Sen. Craig Thomas passes, 74; Voice For Wyo. Mining, Cattle Interests
By Adam Bernstein
Craig Thomas, 74, a Wyoming Republican who served three terms in the U.S. Senate and was a reliable voice for the state’s conservative political leanings as well as its mining and cattle industries, died June 4 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He had leukemia.
Sen. Thomas first won national office in 1989, in a special election to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of then-U.S. Rep. Dick Cheney (R) to become defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Sen. Thomas spent five years as his state’s only U.S. representative before winning election to the Senate.
New K-State Beef Conference Slated For August
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Adding more value to crops has been a hot topic in recent years, but Kansas State University will host its first ever conference on adding value to calves August 9-10 at Weber Hall on K-State’s Manhattan campus.
The two-day conference will include several presentations about what beef producers can do to become more efficient and get the most profit out of their businesses. The first day will include nine presentations; three one-hour symposiums in the morning and six shorter sessions in the afternoon. The following is a list of the presentations and presenters.
• “Show Me the Money;” Bill Mies, Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield, Ind.
• “Finding the Right Business Partner;” David Lehman, K-State business department.
Research is Essential to a Successful E.T. Program
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
In the last issue we began an extensive discussion of the basics of embryo transfer in the beef cattle industry. In this issue, we’ll continue and complete this discussion by examining a number of issues surrounding the use of technology as well as its overall effectiveness and efficiency.
Donor Selection – one more time
In the previous issue we briefly discussed some of the consideration for selecting the donor cow. The most significant of these factors being selecting an animal of superior genetic make-up. What does this mean, exactly? What is superior genetic make-up? Is this a cow that has done really well in the show ring and exhibits excellent conformation and eye appeal? Is she an animal that has shown outstanding muscling, weight gains, feed efficiencies, ultrasound ribeye area? The answer to this is, all of the above. These are all important, economic traits that can be evaluated before the animal is even close to breeding age. But then other production characteristics must be considered in a donor prospect. What is her milking ability, expectation of calving ease, reproductive capability – not just producing eggs and embryos but actually carrying a calf to term. Also, how are her heifer and bull calves going to produce.
Summer grazing tour June 14
Hagan farm in Monroe County will be the site
By GARY TILGHMAN
Glasgow Daily Times (KY)
GLASGOW — Mark your calendar to attend a Summer Grazing Tour in Monroe County on June 14. It will begin at 4 p.m. on the John Hagan Farm near Mt. Hermon.
This program is sponsored by the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.
Topics of discussion include: New Innovations in Forages, Developing and Monitoring Quality Summer Pastures, Mineral Selection for Grazing Beef Cattle, Pasture Weed Control, Grazing Considerations for Horses, Parasite Control in Goats on Pasture, Managing Pastures for Goat Production, Economics of Rotational Grazing, and Using Warm Season Grasses in Rotational Grazing Systems.
Several UK and Industry Specialists will present this powerful program. A complimentary dinner will be served after the tour.
Farmers in Global Warming Alarmists’ Crosshairs
Written By: James M. Taylor
Publisher: The Heartland Institute
When politicking in farm belt states, global warming alarmists frequently assert that restrictive global warming legislation will benefit farmers. Farmers are told measures taken to address global warming will encourage more ethanol production and induce industry to purchase carbon sequestration credits from farmers engaging in no-till agriculture.
Once out of the farmers’ earshot, however, alarmists are making it all too clear that farmers are seen as more of a problem that needs correction than a friend who deserves reward.
Stephan Singer, the World Wildlife Fund’s European Head of Climate and Energy Policy, told Reuters on April 30 that beef consumption is a major contributor to global warming, because the methane emitted from cattle is a key greenhouse gas. “The diet of the West has a big impact on the atmosphere,” Singer said.
San Jose State University sociology professor Dan Brook told attendees at an April 16 public lecture that giving up meat is “even more important than switching from an SUV to a Camry” because agriculture is “the number one cause of greenhouse gases.”
Hybrid alfalfa, Harvestore spur progress over the years
The sweet smell of newly cut hay is a sure sign of summer. The long green windrows of alfalfa snake their way around hills in contour strips or run in neat, straight rows across farm fields.
Hay, whether in the form of high nutrition alfalfa in the United States or roadside grass in some parts of the world, is harvested and stored for winter animal feed. It’s the basic feed for milk production.
Most of today’s older dairy farmers have seen the great strides made in making hay. They look back and wonder how come they had to work so hard making hay as kids. It was one of the toughest jobs on the farm, even worse than harvesting tobacco, often considered the “backbreaker” in the Dane, Rock and Vernon county tobacco areas.
In the 1950s farmers were still making hay with a hay loader and storing it loose in the hayloft. It was a dirty, sweaty job as the chaff from the very dry hay got down the neck of your shirt and stayed there. Most likely, stacking hay in the nearly airless and dust-filled hayloft (called mowing) of years gone by would never pass safety rules today.
Forecast for FFA: bright, variable
By Shannon Livick
The Cortez Journal/MSNBC
Forecast for FFA: bright, variable Farmers will grow in demand, need to adapt
Organizers and speakers at this week’s Colorado FFA Convention say the future of farming for high school students is bright but that agriculture is definitely changing.
Steadily over the years, the average age of farmers in America has increased, but the nearly 1,400 FFA students at this week’s convention at the Montezuma-Cortez High School will be told that the future of farming is not for the aging farmer.
“I think we are going to see a resurgence in agriculture,” said Jeff Berman, San Juan Biodiesel project manager.
Berman will give a presentation to the FFA members during the conference at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.