Livestock producers warned about anthrax danger
Farm and Ranch Guide
The North Dakota state veterinarian says recent heavy rainfall in portions of North Dakota should prompt livestock producers to take measures to protect their animals from anthrax.
“Producers in areas that have had a recent history of anthrax should vaccinate their cattle and horses as soon as possible if they have not already done so,” said Dr, Susan Keller. “Producers in these areas and throughout the state should be monitoring their herds for unexpected deaths and reporting them to their veterinarians or to animal health authorities.”
Keller said the 2005 outbreak should serve as a warning about the danger of anthrax to grazing animals. More than 500 confirmed deaths from anthrax were reported that year, and total losses were estimated at more than 1,000 head, including cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk.
Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Pasture Practices For Reducing Parasitism
Pasture management and anthelmintics (dewormers) are two methods now used to control internal parasites. Pasture management practices may reduce the parasite burden in cattle; however, this method alone will not guarantee parasite eradication.
As discussed earlier, part of the nematode life cycle is on pasture. Pasture management methods designed to reduce third-stage larva populations include the following:
Move more susceptible younger cattle to a safe pasture. Safe pastures include pastures that were not grazed during the last 12 months as well as small grain pastures developed from a prepared seedbed. When a pasture lies untilled and is plowed, contamination can drop quickly. Always deworm cattle prior to placement on a safe pasture; otherwise, the pasture can immediately become contaminated.
Colorado’s new gold rush
Farmers in the state plan a record corn crop this year, hoping to cash in on demand for ethanol
By DEBBIE KELLEY
THE GAZETTE (CO)
Corn is becoming the new cash cow for farmers.
Statewide and nationwide, farmers plan to plant more corn this year than ever to meet demand for the gasoline additive ethanol.
Corn planted in Colorado this spring will increase by 25 percent over last year, to 1.5 million acres, estimates Bernie Lange, spokesman for the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
“That’s probably the largest planting season since 1930,” he said.
Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects a record 90.5 million acres of corn to be planted, a 15 percent increase over 2006.
Producers Urge Congress to Retain Marketing Choices
America’s cattle producers say the government should help grow the U.S. beef industry and not limit or remove choices in the marketing of cattle. This message was at the heart of testimony given by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a hearing on Market Structure of the Livestock Industry. NCBA President and North Carolina cattle producer John Queen told the subcommittee, “When it comes to market structure and competition issues, NCBA’s position is simple – we ask that the government not tell us how we can or cannot market our cattle.”
Horse slaughtering, values clash in Illinois
By Erik Potter
St. Louis POST-DISPATCH
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Legislature is close to shutting the door on the last horse-slaughtering plant in the United States, casting in moral terms the ending of America’s supply of horse meat to countries where it is considered a delicacy.
Most states, including Illinois and Missouri, have outlawed the human consumption of horse meat. But Illinois still allows horses to be slaughtered for consumption overseas — primarily in France, Belgium and Japan.
Banning horse slaughter has become a perennial issue in Illinois, which now finds itself as the only horse-slaughtering state in the nation after a federal court closed two plants in Texas earlier this year.
Stocker Cattle Forum: Treating Enteric (Intestinal) Diseases
Stocker cattle may experience some enteric problems. This is usually evidenced by a change in the character of the stools, from slightly loose to watery. There are many reasons why an animal will develop diarrhea. It is important to characterize the consistency and the color of the feces when deciding how to treat the problem.
Infection with coccidia is a common cause of bloody diarrhea. These animals will have watery, bloody diarrhea. It is important to note that almost all stocker cattle will have some level of coccidia infection but may not be showing any signs of the disease. The stress of shipping, dietary changes, processing and mingling with new animals may be enough to bring on clinical coccidiosis (bloody diarrhea). A coccidiostat should be incorporated into the receiving ration. It may be necessary to treat individual animals that are showing severe signs. Sulfa drugs (oral drench or injectable) are effective for treating coccidiosis. Consult with your veterinarian for recommendations.
Heavy roundworm infestation may also result in diarrhea. The diarrhea can be slightly loose to watery and is usually normal color. This condition is handled easily during processing by using an effective deworming agent. It may be necessary, however, to repeat the treatment depending on the directions of the dewormer.
Seed producers affected by decision on Roundup Ready alfalfa
Seeds can be harvested, segregated but not sold
By JIM GRANSBERY
The Billings Gazette
A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct an environmental impact study on Roundup Ready alfalfa.
Until that study is completed, no Roundup Ready alfalfa seed can be sold or planted. However, the judge allowed that forage fields in place can be harvested, and the hay can be sold and fed to livestock. Seed producers can maintain their current fields and harvest their seed, but it must be segregated and cannot be sold.