Cooler temps bring herd concerns
By GARY TILGHMAN
Glasgow Daily Times
GLASGOW — Finally, the temperatures outside are feeling more like fall! With these more comfortable temperatures, now is a perfect time to make sure your feeding program is on target to capitalize on the favorable milk prices. This year’s weather and higher costs and limited availability of some feeds may dictate changes in your feeding program.
By now, you probably have had your forages tested. With the limited amount of forages available this year, it is critical that the best quality forages be allocated to the milking herd. As a result, heifers and dry cows may be fed different forages this year, in an attempt to extend the forage supply. With these changes in forages being fed and lower body condition on cows, it is critical that current forage analysis results are used to balance rations for not only the milking herd but also dry cows and heifers.
NCBA Editorial: Government Meddling Threatens Cattle Industry’s Future
Once upon a time, the 2007 Farm Bill was going to be about free market reforms that would reward the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. Time and again, we heard top officials in Washington, D.C., talking of the need to loosen government’s grip on American agriculture. As a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) member, this was music to my ears. NCBA embraces the philosophy of less government control and interference in our industry.
But now the heavy hand of government threatens to make this Farm Bill a disaster for cattlemen. The Senate Agriculture Committee’s version of the bill contains several anti-competitive provisions, including a ban on packer ownership of cattle more than 14 days prior to slaughter.
NCBA Reports Membership is on the Rise
Membership in the nation’s oldest and largest cattlemen’s organization continues to grow. As of Sept. 30, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) counted 29,029 members – an 8 percent increase over the same time last year.
“NCBA continues to provide leadership and solutions, and those answers come from the rank-and-file membership of cattlemen working on the ground,” says Bill Donald, a cow-calf producer from Melville, Mont., and vice chairman of the NCBA Membership Committee. “NCBA succeeds because members direct our policy and have provided real solutions for cattlemen since 1898. With the addition of our field representatives in the country, I’m very optimistic about what we can do in the coming year.”
USDA Funds Genetic Research To Help Breeders Predict Animals’ Makeup
USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service announced $5 million in funding during fiscal 2008 for a four-year research project to investigate methods of using whole genome enabled animal selection.
The research will enable animal breeders to use genetic information to predict what an animal’s physical makeup will be and what genes will be passed to the next generation. Whole genome enabled animal selection scans the animal’s genome and the makeup of its DNA, then predicts its genetic merit as a potential future parent.
Give Young Bulls Transition Period From Sale to Breeding
by: Heather Smith Thomas
The toughest time in a young bull’s life is generally when he’s thrust into the “real world” after being well fed all winter. Most bulls are raised in very unnatural conditions — confined and fed concentrate feeds, pushed for fast growth. Even the bulls on “growing rations” are carrying more flesh than bulls raised on grass or wintered on hay, and it can be a major adjustment when suddenly turned out with cows. Some of them just can’t handle the drastic increase in exercise and decrease in nutrition and fall apart rather quickly. After experiencing wrecks with overfat young bulls, most stockmen become more selective about the seedstock producers they patronize–trying to find a breeder who offers bulls in better working condition.
DDGS use affects phosphorus in hog, cattle manure
Iowa Farmer Today
Feeding ethanol co-products to hogs should reduce the need for supplemental phosphorus in feed rations.
Jerry Shurson, Extension swine specialist with the University of Minnesota, says the P in co-products, such as distillers grains, is more available to the hog than P found in corn. This means less P ends up in manure.
He says research indicates adding 20 percent dry distillers grains (DDGS) to a nursery diet should result in the greatest reduction in phosphorus in manure, if the diet is formulated based on available P.
Who does NCBA represent – U.S. cattlemen or packers?
Farm and Ranch Guide
To the editor:
What should an independent cattle producer believe about the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)?
I recently received a letter from the NCBA requesting my membership in the organization. In this letter, the NCBA claims to be lobbying in Washington, D.C., on issues important to cattle producers. This is true – the NCBA is very actively lobbying on issues important to cattlemen. They specifically claim to have improved language to fix country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in the upcoming farm bill.
You would think by the inference of the letter the NCBA was front and center in fighting for COOL. Well, it is true the NCBA was front and center in the debate and fight over COOL, the only problem is the NCBA was trying desperately to kill COOL. The NCBA was working with the American Meat Institute (AMI) to kill the COOL law or gut the effectiveness of the law. The AMI aggressively lobbies for the packers’ best interests.