Abrupt ration changes cause cattle problems
by David Burton, University of Missouri
An area cattle herd recently had three yearlings go down in a short period of time.
The veterinarian’s diagnosis was polioencepholomalacia or PEM. The condition is also referred to as brainers. PEM is a noninfectious neurological disease that is related to thiamine deficiency.
Using Dry & High Moisture Corn
Robbi H. Pritchard, Ph.D.
South Dakota State University
Utilizing dry and high moisture (HM) grain efficiently requires considering resource management as well as nutrition. The key is to consider how each corn type affects your overall operation. It is not just a question of which grain will produce higher ADG. Production costs that include distribution of labor and machinery requirements, marketing flexibility and market strategies impact grain value. Grain value in turn affects cattle cost of gain. The type of cattle fed, types of diets used and facilities also influence grain choices. These circumstances make it impossible to formulate the “best” diet and have it work for everyone. All I can do is outline some nutrition and management factors that could help you as you look for ways to lower the cost of gain in your feedlot. Feed Values for Corn
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Farm Aid Fraud
By Trent Loos
Faces of Ag
During a speech in Michigan I pointed out that groups like Farm Aid and Willie Nelson are doing more to get rid of farmers than to benefit them. Farm Aid funds are siphoned into groups that are filing lawsuits against family farms. Nearly a dozen lawsuits have been filed against families in Iowa. In Minnesota, I personally know three families with lawsuits against them for operating a livestock facility or hoping to build one.
As I continue to do more research into Farm Aid, I am amazed at the extent of the ties between Farm Aid and the movement that wants to completely rid animal agriculture from the U.S.
Farm Aid has acquired millions of dollars because the term “family farm” has tremendous sentimental value with the American public. Consumers have been willing to financially contribute to this cause. This is a HUGE problem because it appears the goal of Farm Aid is return food production to the 1920s.
Beef Producers Pay More to Feed Cows
Hay and Forage Grower
Hay producers who sell to the beef cattle market will be interested in American Angus Association research that indicates the typical U.S. cow-calf operation will spend $35 more per cow in 2007 to meet herd nutritional requirements as compared to the beginning of the decade. The study, reported by BEEF magazine, says combined pasture, harvested forages and other feed costs have been increasing at the rate of $5/beef cow/year since 2000.
Cattlemen criticize USDA’s BSE effort
BILLINGS, Mont. – U.S. cattle producers today were disappointed to learn that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not aggressively seek a more favorable disease risk classification for the U.S. cattle industry from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). According to media reports, USDA is well satisfied with OIE’s decision to lump the United States and Canada into the same risk category for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, classifying both countries as a “controlled” risk for the disease.
U.S. to be allowed to export beef irrespective of cattle age
The World Organization for Animal Health agreed Tuesday to allow the United States to export beef irrespective of cattle age, a move that is expected to strengthen pressure on Japan to ease its beef import regulations.
The accord was reached during a general meeting of the 167-member organization, known as the OIE, which dealt with safety standards for preventing the mad cow disease.
Japan currently limits U.S. beef imports to those from cattle aged 20 months or less as a result of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, found in December 2003.
Many countries and regions, including the European Union, limit U.S. beef imports to those from cattle aged 30 months or less, but Japan has held on to a stricter standard of its own.
Johnson seeks COOL farm bill
By Denise Ross
Hog House Blog
Immigration and Iraq war funding are in the spotlight now, but one could argue that the next farm bill will have at least as a big an impact in good ol’ SD than either of those.
Earlier this month, Sen. Tim Johnson put out a press release, outlining his priorities for the behemouth piece of legislation to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Near the top of the list, an acronym I wonder if I even need to spell out. But I will. Country of Origin food labeling, or COOL, aimed not just at USA beef but also at lamb, pork, fruits, vegetables and peanuts. Johnson wants to move the implementation date up from Sept. 30, 2008, to Sept. 30, 2007.