Daily Archives: November 27, 2007

Paul Hitch Resigns As NCBA President-Elect

Paul Hitch Resigns As NCBA President-Elect


Paul Hitch, cattle producer from Guymon, Okla., has resigned his position as president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) due to cancer.

 “Paul gave a great deal of consideration to this decision and felt it was in the best interest of his family and the industry that he vacate the position and dedicate himself to his treatments,” said John Queen, president of NCBA and cattle producer from Waynesville, N.C.  “Paul’s leadership in the industry and in NCBA is undeniable.  We thank Paul for his service, and our prayers are with him and his family.”


Thompsons are running busy seedtock operation

Thompsons are running busy seedtock operation

Sue Roesler

Farm and Ranch Guide

ALMONT, N.D. Tucked away in the rolling hills and prairie pastures south of Almont in southcentral North Dakota, Kevin and Lynette Thompson run an efficient but tranquil seedstock operation – TNT Simmentals.

“We’re extremely busy right now preparing for our annual bull sale in February,” Kevin says, as he heads out to help with feeding the herd.


Uneasy future for cattle producers

Uneasy future for cattle producers

Meridian Booster

Allison Wall

U.S. trade restrictions on older Canadian cattle lifted this past Monday, but producers are viewing the change with trepidation.

U.S. trade restrictions on older Canadian cattle lifted this past Monday, but producers are viewing the change with trepidation.

After being shut out of the U.S. market for more than four years, Canadian cattle born on or after March 1, 1999 and beef products from any age of cattle will be allowed below the border, but a temporary restraining order motion filed last Friday could stop the flow of cattle.


Eating acorns can cause problems in cattle

Eating acorns can cause problems in cattle

High Plains Journal

Acorn production from oak trees is expected to be down this year.

Still, livestock producers need to be aware that both acorns and leaves from oak trees can create problems for cattle according to Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

Oak mast survey

According to the 2007 Missouri Department of Conservation Oak Mast Survey Report done by David Gwaze, resource scientist for MDC, the oak mast crop for 2007 is one of the lowest recorded in recent years.

There are many factors that could have contributed to this poor mast crop.


EHD Confirmed In Virginia Cattle

EHD Confirmed In Virginia Cattle

Cow-Calf Weekly

Samples from cattle in Virginia’s Orange County have tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), according to the Virginia Department of Ag and Consumer Services.

The agency’s Office of Veterinary Services had received reports of cattle with ulcers, sore mouths, reluctance to eat and lameness, all of which indicate the possibility of EHD. Samples sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA, confirmed the cattle had been exposed to the virus.

EHD, a disease common in white-tailed deer, comes from a virus carried by biting gnats and it typically occurs in warm, dry conditions. EHD-infected cattle may experience weight loss or decreased milk production while symptoms are present. The disease is rarely fatal in cattle and poses no known threat to humans, according to Virginia ag officials.


South Dakota beef may be exempt from Senate proposal

South Dakota beef may be exempt from Senate proposal – Official

By Tom Wray


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s Certified Beef Program would be exempt from part of the Senate’s version of the farm bill that could keep the public from getting information about animal identification, according to South Dakota State Veterinarian Sam Holland.

A section in the farm bill makes clear the agriculture secretary alone has discretion to release National Animal Identification System information, and it takes a broad view of the scope of information, the Associated Press reported.

“Any information relating to animal identification that a State or local government obtains from the Secretary shall not be made available by the State or local government pursuant to any State or local law requiring disclosure of information or records to the public,” the section reads.


New Option For Managing Manure

New Option For Managing Manure


A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 280 tons of manure in just one week. That’s a lot of manure—and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue.

Fortunately, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the Environmental Management Research Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Neb., have developed and tested a new method of runoff control.

In the United States, feedlot runoff is often stored in a large pond or basin. From there, it is either distributed as nutrient-rich irrigation water or processed for safe disposal.