Daily Archives: September 18, 2007

Chuck Miller, North Carolina Livestock Leader Passes

Chuck Miller, North Carolina Livestock Leader Passes

Mr. Charles I. “Chuck” Miller, Jr. of Apex, NC passed away Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Chuck, a ninth generation livestock farmer, was born to Charles and Melba Todd Miller on August 31, 1944 in Wyo, NC. After graduating from Courtney High School, he attended N.C. State University where he majored in Animal Science. While there he was on the NC State Livestock Judging Team and became a member of the first ROTC Parachute Team. Upon graduation in 1968, Chuck began working for Central Carolina Farmers in Durham as feed and livestock specialist while assisting to manage their livestock market in Hillsborough.

Chuck began employment at the NC Department of Agriculture on January 1, 1970 as a Livestock Marketing Specialist. In 1973, Chuck became North Carolina’s First Horse Specialist. He worked with the NC State Fair for 35 years. One of his favorite aspects was working with the youth shows including the special show for special people. Chuck saw his first Junior Beef Heifer Show in Fort Worth, TX in 1971 and started the first Junior Heifer Show in NC in 1972.

Chuck traveled out of this country 51 times for the Department of Agriculture. He exported 36 shipments of livestock by plane and has been in 28 foreign countries. In 1978, Chuck was elected Livestock Grader of the Year for the United States Department of Agriculture. He served on a seven member committee to form the present USDA Feeder Cattle Grades. Chuck developed the nation’s first meat goat grades. In 1997, Chuck was named Employee of Year for the Department of Agriculture and received the Superior Service award two times. He enjoyed judging livestock shows statewide, nationally, and internationally.


Creep Feeding Calculator

Creep Feeding Calculator

RopinÕ the Web

This calculator is intended to assist producers to determine whether creep feeding will be economically beneficial to the operation. Often, the decision is based solely on “the weight gain” expected. This calculator will show the economic gain expected.


Sulfur Content in Feeds and Forages is a growing Concern

Sulfur Content in Feeds and Forages is a growing Concern

by: Stephen B. Blezinger Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

A number of years ago it was suggested by researchers that Sulfur levels in beef cattle diets could be a problem in several ways. One of these was seen in grazing cattle that consumed excessive levels of sulfur which resulted in a true sulfur toxicity, by the suppression of normal Thiamin (B-Vitamin) synthesis and by the depression of absorption of a number of trace minerals. Over recent years the focus on nutritional and physiological problems created by the intake of higher than desirable levels of sulfur has increased and today many producers are beginning to recognize a variety of these problems in their herds. Producers, nutritionists and veterinarians alike know that just as certain amounts of some minerals are needed in the diet, these same minerals can create a whole host of problems when received in excessive amounts. Sulfur is one of these minerals.


N.D. Livestock Producers Warned of Bluetongue

N.D. Livestock Producers Warned of Bluetongue


North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialists are warning producers to protect their sheep and cattle against bluetongue, a viral, insect-transmitted disease.

Biting gnats spread the disease from animal to animal. Animals cannot contract the disease from other animals.

Earlier last week, the Montana Department of Livestock ordered sheep producers in Musselshell County not to transport sheep anywhere within or beyond county lines for the next 30 days because of a possible bluetongue outbreak. About 100 sheep have died in that south-central county since Aug. 26 and several initially tested positive for the virus. The Montana state veterinarian said he wanted to limit the movement of infected sheep so gnats wonÕt have the opportunity to bite an infected sheep and then bite a healthy sheep.


New livestock club avoids premises ID

New livestock club avoids premises ID

Wet Mountain Tribune

A stamp of approval has been placed on the proposal to form another livestock club for youth to showcase their animals at the Custer County fair.

The county commissioners approved such a proposal during their regular meetings on Aug. 31 and Sept. 4-5.

During the meeting, fair board members and other interested persons presented a detailed plan regarding the club.

In brief, members of the newly formed club will follow the same rules and regulations for the showing and sale of livestock at the local fair as 4-H and FFA youth.

The need for alternative livestock club arose after state 4-H and FFA officials mandated all participants must obtain premises identification in order to show their animals at county and state fairs.

Premises ID registration lists the name and address of the ranch owner where the animal is being raised. The new regulation goes in effect next month.


Preconditioning – Not Just About Vaccinations

Preconditioning – Not Just About Vaccinations


Preconditioning, by definition, is a vaccination, nutrition, and management program designed to prepare young cattle to withstand the stress associated with weaning and shipment to a backgrounding yard or feedlot. It is unfortunate that pre-conditioning is a term that has been loosely applied in the beef industry.

The lack of standardization has led to confusion, and in some cases abuses, by owners, buyers, and veterinarians. Part of the problem lies in a lack of communication between the buyer and seller. For any pre-conditioning program to be effective, the seller must communicate to the buyer what program was followed.


Good Fertilizer Management Leads To Optimum Cool-Season Grass Production

Good Fertilizer Management Leads To Optimum Cool-Season Grass Production


MANHATTAN, Kan. – As the weather turns cooler, cool-season grass pastures enter their most productive period of the year. For optimum production, producers need to apply sufficient fertilizer to these grasses, at the right time of year, said Dale Leikam, Kansas State University Research and Extension nutrient management specialist.

“Nitrogen, phosphorus, postassium, and sulfur are the nutrients which most commonly limit cool-season grass production in Kansas,” he said.

If cool-season grass pastures have not been sampled yet for soil test analysis, the K-State agronomist said, it should be done at once.