Daily Archives: April 13, 2007

Enzymes Could Help Ethanol Efficiency

Enzymes Could Help Ethanol Efficiency

High Plains Journal

According to an ARS release, as ethanol production increases, so does the demand for suitable feedstocks.

Affordable, plentiful and easy to work with, corn is currently the feedstock of choice in the United States. So Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) in Wyndmoor, Pa., are investigating ways to avoid overburdening the corn market as ethanol production expands.

Annual U.S. ethanol production is projected to increase from 5 billion gallons in 2006 to as many as 13 billion gallons in 2009. So what options will ethanol producers have? One solution is to increase conversion efficiency.


Combat Lower Calf Prices With More Pounds

Combat Lower Calf Prices With More Pounds

Beef Magazine

With today’s high-dollar corn, growth implants may be an efficient and economic strategy for ranchers to add pounds to their calves and gain extra income next fall.

The repercussions of high-priced corn are on everyone’s mind these days. Not only are many wondering about the supply of corn, but how the price will affect cattle feeders’ bids for calves next fall.

To offset lower calf prices, producers may want to consider using growth implants on the ranch to garner extra pounds come sale time, says South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) Robbi Pritchard. The nutrition professor and researcher is well-known across the industry for his work with implant strategies.


Is Gestation Length Shorter for Fall Calving Cows?

Is Gestation Length Shorter for Fall Calving Cows?

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University researchers used five years of data from the North Lake Carl Blackwell range to answer the question of gestation length differences by seasons. Records of 414 gestations and live births (242 spring and 172 fall) from cows of five crossbred cow groups were analyzed for differences in gestation length and birth weight.  The cows ranged in age from 4 to 7 years old.  Cows were bred artificially to either Salers or Limousin bulls.


South Dakota Readies Rule For Natural Beef

South Dakota Readies Rule For Natural Beef


Today marks the final day for public input on a South Dakota Agriculture Department rule for natural beef.

The department’s aim is to produce hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle for expansion of the South Dakota Certified Beef program. As written, the rule would allow South Dakota ranchers to access markets created by demand for organic meat.


Parasites are an Ongoing Evil that Must be Controlled

Parasites are an Ongoing Evil that Must be Controlled

by: Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

With all the new information available in the beef business, it is easy for cattlemen to get lost in the fog and overlook the importance of general animal husbandry. The industry is preaching many things, depending on which congregation breeders choose to attend. DNA markers, carcass traits, cloning, embryo transfer and other techniques to help improve the bottom line are being discussed randomly.

Without sound animal husbandry, progress will not be made in any area of genetic improvement. Letting cows fend for themselves will only prove Darwin’s theory of “survival of the fittest”; because only the tough ones that can brave all the elements will be left. If this was the most profitable scenario, managing beef cattle would not have evolved into what it is today.


Wagyu, The Foie Gras Of Steaks

Wagyu, The Foie Gras Of Steaks


If you think prices for a tenderloin or a T-bone at fine steakhouses are steep, try ordering wagyu beef. Servings of the highly marbled delicacy, considered ambrosia for carnivores, might run as much as $20 an ounce. Then again, because wagyu has a taste and texture more like foie gras than USDA prime steak, a small portion will do just fine.


Crash claims video auction pioneer

Crash claims video auction pioneer

Brownfield Network/ Superior Livestock Auction

by Tom Steever

Video livestock auction pioneer Buddy Jeffers died Monday in a car crash. The co-founder of Superior Livestock Auction was killed in the accident near Old Glory, Texas. He was 75.


Jeffers may have suffered a heart attack while driving from his home in Ennis, Texas to his ranch, according to the Livestock Marketing Association,. His car left the road and hit a tree.


In 1986, Jeffers and Jim Odle merged their markets to form Superior, which markets cattle every two weeks via satellite television.


A scholarship has been established as a memorial to Jeffers.