the hiring of an additional account manager in November 2006 and a food service director in January 2007. Currently, Cox is working with other board and staff members to identify the best individual to lead CHB LLC in the absence of Rob Ames, 10-year executive vice president, who resigned this winter.


Reducing the risk of bloat when cattle are self-fed soybean hulls pellets

Reducing the risk of bloat when cattle are self-fed soybean hulls pellets

 Dr. Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University

 OSU researchers have used self-fed soybean hull pellets for a growing program for replacement heifers.  Acidosis, bloat, and founder have all been identified as potential risks associated with feeding soybean hull pellets free choice to growing cattle.  In previous research, they found that the incidence of bloat was significantly reduced and weight gain increased when cattle receiving free choice soybean hulls were fed 1.5 pounds per day of long stem prairie hay.  However, this still did not completely alleviate the bloat risk.  Therefore the OSU nutritionists conducted a trial to determine the effects of providing a monensin-containing mineral supplement to cattle self-fed soybean hulls and prairie hay.


House bills prohibit mandatory ID program

House bills prohibit mandatory ID program

 By: TRACY DANG, Sealy News (TX)

 Farmers and ranchers may be able to take it easy when it comes to worrying about whether or not they will be required to register their premises and livestock. State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst recently announced she has co-authored two bills, prohibiting the state from implementing a mandatory animal identification system.

 The proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) was a three-step process created to identify all agricultural animals and track them as they come in contact with other animals not in their herd in hopes of providing the ability to identify animals exposed to disease within 48 hours of its detection.


USTR demands Japan lift beef import restrictions linked to cow age

USTR demands Japan lift beef import restrictions linked to cow age


 The office of the United States Trade Representative reiterated its demand that Japan end its ban on the import of American cattle older than 20 months in its annual report released Thursday.

 The elimination of such import restrictions by Tokyo, which Washington claims would be in accordance with the rules of the World Organization for Animal Health, will continue to be a priority issue for the United States, according to the USTR report.


Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Stop E. Coli Scours With Prevention

Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Stop E. Coli Scours With Prevention


 Escherichia coli calf scours can be costly to a producer’s calf crop and bottom line. Though many studies have been conducted regarding all of the aspects of infectious diarrhea, it remains the major cause of death and sickness in newborn calves.(8) It also is still a significant cause of economic loss to beef and dairy producers.(8) The good news is that this disease can be effectively prevented, which means healthier and higher-performing calves.


Mounting corn prices pinch cattle profits

Mounting corn prices pinch cattle profits

Western N.C. farmers watch price of feeder calves plummet

 The Sun News (NC)

 Strong supply and increased production costs have slowed a recent boom in beef cattle prices, hitting hundreds of smaller cattle farmers in western North Carolina especially hard.

 “We’ve seen a real crunch over the last 100 days in western North Carolina – they’re taking off somewhere between $100 to $125 a head for every 500-pound feeder calf,” said John Queen, a Haywood County cattleman who was recently elected as the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

 An increase in corn prices and other production costs has prompted feed lots that buy calves from mountain operations to cut their costs by offering less per head.


Smithfield profits slide

Smithfield profits slide

Morrell’s owner hit by higher costs for feed, lower earnings

 By Kevin Dobbs
Argus Leader  (SD)

Smithfield Foods, parent corporation of John Morrell & Co. in Sioux Falls, reported Thursday a 15 percent plunge in its third-quarter profit, dragged down by rising feed costs and lower pork production earnings.

The Virginia-based company, the nation’s largest pork producer, earned $60.4 million, or 54 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Jan. 28. That’s well below the $71 million, or 63 cents per share, it reported during the same quarter a year earlier.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Managing Spring Grazing

Stocker Cattle Forum: Managing Spring Grazing


 Tight supplies for hay and by-product feeds and high-priced corn will have many ranchers eager to put cows out on grass as soon as possible this spring.

 But SDSU Extension Range Livestock Production Specialist Eric Mousel cautioned that early spring grazing typically has negative effects on season-long forage yields unless managed carefully.

 Mousel said research from North Dakota suggests that grazing native range before the third leaf stage can reduce carrying capacity by up to 50 percent in some situations.

 “The effects of early grazing on improved pastures are likely not as pronounced due to differences in management, climate, and level of agronomic inputs, but a reduction of 10 percent to 30 percent in carrying capacity is not out of the question,” Mousel said.


Livestock just as prepared as owners

Livestock just as prepared as owners

 Aberdeen American News

 Ag producers know how to handle severe winter weather. For that matter, so do their animals, said an area livestock expert.

 Tyler Melroe, a South Dakota State University Extension educator based in Marshall County, said that animals such as cattle and sheep adjust pretty well to the snow and cold.

 ‘To be honest, the livestock are probably dealing with it better than (producers) are. They’ll adapt to this,’ Melroe said.

 Still, there are steps farmers and ranchers can take to protect their animals, he said. Keeping sheep and cattle out of the elements as much as possible is wise, he said. That might mean using shelter belts, man-made structures or bails to block the wind from animals in the field.


Cottonseed meal comes full circle

Cottonseed meal comes full circle

 Delta Farm Press

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 As a burgeoning biodiesel industry continues its binge on U.S. vegetable oil production, including oil pressed from cottonseed, one processor has demonstrated a special appetite for a bygone byproduct of the business — mechanically expelled cottonseed meal, or “old-process” cake.


New Consumer Website Shares Realities of Beef

New Consumer Website Shares Realities of Beef

 Cattle Today

 Centennial, Colo., Feb. 5, 2007 – A new beef checkoff-funded Web site tells the beef production story — often in the words of beef producers themselves. The site, http://www.Beef FromPastureToPlate.org, covers the entire production chain, from gestation to dinner presentation, and features producer profiles, a live “Ask a Producer” page, fact sheets, recipes, safety tips and even beef trivia.


Cow Calf: What Are The Symptoms & Effects Of Mycoplasma Bovis?

Cow Calf: What Are The Symptoms & Effects Of Mycoplasma Bovis?


 In beef cattle, a Mycoplasma bovis infection may begin as part of a general respiratory problem that doesn’t respond to the usual courses of antibiotics. The symptoms of these pneumonic cattle may differ from those of other types of pneumonia. The animals may stay bright and alert much longer. The muzzle instead of becoming dry and cracked, drips with a clear, or nearly clear, thin mucous. Eyes remain bright. A harsh, hacking cough is common and breathing may not be labored at first, but is more rapid than normal.


Can AI method improve beef cow efficiency?

Can AI method improve beef cow efficiency?

 Farm Week

 Marco Hidalgo, a veterinarian from Mexico and director of Technology Genetics, believes he can help U.S. cattlemen improve the efficiency of their herds.

 Hidalgo is promoting a new method of artificial insemination (AI) that reportedly allows a producer to accomplish AI efficiently without hiring a technician.

 The “Torito” method, demonstrated for members of the Illinois Farm Bureau Market Study Tour of Mexico, uses a tube-like device with a balloon on the end that allows a farmer to perform AI without inserting his or her hand into the cow.

 The balloon at the end of the device guarantees that semen is introduced beyond the body of the uterus to the “horns” (bypassing the cervix) where higher pregnancy rates can be achieved, according to Hidalgo. He demonstrated the “Torito” method of AI at the La Piedad Ranch in the Mexican state of Michoacan.