Monthly Archives: August 2007

Beef Cowherd Expansion Decisions, Is Bigger Always Better?

Beef Cowherd Expansion Decisions, Is Bigger Always Better?

Iowa Beef Center


This chapter will discuss expansion of a beef cow-calf enterprise and different strategies for

achieving it. Alternative expansion routes may include:

• Buying replacement heifers

• Raising replacement heifers

• Leasing breeding stock and/or a share or cash agreement

• Retaining ownership of raised calves

Each of these strategies will be discussed in terms of level of risk, profitability, cash flow

feasibility and tax management implications


Rep. Van Dyk misses mark on Montana livestock industry

Rep. Van Dyk misses mark on Montana livestock industry

By ERROL RICE, Montana Stockgrowers Association exec. veep

Prairie Star

Recently, Rep. Kendall Van Dyk from House District 49 questioned the rural values of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. I’m pleased to respond with clarity our position on the difficult pieces of legislation mentioned by Rep. Van Dyk.

Rep. Van Dyk questioned the stance taken by the Stockgrowers on three bills: bridge access to streams; groundwater permitting and S.B. 407.

S.B. 78, the so-called bridge access bill, was opposed by Stockgrowers because it was not a “compromise” approach to access to streams at county bridge crossings as Rep. Van Dyk stated. The bill failed to meet the terms of Stockgrowers policy, and the bill involved no landowner participation in its development. The bill, if passed, would actually increase litigation, increase liability for ranchers and counties, and create, rather than resolve, controversy. In fact, after the House Commit-tee hearing, both Democrat and Repub-lican legislators expressed serious doubts about the bill, and it died.


YB Meats Owner Finds Success by Sticking Close to Home

YB Meats Owner Finds Success by Sticking Close to Home


The Wichita Eagle

Every time there’s a food safety scare, Eric Kauffman braces for a big business day.”Just let the news come out that’s there’s mad cow disease or an E. coli recall and our business is up 30 percent the next day,” said Kauffman, who has owned the YB Meats store on West Street in Wichita for 21 years and just opened a second store at Central and Woodlawn.

He said the increase in business stems from the public’s greater trust in meat products from a small, locally owned store that buys from local processors.

Kauffman said his interest in the meat business stems from his own days on the farm, when he delivered cattle from a small family feed yard to the processing plant at Yoder.

“I had graduated from Wichita State with a degree in finance and was working at Penney’s,” he said. “But I continued to work with cattle as a sideline.”


Net farm income to surge 48%, USDA says

Net farm income to surge 48%, USDA says

Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — U.S. net farm income in 2007 will be nearly 48 percent greater than a year earlier, and more than forecast in February, as higher grain and livestock prices offset increased production costs, the government said Thursday.

Net income will reach a record $87.1 billion, up from a revised $59 billion last year, the Agriculture Department said in a report on its Web site. In February the USDA projected net farm income of $66.6 billion for 2007. Cash expenses will rise 8.5 percent, to $222.6 billion, the highest ever.


U.S. Cattlemen Lose Mad Cow Bid to Keep Canadian Animals Out

U.S. Cattlemen Lose Mad Cow Bid to Keep Canadian Animals Out


SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 29, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, was correct in deciding that Canada is a country of “minimal risk” when it comes to mad cow disease, the The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The case involves a challenge to the government’s regulation of Canadian cattle imports in the wake of incidents of mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE.

In 2004, when the USDA declared Canada to be a minimal risk, the United States was fighting its way back from a widespread ban on American beef imposed by many countries in December 2003 following the discovery of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States.


The right receiving protocols lead to better performance

The right receiving protocols lead to better performance

Western Livestock Journal

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 buyig 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.”


Cows get photo IDs in security beef-up

Cows get photo IDs in security beef-up

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri

KOLKATA: India’s Border Security Force has demonstrated that it will not be cowed down by cattle smugglers on the Indo-Bangladesh border — it has ordered Indian livestock owners to acquire photo-identity cards for their animals.

All head of cattle in the villages of West Bengal’s Murshidabad, Nadia, and South 24 Parganas districts will now be required to carry their mug shots.