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.’