Maybe There Is a Reason (or 10)
– Economics drives genetic and management decisions in the beef industry.
by Larry Corah, Certified Angus Beef
In the early 1960s, excitement over the “new breeds” was starting to permeate the beef industry. Grown tired of the poor growth performance and “wastiness” of English breeds, producers welcomed change.
The effect of the Continental breed influx was staggering. By the next decade, registrations for Angus, Hereford and other English breeds were in a dramatic downward spiral. The new blood kept on coming until more than 80 breeds of cattle were being used somewhere in this country in the 1980s. The “rainbow” beef industry had been created.
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NCBA to Host Employee Management Conference
Denver, September 7, 2007 — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is teaming with Kansas State University and the National Pork Board to offer the “Employee Management For Production Agriculture Conference,” Oct. 11-12, 2007.
The conference will be held at the Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel near Kansas City International Airport. The meeting begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, with the program set to begin at 10:00 a.m. The conference ends Friday afternoon after 1:00 p.m. industry workshops for beef and pork producers.
General sessions will cover topics such as working with diverse cultures in agricultural businesses, and dealing with difficult economic conditions.
Starting Cool Season Stocker Cattle
As the days get shorter and the weather cools off, it is time for many of you to start thinking about buying and starting stocker calves for cool season grasses and wheat pasture. Although wheat grazing may be down this year due to high grain prices, we have had a great year for grass, and there should be lots of cool season pasture available. Proper processing and starting can eliminate a lot of health problems before they strike.
Cull feeding attractive this winter
Western Livestock Journal
The marketing of cull cows this year could require some strategic planning in order to maximize return. In previous years, feeding cull cows through the winter and into spring made good sense, particularly for producers who had inexpensive feed available. Premium white fat cows, sold in the first quarter of the year, have traditionally commanded a premium at the auction market. This year, however, cull prices are slipping and could be further impacted as continued drought in the southeast adds to cull numbers and feeding cost increase, making wintering costs prohibitive. The combination of factors could lead to an increase of cows coming to market this fall, dropping the average sale price. Another unknown is how many cows will be shipped from Canada once the border is opened to cattle born after March 1, 1999, a move that is expected to come before the end of the year.
NALF concludes Visions Quest Round 2
High Plains Journal
The cattle-feeding and carcass-data-collection phases of Visions Quest Round 2, the North American Limousin Foundation’s cattle-feeding and carcass-discovery project with Colorado State University, concluded Aug. 2 at the Swift and Co. packing plant in Greeley, Colo. Data analysis recently began, and it promises to provide critical lessons for the breed’s long-term success in providing the most profitable genetics and crossbreeding solutions for commercial cattle producers.
“We were impressed with these cattle,” said Kent Andersen, Ph.D., executive vice president for NALF. “They have demonstrated how Limousin and Lim-Flex producers are addressing the needs of today’s beef industry.”
The 311 head (including a “control group” of 10 Angus steers) in the project averaged 1,316 pounds of liveweight at harvest, with an 864-pound average carcass that dressed at about 66 percent. With backfat and ribeye area averaging 0.5 inch and 15 square inches, respectively, the typical Yield Grade was 2.5. Forty-one percent of the cattle graded Choice.
Interval Feeding Of Protein Supplement To Cows On Range
Dry, pregnant beef cows grazing low quality warm season pastures in late summer, fall, and early winter are usually supplemented with high protein supplements. It would be desirable to feed the supplement at less frequent intervals (than daily) to reduce labor and equipment costs. A study done at OSU in the 1990’s has indicated that cows fed the same amount of total 40% crude protein supplement either 3 or 6 days per week perform similarly. Interestingly enough, similar research was reported almost 40 years ago with similar results. Below in table 1 are the results of the most recent experiment. Cows were fed 21 pounds of protein cubes per week from November 17 until March 9. From March 10 to April 22, cows were fed 28 pounds of supplement and only 17.5 pounds per week from April 23 to May 15.
Cattle industry wary of TB threat
By ROD WALTON
Oklahoma’s cattle industry retained its tuberculosis-free status despite a close call earlier this year, but positive tests in neighboring states have kept ranchers and inspectors on edge, a government veterinarian said Friday.
Losing the TB-free certification could have cost the industry millions of dollars in mandated testing for several years.
“We were certainly concerned,” said Rod Hall, a veterinarian who also oversees inspectors for Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “We’re trying to be very diligent.”
Two cows in a Cimarron County herd tested positive for TB last spring, according to reports. The federal government could have stripped Oklahoma of its TB-free designation if another confirmed case was found in another herd.