Daily Archives: June 18, 2007

Corn, Cattle in New Paradigm

Corn, Cattle in New Paradigm

by Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

When feed prices double, cattle producers think twice as hard about management options. Common responses include cutting expenses, increasing efficiency and finding ways to get paid more for the saleable product, calves or carcasses.

“We’ve really come into a different paradigm with predictions of $4 [per bushel] versus $2 corn,” says Mark McCully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). “We’ve also come into a different paradigm when we look to a $20 Choice-Select spread versus a $6 spread.” …


Drought Contingency Plan: Using Soybeans as Forage – Silage or Hay

Drought Contingency Plan: Using Soybeans as Forage – Silage or Hay

Clifton L. Willms, Ph.D., P.A.S., Cattle Nutritionist


Most soybean producers plant soybeans for the purpose of harvesting the seeds. However, under certain conditions (e.g. early frost or drought) producers have sometimes found it advantageous to harvest soybeans as forage. The purpose of this article is to provide information regarding the optimal harvesting of soybeans for forage.

Bottom Line Recommendation:

If soybeans are harvested as a forage crop, either as silage or hay, they should be harvested in the R6 growth stage. This optimizes dry matter yield per acre and nutritive value. The R6 growth stage is known as the full seed stage, but prior to leaves yellowing and falling off.


USDA To Report on Livestock Use Of Ethanol Byproducts June 29

USDA To Report on Livestock Use Of Ethanol Byproducts June 29


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to publish on June 29 its first-ever report on how the livestock industry is using the left over material produced when ethanol is made from corn.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, together with the Nebraska Corn Board, said it has already “surveyed 9,400 livestock operations in 12 states to determine whether they used ethanol co-products” and that the results will be available later this month.

The practice of feeding ethanol co-products – mainly distillers grains and corn gluten feed – has been a “success” for many cattle ranchers that are nearby ethanol plants, but other livestock have trouble digesting them, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday.

Livestock producers continue to complain about the high cost of corn-based feed as corn-based ethanol production in the U.S. continues to rise, bidding away corn from feed makers. Ethanol producers don’t use all of the corn kernel when producing fuel, and the byproducts are offering a cheap source of feed that can replace at least some of the corn in livestock feed.


ID program dominates livestock convention

ID program dominates livestock convention

Agriculture official stresses initiative would be voluntary, beneficial.

Mike Penprase


As guys in boots and cowboy hats — champion auctioneer hopefuls — milled about, members of the Livestock Marketing Association heard about two hot-button issues: Animal identification and slaughtering horses.

A national livestock identification program will be voluntary and transparent, and could distinguish between animals raised for food and those used for recreation, said the U.S. Agriculture official who oversees the program.

“This is the largest challenge I’ve ever been in, in my professional career,” said Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Bruce Knight, referring to the National Animal Identification System.


A Game of Inches

A Game of Inches

Make the most of quality in the last 30 days.

by Miranda Reiman, Angus Journal

At the ranch, breeding programs were carefully selected. Weaning was done months ago, and health programs were coordinated with the feedlot. Implanting strategies and nutritional guidelines have been according to plan. Now it’s a game of inches. When should a feeder sell cattle to maximize efficiency, minimize yield grade issues and reach the highest possible percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Choice and Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand acceptance? “When you’re at the 0.3 inch (in.) fat cover and below, you’ll often have quality grade levels that are in that 35% to 40% Choice and maybe only 4% or 5% CAB acceptance rate,” Larry Corah says. “The ideal window — per animal and on average — is right about 0.5 to 0.6. In that window they have marbling potential to achieve 60% to 70% Choice and in excess of 20% CAB acceptance.”


Red Angus Juniors Tour “Wyoming Cowboy Style”

Red Angus Juniors Tour “Wyoming Cowboy Style”

The National Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) will host the 17th annual Junior Round-Up June 26 through July 1, 2007, in Colorado and Wyoming.  Round-Up is an annual event held at a different location across the country each year.  It is designed to build public speaking and leadership skills while informing attendees about the Red Angus breed as well as the beef industry.  The annual JRA business meeting, board meeting, committee meetings and officer elections are held during Round-Up as well as a variety of National contests.

This year, Red Angus juniors will be touring “Wyoming-Cowboy Style” as they convene in Denver, Colo., but travel through the state as they head north into Wyoming during the five day conference. Hosts of the event are various Red Angus breeders from Colorado and Wyoming. Highlights of the week will include tours at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, – Animal Science and Meat Science departments and facilities; tours of JAFDIP Ranch, Douglas, Wyo.; Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Leiter, Wyo.; Beckton Stock Farm (the founding Red Angus herd in the United States), Sheridan, Wyo.; von Forell Ranch, Wheatland, Wyo.; Ocho Vaca Cattle Company, Nunn, Colo..   In addition, speakers addressing the group during the week will include:   Colorado State faculty members Dr. Tom Field and Dr. Temple Grandin; Mrs. Sal, Spike and Cam Forbes, Beckton Stock Farm; Jack and Gini Chase, Buffalo Creek; Mary and Hardy von Forell, von Forell Ranch; Mr. Bill Blyth, Pfizer Animal Health; and Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Ft. Dodge Animal Health.  Dr. Woodruff will conduct an Injection Site Lesion demonstration; Mr. Blyth will address CIDR’s and cattle health issues including BVD.  National JRA contests held during Round-Up include: Stockman’s Quiz and Equipment Identification; Team Sales, Informed Speech, Print Advertising, Scrapbook Competition, Poster Contest, Cattle Evaluation, Ranch Rodeo and Quiz Bowl – all of which lead up to the coveted “Best All-Around Individual” award. The week’s activities will wind down with a white water rafting trip down the Poudre River.

Special “junior” guests attending Round-Up include members of the Canadian Junior Angus board of directors.  The JRA and the Canadian Junior Angus Association cooperate with the American/Canadian Exchange program in which members of each organization attend the summer junior event sponsored by the respective organization.  New officer training for juniors elected to serve on the JRA Board during Round-Up will be held on July 1, with Ms. Barb Wilkinson, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as the presenter/trainer.

For information about the National Junior Red Angus Association of America or Round-Up, see the website at www.redangus.org or contact Dawn Bernhard, Junior Programs Coordinator, Red Angus Association of America, 2003 190th St., Algona, IA, 50511, dawn@redangus.org.

U.S. group claims banned Canadian cows moving across the border

U.S. group claims banned Canadian cows moving across the border


Canadian Press

WASHINGTON — A U.S. food safety group is complaining that older Canadian cows are making their way across the border despite the fact that they’re still banned.

In a letter this week to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns, Food and Water Watch claims cattle older than 30 months, thought to be at higher risk of mad cow disease, are “routinely” entering the U.S. food supply.

The watchdog group attached affidavits from five unnamed government inspection workers at slaughterhouses in three states.

The workers say there have been direct orders from supervisors not to intervene when an older Canadian animal is being processed, in violation of regulations.