Monthly Archives: September 2007

Beef Cattle Vaccinated Against E. coli O157:H7

Beef Cattle Vaccinated Against E. coli O157:H7

      – Top Meadow Farms world’s first commercial adopter of vaccine –

PR News wire

Bioniche LifeSciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that its vaccine against E. coliO157:H7 in cattle has been used for the first time by a commercial beef producer. Top Meadow Farms, an Ontario-based producer of premium beef, integrated use of the E. coli O157:H7 vaccine into its Top in Field(TM) cattle rearing standards, under the auspices of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations governing the sale of the vaccine in Canada.


Beef tour planned to Argentina, Brazil

Beef tour planned to Argentina, Brazil

From MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — Montanans who want to visit beef operations in Argentina and Brazil are invited to join the upcoming Beef Study Tour sponsored by the Montana Institute for Global Beef Studies and BEEF magazine.

“In today’s global marketplace, cattlemen need to know what the competition is up to and how they’re doing it,” said Clint Peck of Billings, Montana’s director of Beef Quality Assurance. “We’ve developed an itinerary that’ll give beef producers around the nation the best possible look at these countries’ beef systems and assess their strengths and weaknesses as competitors in international markets.”


Summit Will Explore Effect Ethanol Co-Products Have On Beef Quality

Summit Will Explore Effect Ethanol Co-Products Have On Beef Quality

Speakers from academia, the meat processing sector and the cattle feeding industry will discuss the effect feeding ethanol co-products has on beef quality during an upcoming meeting in Omaha. The BEEF Quality Summit will take place November 7-8 at Omaha ’s Holiday Inn Centre.

Sponsored by BEEF magazine, the meeting will open with a panel discussing the status of the industry’s effort to improve beef quality. Participants will be Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Vice President of Purchasing Jim Cannon, Certified Angus Beef Vice President Larry Corah, Greater Omaha Packing Executive Vice President Angelo Fili and Texas A&M University Animal Science Regents Professor Jeff Savell.


Agriculture: Open Range

Agriculture: Open Range


Kevin Timberlake digs the toe of his cowboy boot into the caked earth and gives the coffee-colored dirt a scuff. Some 70 acres of scrubby land spread out in front of him under the washed-out blue sky. “See the soil. This is junk,” Timberlake says. Under his breath, he counts a thin herd of cattle hanging their heads over the weeds. Once a horse trainer and breeder in Missouri, Timberlake now spends his days thinking about cows, and this time next year, he and his employer, Western Cattle Company, would like to see about 10,000 more living on this land. “I’d be taking the ground and turning it into something,” he says.


Weaning Options

Weaning options

by Bob Larson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State University

Angus Journal

Weaning is considered a stressful event for calves and can affect health and weight gain. The timing and method of weaning can influence a number of important considerations on a ranch, including calf health, amount of weight sold, amount of purchased forage and feed needed to support the cow herd, pasture management, timing and amount of labor required, postweaning growth performance and efficiency, and carcass characteristics.


Cattle can be Trained for Ease of Handling

Cattle can be Trained for Ease of Handling

by: Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Cattle can be readily trained for ease of handling, if you understand how they think. They are adaptable, and have excellent memories. They never forget a bad experience, and you can “ruin” a cow or a herd for future ease of handling if you abuse them or destroy their trust. The stockman who handles cattle in a calm and patient manner will have much calmer, more managable cattle than the person who chases and rams them around and gets them excited.

Shaping the cow herd to be quiet and easily handled is like training a horse; introduce new things in a calm, confident and positive way–working with their natural ways of thinking rather than against them. They respond to release of pressure, for instance, and force is always counterproductive.


Savvy producers can survive hay shortage

Savvy producers can survive hay shortage

Delta Farm Press

Management plans that include alternative feeding strategies for livestock and horses will be the key to survival for producers facing severe hay shortages this year.

A dry spring followed by an early summer drought caused producers to miss several hay cuttings, said Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Rain in some pastures after July 1 renewed producer interest in making a hay crop, but dry conditions swiftly returned later in the month in many areas of the state. Hay harvests and yields varied throughout Mississippi because of varying moisture conditions, she noted.