“Beef Quality In The Ethanol Era” Is BQS Theme
Cow Calf Weekly
“Beef Quality In The Ethanol Era” is the theme of BEEF magazine’s 2007 Beef Quality Summit (BQS) set for Nov. 7-8 at the Holiday Inn Centre in Omaha, NE.
The second annual BQS provides attendees with the opportunity to network with producers and others in the industry, and to learn how to increase the value of their beef-cattle production. Full conference details are available at http://www.beefconference.com. Early bird registration ($125) ends Oct. 1.
The two-day conference will focus on the effects of increased ethanol production on beef quality, the beef industry and cattle operations, and how producers can survive and thrive during the ethanol era. Speakers, including producers, consultants and industry experts, will also address how the beef industry can successfully meet the demand for quality beef in today’s marketplace.
The conference also features a tradeshow where producers can view new industry products and tools, and speak with vendors and representatives of value-added marketing programs in a one-on-one environment.
Good Bunk Management: Necessary for Feedlot Profitability
By John M. Kelly, Ph.D.
The writer is Manager of Technical Services with Land O’Lakes Farmland Ontario
Whether starting cattle, or feeding through the winter months, proper bunk management is an important, but often overlooked, component in feedlot prosperity. The key is to maintain a constant consumption of feeds while minimizing wastage. One of the main key factors in the feedlot operation profitability is optimizing dry matter intake (DMI) of the cattle in the yard. Average daily gain of cattle is complex, being impacted by genetics and environmental factors such as weather, wind, feed yard conditions, social dynamics within the herd, as well as access to water and feed. The cattle producer has a lot of opportunity to maximize profits through good management to minimize the effect of any of these components on animal performance.
Comparing Prussic Acid and Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle Operations
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Much confusion exists among cattle producers about the two major toxins that are deadly or costly because of production loss to cattle owners. Both prussic acid and nitrates become health concerns during heat and drought stress on hay or pasture crops. Below is a comparative list of the major differences that producers need to keep in mind about these two problems. Prussic acid and nitrates are capable of happening together or separately in any given drought-stressed situation.
Packers, producers need each other in the effort to please consumers.
by Miranda Reiman
‘I don’t mind paying a premium for good cattle.” Art Wagner, of National Beef Packing Co. LLC, can say that because he knows the economics.
“I make more money on the cattle that grade Choice and higher than I do on Select, so I have no problem discounting those that are below par. I’d like every animal that walks through my doors to grade Choice or Prime,” says the procurement vice president. “Is that a reality? No, but the more we get, the more premiums we can pay out.”
Major beef packers across the United States agree that they’re most successful when cattle producers are successful.
Ethanol Industry Needs To Be Weaned Off Corn, Harkin Says
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said Tuesday that the nation’s nascent ethanol industry shouldn’t rely solely on corn, and indicated that Congress will seek to identify alternative raw materials for the product as it writes the 2007 farm bill.
Harkin said Congress might take money from traditional agriculture commodities and divert it to support crops that aren’t of commercial value but could function as sources of renewable fuel.
Horse slaughter ban goes to Blago
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Courier News (IL)
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate approved a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption Wednesday, sending the legislation to the governor.
The proposal, which won the Senate’s OK 39-16, would stop a DeKalb plant from continuing to ship horse meat overseas. Human consumption is banned in the U.S.
“Horses clearly are recreational, companion animals,” said Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, the bill’s sponsor. “They are not livestock, raised for food.”
Gov. Rod Blagojevich agrees with the idea and likely will sign the bill into law but must review it first, a spokeswoman said.
Beef sector must pass on higher feed costs
Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist
Beef producers seem to understand that they will have to reduce the number of females in the herd in order to reduce beef production by 2009 and thereby pass higher feed costs to beef consumers. That process appears to be started, but will take some time.
For now, there are more cattle in feedlots than had been expected. On April 1, the USDA estimated there were 11.6 million head of cattle in feedlots with 1,000 head or greater capacity. This is the second highest April total on record. Placements into feedlots during March were up by seven percent.