The challenge of rising land values
By Greg Henderson
As potential impacts of the growing corn-ethanol industry become better known, diverse groups of livestock producers, environmentalists and others have begun to voice their opposition. Last month, BusinessWeek magazine published an article titled “Ethanol’s growing list of enemies.” NCBA president-elect and Texas Cattle Feeders Association past chairman Paul Hitch told BusinessWeek “This ethanol binge is insane,” adding that it will come at a severe cost to another part of the economy. Hitch says NCBA is reaching out to other groups to coordinate lobbying and other activities, and recently participated in a conference call with other livestock groups. Participants agreed to work together in arguing for elimination of domestic ethanol subsidies and tariffs on Brazil’s sugar-based ethanol.
Three keys to planning the spring breeding season
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Three key management concepts can help commercial cow calf operations improve the productivity of their cow herds. However, planning and preparation must take place well in advance of the spring breeding season. The key areas to consider include: 1) assess the bull power; 2) immunize the replacement heifers properly; and 3) breed the replacement heifers ahead of the cows.
Ethanol Co-Products FAQ
Iowa Beef Center
Answers are from Dr. Dan Loy and Dr. Daryl Strohbehn, ISU Extension beef nutrition experts.
1) How much waste is expected during storage when using wet corn co-products? How does this vary summer versus winter?
Unfortunately, there is very little hard data on this question, and the answer probably varies depending on moisture of the product, the type of storage and weather conditions. Informal surveys and limited short-term storage demonstrations indicate that typical storage losses may be around 8% for wet corn gluten feed and perhaps 10% for wet distillers grains. These values may seem high, but are similar to other wet feeds, including silage.
By Lance Nixon
South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension beef feedlot specialist Erik Loe, Marshall county (SD) Extension educator Tyler Melroe, and SDSU Extension veterinarian Russ Daly answer some of the most common questions about natural-beef production.
Charge up your bull battery
American Cowman Magazine
A successful breeding season won’t happen with a lame bull in the picture. Thus, bulls should be evaluated for breeding soundness and fertility every year before turnout, stresses Kansas State University beef production veterinarian Robert Larson.
by Kindra Gordon
There’s a new movement gaining momentum among rangeland managers. It’s called targeted grazing, and it has the potential to help combat invasive weeds, reduce fuel loads for fire risk, and restore rangelands and forests.
Obviously there’s nothing new about livestock grazing, but Karen Launchbaugh, chair of the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Ecology Department, says, “We are using grazing in a new way that offers an ecologically friendly aspect to help restore landscapes.”
R-CALF: Group Questions USDA Enforcement Actions
Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA is seeking information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on why it appears that agency officials describe incomplete paperwork on perhaps hundreds of imported Canadian cattle as “minor record-keeping problems,” yet initiate enforcement action against a U.S. cattle producer, claiming animals were transported in interstate commerce without a valid health certificate.
The U.S. producer in question is Darol Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Cattle Co. in Barnesville, Ohio. The event in question is the transport of a 6-year-old Texas Longhorn cow and a bull calf from Oklahoma to Ohio in January 2006. The veterinary health certificate – issued by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture – states the identity of the pair as “Rosey Bark-B” and “Bull Calf at side” on the form under “EARTAG NO. OR OTHER OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, NAME OR DESCRIPTION.’
Help to implement BSE feed ban
CANADA: Canada and Ontario commit $15 million to help beef industry implement enhanced feed ban.
The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario are investing $15 million in Ontario’s beef industry to help accelerate the elimination of BSE from Ontario’s cattle herds.
The federal-provincial funding will help the province’s beef processing sector comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s enhanced feed ban, which takes effect on 12 July this year.
“Canada’s New Government recognizes the tremendous efforts of our beef and cattle industries to ensure the safest and highest quality beef products,” said the Honorable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.
Playbook of the Beef Super Bowl
High Plains Journal
Within 24 hours of the completion of Super Bowl XLI, I found over 4,000 newspaper articles that were printed about the game. Combine that with advertisers willingness to pay $2.6 million for a 30-second commercial and I believe that those of us in agriculture have something to learn about how to get the attention of our consumers. Last week the Super Bowl of Beef took place in Nashville, Tenn. It was called the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention. At this time, I can find only two non-ag media outlets that have covered the event.
New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online
By Laura McGinnis
The Agricultural Research Service today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals at http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/ha/han29.htm.
This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue examines the ARS National Animal Germplasm Program.
Other research highlighted in this issue includes:
* How genetic sequencing promotes cattle health.
* New procedures for early identification of Eimeria species.
* Using models to predict disease outbreaks.
Groups urge FDA not to approve new antibiotic for cattle
by Peter Shinn
Officials of a dozen major U.S. medical associations have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny an application by Intervet for approval of an antibiotic for use in treating cattle for respiratory ailments. The drug in question, cefquinome, is a potent antibiotic with close chemical cousins that are used in humans as a last resort to treat bacteria that are already resistant to many antibiotics. Indeed, an FDA advisory panel last fall recommended against approving cefquinome for use in cattle, citing the potential for antibiotic resistance issues.
Regardless of what the FDA decides on cefquinome, few question the necessity of antibiotic use on a therapeutic basis in livestock production. But a bill pending in Congress would ban the use of antibiotics to promote livestock growth or prevent disease. And Dr. Paul Sundberg, Vice President of Science and Technology for the National Pork Board, told Brownfield that’s a bad idea.
Biosafety procedures being reviewed at Texas A&M
Representatives from the Center for Disease Control are on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, reviewing biosafety procedures.
School officials said someone on the campus was exposed to a bacterium that causes Brucellosis, an infectious disease found in some animals, including dogs and cattle.
Heifer Intl’ Breaks Ground on Hunger Education Center
Little Rock (AP) – Heifer International broke ground Monday on a new education center, marking the second phase of the nonprofit’s expansion next to downtown Little Rock.
The groundbreaking included a blessing of the land by Tibetan monks, along with remarks by relatives of Polly Murphy and Christoph Keller Jr., whose family donated $3.5 million for the hunger education center.
ConocoPhillips, Tyson team on fuel project from animal fat
Sioux City Journal
HOUSTON (AP) — Oil major ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s largest meat producer, said Monday they’re teaming up to produce and market diesel fuel for U.S. vehicles using beef, pork and poultry fat.
The companies said they have collaborated over the past year on ways to combine Tyson’s expertise in protein chemistry and production with ConocoPhillips’ processing and marketing knowledge to introduce a renewable diesel fuel with lower carbon emissions than petroleum-based fuels.
Warming to COOL
Your reporter, free market fool he is, continues to warm to country of origin labeling. Consider the situation with
Japan and Korea.
Those countries’ governments are both subject to a couple of kinds of pressure to limit U.S. beef imports. One bunch of pressure comes from the domestic beef producers. In both cases, cattle production is ridiculously expensive. The guys who grow cows don’t want competition from the likes of you and me. So there is the plain old protectionist climate.