Daily Archives: January 3, 2008

Angus Pioneer Breeder Gary Brost Passes

Angus Pioneer Breeder Gary Brost Passes

Gary Brost, age 65, Harrodsburg, formerly of Oxford, IN died Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at his home in Harrodsburg, KY.

Born May 27, 1942 in Lafayette, IN, he was the son of the late Leonard and Viola (Evans) Brost. He was married to Linda Barnard Brost.

Gary was a farmer and cattle breeder in the Oxford, IN area for many years. He bred and raised two national champion Angus bulls. He was named a Master Breeder at the All American Futurity. In 1990 Gary and Linda turned their farming operation over to sons Chuck and Michael and took a management position with Forsythe Land and where he built and elite Angus herd and later retired.

Survivors include: his wife: Linda (Barnard) Brost, two daughters: Glenda (Brian) Raifsnider of Brentwood, TN, Nancy (Jeff) Graham of Macon, GA and three sons: Chuck (Margaret) Brost of Lexington, KY, Nick (Dalilah) Brost of Houston , TX, Michael (Christy) Brost of Oxford, IN; 14 grandchildren. Gary was predeceased by a granddaughter: Ashley Brost and a sister: Carol Brost.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 AM, Friday, January 4 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oxford IN with burial will be in the Oxford Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 3 from 5-8 PM at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home also in Oxford.

Memorial contributions may be sent to:

Angus Foundation

American Angus Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

3201 Frederick Blvd

St. Joseph, MO 64502.

Grid Marketing: Part II of II

Grid Marketing: Part II of II

Paul Dykstra

Angus Beef Bulletin

Quality grade is the big driver in marketing cattle on a grid. We all know that the consumer will pay more for well-marbled beef. That’s why there’s often a wide price spread between cattle that grade USDA Choice vs. those that grade Select, the first step in creating premiums at most packing plants. Upper Choice, Prime and certain branded beef labels command further premiums, but there’s more to grid marketing than marbling.

Let’s take a closer look at a couple of other factors that play key roles in grid formulas.

Yield grade and dressing percentage are two terms that are often misused and mistakenly interchanged. They are both measures of product yield from the animal, but they refer to different aspects and must be considered separately.


Baxter Black: B.E.L.C.H.

Baxter Black: B.E.L.C.H.

As global warming increases, and most agree it has regardless of the cause, ruminant raisers are going to become conversant in a new field of science called ‘Bovine Emissions Lately Considered Hazardous’, or B.E.L.C.H.

The study of B.E.L.C.H. will revolve around a simple formula; greenhouse gas emissions per pound of beef produced. It is obvious, if the world truly wanted to reduce methane and nitrous oxide (two of the big three greenhouse gases) they could destroy all ruminants. For the sake of the economy and human survival we should first have a mass eradication of all wildlife species that produce those two gases. From the eland, the mountain goat, and the giraffe to the elk, the llama and the buffalo in Yellowstone Park.


Taking Advantage Of Standing Grass Supplies

Taking Advantage Of Standing Grass Supplies


There’s no doubt that it is almost always more economical to let a cow harvest her own forages, instead of doing it with haying and feeding equipment. That’s why many producers plant annual forage crops, such as rye grass, to extend the grazing season.

This year, some localized weather patterns have led to an abundance of late summer grass still standing in pastures. Granted, much of this feed is low quality, with low crude protein and high fiber. But if this standing grass could be effectively utilized by the cowherd, additional savings — in labor, ryegrass seed, and other planting inputs — could be seen in overall feeding costs.

The key to effective utilization of low-quality forages is a well-designed supplementation program. A relatively small amount, say 1 to 2 pounds, of a feed high in degradable crude protein can stimulate tremendous increases in forage intake, as well as digestibility. The net result is a significantly increased supply of all nutrients (protein, energy, minerals) from the grass or hay itself.


Pennsylvania Farm Show to start Saturday

Pennsylvania Farm Show to start Saturday


Chambersburg Public Opinion

HARRISBURG — A youth sheep-shawl competition and dog demonstrations are some of the additions to the next Pennsylvania Farm Show, which starts Saturday at the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

It will mark the 92nd installment of the farm show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event and a tradition for many farmers and families in central Pennsylvania.

As usual, about 400,000 visitors are expected for the eight-day event in the sprawling complex along U.S. 22. There will be up to 8,000 animals — including an estimated 1,200 poultry, 800 beef cattle, 800 swine and 300 dairy cattle.


ICA conference moves to January this year

ICA conference moves to January this year

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Cattle producers from throughout the state will convene in Ames Jan. 8-9 for the annual Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) convention and trade show.

This year’s event will be at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center in Ames. Traditionally, the ICA convention has been held in early December, but organizers believe the move to January should help attendance.

 “There had been some concerns about having it in December, so we decided to move it into January,” says Kevin Carstensen, an Odebolt producer and ICA president.


Keeping An Eye On The Herd

Keeping An Eye On The Herd        Posted 2008-01-03

New Animal ID Gear Will Target Trade, Disease Control

By Tom Mitchell

Daily New Record

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved two new methods of identifying livestock within a voluntary national database, a move that one area extension agent says will help meet two related goals.

Monitoring disease within the nation’s livestock industry is a primary aim for the new devices, said Jason H. Carter, animal-science extension agent for the central Shenandoah Valley. By doing this, Carter said, U.S. exports also will be better positioned for sale around the world.

One of the devices, a visual ear tag, uses radio frequency to identify animals, including cattle, said Carter. A second tool, referred to as a transponder, will be inserted into the necks of horses, alpacas and llamas.

The latter device is favored among horse breeders because of the emphasis on appearance as a selling point for their animals, Carter said.

The devices, approved by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Oct. 11, carry a number used to identify individual animals as part of National Animal Identification System.


What if Cows Don’t Drink Enough Water? – Part 2

What if Cows Don’t Drink Enough Water? – Part 2

By Neil Broadwater, Regional Extension Educator-Dairy, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension.


In Part 1 of this topic water intake needs of the lactating dairy cow, flow rate to the waterers, and water space needs for the cow were discussed. In this article, we will cover issues related to the quality of water that the cow is consuming.

If water is highly contaminated, dairy cattle are exposed to disease-causing organisms. If the drinking water has an offensive odor and taste, dairy cattle can detect it. If the water smells or is unpalatable, cows may not drink enough to meet production needs or it could even be completely refused. So, if health and production problems are showing up in the herd, the quality of the water should also be investigated and analyzed for coliform bacteria and other microorganisms.


Ranching for Profitability meetings set for January

Ranching for Profitability meetings set for January

Gothenburg Times

“Ranching for Profitability” will be the title and focus of seven beef meetings to be held in January. These meetings will be hosted by University of Nebraska Extension at the following locations:

Jan. 7—Broken Bow Country Club, 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Jan. 7—Overton Community Building, 4 p.m.—8 p.m.

Jan. 8—Stub’s at Thedford, 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Jan. 8—Elks Lodge at Ainsworth, 4 p.m.—8 p.m.

Jan. 9—Blarney Stone at O’Neill, 10a.m.—2 p.m.

Jan. 9—4-H Building at Valentine, 4 p.m.—8 p.m.

Jan. 10—Kimball Event Center, 12 p.m.—4 p.m.


Purdue Students Sniff Livestock Manure For Cash

Purdue Students Sniff Livestock Manure For Cash


For most people, smelling the stench from livestock farms is unpleasant at best, but for Purdue University students, it helps provide a living.

Students earn $30 per session for sniffing smells collected from livestock barns to help with odor research being done by Albert Heber, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, the Journal and Courier (Lafayette/West Lafayette, Ind.) reported.

Placing their noses inside an olfactometer, students sniff diluted samples of air taken from different locations on farms, representing the odors the air would have at various distances from the barn. The work provides Heber with data for his ongoing research on improving methods for determining a given livestock farming operation’s odor emissions.


Tracy Brunner is the new president of the Kansas Livestock Association…

Tracy Brunner is the new president of the Kansas Livestock Association…


The Wichita Eagle

Tracy Brunner is the new president of the Kansas Livestock Association, the state’s largest cattle producer trade organization.

Brunner is a fourth-generation Kansas rancher and a partner in Cow Camp Beef, a family-owned business that includes ranching, feeding and farming interests on the western edge of the Flint Hills near Ramona.

He and his wife, Yvonne, are principals in a bonded livestock dealer business that helps other producers with marketing issues. They have two children.


Argentine Farmers Give Up Beef Business,

Argentine Farmers Give Up Beef Business,


Associated Press

Argentines are passionate about their beef — from cattle grazed on the sprawling pampas grasslands, it’s a national staple, delivered inexpensively and received with religious fervor at Sunday barbecues nationwide.

But while Argentines are some of the world’s top meat-eaters, consuming nearly 154 pounds per capita each year, soaring grain prices and export caps are driving many cattle ranchers to sell their herds and farm more lucrative crops instead. Ranchers have switched from grazing to grain on about 7.4 million acres since 2005 — a 10 percent decline in ranchland, said Pablo Adreani, an economic analyst with AgriPAC Consultores, an agricultural consultancy in Buenos Aires.

Export caps imposed by former President Nestor Kirchner as an anti-inflation measure, have flooded the local market with meat, keeping beef prices low while soybean, corn and wheat prices soar.


Cattle killings plague Northeast Oklahoma

Cattle killings plague Northeast Oklahoma

By Charlotte Anne Smith

Enid News

A rash of cattle killings in northeastern Oklahoma has producers concerned and law enforcement officers on the hunt.

“As far as we know at least 23 head of cattle and one llama have been shot in recent weeks,” Nowata County Game Ranger Jeff Brown, said. “We don’t know how many may actually (have) been killed because there isn’t any blood or holes when you walk up and look at them. We also think there are probably a lot more that haven’t been reported.”

John Cummins, special ranger for the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s District 4, which includes most of eastern Oklahoma, agreed.


Meeting to offer info on beef management

Meeting to offer info on beef management

Hays Daily News

A beef cattle program will be Jan. 15 in Russell. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the latest management information for beef producers in preventing calf scours, old World Bluestems — a new forage or a new pest, winter grazing, water quality best management practices and compliance with the Kansas Corporation Commission rules and regulations regarding grain and cattle transportation.