Daily Archives: March 16, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The March 14, issue # 528, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMarch14.html

With the 20th annual Ohio Beef Expo set to begin Friday, and the many breeding stock sales to follow on Saturday, this week’s focus is on bull buying strategies.

Articles this week include:
* Basic Strategies for Buying the Right Bull
* Understanding Neonatal Calf Diarrhea
* Forage Focus: Are Your Cows Mud Wrestlers?
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

Ethanol shifts the debate on farm subsidies

Ethanol shifts the debate on farm subsidies

 By Alan Beattie and Eoin Callan

Financial Times

 As one veteran observer of Washington farm politics put it recently: commodity prices are high, ethanol is boosting demand and farmers are happy, so there has never been a better time to reform agricultural subsidies. Then again, commodity prices are high, ethanol is boosting demand and farmers are happy, so there has never been a worse time to reform farm subsidies.


Micro Beef Technologies Acquires CattleLog

Micro Beef Technologies Acquires CattleLog

 Amarillo, TX (March 15, 2007) – Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd., a privately-held, technology-based animal management solutions innovator, is excited to announce the addition of CattleLog Animal Information Systems to its offering of integrated feed, health, information and marketing management systems.  The acquisition creates the beef industry’s most comprehensive offering of management systems for complete lifetime animal management, traceability and process verification.

 Formerly held by eMerge Interactive, Inc., CattleLog provides a suite of comprehensive tools to help individual cattle producers participate in value-added marketing opportunities, including a USDA-approved Process Verification Program and the CattleLog Listing Service.

 “CattleLog is made up of proven management systems technologies that help producers capture the value that exists in the marketplace for age and source verified livestock,” says Micro Beef Chairman and Founder Bill Pratt.  “And today is a significant day for Micro Beef as we welcome CattleLog as another option for the forward-thinking, value-driven producers we serve.”

 “CattleLog and Micro Beef Technologies share a vision of innovative value creation and provide complementary product lines used throughout the beef industry.  Micro Beef has a trusted record of serving America’s cattle feeding industry, and as we join forces with CattleLog, which has traditionally served the non-confined segment of the industry, we look forward to more effectively serving a larger portion of the beef supply chain than ever before,” says Mark Shaw, chief executive officer of Micro Beef.  “From the individual producer level, to America’s feedyards, to the packing plants and on to the retailer, Micro Beef and CattleLog create the industry’s most unique and complete solution, and we are ready to move forward with a vision of unprecedented value growth.”

 “At Micro Beef, we recognize that individual producers hold the power to create added value in their cattle, and through our innovative systems and decades-long commitment to unparalleled customer service, we provide a tried-and-true mechanism for producers to realize that value,” says Shaw.  “In an ever-changing marketplace, it’s important for our customers to know they can count on the same trusted systems they’ve relied on in the past,” says Shaw.  “We’re excited about the opportunity to serve CattleLog customers, and we’re up to the challenge.”

 “As we work to seamlessly integrate CattleLog with existing Micro Beef systems, we look forward to providing a proven system for qualifying cattle for premium programs backed by the trusted reputation and stability that Micro Beef has built over more than three decades in the industry,” says Shaw.

Current Status Of Applied Reproductive Technologies For Beef Cattle

Current Status Of Applied Reproductive Technologies For Beef Cattle

 by Dr. Cliff Lamb, University of Minnesota Beef Team
American Red Angus

Cattle producers may be aware of numerous methods to utilize reproductive management to enhance the productivity of their operations. Quite simply, the use of a bull to breed cows to obtain pregnancies tends to remain the most widely exploited form of reproductive management used. However, to become more efficient producers manipulate the breeding season by inserting and removing bulls at predetermined times to ensure that calves are born at the ideal time for each producer.


Add Value to Bulls

Add Value to Bulls

 by Boyd Kidwell
Angus Journal

Angus bull sales are booming. There are many seedstock producers with excellent genetics competing for buyers, and commercial cattlemen are becoming much more sophisticated in their sire selections.

As they adapt to attract buyers, here are several ways veteran bull producers are adding value for customers.


KLA: Natural Compound Shows Promise As Carcass Wash

KLA: Natural Compound Shows Promise As Carcass Wash


 Research at Kansas State University has shown using green tea extract with wildflower dark honey as a carcass wash significantly reduced Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Scientists are looking at the combination of these natural compounds as a replacement for the lactic acid washes used to control bacteria today.

 K-State Food Science Professor Daniel Fung supervised the research for the Food Safety Consortium. Institutions involved in the consortium are the University of Arkansas , Iowa State University and K-State.


When Organic Isn’t Really Organic

When Organic Isn’t Really Organic

Time Magazine

When you buy a gallon of organic milk, you expect to get tasty milk from happy cows who haven’t been subjected to antibiotics, hormones or pesticides. But you might also unknowingly be getting genetically modified cattle feed.

Albert Straus, owner of the Straus Family Creamery in the small northern California town of Marshall, decided to test the feed that he gives his 1,600 cows last year and was alarmed to find that nearly 6% of the organic corn feed he received from suppliers was “contaminated” by genetically modified (GM) organisms. Organic food is, by definition, supposed to be free of genetically modified material, and organic crops are required to be isolated from other crops. But as GM crops become more prevalent, there is little that an organic farmer can do to prevent a speck of GM pollen or a stray GM seed from being blown by the wind onto his land or farm equipment and, eventually, into his products. In 2006, GM crops accounted for 61% of all the corn planted in the U.S. and 89% of all the soybeans. “I feared that there weren’t enough safeguards,” Straus says.