Cow Numbers, Beef Demand Or Washington D.C.?
In the past, if you asked me which factor is the most important in determining profitability in the cow/calf sector, I would have said supply and demand. If asked the question today, I would probably answer it the same way, but with hesitation. I certainly wouldn’t call it a positive development, but the role of government is becoming increasingly important.
Offset Potential Problems by Knowing and Planning
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Solving problems – seems like we all spend a lot of our time in this pursuit. There have been countless books written on the subject. Techniques developed and applied by companies and universities and individuals. There are a lot of good strategies to use but there is only one that is truly effective – yours. In the last issue, we talked about the origins of a lot of the problems we see on the farm and how to begin working through these issues. In the second part of this series we will talk about things that can be done preemptively to prevent some of this from happening or make the solutions easier when problems do arise.
Regulating Grass-Fed Beef: New Labeling and the Rangeland Debate
By Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel
As Hollywood starlets and organic farmers know all too well, popularity often leads to labeling. Soon grass-fed beef will join the list of labels dotting our food. Starting November 15th, the USDA will require grass-fed beef to be labeled and defined as meat that comes from animals who ate nothing but grass after being weaned.
Grassland conference to feature farmers and how they make money from livestock
Columbia, Mo. – The annual meeting of the Missouri Forage and Grasslands Council is “not just another plain old meeting,” said Eric Bright, a pasture-based dairy producer from Bucklin, Mo.
“Farmers come up with alternative ways to do things in a profitable way. It gets people to thinking,” said Bright, president of the council. “There is always something different.”
The group’s conference is Nov. 5-6 at The Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark, Mo. The meeting is open to members and non-members.
Designing A Health Program For Early Weaned Calves
The proper health program for early weaned calves will differ from one ranch or feedlot to the next. Producers should work with their local veterinarian to be sure the health and vaccination program they have in place is adequate for the disease challenges early weaned calves face. In cases where weaning is done at a very young age, the calves still have some immunity from colostrum. The health program should include emphasis on vaccinations, parasite control (internal parasites, external parasites, and coccidia), and a treatment protocol for sick calves.
McDonagh Joins Ultimate Genetics Staff
A cutting edge bovine reproduction company Ultimate Genetics, LLC. Wheelock, Texas, has recently hired a Director of Research and Technology.
Dr Melissa McDonagh joined Ultimate Genetics staff in October 2007. Dr. McDonagh is charged with the administration of all current and future research projects for Ultimate Genetics.
“The beef and dairy industry are demanding more and more toward stabilizing reproduction technologies. All of the top seed stock producers today utilize artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Ultimate Genetics is committed in staying in the forefront of new technologies regarding bovine reproduction. We are devoting tremendous resources, toward finding breakthroughs in new techniques and procedures geared around improving efficiencies through new reproductive technologies.
Beauty and the Beef
In the spirit of Halloween, it seems only appropriate that the topic of conversation should turn to bones and skeletons. Historically, from as early as ancient Egyptian times, charred bones have been used in many applications – anything from pigmentation to mouthwash. Now, they’ve made their way to the modern day cosmetic industry.
The FDA recently approved the use of “Bone Black,” or D&C Black No. 3, for use in mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner and face powder. “Bone Black” derives its name from its source – namely, carbonized cattle bones.
Before its FDA approval, black iron oxides were the only black pigment available for cosmetic companies. Now, “Bone Black” provides a low oil-absorption, matte finish alternative. Before its inception to the cosmetic industry, it served as pigment for a number of household applications, such as wood stains, colored plastics and paints.