Daily Archives: August 8, 2007

Strategies for Small Producers: Strength in numbers

Strategies for Small Producers: Strength in numbers

American Cowman

Marketing calves in groups, rather than as individuals, can help command a higher price at the sale barn. That’s the finding of research by Tom Troxel of the University of Arkansas.

Troxel evaluated factors that affected sale price of Arkansas beef calves as they were marketed in fifteen Arkansas livestock auction markets in 2005. He reported on data from over 100,000 head of calves sold in 52,401 lots. Several interesting price differences were noted.


Watch Summer Water Needs Of Cattle

Watch Summer Water Needs Of Cattle

Beef magazine

Nutrition, forage quality and mineral needs get the bulk of attention during the summer grazing season, but water is livestock production’s most essential nutrient. After all, cattle can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water.

It’s important that cattle receive a sufficient quantity of water each day to maximize feed intake, produce milk for the calf and maintain a healthy reproductive cycle. Research shows insufficient access to water reduces cattle’s dry matter intake, which affects production across the board.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Keep The Heat Off

Stocker Cattle Forum: Keep The Heat Off


Of course, all experienced stocker operators understand there’s a compelling reason, besides time and buyer demands, to gather cattle during the cooler part of the day. The hotter it is, the more cattle shrink.


August Beef Management Calendar

August Beef Management Calendar

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.

Spring Calving Herds

    * End breeding season early in month if not already stopped; pull bulls

    * Feed 1st calf heifers separately; give them best forage and supplement if needed

    * Consider weaning and backgrounding calves due to drought

    * Assess winter feed supplies and options


Prepare for the Future, Even in Uncertain Times

Prepare for the Future, Even in Uncertain Times

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

Cattle Today

Every year about this time, cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make. Most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter. In some areas that’s not a great problem. If you are somewhere in the southern United States and have enjoyed the plentiful rainfall we’ve seen this summer in many locations, the likelihood is good that you have a fair bit of standing forage and cows are in pretty good shape. If you are in other areas of the southern US or in the western states you may not be in as good a position as you would like to be due to drought conditions. Interestingly there are numerous areas that, although they have received more than adequate rainfall, they are still not in a great hay inventory position primarily because producers in these areas have not been able to get into the fields to get hay cut or rolled. Many areas have seen huge amounts of cut grass simply rot in the field.


Key senator asks study of beef trade barriers

Key senator asks study of beef trade barriers


The U.S. International Trade Commission was directed by a key senator on Tuesday to report on barriers to U.S. beef sales in major trading partners such as Japan and South Korea.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus asked for the ITC study to be completed within 10 months “to illustrate the negative economic effects of these unjustified barriers on the U.S. beef trade.”

A Democrat from the ranch state of Montana, Baucus said U.S. beef is safe, so trading partners should open their markets. The World Organization on Animal Health gave the United States a “controlled risk” status for mad cow disease on May 22


Hundreds attend hearing on large-scale farm ordinances

Hundreds attend hearing on large-scale farm ordinances

by Tim Hundt

Vernon County Broadcaster

Supporters and opponents packed a public hearing Monday on proposals that would temporarily halt all large-scale livestock farm development in Vernon County and set limits on the numbers of animals.

Vernon County farmers showed up in force Monday night, rolling more than 50 huge tractors and farm implements into Viroqua and parking in the streets around the Western Technical College building, where the county’s Health Committee was holding the hearing. Not all of the farm implements were from those who oppose the new regulations, a number of the farm implements and tractors had signs that said farmers support the pending county ordinances.


National Alfalfa Symposium Is Feb. 4-5 In Kearney, NE

National Alfalfa Symposium Is Feb. 4-5 In Kearney, NE

Hay and Forage Grower

A lively discussion on Roundup Ready alfalfa, as well as a grower panel on alfalfa marketing, will highlight the 2008 National Alfalfa Symposium, Feb. 4-5, prior to the Feb. 5-6 Mid-America Alfalfa Expo in Kearney, NE.

Hay & Forage Grower and the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.) have joined forces to host the Symposium and Expo. For event information, click on the Symposium icon.


Lifestyle Options Dwindle for Bovine Bacteria

Lifestyle Options Dwindle for Bovine Bacteria

By Ann Perry


The bacterium that causes leptospirosis, one of the most widespread infections transmitted between animals and humans, appears to be changing in ways that could limit its ability to survive and thrive.

Research suggests that Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo, which commonly infects cattle, is losing its capacity to live in water and is evolving towards a strict host-to-host transmission cycle. This finding is from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist Richard L. Zuerner, who works at the agency’s National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, and scientists at Monash University in Australia.


National Junior Angus Show Held in Tulsa, Oklahoma

National Junior Angus Show Held in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cattle Today

Flooding in many parts of the Midwest, didn’t keep National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members from showing a record-breaking number of entries at the 2007 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 1-7 in Tulsa, Okla. Youth led 1,241 entries during the week-long event, achieving the show’s theme, “The American Dream.” Hosted by the Oklahoma and Arkansas Angus Associations, the NJAS is the world’s largest single-breed beef cattle show.


In pictures: Foot-and-mouth

In pictures: Foot-and-mouth


Farm workers leave carrying their rifles over their shoulders following the slaughter of a herd of cattle.


Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 8/6/2007

Cattle Identification: State Premises Registration Stats As Of 8/6/2007


Nitrate and Prussic Acid Toxicity Risk to Cattle Health

Nitrate and Prussic Acid Toxicity Risk to Cattle Health

Dr. Mark L. Wahlberg Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Nitrate and Prussic Acid are 2 substances which normally are not a concern.  However, under drought conditions (actually as we come out of drought), they can emerge with a vengeance.  Let’s take each one separately and outline the issues and strategies.

Prussic acid is formally known as hydrocyanic acid, and as the name implies, is a cyanide-containing compound.  It is only produced by certain plants, but under conditions of plant stress, those plants can produce the problem.  Cattle ingest the plant, and during the process of digestion the cyanide compound is released.


Panhandle town tired of waiting for Smithfield beef plant

Panhandle town tired of waiting for Smithfield beef plant

by Brian Brus

The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – A promise unfulfilled is proving to be almost worse than no promise at all for the town of Hooker, residents said.

When Smithfield Beef Group Inc. announced plans about a year ago to build a massive processing plant in the state Panhandle, the local reception was mixed – about half of the residents didn’t want the lifestyle changes a 3,000-employee plant would bring, while the other half were hopeful and excited about economic development, Hooker Mayor Rod Childress said.


Where’s the Beef, Indeed: A Steak Shortage Hits N.Y.

Where’s the Beef, Indeed: A Steak Shortage Hits N.Y.


NY Sun

The country’s effort to move away from a dependence on foreign oil and embrace green initiatives appears to be behind a change in one of New York’s purest traditions, the menu of the classic steakhouse.

The production of ethanol, which is made from corn, is one major reason classic cuts of prime beef are becoming more and more expensive, an analyst at the cattle market analysis firm Cattle-Fax, Tod Kalous, said.

“It’s getting worse,” the owner of Ben Benson’s Steakhouse, Ben Benson, said. “The problems the ranchers are having are making it more difficult because feed is getting more expensive.”


Pennsylvania farmers taking a hit in the wallet as rains stay away

Pennsylvania farmers taking a hit in the wallet as rains stay away


As the rainfall shortage continues across much of the state, farmers and agricultural experts remain undecided how food prices will be affected.

In Luzerne County over the last three months, rainfall levels were 3.5 inches less than the average for that period.

The shortage prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to issue a drought watch, the lowest level of alert, for 58 counties, including Luzerne.

So far, farmers have been feeling the crunch. Some think that the recent drought could compound issues that have driven corn and soybean prices up.


Human movement likely source of outbreak

Human movement likely source of outbreak

Anger grows as farmers, critics say U.K. government agency failed to respond effectively to the crisis


The Globe and Mail

LONDON — Revelations that the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was likely started after the virus was tracked from a lab to a farm by human movement have sparked questions about how British agricultural authorities are dealing with the outbreak.

Inspectors with Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said yesterday afternoon there is a “strong probability” the foot-and-mouth outbreak began at a research site near to the outbreaks.