Daily Archives: August 23, 2007

Ethanol Changing Cattle Price Equation

Ethanol Changing Cattle Price Equation   

Ann Toner

Nebraska Farmer

Ethanol production is causing a shift in the traditional relationship between corn prices and cattle prices, according to Darrell Mark, University of Nebraska agricultural economist.

Speaking to primarily to a cattle-producer audience at the Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney recently, Mark said higher corn prices appear to be prompting cattle feeders to bid more for heavier feeder calves, which are traditionally several dollars per hundredweight under lighter calves.

That’s because cattle feeders have to pay more for corn. Prices quoted for distillers grains are often 80-95% of the price of corn on a dry matter basis.


Feeding Corn Stover to Ruminants

Feeding Corn Stover to Ruminants

By: Maurice Eastridge,

Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences

With the dry conditions this year in many areas of Ohio, the yield of hay has been reduced and corn silage yields are going to be quite variable based on planting time and geographic area. Therefore, forage supplies are going to be quite limited this year, and several areas have been already reporting unreasonably high hay prices. Obviously, ruminants must have forage in their diets to remain healthy. Also with the current hay and grain prices, overall feed costs are going to be elevated for quite some time. With these conditions, alternative forage sources are being considered, including the feeding of corn stover (corn plant after grain harvest). The composition of corn stover is provided in Table 1, and it is compared to the composition of corn grain, corn silage, and wheat straw. The grain and forage components of corn are low in protein, but they especially contribute energy to the diet and fiber for ruminal health.


Receiving Protocols For Healthy Cattle

Receiving Protocols For Healthy Cattle


The right protocols lead to healthier cattle with better performance

Whether starting lightweight calves or growing and finishing cattle, a sound receiving program that includes prevention, control and treatment measures for respiratory issues helps offset the guessing game producers are typically faced with.

 “Unless producers are buying known origin cattle or animals verified with SelectVAC®, they don’t know what they’re getting,” says Mitch Blanding, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health veterinarian, Lenexa, Kan. “In any given group of animals, we don’t know if they’ve been vaccinated and for what, we don’t know if the sick animals have been ill for 1 or 5 days, we may not even be sure if they’ve come from a drought-stricken area that adds to the ‘normal’ level of stress.”


Management can Prevent Urea Feeding Problem

Management can Prevent Urea Feeding Problem

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

Cattle Today

Last week I received a call from a feed manufacturer client that was encountering some issues with a customer. The customer (a cow-calf operator) had purchased a feed supplement back in the fall and winter from the feed company and was now complaining that he had suffered some significant loss of performance because of the use of the product and the fact that the product included non-protein nitrogen in the form of urea. Upon reviewing the case and the letter sent to the producer by his veterinarian, it became obvious that even after all the years urea has been used as a source of nitrogen for the production of bacterial protein in the ruminant, many misunderstandings and misconceptions still exist about this commonly used feed ingredient. Additionally, since urea is, essentially, a by-product from the energy industry, its value and cost has been affected by recent developments in that industry. In response to both of these circumstances I felt it would be useful to revisit this topic.


Organic farmers suffer extensive crop damage

Organic farmers suffer extensive crop damage

Madison Daily Leader

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Richard de Wilde estimates he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars this week when a foot of rain inundated his organic beef and vegetable farm in southwestern Wisconsin.

“Out of our 100 acres of vegetables, we had easily 30 under water,” de Wilde, one of the state’s largest organic farmers, said in a phone interview Tuesday. “If that was all a loss, it’s $300,000. I’m thinking we’re going to be able to salvage some out of there, but certainly it’s more than $200,000 just counting crops.”


Cattle and Pastures Suffer Under Heat

Cattle and Pastures Suffer Under Heat


CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR–Imagine wearing a thick black coat during the hottest part of the year. You are unable to go inside and can’t take the coat off as the sun bears down. Your body temperature shoots up. You need a lot of shade and gallons upon gallons of water to survive. That’s the life of a black Angus cow during the summer.


Michigan: Producers Are Reminded To Obtain Movement Certificates For Moving Cattle Across Zonal Boundaries

Michigan:  Producers Are Reminded To Obtain Movement Certificates For Moving Cattle Across Zonal Boundaries

MI Newswire

LANSING – Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) officials remind producers that all cattle and bison from the Lower Peninsula moving across bovine Tuberculosis (TB) zonal boundaries are required to have a movement certificate before leaving farm premises.

“Michigan must prove to other states that our disease testing, surveillance and regulatory programs are preventing the spread of bovine TB,” said Dr. Steven Halstead, state veterinarian. “Certificates for movement are critical to Michigan’s goal of achieving TB-free status. To help us achieve it, MDA is partnering with the Michigan State Police to check livestock vehicles, loaded or empty, to ensure haulers have the proper paperwork both at the Mackinac Bridge and along the border between the Modified Accredited Zone and the Modified Accredited Advanced Zone.”