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”

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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.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Waging War On Flies

Stocker Cattle Forum: Waging War On Flies


Of course, fly control—via insecticides and larvacides—continues to be a popular strategy for containing the flies that cause eye irritation and spread Pinkeye organisms. In this case, while face flies are most often cited as carrying these organisms, stable flies are, too. For the record, stable flies, are often viewed as more of a challenge in confinement situations such as feedlots, but recent research at KSU indicates they are fast becoming a pasture problem. In fact, during the summer of 2001 stable fly levels attacking pastured cattle in Kansas and Nebraska were documented to be the highest ever, as evidenced by the characteristic behavior of attacked cattle: bunching (fighting to get in the center of the bunch), usually at corners of pastures; lying with the legs underneath; and spending long periods of time in water.


Oklahoma: Delays continue for massive Smithfield Beef plant

Oklahoma: Delays continue for massive Smithfield Beef plant

Joplin Globe

TULSA, Okla. — The weeds are about the only things that have made progress the past seven months in the Oklahoma Panhandle farm field where a $200 million Smithfield Beef processing plant is to go.

The company’s ongoing delays in building near the tiny cattle town of Hooker have locals and politicians wondering whether the project will ever happen.


Pampered animals being kept cool at state fair

Pampered animals being kept cool at state fair


Minot Daily News

Despite record-setting temperatures the past couple of days in north-central North Dakota, the livestock that appear in shows at the North Dakota State Fair are often pampered more than the owners care for themselves.

Fresh water is the one critical element to keeping animals from getting stressed from the triple-digit heat, and state fair officials are making sure water is available. They also provide large fans to circulate air because the livestock barns don’t have air conditioning.


Texas Cattle Raisers Worry That Rain Will Hurt Hay Quality

Texas Cattle Raisers Worry That Rain Will Hurt Hay Quality


Texas ranchers — for two years — yearned for greener pastures.

Now with the drought behind them, ranchers and hay producers in some parts of the state are hampered by frequent rain that’s keeping them out of fields.

In central and southeast Texas, the forage grasses have continued growing in fields because of the wet conditions.

That translates to very mature hay that is lower in protein and higher in fiber.

Even when hay has been cut, ranchers or farmers have been prevented from baling it because of more rainfall that leaves the hay to soak in wet fields.


Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Coccidia

Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Coccidia


Coccidia cause an intestinal disease of young cattle, usually 3 weeks to 6 months old, but can affect cattle up to 2 years old. They are transmitted when:

1. Infected cattle pass cysts in manure onto the ground;

2. Rain washes the cysts from the manure;

3. The cysts develop under moist and moderate temperature conditions; and

4. Cattle swallow cysts on moist ground.


Drought is aiding beef industry

Drought is aiding beef industry


The Wichita Eagle

Good times in the cattle industry are likely to continue for at least one more year and maybe two.

That’s the way American Farm Bureau market analyst Jim Sartwelle sees the future as indicated by the this week’s U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle inventory report.

And it’s good news for Kansas, where beef is a $6 billion-a-year industry.

“In a single word, the reason prices are remaining high is drought,” Sartwelle said. “We had several years of drought in the High Plains and now the Southeast is getting hit.”

Drought translates to a selloff of cows and a trend of sending heifers to the feedlots instead of retaining them for breeding. That results in short supplies of beef and higher prices.


For some families, showing livestock isn’t just a hobby – it’s a way of life

For some families, showing livestock isn’t just a hobby – it’s a way of life

By Kaitlyn McConnell


            Lauren Whitehead, of Conway, eyes her junior champion Holstein during the dairy cattle judging Thursday, July 19, at the Webster County Fair.

When Bill Messick began showing Guernsey cows at a local fair during his youth, he didn’t know that it would be the beginning of a family tradition. Over 30 years later, his daughters, Lindsey and Kayla Messick, are continuing the experience. That dedication, shared by many exhibitors at the Webster County Fair, is an obvious factor that serves to bring families back time and again.

Reasons vary on how people originally got involved in showing cattle. For some, the challenge was presented through involvement in organizations such as 4-H. The majority, however, cite family connections as the prominent reason for their involvement. Such was the case for the Diehl family, who have now been showing for approximately 12 years. They began because they “had always wanted to [show],”, and it provided a project that the family could do together.


Ranchers: a dying breed

Ranchers: a dying breed

Developers pressure eastsiders to sell out

Patrick Parkinson

The Park Record

D.A. Pace says his memories of milking cows and riding a horse between his home and barn are among his most beloved.

But the 70-year-old rancher in rapidly growing Wanship now makes the daily trek on an ATV. He often refuses offers from real estate investors wanting to subdivide Pace’s pristine ranch.

“They want the property. They want to help you ‘dispose of it,'” said a sweltering Pace, sweat dripping from his face at his barn in North Summit around 6 a.m. “You’re getting somebody here every day. I’m not interested. If I wanted to sell it, it’d be gone tomorrow.”


USCA: USDA Initiates Cost-Benefit Analysis Of NAIS

USCA: USDA Initiates Cost-Benefit Analysis Of NAIS


San Lucas, Calif. (July 23, 2007) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) said today the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate a cost-benefit analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is welcome news for cattle producers.

Jon Wooster, USCA President, San Lucas, California, said the announcement followed high level meetings between USDA officials and U.S. Cattlemen’s representatives during the third week of June.

“U.S. Cattlemen’s directors met with USDA officials and we specifically requested that the agency expedite this important analysis of the NAIS system,” said Wooster. “The first policy adopted by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association on NAIS calls on USDA to conduct a thorough study of the costs and benefits associated with an animal identification system. This policy was delivered to USDA officials during the Washington Fly-In. We applaud the agency’s action to comply with our request. This is a victory for livestock producers.”


Big Country Beef Conference Is Aug. 9 in Abilene

Big Country Beef Conference Is Aug. 9 in Abilene            

J.T. Smith

The Farmer Stockman

The Big Country Beef Conference is 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 in Abilene, Texas. The program will be inside the Big Country Hall on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center.

For those pre-registering by Friday, Aug. 3, the cost is just $5 per person, with includes lunch, and 2 continuing education units for private and commercial applicators. After that date or registration at the door will be $15.

Eldon J. White of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Fort Worth, will discuss changing dynamics in the beef industry. David Anderson, Extension economist, College Station, will look at current market trends, as well as the impact of ethanol on grain production, feed and cattle markets. Bruce Carpenter, Extension livestock specialist, Fort Stockton, will discuss beef quality and proper chute-side management.