Daily Archives: January 9, 2008

Video Feature: Comparing Protein Costs

Video Feature: Comparing Protein Costs

Clyde D. Lane, Jr., Professor and Warren Gill, Professor, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Producers need to compare the costs of available sources of protein for the beef herd. Costs need to be compared on a cost per pound of protein, not just cost per ton of feed. The first step in comparing protein cost is to get the feed converted to an as fed basis. This is the way feed is purchased. To convert the protein content from a dry matter basis to an as fed basis, just multiply the percent protein by the percentage of dry matter in the feed. For example: Calculate the protein content of corn gluten that is 25.6 % protein on a dry basis to an as fed basis. Assume the corn gluten is 90% dry matter. Multiply the 25.6% by 90%. This will equal 23.04% on an as fed basis.



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Cattle Feeding: Energy Talk

Cattle Feeding: Energy Talk


Energy Breakdown

Gross Energy is the total amount of energy, in any form, contained in the feedstuff. It would represent the energy (or heat) given off if the feed were somehow totally combusted.

Some of that energy is contained within compounds that pass through the animal intact, and end up in the manure. Digestible energy is expressed as Gross Energy minus fecal energy. This is basically the equivalent of what we express as Total Digestible Nutrients, or TDN.


Baxter Black: Polling for Presidents

Baxter Black: Polling for Presidents

Cattle Today

Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter.

It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman. And, the relationship between getting unruly 3rd graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation is equally frustrating. It all goes back to relating to the candidate as a person. I remember in the 1992 election hearing that all three candidates; George H. Bush, William J. Clinton and Ross Perot were left-handed! No matter who lost, I won! I could be confident that the next president would be math deprived, lessdisslick, and smear everything he wrote!


Kansas State student wins Beef Industry Scholarship

Kansas State student wins Beef Industry Scholarship

By Tom Wray


DENVER – Rebecca Tokach of Manhattan, Kan., has won the overall scholarship for students pursuing careers in the beef industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said Monday.

 Tokach was one of ten students who were awarded with $1,500 scholarships provided by the CME Group and the NCBA, the organization said in a statement.


Grazing in the field of Biodiversity

Grazing in the field of Biodiversity

Neil Horner

Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Cattle ranches aren’t the first place people might look when they’re looking for examples of biodiversity.

However, don’t tell that to Christoph Weder. His Spirit View Ranch in Rycroft, Alberta is an example not only of biodiversity on a cattle ranch, but also of how that biodiversity can work to the rancher’s significant benefit.

Weder brought his message of sustainable ranching to the Arowsmith hall in Coombs recently, speaking to a packed house of local agricultural producers.


Iowa beef producers talk ethanol, checkoff, ID and more

Iowa beef producers talk ethanol, checkoff, ID and more

Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

The biggest challenge facing Iowa’s cattle industry isn’t high feed prices from ethanol. Instead, a bigger concern may be an indirect threat to Iowa pastures.

That’s according to Kevin Carstensen of Odebolt, Iowa, who is starting his second one-year term as President of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA). During an interview at the ICA annual meeting in Ames on Tuesday, he described high feed prices because of demand for corn from ethanol a small challenge.

“We can offset that with using the co-products,” Carstensen pointed out.”

But Carstensen said the ethanol industry has the potential to, indirectly, create an even more significant, long-term problem for Iowa’s cattle industry. The issue, according to Carstensen, is that high prices for corn and soybeans are creating a strong incentive to convert pastures to crop land.


R. James Woolsey: $100-a-barrel oil: It’s the cows

R. James Woolsey: $100-a-barrel oil: It’s the cows

A fly-on-the-wall account, as it were, of a conference call between OPEC and K Street.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

As oil prices hit a record $100 per barrel last week, I came into possession of a transcript of a recent conference call of a heretofore unknown organization called the Pedal to the Metal Coalition, or PedMet, which encourages Americans to stay addicted to oil. The participants seemed to be the head of the shadowy group’s K Street office, an official at OPEC headquarters, a representative from each OPEC member state and some hangers-on.


Stop Agriculture From Killing The Climate

Stop Agriculture From Killing The Climate

Press Release: Greenpeace


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Stop agriculture from killing the climate

Industrial agriculture is killing the climate. But it is possible to turn this key source of greenhouse gas emissions into a carbon sink, our new report ‘Cool Farming: Climate impacts of agriculture and mitigation potential’ reveals.

Farming is responsible for an estimated 8.5-16.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, or 17-32 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

The overuse of fertilisers, dependence on pesticides, land clearing, soil degradation, and intensive animal farming lie at the heart of the problem.


Farming grants are planted for Bedford County

Farming grants are planted for Bedford County

The grants will be used to further agricultural education and to help support cattle farmers.

Courtney Cutright

Roanoke Times

Although agriculture has long been the backbone of Bedford County’s economy, it hasn’t always received the attention it deserved, said Sue Montgomery, the county’s Director of Economic Development.

“We have a great many farmers, but they are not as profitable as they should be,” she said.

To bolster agriculture, the county is looking at ways to use technology to enhance training and education. Two state grants may bring signs of change for the county’s farmers.


Cattle Fly Control: Horn Fly Economics

Cattle Fly Control: Horn Fly Economics


A population of several thousand horn flies may be present on one animal. These blood-feeders feed 20 to 30 times per day. Cattle bunch and expend considerable energy fighting large numbers of these flies. They will often stand in water or seek shade trying to get relief, and when they do, fail to graze normally.


Conference to focus on cattle reproduction

Conference to focus on cattle reproduction

Quad City Times

A regional conference highlighting the latest in reproductive strategies for beef cattle will be Jan. 24-25 at Stoney Creek Inn in Moline.

The “Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle” conference is designed for veterinarians, producers and livestock educators who want to learn more about synchronizing estrus and/or ovulation for breeding programs involving estrus detection or fixed-time artificial insemination (AI) and methods for assessing female and male fertility relative to the success of AI programs.

Twelve speakers from 10 universities will present during the two-day conference.


Master cattle producer training offered

Master cattle producer training offered

By Misty Bell

The Messenger

Whether a producer has a large herd of cattle or just a few cows grazing along the fencerow, he or she will benefit greatly from the Wiregrass Regional Master Cattle Producer Training program course that begins on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Coffee County Farm Center in New Brockton.

“This is a comprehensive course studying all aspects of the beef production system and will be taught by Extension animal science/forage specialists and regional Extension agents,” said Tammy Powell, Pike County Extension coordinator.


Fly Control: Life Cycle & Habits Of Face Flies

Fly Control: Life Cycle & Habits Of Face Flies


Female cluster flies lay eggs singly in soil cracks and crevices in the vicinity of the earthworm, Allolobophthora spp. Eggs hatch in three days and the larvae (parasitic stage) penetrate and develop in the bodies of earthworms. This larval stage lasts 13 to 22 days, and the pupal stage, 11 to 14. The life cycle is completed in 27 to 39 days. There are about four generations during the summer. Populations vary from year to year, sometimes worse after wet summers.


‘You are what you eat,’ say Maine beef growers

‘You are what you eat,’ say Maine beef growers

Ben Bragdon


Peter Bolduc steps through the barn door, ducking under the low ceiling, stepping over the dirt, snow and hay.

A few more feet, and the barn releases outside. It is a bright, sunny day at Harvest Hill Farm in Poland, and Bolduc, 42, can look past his cattle to the hilly countryside and lakes beyond, the landscape made all the more crisp by the cold air.

With a smooch befitting a house pet, he calls out to his animals. A couple of curious cows look up during a break from lunch, and a few calves, fall-born and around 140 lbs., wander over as well. Soon, he has the attention of his bull. “There’s the big fella,” he said.