Monthly Archives: October 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The October 31, issue # 560, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at:

Despite last week’s much welcomed rainfall over most of Ohio, the impact of this summer’s drought will likely linger for cattlemen until at least well into next spring. As a part of the continuing effort to offer timely and cost effective management strategies to Ohio’s cattlemen, OSU Extension has scheduled a series of “Drought 07” strategy meetings for November. This week’s letter features an invitation for you to bring your neighbor and attend.

Articles include:
* OSU Extension Offers “Drought Strategies” at Series of Meetings
* Feeding Systems for Beef Cows
* Forage Focus: Frost Damage and Prussic Acid Poisoning Potential

Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Grants

Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Grants

Cattle Today

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is now accepting farmer research grant applications. Applications are due by November 15, 2007.

Farmers, ranchers or producer organizations in the U.S. Southern Region are eligible to apply for a Producer Grant, which have maximums of $10,000 for individual producers and $15,000 for producer organizations to be used within two years.

Coordinating the SARE program for Tennessee are Roy Bullock with Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program, and Clark Garland with University of Tennessee Extension. Both encourage producers to apply for the grants.


Film questions food costs

Film questions food costs

Low prices come with trade-offs to health, filmmakers say.

Maureen Groppe

Gannett News Service/

From his Indiana nursing home, former Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz lets the makers of the documentary “King Corn” in on “America’s best kept secret.”

Americans spend only between 16 percent and 17 percent of their take-home pay on food, Butz tells the camera.

“That’s marvelous,” said Butz, who transformed agriculture policy in the 1970s. “It’s the basis of our affluence now.”

But the filmmakers aren’t so sure. Recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, who grew an acre of corn to follow it through the food chain, point out that their generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents because of what they eat — much of it corn-fed meat, corn-based processed foods or those sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.


Research adds value to beef

Research adds value to beef

Wilson County News

Providing beef products that are versatile and economical and enhancing beef cuts are part of the initiatives that drive checkoff-funded research for the industry. The Beef Checkoff Program’s latest research includes new cuts from the chuck roll and a study on beef tenderness.

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) incorporates national industry-leading beef research into all program areas utilizing the information to educate consumer and beef producers. Beef products research has resulted in a new line of beef value cuts scheduled for release in 2008, according to the checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group (BIG). The new lines of value cuts are fabricated form the beef chuck roll, which currently retail as chuck roast and chuck steaks.


Effect of Hay Feeding Methods on Hay Waste and Wintering Costs

Effect of Hay Feeding Methods on Hay Waste and Wintering Costs

Compiled by Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University

Michigan State University animal scientists studied four hay feeder design types: cone, ring, trailer or cradle. All feeder types allowed approximately 14.5 inches for each animal. Dry matter hay waste was 3.5%, 6.1%, 11.4% and 14.6% for the cone, ring, trailer and cradle feeders, respectively. There were differences in the behavior of cows at the feeders that may be involved with the differences in wastage. Cows eating from the cradle feeder had about 3 times as much butting and displacement behavior as other feeder types and four times as many entrances compared to cows feeding at the other type of feeders. The researchers determined that slanted bar designs encourage animals to keep their head in the feeder for longer periods while eating. Source: Buskirk, et al. 2003.


Conner vows to keep working on Asian beef markets

Conner vows to keep working on Asian beef markets

by Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Acting U.S. Ag Secretary Chuck Conner addressed the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Global Outlook Forum in Washington D.C. Monday. He touted gains in U.S. beef and pork exports this year and vowed to keep working on restoring normal beef trade between the U.S. and Asian nations.

Conner said U.S. pork exports are up 6% so far this year, with beef exports up 17% to around 500,000 tonnes. And he suggested the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) designation of the U.S. as a nation at controlled risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May had proven helpful. Still, Conner noted more work needs to be done on re-opening Asian markets to U.S. beef.

“The progress of course – of course – has been slower than we would have like and this has been an issue that is going to require a focused, patient and a persistent effort to resolve at a government-to-government level,” said Conner. “I want you to know, ladies and gentlemen, that we remain very, very committed to getting this job done.”


What Factors Affect Stocking Rate Decisions?

What Factors Affect Stocking Rate Decisions?

The stocking rates selected must enable the ranch to survive financially (meet current obligations and provide for future needs), give satisfactory animal performance and allow for the future regrowth of forage.

Many ranchers try to graze the maximum number of animals they believe possible under current and “hoped for” conditions. Then if forage shortfalls and overgrazing occur, they are frequently blamed on drought. In fact, it is not drought nor the amount or distribution of rainfall that is the prime cause of range degradation. The most common cause of degradation is simply that ranchers expect animal productivity from their rangelands to be much higher than is realistic