Daily Archives: July 25, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The July 25, issue # 547, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJuly25.html

We’ve got mail! And lots of it . . . this week in the BEEF Cattle letter we’ve tried to clean up some of the loose ends by responding to questions that have been asked over recent weeks.

Next week, there likely will not be a BEEF Cattle letter published (at least before Friday) as we’ll be at the Ohio State Fair. Stop by the Voinovich Building (right beside the Ohio Cattlemen’s Steak Barn!) and say hello.

Articles this week include:
* In response to your questions . . .
* Pricing Drought-Stressed Corn Silage
* Late Summer Seeding of Forage Crops
* “Dealing with Drought” featured in Hocking County on July 31
* Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup Tours Highland County Operations
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report
* The Best Sandwich on the Ohio State Fairgrounds!
Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

Pasture Fly Control topic of today’s of Herdcast

Pasture Fly Control topic of today’s of Herdcast

Today Dr. Ralph Williams, Entomology Department, Purdue University, continues his four part series on Fly control. Today’s topic is “Pasture Fly Control”

View this presentation by CLICKING HERE.

You must have the FREE Macromedia flash player installed to view this presentation. To download and install this program CLICK HERE.

So You Want to be a Purebred Cattle Rancher?

So You Want to be a Purebred Cattle Rancher?

by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

Seldom does a week go by when I don’t get at least one call or e-mail from someone who is entertaining the idea of “getting into the cattle business.” A lot of times this is someone who has inherited the family farm or who has decided to invest some of their hard-earned dollars into farming and ranching property and would subsequently like to start running a few cows. Unfortunately what we see in many situations is folks that have really great intentions and some good ideas that jump into this thing, spend a LOT of money and in just a few years decide to fold up their tent and go somewhere else. I.e. things have not worked out how they would like and they now need to get out because they don’t want to “lose” any more of their hard-earned dollars. The Purebred Reference issue is a great opportunity to discuss this topic and address the pros and cons of this whole issue.


Save the Best, Cull the Rest

Save the Best, Cull the Rest

by Ed Haag

Angus Journal

The name given to a seedstock operation can say a lot about its owners and how they manage their business. For example the “LGW” in Lon and Sheri Wadekamper’s LGW Ranch is short for “Let’s go work.”

“If you aren’t willing to work around here; you are gone,” Lon says, smiling.

The Wadekampers’ work ethic applies to both man and beast, says Steve Coleman, a longtime bull customer who has a large commercial calf operation at Molalla, Ore. With an annual culling average that in some years adds up to one-quarter of their herd, the Wadekampers practice what they preach, he says.


Ranchers, farmers battle over corn

Ranchers, farmers battle over corn

By Sue Kirchhoff


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The farmer and the cowman should be friends, according to the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers’ musical Oklahoma.

Their famous production was written decades before the ethanol boom, however.

Corn prices spiked from around $2.50 a bushel to more than $4 a bushel earlier this year in response to a surge in ethanol production. Prices have dropped in recent weeks, with corn for September delivery at $3.12 per bushel Tuesday. Higher corn prices mean higher feed costs for cattle, hog and chicken producers. Some ranchers are having a harder time securing grazing land, or are paying higher rents, as farmers convert acres to corn.


Bladder-worm (Beef Measles) in Cattle

Bladder-worm (Beef Measles) in Cattle

Ropin’ the Web

In cattle, the parasite Cysticercus bovis is commonly called bladder-worm or beef measles. This parasite is actually the larvae of the human tapeworm, Taenia saginata.

The prevalence of cysticercosis in cattle in Canada is very low. When outbreaks occur, they are usually associated with a human carrier who has had close contact with cattle or cattle feed.


Heat Kills Cattle In SD

Heat Kills Cattle In SD

Keloland Television

The heat isn’t just dangerous for people. It’s also a threat to livestock. The deaths of hundreds of cattle across South Dakota are being blamed on the hot weather.

“The humidity was awful high, and there was no breeze at all,” Ivan Sjovall said.

Sjovall owns a feedlot in northern South Dakota and has had more than 110 cattle die in the heat. Sjovall says he hasn’t experienced anything like it in his 27 years in business.

“One year we lost about six head because of heat stress. But nothing like this, nothing like this,” Sjovall said.