Daily Archives: October 15, 2007

BeefTalk: Opportunity Comes with Intensity

BeefTalk: Opportunity Comes with Intensity

Opportunity Comes With Intensity! Opportunity Comes With Intensity!

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The need to increase management intensity to meet the expected opportunity must be met.

Many opportunities exist within agriculture. Most are driven by the opportunity to make more money, but some are driven by the opportunity to do something different.

In either case, the successful completion of the endeavor is not always positive.

Frank Kutka, sustainable agricultural specialist at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center, attended a conference on goat production. Given my background in small ruminants, primarily sheep, it didn’t take long to engage in a good discussion about the conference and the world of smaller ruminants.

Having taught the key management principles involved in small-ruminant production, the learning curve often was steep and producer success was not always achieved. In the end, neither the sheep nor the goat industries have successfully engaged mainstream production levels capable of sustaining viable production scenarios of scale.


Control & Prevention Of Anaplasmosis

Control & Prevention Of Anaplasmosis


Anaplasmosis is usually thought of as a late summer and early fall problem in the Midwest, but more and more it is causing problems year around.  It is caused by a tiny parasitic organism called Anaplasma marginale that invades the red blood cells.  The animal’s immune system tries to deal with the problem by removing the affected red blood cells from the circulation, but in destroying the organism the red cells are also destroyed.  This results in a series of symptoms associated with anemia and the characteristic yellow or orange coloration of the body tissues, which comes from pigments released as the red cells are broken down.  Because anaplasmosis is a disease of mature cattle and the transmission is more efficient under range conditions, it is usually associated with beef cow herds more than feedlot or dairy animals.


U.S. Red Meat Exports Value Increases through July

U.S. Red Meat Exports Value Increases through July

Cattle Today

U.S. red meat exports posted increases in value through the first seven months of this year compared to the same time last year, according to the latest statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. beef and beef variety meat exports worldwide increased 27 percent in value to $1.42 billion and 16 percent in volume to 425,394 metric tons (mt) (937.8 million pounds) while U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports were up five percent in value to $1.7 billion, but declined five percent in volume to 704,138 mt (1.55 billion pounds).

Through July, Mexico continued to be the leading market for U.S. beef and beef variety meat exports with a volume of 202,500 mt (446.3 million pounds) valued at $670.8 million. Mexico, still the second-largest destination for U.S. pork and pork variety meat, posted a 27 percent decline in volume to 154,410 mt (340.4 million pounds) and a 22 percent decline in value to $248.2 million. However, export volume in July was 21,389 mt (47.1 million pounds), a 12 percent increase from the prior month.


Grazing corn residues cuts costs of wintering beef cows

Grazing corn residues cuts costs of wintering beef cows

By NDSU Extension

Prairie Star

Grazing corn residues is one way to reduce the cost of wintering beef cows in the upper Midwest, a North Dakota State University cattle expert says.

 “With the increase in corn acres in North Dakota and the surrounding region this year, availability of corn residue also has increased, making this practice even more attractive,” says Greg Lardy, NDSU Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

Corn residue left behind after harvest includes the stalk, leaf, husk and cob, as well as downed ears. The amount of downed ears varies with the corn variety, but it can be as much as 3 to 5 bushels of corn per acre.

Generally, approximately 50 pounds of residue is left on the field per bushel of corn harvested. For example, if you harvest 120 bushels of corn, you can expect about 6,000 pounds of residue per acre (120 bushels times 50 pounds of residue per bushel).


High dollar a big hindrance to cattle operators

High dollar a big hindrance to cattle operators


Medicine Hat News

With the fallout from the BSE crisis nearly over  — and especially with the U.S. border scheduled to open to live cattle older than 30 months and beef products on Nov. 19 —  you’d think the Canadian cattle industry would be humming along.

Think again. According to a local cattle specialist, this is the worst shape he’s seen the industry in for at least the past 15 years.

Chuck MacLean, spokesman for the local Porter & MacLean Livestock Management Inc., puts a large part of the blame squarely on the rapid escalation of the Canadian dollar, feed grain costs and the cost of the increasingly regulatory burden all ranchers are facing.

“Normally, if you just had one thing like an increase in the Canadian dollar, or an increase in feed cost, maybe you’d have had something else to offset it,” MacLean said in an interview Friday.

“We’re saying that all these things coming down the pike at the same time are having a really large impact on us. Right now, from the packers to the cow-calf operators, there’s nobody in that whole chain who’s making any money right now.”


Local Cattle Farmer Imports Hay From Kansas

Local Cattle Farmer Imports Hay From Kansas

Greeneville Sun

Drought-stricken Greene County farmer Kyle Wills unloaded roughly 24 bales of hay on Thursday that he had trucked in from Kansas. His feed-shortage dilemma is a prevalent one among cattle farmers in Greene County.

Wills said he desperately needed the bales, each weighing 1,700-2,000 pounds, because of “an emergency situation” he had in feeding about 300 beef cattle he owns on several farms in the county.

The farmer said that because of the prolonged drought here, his normally grassy pasture fields “are about like a parking lot,” with little or no grazing foliage for his cattle to feed on.

Wills said this was the third load he has had trucked in from outside the area to feed his cattle in the last four-five weeks.


Hereford Tour Goes Form Pasture to Plate

Hereford Tour Goes Form Pasture to Plate

Cattle Today

Kansas City, Mo. — A bus load of seedstock and commercial producers, and farmer feeders spent four days traveling through South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas visiting Hereford seedstock and commercial ranches, feedlots, and packing plants, plus spent hours discussing beef industry topics and sharing knowledge. The group included producers from 16 states with a total of 14,000 cows ranging from a handful to 1,000 head individually.

“An eye-opening experience” summarized most tour participants’ comments about the High Plains Hereford tour, which covered 1,600 miles. The tour started in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10 and traveled through Nebraska and Kansas returning to Rapid City Sept. 13.

“The purpose of the tour was to give producers the opportunity to see different segments of the beef industry,” said Jay Elfeldt, American Hereford Association (AHA) fieldman and tour co-chairman. “It was truly a great learning opportunity and exceeded all of our expectations.”