Cattle Market Symposium: Health Concerns In Naturally Raised Programs
Specific animal health concerns in “naturally raised” programs
- Neonatal diarrhea (“calf scours”). Calf scours is a multifactorial problem that results most often from a combination of: excessive exposure to pathogens in the calf’s environment, inadequate immunity in the calf, and adverse environmental conditions favoring the organisms’ survival or weakening of the calf’s immune system due to stress. The causative agents of calf scours include viruses such as rotavirus and coronavirus, bacteria such as E. coli and Clostridium perfringens, and protozoa such as cryptosporidia and coccidiosis.
Ten Ways To Cut Cattle Feeding Costs
Keeping costs down is one way to improve your chances of making money in the cattle feeding business. Here are 10 suggestions.
1. Good records. Monitoring feedlot performance and costs allows producers to make midcourse corrections. This is particularly important as feed costs rise and cattle prices change. Knowing current costs of production is essential to making timely marketing decisions and reducing corn use.
Several feed companies and veterinarians provide feedlot monitoring as a service. Feedlot monitoring software is available through Iowa State University Extension and commercial vendors.
Different Growing Programs for Replacement Heifers Go Different Directions
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University
Introduction to Replacement Heifers
The economic importance of beef cows having a live, healthy calf to market every 12 months is obvious and has been emphasized in many publications. Heifer management is the cornerstone of the overall program. This is based on the premise that heifers that are given an opportunity to get off to a good start are more likely to be productive, profitable cows the remainder of their lifetimes. Proper growth and development of replacement heifers will aid in their ability to deliver and raise a healthy first calf and then rebreed for the subsequent calf crop. Two factors must be considered with replacement heifers: 1) they are expensive and (2) the management of first-calf heifers affects their productivity for the remainder of their lifetimes. Inadequate development of replacement females will be paid for eventually, usually in terms of an open two-year-old cow (nature’s way of catching up).
by Tom Field, Colorado State University
Producers can pick up any agricultural publication or attend a beef cattle management seminar and find themselves facing a host of ideas, management protocols and suggestions designed to improve their cattle enterprise. In fact, the list of “should do” and “ought to do” is overwhelming to most.
Japan says too early to up age limit for U.S. beef
Japan’s farm minister has told the United States that it is still premature to discuss scrapping a limit on the age of cattle for U.S. beef supplies, a Japanese ministry official said on Wednesday. Washington is pressing Tokyo to relax the age rule, which has limited the supply of eligible beef exports to Japan, a top export market for the U.S. meat before Tokyo imposed a ban on shipments in December 2003. The official quoted Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka as telling U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab in a telephone conversation that Japan had not yet completed its inspection of U.S. meat packing facilities.
WVU’s Shaffer earns Cattlemen’s prize
West Virginia University
A West Virginia University senior has joined an elite group of college students to be recognized by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) as future leaders in the beef industry.
Kevin Shaffer, an animal and nutritional sciences major in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, was one of 20 students nationwide to be awarded a $1,500 2007 Beef Industry Scholarship.
He is only the second student from WVU to ever receive the prestigious scholarship. Alecia Larew Naugle, a 1995 animal and veterinary sciences graduate, was the first University recipient. Naugle is currently a veterinary epidemiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in Washington, D.C.
Creekstone ready to test its animals
By FOSS FARRAR
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef is getting ready to test all the cattle it slaughters for mad cow disease, after a U.S. district court judge ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to regulate the test, a Creekstone official said Tuesday.
“We’re basically moving ahead if we have the right to test on June 1,” said Kevin Pentz, vice president of operations for Creekstone in Arkansas City.
U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson set June 1 as the date the ruling becomes effective unless the U.S. Department of Agriculture appeals.