Daily Archives: November 21, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The November 21, issue # 563, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefNovr21.html

Cull cows are hitting the markets in droves . . . is it time to start saving heifers for rebuilding the herd?

Articles this week of Thanksgiving include:
* Forage Focus: LMIC Trends . . . Record High U.S. Hay Prices
* Hay is a valuable commodity, Save money by limiting storage and feeding waste!
* “Make or Buy” Heifer Economics
* It’s Not Too Late!!! Ohio Heifer Development Program Still Accepting Consignments!!!
* Livestock Mortality Composting Workshop Scheduled
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

Carcass Ultrasound 101

Carcass Ultrasound 101

by Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Chianina Journal

%IMF or Marbling Score…Which is it? How can I tell?

With all of the incentives to raise Choice and Prime cattle, it’s easy to see why so much selection pressure has been placed on marbling. However, the industry has done a poor job of explaining how producers can use ultrasound to select for quality grade, how ultrasound “measures” marbling, and why it’s done in such a confusing fashion. Percent Intramuscular Fat, or %IMF, is the common ultrasound term for marbling, but it needs further explanation to fully understand the concept. In short, %IMF is simply an indicator trait for marbling, much like Birth Weight EPD is an indicator of calving ease. With high marbling EPDs and carcass quality genetics demanding top dollar in the sale ring, it is extremely important producers understand what they are buying.


Moran introduces legislation to extend current farm bill

Moran introduces legislation to extend current farm bill

High Plains Journal

Congressman Jerry Moran Nov. 15 introduced a one-year extension to the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, commonly known as the 2002 farm bill. Moran’s legislation comes after delays in the U.S. Senate to pass a 2007 farm bill.

“It is unacceptable that we are nearing the end of the year without a farm bill to take home to our farmers and ranchers,” Moran said. “Our producers face the uncertainty of making next year’s crop decisions without knowing what type of safety net will be available in the coming year. Securing future financing is exceptionally difficult without certainty of farm programs. Our farmers and ranchers are already burdened with many responsibilities. They should not have to worry about whether Congress can complete a farm bill. I would have expected the Senate Democratic leadership to understand the policy and political implications of their unwillingness to act.”


Herd Health CD Available

Herd Health CD Available

American Cowman

Texas Cooperative Extension has developed an interactive CD to help cattle producers manage herd health.

“This program will help producers select and schedule month-by-month health and production management practices,” said Buddy Faries, Extension program leader for veterinary medicine. “The calendar helps them do the right thing at the right time.”

The CD includes an interactive calendar that allows a cattleman to generate a management schedule to fit the length of his calving season and the month it begins. “A livestock producer should not manage herd health according to a calendar year or the coincidence of vacations when family members congregate,” said Wayne Thompson, county Extension agent and developer of the program. “This program presents a checklist of management tasks based on the first month of calving — a point in time that typically is not January.”


Minerals – AI’s Hidden Ally

Minerals – AI’s Hidden Ally

by Ed Haag

Angus Journal

Dale ZoBell, Utah State University professor and Extension beef specialist, says today’s livestock nutritionists are faced with a dilemma when it comes to researching the role minerals play in the well-being of beef cattle.

“The problem with any mineral study is that there are so many interrelationships,” he says. “It is really difficult to attribute a result to a single cause.”

He adds that this impediment applies to every aspect of mineral research, including reproduction.


Beef Cow/Calf Operation Reduction Strategies

Beef Cow/Calf Operation Reduction Strategies

Ropin’ the Web

            During periods of severe drought, many Alberta cow-calf producers may be forced to adjust cow numbers to fit available feed supplies.

Producers’ herds are typically the result of many years of breeding and selection. With feed shortages, cost of replacement feed and increased grazing costs, this may be an opportune time to consider some longer term financial strategies for your operation. Profitability, farm cash flow, personal living expenses and taxes are some of the key issues.

Common questions areas

Producers have an array of production and management options to make feed supplies meet their needs. Can you do some swath grazing? Is there stubble grazing or other aftermath grazing nearby? Are you going to harvest reasonable straw supplies? What about leasing? If you want to sell all your cows, can you arrange an option to buy back some cows next year? Are there some under-utilized capital assets than can be sold without affecting the core cow-calf operation? Is it worthwhile to investigate feeding options that cut down on wasted feed? Are the cows in good condition and can that be used to your advantage?


Results of Adjusting Feed Levels for Cows During Cold

Results of Adjusting Feed Levels for Cows During Cold

 Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist,Oklahoma State University

Results from an experiment at Kansas State University suggests several advantages for adjusting energy levels for cold weather.  This information was gathered during the 1979 – 1980 winter.  The K-State researchers used 60 commercial cows fed in dry lot and fed one-half of the cows a steady diet based upon the thermal neutral requirements for body weight maintenance; the other 30 cows were fed a ration adjusted for 1% more feed for each degree of coldness  (see the previous topic in the archives entitled “Managing the Cold Weather”).  Beef cows exposed to cold require more energy for maintenance therefore the results below indicate the effectiveness of making those adjustments.