Ag department urges cattle monitoring
The Greeley Tribune
The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages cattle owners to monitor their herds for Bovine Trichomoniasis, a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle.
Bovine Trichomoniasis — trich — is a venereal disease of cattle caused by Trichomonas foetus. The T. foetus infection causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf, and is asymptomatic in bulls. Infected bulls can infect cows during breeding season; the infection will clear in cows but there is no cure for infected bulls.
Beef Management Tips
Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, VA Tech
November Beef Management Calendar
Spring Calving Herds
* SECURE ENTIRE WINTER FEED SUPPLY NOW
* Body condition score cows and separate thin cows
* Market calves at graded sales, telo-auction or as off-farm truckloads
* Background calves for sale in December, if possible
Cow falls 200 feet onto van; Michigan couple escape injury
By Jaime Adame
MANSON — A cow fell about 200 feet off a cliff Sunday and landed on the hood of a minivan passing by Rocky Point about one mile east of Manson, officials said.
Charles Everson, Jr. and his wife Linda escaped injury.
“It was just ‘bam’— you just saw something come down and hit the hood,” Charles Everson said this morning from his hotel room in Manson.
He and his wife are in the area from Westland, Mich., near Detroit, to celebrate their one-year anniversary, he said. They were on Highway 150 headed back to their hotel after attending a church service.
Hay Buyers Want Quality At Auctions
Hay growers should focus on what ideal customers would want before selling their hay by auction, according to auction market experts. “Try to harvest at the quality that will be desired at the marketplace,” says Dan Martens, a University of Minnesota extension educator for Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties, who is based in Foley. “Try to get the hay put up in good physical condition. Aim for the best you can for quality parameters, such as good moisture content and the best relative feed value (RFV).” Since 2001, Martens has analyzed results of the Quality Tested Hay Auctions held in Sauk Centre. He says some people question whether auctions are accurate market indicators. He believes they give growers a read of what people are thinking.
“Country Gold” And U.S. Beef Again Capture Japanese Consumers
U.S. beef was a big hit at the Country Gold Music Festival Oct. 20 in Kumamoto, Japan. A booth and cowboy-themed “restaurant” at the festival, was sponsored by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and helped generate excitement about U.S. beef among more than 20,000 music fans at the show.
As it did last year, the USMEF booth proved to be one of the most popular destinations for consumers at the event, and provided more evidence that U.S. beef continues to be popular with many Japanese, according to Greg Hanes, USMEF Japan director. About 800 servings of U.S. ribeye roll, from 40 blocks of ribeye with a specially-formulated “rub” and slow-cooked in barbecue pits, sold out before the event was finished.
In The Cattle Markets: The Big Keeps Getting Bigger
Federally inspected dressed weights for all cattle and steers set record highs recently. For the week ending November 3, all cattle dressed weights averaged 794 pounds, 1.4% higher than last year and 4.0% higher than the five year average. At 864 pounds for the week ending October 20, steer weights were 2.1% (or 20 pounds) heavier than last year and 4.2% higher than the five year average. All cattle and steer weights have been increasing dramatically for the past twenty years (see graph) – around 5 pounds per year on average.
Buyers Continue to be Selective
MFA Health Track
I just read a marketing summary put out late last week by Corbitt Wall with USDA AMS. In summary feeder calf prices last week were all over the board from $5 lower to $5 higher, but the one consistency that remained this week in the calf market is that buyers continue to be more selective for health, quality, lot size, and their preference for steers.