The May 9, issue # 536, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMy9.html
With calving season pretty much behind us in Ohio, a primary focus becomes getting them bred back for 2008. This week’s letter targets just that!
Articles this week include:
* HEIFER DEVELOPMENT: Rebreeding
* Length of Breeding Season Does Matter
* Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination Alternatives for Beef Cattle
* New Eastern Corn Belt Weekly Returns Series for Cattle Finishing
* Forage Focus: Chemical Weed Control in Pastures
* Alfalfa Recovery from the Spring Frost
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report
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Today Dr. Ralph Williams, Entomology Department, Purdue University, continues his four part series on Fly control. Today’s topic is “Pasture Fly Control”
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NCBA: Animal Welfare Is Our Livelihood & Our Legacy
Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2007) – Paxton Ramsey is a Texas cattle producer and member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). In testifying on behalf of the American rancher before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, Ramsey reaffirms the importance of animal welfare to the cattle industry.
“As a rancher, the care and well-being of my livestock is top priority. Ranchers are the original proponents of animal care and welfare because we understand the moral obligation that comes with being a steward of our animals. We spend every day living off the land, working with our livestock – and it is our passion.
“This long-standing commitment to the health and welfare of our animals is probably not something we talk about enough in public, because it is not something that we have to make a conscious decision to pursue. Good care of our animals is second nature to us. It is not something we do because it is popular or newsworthy. We do it because these animals depend on us and we cannot fail them.
ID Can Help Supply Information Consumers Demand
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
In the last issue we began a discussion of factors concerning the Animal Identification programs currently being put in place. As discussed, the program in general has been a response to food safety and disease issues that have arisen here in the U. S. and around the world over the last few years. Much of this stems from a need to be able to track an affected animal back through the marketing channels it went through in an effort to determine where the animal may have contracted a disease or what other animals it may have come in contact with and potentially exposed. Additionally, the animal identification and related electronic and paper trail should make the tracking process fairly rapid thus reducing potential lag time in identifying affected animals. Given the transient nature of the beef industry in the U. S. a program of this nature, if properly administered, should be useful in accomplishing the set goals.
Cattlemen Need to Explore More Marketing Options
To combat these high corn prices, cattle producers need to explore several marketing and feeding options, says Darrell Mark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln livestock marketing specialist.
Corn prices have gone from almost $2 a bushel in September 2006 to $3.50 to $4 today, while soybean meal prices also have increased from $160 to $220 a ton. Alfalfa is averaging $90 to $100 compared to $60 per ton at this time last year.
“Drought and strong demand has brought all hay prices up, even baled cornstalks are running high,” he says.
The break-even prices are in the low to mid-$90 range, he explains. “With fairly high break-evens, can cattle producers make any money?”
Cattle producers also can lock in feed costs. “Corn prices will be up and down this year,” Mark says. “Everything from the weather and ethanol production will make them volatile. So, in order to remove that volatility, producers should lock in feed costs.”
There are several ways to do that. First, do long hedges in the corn markets. Coupling that with long feeder cattle hedges and short fed cattle hedges can protect the feeding margin.
Kentucky farmers donate cattle to hard-hit Louisiana
Louisville Courier Journal
In a nation of tragedies defined by headlines, voice-over videos and 10-second sound bites, hurricanes Katrina and Rita are now old news.
Another truckload of bulls, or hay, or horses, or fencing supplies leaving Kentucky for southwest Louisiana and southern Mississippi often goes unnoticed.
But the struggle by many farmers to stay on their farms and rebuild continues in regions hit hardest by the flooding and other devastation. A large number who lost their homes, equipment, barns, fences and crops were so overwhelmed by the losses that they had no resources to begin rebuilding their livestock herds.
“We lost an estimated 35,000 head of cattle,” said Bob Felknor of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association. “Everything in the media centered around New Orleans … but there were people outside that area that came back and there was nothing left. Everything was just gone.”
Japan tests fail to show BSE infection from young cattle
Brain matter carrying mad cow disease from the two youngest cattle confirmed with BSE in Japan has so far failed to infect mice in tests, a Health Ministry official said on Wednesday.
The test results could influence Japan’s trade talks with the United States, as Tokyo has restricted American beef imports to cattle aged 20 months or younger on grounds that the youngest case of the disease was found in a 21-month-old animal.
Washington is pressing Tokyo to raise the limit to up to 30 months, arguing this is in line with international standards.
Japanese scientists used brain matter from cattle aged 21 months and 23 months which had been diagnosed with mad cow disease in 2003 and were subsequently slaughtered.