Monthly Archives: October 2007

S.C. Farmers Forced To Unload Cows During Devastating Drought

S.C. Farmers Forced To Unload Cows During Devastating Drought


CHESTER, S.C. — Thousands of cows are disappearing from the area — sold off because of the drought that’s devastating long-time cattle farmers.

“I go to bed thinking about it, and get up thinking about it,” said Kenneth Johnson of Clover, who’s farmed for 50 years.

Johnson joined dozens of other farmers Tuesday morning at a weekly auction in Chester County. This year has been the busiest on record for the auction as the drought forces many farmers to sell off their cattle.

The lack of rain has wiped out grazing pastures and is causing farmers to use hay that’s usually saved up for winter. That hay is much more expensive since it’s become a hot commodity. Farmers are paying $50 to $75 a bale as opposed to $20 to $40 when hay is plentiful.


Colorado Red Angus Breeder Earns Producer of the Year

Colorado Red Angus Breeder Earns Producer of the Year

Cattle Today

Larry and Jean Croissant were honored by their peers by earning the Red Angus Association of America’s (RAAA) Breeder of the Year Award. The Croissants received the award at the 2007 National RAAA Convention held in Dodge City, Kan., September 26 – 29 at the historic Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center. They were presented the award by Donnell and Kelli Brown, RA Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas; long time friends, customers and one of the industry’s largest seedstock producers.


11 Plaintiffs File Complaint to Stop USDA’s Dangerous OTM Rule

11 Plaintiffs File Complaint to Stop USDA’s Dangerous OTM Rule

PR Newswire

R-CALF USA, along with 10 other plaintiffs, has filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the District Court — District of South Dakota, Northern Division (District Court) in an effort to prevent the agency decision from opening the Canadian border to imports of live cattle born after March 1, 1999, and beef products from cattle over 30 months of age. USDA’s decision, often referred to as the OTM (over 30 month) Rule, is scheduled to take effect Nov. 19. Eleven cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) have been detected in Canadian-born cattle, seven since the beginning of last year.


Needle Know-How

Needle Know-How

Needle selection and care are essential to quality assurance. When choosing the proper needle for administering the medication, keep the following facts in mind.

When possible, use products that can be administered subcutaneously because they cause less damage to the carcass.

Needle length for subcutaneous infections shouldn’t exceed 3/4 inch. Furthermore, many intramuscular injections can be done with a 1-inch needle.

Always remember that if you feel resistance when the needle penetrates the hide, check for barbs on the tip of the needle. It may be time for a new needle.


Tyson: Still too much beef-processing capacity

Tyson: Still too much beef-processing capacity


Lincoln Journal Star

Anybody seeking a message of certainty from John Tyson about the stability of Nebraska’s meatpacking industry would have come up a bit short in Lincoln Tuesday.

The chairman of the board of the nation’s largest beef processor predicted another round of “rationalizing” in beef-processing capacity.

Outside the ranks of meatpackers, rationalizing usually means creating false justification for action.

In the language of meatpackers, it means acting with full justification to downsize processing capacity to the reality of fewer cattle.


A Dry Summer Could Make for a Difficult Winter for Area Cattle Farmers.

A Dry Summer Could Make for a Difficult Winter for Area Cattle Farmers.

Southern States is offering various programs to help farmers deal with water shortage.

Story by Hilary Magacs


BUCKHANNON — Southern States is a farm Co-op with multiple locations in the US. Workers at the Buckhannon Co-op there say it’s been a tough year for many cattle farmers in the area because low amounts of rain have produced a hay shortage.

“The main problem is the lack of moisture, which has caused the hay crop to be down significantly and we’re from 20 to 40 percent pretty much in the Upshur and Randolph County area,” says Bill Kraft, District Manager for the Buckhannon Co-op.


R-CALF, for now, puts brakes on cattle crossing

R-CALF, for now, puts brakes on cattle crossing


Medicine Hat News

 The Canadian cattle industry wasn’t surprised that U.S. protectionist group R-CALF went to court again this week in an attempt to stop older than 30 months (OTM) live cattle and beef products from crossing the border next month.

But that doesn’t negate the fact that there’s a fair amount of consternation about the timing.

As it stands right now, the border is scheduled to re-open to older cattle and beef products as of Nov.19 — less than three weeks away.

“Basically, we’re not surprised “ said Theresa Keddy, communications manager for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).

“It’s bad timing unfortunately, but we don’t think R-CALF’s action is going to change anything.”