Daily Archives: March 22, 2007

Secretary touts aid for young farmers

Secretary touts aid for young farmers

Jon Emmert’s ears perked up when he heard the proposed farm bill had money to help start-up farmers.

“That’s just perfect for a guy like me,” said Emmert, a farmer and Purdue student who rents farmland.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns outlined President Bush’s farm bill in Fowler Hall on Wednesday after touring Purdue’s renewable fuel research areas.

The $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy initiatives, such as cellulosic ethanol, and $250 million to help beginning farmers interested the crowd of farmers, students and Purdue faculty.

Dustin Johnson, a Frankfort farmer, said the subsidies he gets only go toward land rental, while more established farmers who own their land can keep the money. He likes the idea of putting more into encouraging younger people to farm.


Heifer Development: Selection for Other Factors Beyond Growth

Heifer Development: Selection for Other Factors Beyond Growth


 Growth is an important trait in heifer selection but there are other important traits. What are those traits?

 MATERNAL/PRODUCTION TRAITS: The traits that are important in replacement heifers are the maternal traits: early puberty, fertility, calving ease, milk, soundness (longevity), temperament and efficiency. Early puberty is highly heritable (H2 = 50%) and related to early first pregnancy. Calving ease is important because it affects the time required for rebreeding. Soundness traits (feet, legs, udders, eye, etc.) are highly heritable and are related to longevity and productivity.


Forage quality important, but misunderstood

Forage quality important, but misunderstood

Know factors that affect feed’s quality

 by Rusty Evans
Leaf Chronicle (TN)

Forage quality, defined in various ways, is often poorly understood.

It is important, but forage quality often receives far less consideration than it deserves.

Adequate animal nutrition is essential if you want high rates of gain, ample milk production and adequate profits. Forage quality varies greatly among and within forage crops, and there are different nutritional needs among various animal species and classes.

If you want to produce suitable quality forage, it requires knowing the factors that affect forage quality, then exercising management accordingly.


Factors to consider when developing synchronization program

Factors to consider when developing synchronization program

 Western Livestock Journal

 When considering the implementation of an estrus synchronization program, most experienced cattlemen would advise one thing, absolutely every detail has to be in order. They would also say that the benefits far outweigh the costs of the investment. If implemented properly, estrus synchronization can lead to significant genetic gains and management efficiency of the cowherd.

  If a producer chooses to implement an estrus synchronization program, whether it be for breeding heifers or utilizing artificial insemination (AI) technology, he needs to also consider that there are many factors that determine the success of such a program. It’s like a great big puzzle and all of the pieces have to fit together before the program can be successful.


Parasites Present Big Problems for Producers

Parasites Present Big Problems for Producers

 Cattle Today

 Parasites may be little, but they can cause big problems for beef producers. Gary Sides, nutritionist for Pfizer Animal Health, said the pests cut profits in many cattle operations.

 “When you look at parasites from a nutritionist’s standpoint, they do two things that are really detrimental: depress feed intake and depress digestibility of the feed cattle do consume,” he said. Sides spoke at a seminar cosponsored by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) last fall.


With fewer students interested in farming, schools shift focus

With fewer students interested in farming, schools shift focus

 The Orlando Sentinel
Susan Jacobson

 During the 23 years that Preston Wells taught agriculture at St. Cloud High, students learned to tend chickens, fatten hogs and cattle for market, and respect the land that produced their food.

 When Wells left in 2004 to become a dean at Harmony High in east Osceola, the program at St. Cloud closed.


Ohio State: Think Safety When Working With Animals

Ohio State: Think Safety When Working With Animals


 A few days back, while sitting beside the husband of one of my classmates at our annual Ohio Veterinary Medical Association meeting, he updated me about things that had happened in their family since I had last seen them. At one point, he said, “That was just before the bull got me.” I replied that I hadn’t heard about that and asked him what happened. He told me about being attacked by the bull in the heifer pen; an animal that had never acted mean before. The bull had mauled him badly, and he was fortunate to get out of the pen alive. He was in the hospital in the intensive care unit for eight days before the doctors told his wife they thought he would live!