Daily Archives: April 12, 2007

Three-year project would seek to identify genetic markers in cows

Three-year project would seek to identify genetic markers in cows

Joplin Globe

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Times and needs change, but money remains a constant issue.

Some of the money needed to fund research projects at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Center comes from Washington via Jefferson City and then flows through the university’s campus at Columbia.

In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on funds to do specific studies. Many grants are competitive and require filing extensive applications.


Springtime Tips for Beef Producers

Springtime Tips for Beef Producers

High Plain Journal

April means calving season is wrapping up on many Plains-area operations, and that means breeding season is beginning or continuing. That also means that females and males must be reproductively fit, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.

Several estrus synchronization procedures have been developed in recent years, said K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Twig Marston. To determine the correct synchronization program to use, producers should consider the age group of females (yearling replacement heifers versus cows); the commitment of time and efforts for heat detection; the potential number of females that are anestrus (days post partum, body condition, calving difficulty); the availability of labor; and the return on investment for total commitment to the breeding program.

Marston provided these tips for producers to consider at this time of year.


The herd improvement game

The herd improvement game

By Steve Suther

Black Ink

It’s the biggest annual cost item in the cattle business, and it’s getting even bigger. Ding-dingding:  What is feed?

That’s right. If you don’t keep a lid on it, profitability of your entire cowherd will be in “Jeopardy.” Cattle for $100: The main ingredient in many cattle rations, this grain is also the staple of all those ethanol production plants that are popping up like mushrooms. Ding-ding-ding: What is corn?

Right again. Oh, you want Cattle for $200? It’s the Daily Double and you’ll wager everything. Fewer soybean, sorghum, wheat and hay acres, higher land prices and more ethanol by-products in cattle feed . . . What happens when corn prices double?


Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 4/9/2007

Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 4/9/2007


Taiwan Market Still Expanding After Return of U.S. Beef

Taiwan Market Still Expanding After Return of U.S. Beef

Cattle Today

Just over a year has passed since Taiwan reopened its market to U.S. beef. In that time activities and efforts by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) have eased customer fears of consuming U.S. beef and worked to encourage consumers to try U.S. beef. The result is increasing demand in restaurants and supermarkets for U.S. beef products.

At the restaurant Mihan Honke in the Grand Formosa Regent Hotel in Taipei, guests have a few days left to enjoy a promotional “Ultimate U.S. Beef Sukiyaki” dinner for two. Guests can taste tender and juicy U.S. beef rib eye, fresh vegetables and homemade udon noodles cooked in a handcrafted sukiyaki sauce specially made for the meal.


GeneThera Developing Marketing Plan for Mad Cow Testing

GeneThera Developing Marketing Plan for Mad Cow Testing


GeneThera, Inc. (OTCBB: GTHA) announced today it is developing a comprehensive marketing program for its Mad Cow testing kit for use within the United States. The marketing campaign will be designed to build brand awareness with the ranchers and slaughterhouses as well as reinforce the need for to test all cattle for Mad Cow. The United States slaughters approximately 35 million cattle per year.

Dr Tony Milici, CEO of GeneThera, stated, “GeneThera intends to start Mad Cow Disease testing as soon as private companies will be allowed to do so. We believe that there will be a great demand by meatpackers for this kind of testing once any government restraints are removed. If meatpackers advertise their product as Mad Cow free, it should also be possible for the US beef industry to fully regain access to international markets such as Japan and Korea.”


Demand for ethanol raises food prices

Demand for ethanol raises food prices

By Gregory A. Hall

The Courier-Journal (KY)

Kentucky and Indiana farmers are planting more corn to feed ethanol demand, but consumers are feeling the pinch as it helps drive up prices for beef, chicken and even soft drinks.

Ethanol is grain alcohol that can be mixed with gasoline in concentrations of up to 10 percent to cut smog from all cars and up to 85 percent in specially equipped “flexible fuel”