The September 19, issue # 555, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefSept19.html
What may be the last EQIP sign-up, at least as we know it today, was announced this week with a closing date of November 2, 2007. Find details in this week’s BEEF letter.
Articles this week include:
* EHD, Q & A Update for Ohio
* Ohio Farmers Should Apply Now for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Funding
* Forage Focus: Fertilizing Established Alfalfa Stands This Fall
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report
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Performance at a Crossroads
Angus Beef Bulletin
Compiled by API staff
Approximately 570 cattlemen and academia gathered in Fort Collins, Colo., June 6-9 for the 39th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting. The group returned to the state where the organization was founded to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
A.L. (Ike) Eller Jr. began Thursday’s session, themed “Performance at a Crossroads” by taking a poll of the audience to determine the age demographics of the room. After the quick poll, Eller made the point that there were several attendees who were not born when BIF was organized 40 years ago.
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Managing Forage Resources for Bigger Profits
Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company
From Range Beef Cow Symposium XVI Proceedings
Edited by Dale R. ZoBell, Extension Beef Specialist
Pharo Cattle Company is located 8 miles north of Cheyenne Wells, on the central high plains of Eastern Colorado. This is a short-grass country with very limited and unpredictable rainfall. We have a commercial cow herd, as well as a registered cow herd. Our seedstock program consists of Red Angus, Black Angus, Tarentaise, and Composites. Our Composite cattle are 50% Tarentaise, 30% Red or Black Angus and 20% Hereford.
Since our ranch provides our only source of income, our ranching practices must be both sustainable and profitable. Recently I’ve heard a lot of people use the catch phrase “sustainable agriculture.” I’m not sure I know exactly what that means, but I do know that it must begin with a profit because agriculture that is not profitable is not sustainable.
Lately, to be profitable in the cow/calf business hasn’t been easy. What makes it possible for some ranchers to be profitable while many are losing money even in the good times?
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Baxter Black: The Farm Bill 2008
A big debate rages on the five year $286 billion Farm Bill. Its supporters on the Congressional Ag Committee are mostly from farm states, which is to be expected. At the same time: * The percent of unionized laborers in the work force continues its decades long plunge. * America continues its tendency to lose industries; steel, automobile, shoes, oil, mining, timber, tools, electronics and publishing.
Non Genetic Factors can Affect Quality Grade of Cattle
Overland Park, Kansas — Dr. Pete Anderson, vice president of sales and technical services for VetLife, told the attendees at the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado that there are a number of factors besides genetics that impact beef marbling and quality grades. Anderson said, “Since approximately fifty percent of the US fed cattle are marketed on a value-based system that is largely driven by marbling scores and resulting quality grades, it is important that we understand all the factors that beef quality grades.
McCrea Joins Hereford World Staff As Advertising Coordinator
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Amy McCrea, Olathe, Kan., has joined the Hereford World staff as advertising coordinator.
In this position, McCrea will be responsible for coordinating Hereford World advertising and working with Hereford breeders and Hereford fieldmen. She will also assist with proofreading projects and work with the production team on Creative Service projects as time allows.
“Amy brings a wealth of customer relations experience to our team,” says Caryn Vaught, Hereford World production manager. “She is a talented individual with real-world experience working with customers to develop advertising campaigns.”
McCrea recently worked for BCS Communications as an account manager. She worked directly with her client, Boehringer Ingelheim, on newsletters, mailings and advertising. She also assisted with other various public relations tasks.
S. Korean cattle breeders rally against US beef
The Straits Times
THOUSANDS of South Korean farmers rallied Tuesday against US beef imports and urged the government to scrap a sweeping free trade pact with the United States.
Police said about 7,000 people from the Korea Beef Association braved heavy rain to take part in the rally near the National Assembly.
No violence or arrests were reported.
Shouting ‘Stop US beef imports’, they denounced the government for trying to remove a potential irritant in trade relations by allowing unlimited imports of US beef.