Process Verified Programs
Tennessee Cattle Lane
Beef cattle producers have an opportunity to increase marketing opportunities for their calves by participating in the Process Verified Program (PVP). The Process Verified Program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides suppliers of agricultural products or services the ability to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent quality products or services. The programs covered by the PVP are limited to programs where specific process verified points are supported by a documented quality management system.
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Baxter Black: Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland
This winter is shaping up to be a reminder of why they sell more long underwear north of Interstate 40, which runs from Bakersfield through Amarillo and Little Rock then on to Raleigh. We’ve already had blizzards, ice storms, blackouts, white outs, and more horsetank ice breaking injuries than we’ve had in many previous winters.
Livestock people adjust to the cold out of necessity. Principally because livestock live outdoors! It’s amazing to me that horses and cows and sheep can stand 20¡ below zero weather with no apparent discomfort. You’re bundled up like the Pillsbury Doughboy out building a bonfire under the engine of your 1-ton flatbed to haul a load of meadow hay to your cows.
Nebraska Cattlemen Seek Trade Policy Change
Nebraska Cattlemen approved a resolution at the Jan. 30 Board meeting designed to increase beef exports to Japan and South Korea, as well as to other foreign markets. The resolution seeks to have U.S. officials negotiate opening of international beef markets for bone-in beef product from cattle under 30 months of age as part of a stair-step effort to eventual full World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) compliance.
Nebraska Cattlemen will seek to have the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association adopt the resolution during its annual convention planned for Feb. 6 – 9 in Reno, Nevada.
Alabama Cattlemen Set for 65th Convention
ALFA Farmers News
It’s back to school for many Alabama cattle producers Friday and Saturday as members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association gather at Birmingham’s downtown Sheraton Hotel for the organization’s 65th annual convention and trade school.
Cattlemen will attend “Cattlemen’s College” seminars on a variety of topics during the two-day event, including: “How to Interact with NRCS to Enhance Good Stewardship Practices On Your Farm,” by a panel featuring NRCS staff and cattle producers; “How To Benefit from Alabama/s BVDV Control Program,” by Dr. Soren Rodning, David Garrett and Leo Hollinger; “Using EPD’s for Selecting Sires and Beyond the Pasture Gate,” by Dave Nichols of Nichols Farms in Bridgewater, Iowa; and “$3 Diesel, $4 corn and $500 Fertilizer — What Impact Will This Have On Cattle Prices During 2008 and Beyond,” by Dr. Walt Prevatt, Extension ag economist and Auburn University professor.
High Production Costs Could Put Prime Steaks Out To Pasture
Nothing tops a fancy dinner like a rich, juicy prime steak.
Not just any beef, but a steak so good that sauce is an afterthought. Cattle ranchers want to produce that high-end steer, but it’s getting harder for producers who are intent to raise the animal that will become beef bliss.
Many producers feel they are forced to opt for fast growth and only moderate ratings on flavor, juiciness and tenderness, which does little to boost beef demand, some market analysts said. Essentially, it’s a quantity over quality issue, and this conflict could push producers into self-defeating decisions.
Hay market review shows price increases continue
Tri State Neighbor
An economist’s review of the South Dakota hay market shows higher prices and little expansion of hay production in 2008.
Hay prices set all-time records highs in 2007, and no signs point to an expansion of hay acres in South Dakota in 2008.
This is according to Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University Extension marketing specialist. Diersen considered the final numbers for 2007 and how those numbers may shape the 2008 hay production outlook.
Search is on for cattle that gain on less feed
McAlester News Capital
This time of year, it seems like those ol’ cows eat a lot.
Driving from pasture to pasture with bale after bale and cubes galore, it would be perfectly understandable for a cow producer to daydream about cattle that eat less and gain the same.
According to work by University of Missouri researchers and others, those cattle are out there – if you can find them.
Speaking to cattle producers at KOMA Cattle Conferences held recently in both Dewey, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., MU Extension Livestock Specialist Dona Funk reported on a study under way at the University of Missouri SW Center that is identifying cattle capable of performing on less feed.