Daily Archives: November 15, 2007

Black Ink: A share of data

Black Ink:  A share of data

By Miranda Reiman

Anyone with siblings can recall all the ways they were taught to share. With bunk beds and half the closet space, maybe you had double-occupancy bedrooms.

As children, you had to let cousins or friends play with your favorite truck, Barbie or basketball. Remember having to divvy up your Halloween candy so each family member got the same amount?

If you didn’t learn it in your younger years, growing up and getting married certainly teaches some lessons in sharing. There are the joint bank accounts, household chores and personal memories.

Maturity helps you discover the many benefits that come from sharing, the good feeling, the chance for another to reciprocate the favor, and the list goes on and on. Yet when it comes to information, many farmers and ranches have a hard time with the concept.



Cow-calf management tips for November

Cow-calf management tips for November

By Rusty Evans

Ashland City Times

As the fall progresses, the continued “Drought of ’07” has producers considering how they are going to be able to feed their cattle this winter.

Many are already out of feed. Rainfall for 2007 is at a 16-inch deficit across the state. Most of Tennessee has been in the extreme categories of drought measurement. Spring hay harvest was reduced by 50 percent, and there was no “second cutting.”


UT Research Center Honored For 75 Years Of Collecting Data

UT Research Center Honored For 75 Years Of Collecting Data


The Greeneville Sun

The University of Tennessee Research and Education Center at Greeneville was honored on Saturday.

It is one of many weather centers being recognized in November, which Gov. Phil Bredesen has proclaimed as “Tennessee Volunteer Weather Observer Month.”

More than 900 volunteer weather observers throughout Tennessee are being honored for their service to the National Weather Service.

The local Research and Education Center, which is on E. Allens Bridge Road near the Link Hills Country Club, was presented with an award for its 75 years of service as a weather station.


Test Cornstalks Before Feeding To Cattle & Horses

Test Cornstalks Before Feeding To Cattle & Horses


AMES, Iowa    Cattle producers who notice mold on bales of cornstalks should get them tested for toxins before using them for feed, an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef field specialist said today.

Heavy rains in October have affected the quality of cornstalks, which many producers use to lessen their winter feed costs. The extra moisture, however, has increased the chance for mold and mycotoxins, or toxins produced by fungi, to develop.

Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef field specialist, said she recommends cattle producers have a mycotoxin test conducted on cornstalks that show any noticeable signs of mold before using them as feed.

“Now if they don’t see any visible mold, then chances are it’s not going to be a problem,” she said of mycotoxins.


Beef producers should avoid surprises, inventory feed resources

Beef producers should avoid surprises, inventory feed resources

Rensselaer Republican

WEST LAFAYETTE – Not all bales feed the same, and producers need to take that into consideration when feeding cattle, said a Purdue University expert.

The actual bale weight is not the amount that cattle will consume. Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef management specialist, said it’s important to not make assumptions based on bale weight alone.


Expanded Canadian cattle imports just days away

Expanded Canadian cattle imports just days away

by Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Over the next several weeks sale barns across South Dakota will be holding benefit auctions. The purpose? To raise money for the lawsuit filed by R-CALF USA and other groups aimed at blocking the USDA rule that will allow virtually all Canadian cattle born after March 1st of 1999 into the U.S.

R-CALF is calling on Northern Plains ranchers to donate a cull cow for auction. Alan Lund, a beef producer from Selfridge, North Dakota, already has. He told Brownfield the border re-opening comes just as many producers are planning to sell their culls. And according to Lund, it’s having a negative price impact in advance.

“I think it’s probably already started depressing our market probably a month back just because of speculation,” Lund said. “The cull cow runs have been very large the last two weeks.”

Still, USDA spokeswoman Karen Eggers told Brownfield the Agency has already been working with companies who import Canadian cattle in anticipation of the rule’s implementation. And she said the Canadian border re-opening is currently on schedule for next week.


Years Of Experience Earn Oregon Couple Recognition

Years Of Experience Earn Oregon Couple Recognition


In the high desert country near Diamond, Oregon, Harold and Mary Otley own and operate Otley Brothers Cattle. Perhaps the most amazing thing is the fact that Harold is 90 and Mary is 85, but it’s no surprise to anyone that knows them that neither is showing any signs of slowing down. Their ranch includes their children Harry, Fred, and daughter Sherrie along with their families. The Otley’s cowherd is Red Angus based with some South Devon influence. They market their calf crop through Superior Livestock and their calves consistently top the market.

Mary makes the genetic decisions and purchases all of the bulls used on the ranch, the majority of which are obtained from Wedel Red Angus located in Leoti, Kan. Her philosophy is that the cattle need to work not only for them but also for the feedlot and the retail customer.  Their quest for excellence throughout the entire beef cycle has earned them the Commercial Breeder of the Year Award from the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). The Otley’s 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. It was presented by Frank Wedel of Wedel Red Angus. “When I called Mary and told her, she said that she felt that there were others more deserving, I can’t think of anyone more deserving, “ stated Wedel.