Monthly Archives: August 2007

State fair ID rule comes under fire

State fair ID rule comes under fire

By Kevin Vaughan

Rocky Mountain News

Two legislators say they’ll ride to the rescue of kids like those kicked out of the Colorado State Fair this year after questions arose about whether they followed a controversial new registration requirement.

The two competitors were disqualified after officials concluded they did not follow the rule requiring them to identify the “premises” where they raised their animals.

The rule mirrors a voluntary federal animal identification program.

State Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, announced Thursday they would introduce legislation next year that would prohibit state agencies from requiring participation in voluntary federal programs.


Feeding Urea to Newly Weaned Calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Feeding Urea to Newly Weaned Calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

            Can I feed Urea to newly weaned calves?

Young calves, under 450 pounds or 120 days of age cannot use urea as a protein source efficiently. If urea is to be added to a ration, calves larger than 450 pounds and older than 120 days, need to become accustomed to the urea in the ration over a 10 to 14 day adjustment period.

What does urea provide in a ration?

Urea provides “non-protein nitrogen” in a ration. This protein is not from plant sources, but is suitable for use with some restrictions. There is no energy, macro- or micro- nutrients or vitamins in urea.


Johanns Offers $1 Million to Defray Costs of Organic Certification for Producers in 15 States

Johanns Offers $1 Million to Defray Costs of Organic Certification for Producers in 15 States

Cattle Today

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2007 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the availability of $1 million to defray annual organic certification costs in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. This funding is particularly important to smaller producers so that they can meet the voluntary uniform standards set forth by the National Organic Program regulations for the production of organic products that are to be labeled as “100 percent organic,” “organic” or “made with organic ingredients.”


Baxter Black:THE LAST MAN

Baxter Black:THE LAST MAN

by: Baxter Black, DVM

Cattle Today

They are subdividing the section that borders me. Since the time the Spanish explorers introduced cattle into my valley in the 1600’s there have been livestock on that piece of ground.

Last week I saddled up and rode that pasture again. Its mesquite arroyos and grassy ridges are speckled with ocotillo. I was just looking to see how close to the canyon rim the houses were planned. Right to the edge.

The south fence was pushed over. Piles of uprooted mesquite huddled, feet to the sun. Dug up barrel cacti squatted in rows, loose dirt kicked over their roots. Wooden survey stakes stood like skinny tombstones, crude numbers scrawled on their faces. The big mesquite shade tree where the cows gathered to gossip was trimmed lopsided like an old man with a stroke, its dignity lost.


Distillers grains can help performance

Distillers grains can help performance

By J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension Service

Minnesota Farm Guide

The fact that distillers grains, either wet or dry, can make a valuable contribution to cattle diets, regardless of the animals’ stage of production, is well-established.

However, various factors need to be considered when determining their potential value in your dairy production system.

During the distillation process, the starch component of cereal grains (normally 60 percent to 70 percent) is fermented out of the grain to ethanol. By removing this fraction, the remaining nutrients are concentrated, roughly threefold. For ruminants, this can be beneficial, resulting in an affordable protein supplement containing roughly 30 percent crude protein.

Also, after removal of the starch component and concentration of the fat and fiber fractions, distillers grains are a good source of energy in the form of digestible fiber and fat.


Elanco StandGuard Approved

Elanco StandGuard Approved

Minnesota Farm Guide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved StandGuard Pour-on for fast-acting, continuous control of horn flies and lice in beef cattle of all ages. Its active ingredient is gamma-cyhalothrin, the newest technology in the pyrethroid class of insecticides.

StandGuard Pour-on offers season-long control and is available in squeeze-and-pour 900 mL (30 ounce) bottles. Each bottle can treat 90 head that weigh 600 pounds or less, or 60 cattle that are more than 600 pounds.


Farmers offer to help with hay

Farmers offer to help with hay

WNC cattle owners need to act now to secure alternatives

by By John Boyle

Asheville Citizen Times

Farmers in the eastern part of North Carolina have plenty of cornstalks and soybean hay to help drought-stricken mountain cattle farmers, but there’s a catch: farmers must act now to secure their supply.

“They’re baling it all over the place, but there’s a short little window of opportunity when this is going to be available,” said Bill Yarborough, a regional agronomist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services based in Waynesville. “Farmers are willing to help farmers, but farmers in the mountains have got to make a commitment.”