Daily Archives: June 1, 2007

Herdcast: June Beef Management Checklist

Herdcast: June Beef Management Checklist

Matt Claeys, Beef Extension Specialist, Purdue University

In today’s Herdcast, Matt Claeys discusses Best management practices Spring calving beef producers should be considering during the month of May.

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Shortening the Breeding Season

Shortening the Breeding Season

Dr. Clyde Lane, professor of animal science, UT Extension beef cattle specialist

Beef producers should consider shortening the breeding season for their herd. A shorter breeding season can simplify management and improve returns.

Shortening the breeding season has several advantages. Having all calves born during a relatively short time increases the uniformity of the calf crop. With all calves similar in age it allows management practices to be performed all at one time rather than having to perform them two or more times during the year. Calves will also be more uniform in size, thus increasing marketing opportunities. With all calves being born during a specific calving season it is much easier to identify those cows that are slow or non breeders.

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Humane Society Going to the Dogs

Humane Society Going to the Dogs

by: Baxter Black, DVM

How many of you think of the Humane Society of the United States as a benevolent benign group whose focus is to rescue, care for, and/or humanely dispose of the hundreds of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats? So did I. I have always looked at them with respect and lent my support. I am saddened to see their transformation into a radical animal rights group now aligned with PETA and the Farm Sanctuary.

They are by far the wealthiest non-profit animal rights group. In 2005 they dedicated $11 million (9.2% of their budget) to “campaigns, legislation and litigation,” and $28 million to “Regional and local programs.” I have seen them in action in my state.

Why have they taken the activist approach? Money. They have so much and greed is addictive. They display the mask of their kindly historical image as they continue to seek donations and invest their cash. But behind the puppy face, they appear to have a darker agenda – eliminating animal agriculture as we know it.

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Chart: Top U.S. Beef Packers

Chart: Top U.S. Beef Packers

Cattlenetwork.com

Mobile Laboratory To Protect Pennsylvania Against Animal Diseases

Mobile Laboratory To Protect Pennsylvania Against Animal Diseases

Cattlenetwork.com

To respond more quickly to potentially dangerous animal health emergencies, the Department of Agriculture has begun using a new mobile laboratory.

“Pennsylvania is in the forefront of addressing animal health issues,” Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. “By working diligently to avoid potential outbreaks, we also are protecting our human food supply so people can to continue to enjoy safe, high-quality foods.

“An outbreak would be disastrous to Pennsylvania’s economy and our agricultural producers due to trade and marketing opportunities that would be closed,” Wolff said. “This mobile unit will help the department act quickly and efficiently should a dangerous situation occur.”

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Cost of gain drives operation

Cost of gain drives operation

By Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

CARSON — Cost of gain is always important to Jeff Clausen, but with higher corn prices and a subsequent jump in the price of ethanol co-products, it could be more important than ever.

“We are always looking at our cost of gain, perhaps even more than feed efficiency,” says Clausen, who feeds about 3,000 head near here in Pottawattamie County. “They are definitely related, and feed efficiency is just as important, but the factors that affect cost of gain are easier to get a handle on.”

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Over $100,000 to be Awarded to Young Longhorn Breeders

Over $100,000 to be Awarded to Young Longhorn Breeders

Cattle Today

Fort Worth, TX, More than $100,000 will be given away to the youth members at the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) 2007 National Youth Show on June 6-9.

The total amount will include $70,000 in scholarships from the Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour, $24,500 from the Mosser Memorial Scholarship Fund, $6,000 from the Laura Harding Perseverance Award, two $1,000 TLBT (Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow) Gratuity scholarships, eight prize heifers worth $1,500 each and other TLBT gifts and awards.

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Beef exports making slow recovery

Beef exports making slow recovery

By Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Beef exports are growing about as fast as it takes a slow boat to travel to Southeast Asia, but three experts say the future is looking brighter.

“In 2006, our beef exports to Japan were 5 percent of what they were based on the average from 1999 to 2003,” says Jim Mintert, Extension livestock marketing economist at Kansas State University.

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Consolidation to be addressed in farm bill

Consolidation to be addressed in farm bill

By Gene Lucht

Iowa Farmer Today

Consolidation issues will be a part of the 2007 farm bill if Iowa’s two senators have any say in the matter.

Democrat Tom Harkin, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, says he will push to include language regarding items, such as transparency in contracts, in the Senate version of the bill.

He and Republican Senator Charles Grassley say they also will push for language limiting the packer ownership of livestock.

Those proposals were among the measures discussed at a Senate Agriculture hearing on April 18 and a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on April 17.

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Missouri researcher studying biodiesel byproduct as cattle feed

Missouri researcher studying biodiesel byproduct as cattle feed

by Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

A byproduct of biodiesel is being studied by a University of Missouri researcher as a possible healthy and affordable source of feed for cattle

It’s glycerin (or glycerol), which, M-U Professor Monty Kerley says, is in ample supply. He’s feeding it to 60 calves, checking their growth response and, eventually, meat quality, “We’re gonna look at their carcass value to see what effect feeding glycerol, either five, 10 or 20 percent of the diet has on feed efficiency, average daily gain and then quality grade of the carcass.”

Previous studies in Europe of beef and dairy cattle, and in Iowa of swine, indicate glycerin might be an effective alternative feed to corn. Upon absorption, Kerley says it converts to sugar in cows and could enhance the quality of the meat.

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In Kentucky, drought conditions cut hay production, worrying cattle farmers

In Kentucky, drought conditions cut hay production, worrying cattle farmers

Madison Daily Leader

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s normally lush spring has taken on a brownish tinge this year amid a dry spell causing concern among farmers.

The bluegrass and southeastern regions are in a moderate drought and the rest of the state is in a mild drought, Tom Priddy, a University of Kentucky extension agricultural meteorologist, said Wednesday.

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Vaccine Offers New Control Options for FMD

Vaccine Offers New Control Options for FMD

By Laura McGinnis

USDA ARS

WASHINGTON, A new vaccine developed by scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a U.S. biopharmaceutical company holds promise for protection against foot-and-mouth disease which strikes cattle and swine, as well as sheep, goats and deer.

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Ohio company wasn’t registered to produce feed additive

Ohio company wasn’t registered to produce feed additive

Akron Beacon Journal

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio company that produced animal feed ingredients containing the same industrial chemical as the one that led to a massive pet food recall did not properly register with the state as a feed manufacturer, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said.

Tembec Inc., of Toledo, must obtain a permit or cease its feed manufacturing operation, said LeeAnne Mizer, agriculture department spokeswoman.

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration said it had alerted feed manufacturers that ingredients containing melamine and related compounds were found in products made by Tembec and used by Uniscope Inc. of Johnstown, Colo. The agency also advised the manufacturers to recall some products because they contained melamine.

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Korean Cattle Group Opposes Further U.S. Market Openings

Korean Cattle Group Opposes Further U.S. Market Openings

Wisconsin Ag Connection

South Korea’s umbrella beef cattle association said Wednesday that it strongly opposes any further opening of the market for U.S. beef for a year. Nam Ho-kyung, chairman of the Hanwoo Association, told reporters that Seoul policymakers must diligently follow through on all aspects of the eight-point risk assessment analysis to check the safety of U.S. beef.

According to the Asia Pulse, the head of the association representing the country’s 200,000 cattle farmers also claimed that regardless of recommendations by the World Organization for Animal Health, the United States had a wholly inadequate animal tracking system and its use of animal protein is a lingering source of concern.

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Administration opposes testing to make beef safer

Administration opposes testing to make beef safer

The Decatur Daily

Let’s say that three Decatur companies make widgets, the hypothetical product popularly used to make a point about how a free market works.

Companies A, B and C compete for local business, but Company A says it can make a safer widget and wants to test its widgets to prove they are safer.

Having a safer widget would give Company A the marketing advantage, even after adjusting for the cost of testing, because consumers want safer widgets. But City Hall says Company A can’t test its widgets.

Testing would force B and C to test to stay in competition with A.

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Cold Spring Ranch Beef, a Cut Above

Cold Spring Ranch Beef, a Cut Above

By Laura Dunham

The Irregular (ME)

NEW PORTLAND — After working on an 1,100-acre ranch in Grenada, Calif. for three years, Gabe and Amanda Waterhouse Clark decided they wanted to find their own ranch and started looking east of the Mississippi River. Gabe is from California and Amanda is from Cumberland, Maine.

Gabe said he searched in Maine for three weeks looking for the perfect spot to start their project — raising grass-fed beef cattle. The last place he was shown was the Gilman Farm part of the Cold Spring Ranch located just off Route 16.

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Online Coverage of BIF Meeting Begins June 7

Online Coverage of BIF Meeting Begins June 7

Cattlemen interested in genetic improvement will want to catch Angus Productions Inc.’s (API’s) coverage of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting and research symposium next week.

BIF will return to its Rocky Mountain roots by celebrating its 40th anniversary June 6-9 in Fort Collins, Colo.  Attendees will consider conference themes “Performance Programs at a Crossroads” and “Challenges to Conventional Wisdom.”  However, even producers who can’t make it to the conference have the opportunity to stay informed.

API, publisher of the Angus Journal and Angus Beef Bulletin, will partner with BioZyme® Inc. to provide online coverage of the conference as it unfolds at http://www.BIFconference.com.  BioZyme is sponsoring this year’s coverage as part of its gift to the Angus Foundation.

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