Scanning Your Future
by Brett A. Setter, CUP/UGC Ultrasound Technician
When I first became a U.G.C. (Ultrasound Guidelines Council) Ultrasound Technician, I wanted to have a company slogan or phrase that exemplified what it meant to scan cattle. I wanted it to be short, sweet and right to the point. I thought about it for a few weeks and really didn’t come up with anything that worked. Most of my ideas were somewhat corny and really didn’t personify what I was looking for. One day my wife and I were driving down the road and she came up with a simple catch phrase that captured the entire ultrasound process in three simple words. “Scanning Your Future”. It was perfect and I’ve used it as my business motto ever since.
Learning From An Example: Indiana’s rural development philosophy
By Michael L. Holton, Center for Rural Affairs
In community development, many approaches make sense. It is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The best rural community development sparks creative and innovative ways to bring rural people together for a common goal. Indiana is no exception.
The state has created what is known as the Rural Indiana Strategy for Excellence, or RISE. This is a 15-year plan that was created in July 2005. It is now being implemented as RISE 2020. The Indiana Rural Development Council, using the pillar approach, has created an inclusive and sensible framework that will lay a foundation for development.
By Bill Zimmerman
Most of the efficiency work underway today is focused on growing cattle. While cow feed costs are of overriding importance in integrated beef-production systems, the measurement of forage intake on large numbers of mature cows isn’t practical.
“Expectations are that appropriate use of the feed-efficiency trait in growing cattle will generate progeny that are efficient in all segments of the industry,” says Gordon Carstens, Texas A&M University (TAMU). Some projects measure the individual efficiency of growing bulls or heifers, while others test progeny of sires.
BeefTalk: A Shining Star – Zero Dollar Feedlot Treatment Costs
By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Something not heard of recently is the term “cow costs.” Such a statement seems somewhat bizarre, given all the media attention Integrated Beef Management (IRM) and Standardized Production Analysis (SPA) received not that long ago.
Interestingly, when I flipped through the current Cattle-Fax issue, the first words to pop out of the publication were “Cow costs climb in 2005.” In fact, rather noticeable is the tall, black line at the end of the figure titled “Annual Cash Cost per Cow,” indicating that 2005 was the most expensive year for cows since 1988, the first year on the graph.
Permanent Death Tax Repeal Critical for Ranchers
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), representing generations of ranching families across the nation, strongly supports legislation introduced that will fight for full, permanent repeal of the Death Tax. Congressmen Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) and Robert Cramer (D-Ala.) introduced the bill, H.R. 2380, with 67 original cosponsors.
“By once again introducing legislation to repeal this onerous tax, these members of Congress have demonstrated an understanding and appreciation for the immense burden this tax places on American cattle producers who are hoping to pass their operation on to the next generation,” says North Carolina cattle producer and NCBA President John Queen.
Ky. farmers can get aid from Easter freeze
U.S. agency OKs low-interest loans
By Charlie White
Shelby County farmer Bill Gallrein watched helplessly as freezing temperatures on Easter weekend damaged his hay, strawberry and wheat crops.
“Our alfalfa froze back to nothing,” said Gallrein, who has about 200 acres of vegetables on his 1,000-acre spread along Vigo Road just northeast of Shelbyville.
Gallrein and farmers in Kentucky’s other 119 counties, as well as 13 neighboring counties in Southern Indiana, may soon get some help.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that farmers hit by the cold weather from April 5 to 10 are now eligible for low-interest emergency loans under a federal disaster declaration.
Two Kentucky counties, McCreary and Leslie, were not designated primary disaster areas, though they and the Southern Indiana counties are eligible for the loans because they are contiguous to the primary counties.
USDA pushes Korea to allow US beef shipments in
WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – South Korea should allow U.S. beef shipments currently on hold to enter the country, Agriculture Department officials said on Wednesday, because they have verified the beef honors a meat trade agreement between the nations.
Seoul, once the No. 3 customer for U.S. beef, accepts only boneless beef from U.S. cattle less than 30 months of age. It suspended trade this week after finding bone-in beef among the U.S. shipments.
USDA officials told reporters they sent a letter to South Korea stating that a review of the nearly 50 loads of beef exported to Seoul since they resumed imports in April met the trade agreement. USDA said it hoped for a reply later on Wednesday after the Korean government returns from a national holiday.