Daily Archives: March 14, 2007

BeefTalk: Precalving Should Mean Contented Cows

BeefTalk: Precalving Should Mean Contented Cows

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 By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
NDSU Extension Service

The winter blues are behind us as we witness a taste of spring. Along the way, spring brings renewed energy and the desire to get ready for another year.

Cows are calving or very pregnant, so contentment is prevalent in the cowherd. Some would argue a cow is either pregnant or not, but there are very obvious levels of pregnancy, at least in this case, from a male perceptive.



Cow Calf: Protein Detected In Infertile Bulls

Cow Calf: Protein Detected In Infertile Bulls


 Detection of a protein from the sperm of infertile bulls may help create an objective test for human male infertility, a University of Missouri scientist says.

 The protein ubiquitin appears to be a marker of semen abnormalities. If this is so, we hold have a truly objective test for male infertility.


Building Value in the Marketplace

Building Value in the Marketplace

A Q&A with Leo McDonnell Jr.

 by Eric Grant
Angus Journal

For 40 years, Midland Bull Test has been the industry’s genetic focal point, having pioneered the industry’s performance movement in the 1960s and tested and sold some of the best bulls the business has ever produced. During the years, Leo McDonnell Jr., who took over the reins of the test station in the early 1980s, has witnessed significant changes in the way seedstock producers produce, market and stand behind the genetics they sell. He shares his thoughts on what makes some seedstock producers successful — and what causes others to fail.


Cost of Production As A Management Tool

Cost of Production As A Management Tool


 The production unit of a farming enterprise is a weaned calf, 100 pounds of milk, one bushel of grain, one ton of silage, one quart of strawberries, a dozen ears of sweet corn, one ticket for the corn maze, or any other end product of your labor.  Often the unit of production is what you sell, but it can be an intermediate step such as silage that will be fed to cows.  Profitability and sustainability of your farm is determined by what it costs to produce that unit.  Cost of Production (COP) of your unit is the basis for virtually all management decisions.  Without knowing your COP, most financial management and marketing decisions are relegated to hopes and wishes.  Decisions to expand or shrink the farm, hire labor, use custom operators, buy or raise feed, purchase equipment, or even spend money on maintenance are dependent on knowing the COP.  Hobby farmers may not need to worry about their cost of production.


BCIA Culpeper Junior Bulls and CVCA Bred Heifers Sell April 6th

BCIA Culpeper Junior Bulls and CVCA Bred Heifers Sell April 6th

 Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

 The 49th annual sale of the Virginia BCIA Culpeper Junior bulls will be Friday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Culpeper Agriculture Enterprises located on Route 29 just south of Culpeper.  As a special guest, the Central Virginia Cattleman’s Association will sell approximately 50 bred, fall-calving Virginia Premium Assured heifers immediately following the bulls.


Beef Market Basket Survey Findings Announced

Beef Market Basket Survey Findings Announced

 Cattle Today

 Fat trim levels and separable fat content of some beef cuts in the retail case are leaner than ever before and leaner than reported in government nutrition databases, according to a new checkoff-funded study that evaluated more than 10,000 cuts from 82 U.S. retail stores.

Overall fat thickness (fat trim) for retail cuts was 0.24 cm, or less than a tenth of an inch. Cuts from the round and chuck had less external fat than cuts from the rib and loin.


Stocker Cattle Forum: The Role Of Clover In Production

Stocker Cattle Forum: The Role Of Clover In Production


 If you were to ask producers to make a list of the greatest concerns they have for the future of beef cattle production, I would imagine that the rising costs of key inputs like Nitrogen (N) fertilizer might rank among the top items. This rising trend in input costs, set against the typically cyclic nature of commodity products such as beef, will inevitably increase economic pressures to change the way we do things in the future. On the bright side, there is a large amount of untapped potential in our forage resource that can help us achieve greater efficiency in our animal production systems. It is interesting to see that recent high N prices have refocused attention on clovers (and other legumes). Clovers may offer one of the greatest opportunities for lowering production costs and improving production efficiency.


Investigation into case of H-type BSE

Investigation into case of H-type BSE

UNITED KINGDOM: British vets are carrying out research into a new form of BSE discovered in a cow.

 Meat News

 British veterinary authorities are carrying out research of a single case of H-type Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) that was found in the UK in 2005.

 The incidence was discovered during routine research carried out by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA).

 This form of BSE has already been identified in several other European countries as well as Japan, Canada and the United States.


Cattle Identification: Despite NAIS Concerns Cow-Calf Producers EID Use Is Increasing

Cattle Identification: Despite NAIS Concerns Cow-Calf Producers EID Use Is Increasing


 The proposed U.S. National Animal Identification System has generated concerns among producers relative to implementation of the system. Many of these concerns stem from the USDA’s Bovine Identification Working Group’s recommendations to use electronic identification. The U.S. Animal Identification Plan Bovine Working Group has recommended radio frequency identification as the technology to individually identify cattle. Understanding and implementing an electronic identification system for cow-calf producers is believed to be one of the greatest challenges of implementing the National Animal Identification System. Experimental Procedures A panel of experts at Kansas State University completed content validity testing of the prepared survey instrument.


NFU: Don’t Expand Canadian Border

NFU: Don’t Expand Canadian Border

 High Plains Journal

 OMAHA (DTN) — National Farmers Union submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressing the organization’s strong opposition to the Department’s proposed rule to expand beef and cattle trade with Canada.

 “NFU calls upon the Department to withdraw its proposal. USDA should be protecting the future of the U.S. cattle industry and the confidence of American consumers — not jeopardize our volatile international export market relationships,” NFU President Buis said.


Cash announced to help Alta. cattle industry meet new mad cow rules

Cash announced to help Alta. cattle industry meet new mad cow rules

 The Canadian Press

 (CP) – Alberta’s beef industry is getting a $40-million boost to get ready for new feed regulations designed to help prevent mad cow disease.

 The funding from Ottawa and the province will help companies comply with the rules, which will ban certain animal tissues from being used in all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. Such material includes brains, eyes, tonsils and spinal cords of cattle under 30 months.


Stuart Land and Cattle Company 2007 Virginia Commercial Producer of the Year

Stuart Land and Cattle Company 2007 Virginia Commercial Producer of the Year

 Dr. Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

 Virginia BCIA is proud to present the 2007 Virginia Outstanding Commercial Producer Award to Stuart Land and Cattle Company, Zan and Linda Stuart, of Rosedale, Virginia.  Stuart Land and Cattle encompasses 20,000 acres in Southwest Virginia’s Russell, Tazewell, and Washington counties.  The Clifton Farm portion of the operation has been active in cattle production since 1774, making it the oldest continuously operated cattle ranch in the United States.  Stuart Land and Cattle has a rich and well-documented history of leadership in the cattle industry since its beginning in 1884.


Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Good Hoof Health Is Key To Preventing Footrot

Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Good Hoof Health Is Key To Preventing Footrot


Footrot, the culprit behind about 20% of all diagnosed lameness in cattle, is usually sporadic in occurrence. But in high-intensity beef and dairy operations, the malady can impact up to one-fourth of a herd.(4)

Producers can see an increased incidence of footrot in summer, when high temperatures and excessive humidity can cause the skin between the claws to crack, giving bacteria a place to invade. In humid weather, grass can stay wet most of the day and keep cattle’s feet damp.


U.S. groups seek help from senators to keep border closed to older cows

U.S. groups seek help from senators to keep border closed to older cows

 The Canadian Press

 More than 100 U.S. agricultural groups and livestock auction yards sent a letter to senators this week seeking help to stop older Canadian cows from crossing the border.

 The U.S. Agriculture Department is working on a rule to resume imports of older cattle after they closed a public comment period Monday.