Daily Archives: January 4, 2008

Andy Peek, Western Video Market President Passes

Andy Peek, Western Video Market President Passes

Andy Peek, President of Western Video Market and Shasta Livestock Auction Yard, passed away this morning (Jan. 3rd) at his home in Cottonwood, California.

In 2003, the two companies sold more than $300 Million worth of cattle at auction. Andy is an auction professional who has been in the business of managing auctions for more than 40 years and has been involved in the livestock industry his entire life. He ran approximately 5000 head of grass cattle on ranches in California, Nevada and Oregon. He had encyclopedic knowledge of the Western cattle business, its ranches and the people who own them.

     Andy has served on the board of the national Livestock Marketing Association and as president of the California Livestock Marketing Association and the Shasta District Fair. He is a member of Farm Bureau and the California Cattlemen’s Association, serving as Director-at-Large for Auction Markets.

A celebration of Andy’s life is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson, California.

Vacuum Preservation, A Method for Storing Wet Distillers Grains

Vacuum Preservation, A Method for Storing Wet Distillers Grains

Paul Walker, Illinois State University

High moisture corn gluten feed (CGF) and wet distillers grain (DG) are excellent feedstuffs for inclusion into cattle diets. Because these two feedstuffs typically range in dry matter content between 40% and 60%, the length of storage time until feeding without spoilage is limited to 5-7 days when air temperatures are above 70º F and 7-10 days when air temperatures are below 45º F. Consequently, cattle producers with smaller herd sizes and limited daily consumption of DG or CGF have had few choices for utilizing these two feedstuffs. The options have included: 1) hauling smaller loads of DG or CGF from the plant to the farm to minimize spoilage have ultimately resulted in higher transportation costs offsetting the lower purchase cost of DG or CGF, or 2) ensiling the CGF or DG with another feedstuff such as dry corn silage or small grain straws. Ensiling CGF or DG by themselves has proven problematic in both upright and horizontal silos. With a modified bagger, CGF can be stored in a silage bag; but the consistency of DG does not lend itself to bagging.

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Lime is critical for high yielding pastureland

Lime is critical for high yielding pastureland

Delta Farm Press

Are you losing extra yield from pasture and forage crops each season due to low soil pH?

“Lime needs to be applied on acid soils if you want a well-balanced fertility program and highest yields,” said Mark Keaton, Baxter County staff chair with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Yields can be increased on many Arkansas farms by correcting acid soil conditions with lime. Most grasses will produce top yield on soils that are only moderately acid or slightly acid.

Most legumes, on the other hand, grow best on soils that are slightly acid to neutral in pH reaction, according to Keaton. Good yields of all forages are more attainable when proper levels of lime and fertilizer are applied to pastures and hay meadows.

In addition to increasing soil pH, lime supplies calcium or calcium and magnesium (dolomitic limestone), both essential nutrients for plant growth.

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How NPN Can Work For You

How NPN Can Work For You

Cattlenetwork.com

Non-Protein Nitrogen (NPN) –usually in the form of urea–has been used as a source of crude protein in ruminant diets for more than a century. But because the concerns related to mismanaged feed urea have been widely discussed, many producers and members of the feed industry hesitate to use urea in their protein supplements, particularly for cattle on high forage diets. But there ARE good reasons to utilize urea in beef cattle supplements.

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TSCRA Offers Reward For Information In Cattle Killings

TSCRA Offers Reward For Information In Cattle Killings

Cattlenetwork.com

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 3, 2008—A reward is being offered for information regarding the almost 30 head of cattle that have been reported as shot and killed in a concentrated area in Northeastern Oklahoma since August. As recently as a few days ago, three bred cows and one llama were killed at a ranch near Claremore, Okla., about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger John Cummings, who has been working with area game rangers and sheriff’s departments on the case, says the number of incidences is still on the rise. He received four reports just yesterday.

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NC Cattlemen’s Association Donates to Help Hay Effort

NC Cattlemen’s Association Donates to Help Hay Effort

3WC News Blog

The N.C. Cattlemen’s Association has donated $5,000 to help North Carolina farmers cope with a massive hay shortage brought on by extreme drought, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today. The funding will assist the Ag Partners Hay Relief Program, which the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services set up to help cattle farmers defray a portion of the cost of transporting hay from outside the state to their farms.

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Cow conundrum, Farmers find wheat grazing costly this year

Cow conundrum, Farmers find wheat grazing costly this year

By Lara K. Richards

Timesrecordnews.com

Wheat fields across North Texas are getting greener by the day, but they aren’t filling up with cattle.

The dry fall, coupled with the high price of wheat, is keeping wheat grazing down right now, said Stan Bevers, professor and extension economist with the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Lockett.

Wheat production got off to a slow start this year when rains halted in early fall, the time farmers like to get their crops in the ground.

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