Daily Archives: May 30, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The May 30, issue # 539, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMy30.html

Without adequate water, feed intake and ultimately cattle performance suffers greatly. As the weather heats up, be certain you have ample, high quality water available which allows for optimum forage and feed efficiency. This week, Rory Lewandowski explores that issue.

Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Summer Water Requirements for Cattle
* Tips For Better Manure Application In Alfalfa
* “Preg” Check and Cull Replacement Heifers Early
* Factors Affecting Conception Rate

Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

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Hays man (John Brethour), well known in agriculture and cattle industry, loses battle with cancer

Hays man (John Brethour), well known in agriculture and cattle industry, loses battle with cancer


Hays Daily News

Beef giant John Brethour died this morning after a long bout with cancer.

Yet he never stopped thinking about beef or researching the best way for Kansas cattlemen to improve the quality of meat that ultimately makes its way onto a consumer’s plate.

Best known for his groundbreaking work on the use of ultrasound to determine when cattle should be marketed, Brethour, 72, spent 42 years as a research scientist at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at the south end of Hays. He retired in 2005. He also served as a member of the board of directors at Hays Medical Center.

In 2004, Brethour was named by Beef Magazine as one of the top 40 in the cattle industry.

Bill Saba would put him in the top 10.

“He was one of the finest gentlemen I ever met,” said Saba, longtime manager of what is now Hays Feeders.


Livestock And Ethanol Plants Can Help Each Other

Livestock And Ethanol Plants Can Help Each Other


One of the by-products of a dry grind ethanol plant is distillers dried grains. It’s a cheap product, but expensive for the plant to dry down for longer term storage. The experts in Nebraska say it’s not necessary. Terry Klopfenstein is a University of Nebraska Animal Scientist. He explains how much of the wet distiller grains a feedlot cattle producer can add to a ration…


Extending the grazing season through interseeding

Extending the grazing season through interseeding

By David Bennett

Delta Farm Press Editorial Staff

Interseeding cool-season annual grasses into bermudagrass is a common practice from the Deep South into Oklahoma. By doing so many producers expect to be able to graze the annuals in mid-March like they would with a small grain type field.

“Programs where we’re trying to grow a compatible third species to extend the grazing season can be management-intensive,” said Paul Beck, University of Arkansas Extension animal scientist, at the recent field day the Livestock and Forestry Branch Station in Batesville, Ark.

“We’re trying to keep production high on the bermudagrass while also trying to get good production from winter annuals.”

Beck has been working with interseeding small grains and ryegrass into bermudagrass for the last five or six years. In some research around his base of Hope, Ark., he’s worked with an economist.


Great Falls, Missoula livestock auction yards up for sale

Great Falls, Missoula livestock auction yards up for sale

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Western Livestock Auction here is up for sale at a listed price of $1.65 million.

The auction yard’s out-of-town owners are looking to retire from the business.

The yard has been on the market about three weeks, said Richard Smith, one of the owners who lives in Stevensville

The partners also own the auction yard is Missoula, which they are also selling.

“It’s time to downsize,” Smith said, adding that he and the other owners are at an age where they want to fish more and work less.

Western Livestock Auction, on the Vaughn Frontage Road west of Great Falls, has been in business since 1976, said Katie Ward, a real estate broker in Missoula.


300 head of cattle, bison condemned over brucellosis threat

300 head of cattle, bison condemned over brucellosis threat

Great Falls Tribune Capitol Bureau

About 300 head of cattle, as well as another 300 bison, are to be slaughtered as the result of the detection of brucellosis in a herd near Bridger.

The state Board of Livestock, at an emergency meeting today, gave support for the recommendation by Jeanne Rankin, the assistant state veterinarian. It’s standard procedure to slaughter a cattle herd when brucellosis — a disease that causes pregnant cows to abort — is detected.


U.S. on mad cow: Don’t test all cattle

U.S. on mad cow: Don’t test all cattle

By MATT APUZZO – Associated Press Writer

Centre Daily Times (PA)

The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease .

The Agriculture Department tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.

Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.

The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.