Daily Archives: May 11, 2007

Black flies, like mosquitoes, carry disease

Black flies, like mosquitoes, carry disease

By Jared S. Hopkins

Times-News (ID)

TWIN FALLS – Well before the West Nile Virus came to Idaho and spread itself through mosquitoes, a different pesky insect was already here with a different disease as an established annoyance for Magic Valley farmers.


Black flies, with 40 species in Idaho, have been reported since the 1930s as a problem in Twin Falls County for owners of sheep, cattle and horses, but it’s that absence of human element that has kept it generally unknown outside–the agriculture community.


The effect of the fly has reemerged as the evil partner to mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus, as the county decides whether to create an emergency vector abatement district. The commissioners will discuss the move Monday, several days after hearing almost 30 county residents at a public hearing supporting it.


Calving a time of hard work — and rewards

Calving a time of hard work — and rewards


Great Falls Tribune

Calving season is the most demanding season most ranchers face.

The adorable calves with large, dark eyes and long eyelashes don’t just show up cavorting beside their mothers.

“We check our cows every one to two hours,” said Shirley Menghini. The Menghinis raise Angus and Wagyu cattle, known for their Kobe beef, on their ranch near Belt.

During calving season they hold their bred cows in a 50-acre field near their home. There Menghini is able to watch the cattle from her kitchen window.


BSE experiment bodes well for U.S. beef

BSE experiment bodes well for U.S. beef

Latest finding could lead to positive steps in U.S. beef trade with Japan.


Japanese experiments on mice show that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from cattle aged up to 23 months is not contagious. This finding could change attitudes on food safety and influence Japanese conditions on U.S. beef imports, according to Phil Seng, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).


Beef producer: Minnesota needs healthy livestock industry

Beef producer: Minnesota needs healthy livestock industry

By Dick Hagen

The Land Staff Writer

Stan Claussen, a third-generation Chippewa County beef producer near Montevideo, believes rural Minnesota needs more livestock.

Even with a booming ethanol industry, over half of Minnesota’s corn production is still shipped out of the state. Also, dried distillers grains, an ethanol co-product, is an excellent feed in cattle rations. Because of these new dynamics, Claussen foresees some shifting of cattle from the Southwestern states back into the Upper Midwest.

“You just can’t discount the fact that the ethanol industry is creating change,” he said. “Whether it’s DDGs or wet mash, we have so many ethanol plants now that most any feeder in Minnesota is conveniently close for accessing this byproduct feed.”


Watch for grass tetany this spring

Watch for grass tetany this spring

Tri State Neighbor

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Lush, rapidly growing grasses present a considerable risk for grass tetany this spring, specialists at South Dakota State University said.

SDSU Extension forage crops specialist Peter Jeranyama said some cattle producers in central South Dakota already have been experiencing cases of grass tetany in their livestock.

SDSU Extension range livestock production specialist Eric Mousel said the combination of high potassium and low magnesium and calcium in lush, rapidly growing forages is thought to be the primary cause of grass tetany. Because of the increased forage production and growth rate, cattle grazing nitrogen-fertilized pastures are generally at higher risk.


Raising cattle the old-fashioned way

Raising cattle the old-fashioned way

Wyoming couple shun hormones, feed beef on grass

By Tom Mast, Casper Star-Tribune

The grass-fed and -finished cattle of the Twin Creek Ranch near Lander have just one really bad day.

That’s when they become T-bone steaks.

But after the calves are born until that time, they can expect to live pretty much as elk and bison live, maturing without ingesting pesticides and herbicides on the plants they eat, and without synthetic hormones and antibiotics pumping through their systems.

“I tell customers the only additives we have are fresh air, Rocky Mountain water and scenery,” Tony Malmberg says. He and his wife Andrea run the ranch.


May Beef Management Tips

May Beef Management Tips

May Beef Management Calendar

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech..

Spring Calving Herds

    * Calving should be coming to an end

    * Give pre-breeding vaccinations to cows – IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV and Lepto

Use modified live vaccines on cows with calves; killed vaccines on pregnant cows

    * Begin estrous synchronization programs for AI (begin AI this month some herds)

    * Breed heifers 2 to 4 weeks before cows

    * Breeding soundness exams need to be performed on all bulls

    * Supplement 1st calf heifers with energy through breeding

    * Implant calves at turnout if not implanted at birth

    * Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available

    * Make 1st cutting of hay

    * Start creep grazing and/or managed intensive grazing

Fall Calving Herds

    * Creep graze calves while on cows

    * Give vaccinations for Virginia Quality Assured program (VQA)

    * Wean calves based on marketing plan for calves – must be weaned at least 30 days for VQA weaned program

    * Implant calves at turnout

    * Deworm calves if needed

    * Make 1st cutting of hay

    * Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany

Continue managed intensive grazing; hay pastures with excess forage