Daily Archives: June 21, 2007

Projections, Productions and Profits

Projections, Productions and Profits

John Bonner Ph.D.

Land O’Lakes

What will be your return on investment be for 1999? You have probably checked the protein content of your forages. You have closely monitored your feedbunk and you have set production goals for your cattle, but have you checked out the overall cattle market outlook and situation? In a recent presentation sponsored by Elanco, Quality Liquid Feeds and Land O’Lakes, Mr. Randy Blach of CattleFax reviewed cattle and meat supplies and demand as well as the feed grain outlook for 1999. He presented several key graphs, charts and projections that should help you focus on maximizing your profits.

One interesting fact that you may have overlooked is that an average $20/head profit during the last three years would have translated to a 37% annualized return on investment, assuming 130 days on feed. This compares to an average $33/head loss that cattle feeders have experienced during that same time frame. The table below was presented and reflects the return on investment that your competition may be happy with over the course of time.


Grazing Legumes and Bloat – Frequently Asked Questions

Grazing Legumes and Bloat – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

What legumes cause bloat?

Legumes that can cause bloat are alfalfa, sweet clover, red clover, alsike clover & white clover. Examples of non-bloat legumes are bird’s–foot trefoil, sainfoin & cicer milk vetch.

What type of bloat do legumes cause?

The bloat legumes cause is usually a frothy bloat. Understanding frothy bloat and how it is caused may help understand bloat control on legume pastures.

What causes frothy bloat?

Frothy bloat results from the quick degradation and fermentation of plant material and rapid release of plant cell material. This material traps fermentation gases in a thick foam. The foam prevents the animal from being able to burp up the gases. The accumulation of trapped gases in the rumen may lead to the animal’s death.



Can “Grass-Fed” (Cattle) Escape The Niche Business?

Can “Grass-Fed” (Cattle) Escape The Niche Business?


Grass-fed is the current clamor of the market. Many folks do not know what it means. My feeling is that it is critically important that people understand the terms and what they mean. I like to compare 100% grass-fed beef to pregnancy-either you are or you are not. All beef producers want the “grass-fed” claim since all cattle do eat grass for a substantial part of their lives.

The real changes to the tissue and the health benefits of the beef occur when the cattle begin to eat grain. When cattle eat just grass they cannot get Mad Cow (the consumer doesn’t want this); they have almost immeasurable levels of E. coli because acidosis does not occur in the gut. Read about the Cornell research at http://brcruminations.blogspot.com/2006_10_01_archive.html. There are no nutrient loading problems since manures are spread evenly daily and incorporated into the soil. Once you remove grain from the cattle raising equation, you eliminate plowing, petroleum based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, soil compaction, fossil fuels for tillage, harvest and transport.


Angus Breeders have New Option for Feeding Natural Calves

Angus Breeders have New Option for Feeding Natural Calves

Cattle Today

Cattlemen with top quality Angus herds have a new option for feeding their natural calves.

The Beef Marketing Group (BMG), headquartered at Great Bend, Kansas, announced its Customer Ownership Program in May. BMG will pay a $100 per head premium for all cattle harvested as natural.

 “We want to get closer to producers and build relationships,” said Kenny Wiens, BMG director of procurement. “By doing so, we should get higher quality cattle and more opportunities for profit at every stage of beef production.”

BMG is a marketing cooperative of 14 feedyards in Kansas and Nebraska. Five of those are currently dedicated to the production of natural beef as part of an agreement with Tyson Fresh Meats, the top volume Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) licensed packer. To qualify for Certified Angus Beef ® brand Natural, cattle must be individually identified and never received antibiotics, hormonal implants, ionophores or animal by-products.


Another Option To Market Cattle

Another Option To Market Cattle

Marshall County Journal

South Dakota cattle producers have another option for marketing their South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle now that the state has launched the South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle Natural Program, according to Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Even.

“This is a logical step for us to take as we continue to find new markets for our South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle,” Even said. “The global natural and organic food markets experienced double-digit growth the past two years and the expected growth rate for 2007/2008 should exceed 15 percent each year. There is no question that natural and organic products are now a true market segment and not simply a niche or fad,” he added.


Nelson seeks answers from USDA on beef shipments

Nelson seeks answers from USDA on beef shipments

Beatrice Daily Sun


OMAHA, Neb. – U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson is seeking answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture _ and one-time political rival, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns _ regarding recent beef shipping mistakes.

Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, has repeatedly pointed to bumbling by USDA inspectors in recent weeks for boxes of American beef meant for U.S. consumption being mistakenly shipped to South Korea.

Another case was reported this week, less than two weeks after South Korea lifted a brief ban on American beef imposed because of two similar cases.


Large-animal vets in short supply

Large-animal vets in short supply

Task force hopes to find solutions

By Gregory A. Hall

The Courier-Journal

Statistics showing 25 Kentucky counties don’t have a food-animal or large-animal veterinarian, reinforced what Debbie Reed already knew.

“In fact, one of those zeros on here is my fault,” Reed told a Kentucky Farm Bureau task force during its first meeting yesterday in Louisville.

Reed started a practice in Jackson County in 1988 and closed it 18 years later, when she took her current job at Murray State University, because there was no other veterinarian to buy it.