Daily Archives: February 1, 2008

Process Verified Programs

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

Baxter Black:  Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

Cattle Today

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 Seek Trade Policy Change

Cattle Today

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

Alabama Cattlemen Set for 65th Convention

Darryal Ray

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

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

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

Search is on for cattle that gain on less feed

Mark Parker

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.


3 face charges in cattle brokering scam

3 face charges in cattle brokering scam

Charleston Daily Mail

A cattle broker has been accused of defrauding $4.2 million from investors and lenders through scams that included selling the same herd to different buyers.

Kevin Scott O’Brien, 27, of Ronceverte was charged Wednesday in a federal information with one felony count of frauds and swindles.

Two former First National Bank of Ronceverte officials face bribery-related charges stemming from O’Brien’s alleged scams.


Understanding & Managing Calf Scours

Understanding & Managing Calf Scours


While calf scours are certainly not a very glamorous topic, they are an economically significant one. Between actual death loss and reduced performance — one study showed that animals that had experienced scours as young calves weighed 20 pounds less at weaning — this is the most costly health problem in most cowherds.

Diarrhea in calves is not a disease per se, but is a clinical sign of a number of bacterial, viral and protozoan infections. Many sick calves actually have multiple disease agents present. Identifying the specific disease(s) involved in triggering a scours outbreak allows for more effective treatment, as well as design of future vaccination programs. But there are basic prevention and response strategies that are applicable no matter what the specific situation.


ISU among schools studying affects of ethanol byproducts on beef

ISU among schools studying affects of ethanol byproducts on beef

Dara Brockmeyer


Two university studies suggest there is a correlation between feeding cattle a byproduct of ethanol production and increased levels of E. coli bacteria in beef. Illinois State University professor Paul Walker tells Beth Whisman many farmers feeding their cattle distillers grain are paying close attention. Distillers grain is leftover corn after ethanol is produced.


Mad Cow Disease: Should the USDA Do More?

Mad Cow Disease: Should the USDA Do More?

Laura Sayre

Mother Earth News

Since 1996, strong evidence has accumulated linking outbreaks of mad cow disease to a fatal neurological disease in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In cattle herds, the disease seems to appear when “meat byproducts” (beef tallow, bone meal and other cheap protein sources) are added to a herd’s feed.


State halts beef consumption from company accused of cattle abuse…State halts beef consumption from company accused of cattle abuse

State halts beef consumption from company accused of cattle abuse…State halts beef consumption from company accused of cattle abuse


HELENA, Mont. (AP) Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services wants all state food programs to stop using ground beef from a California company accused of mistreating cattle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told the state health department Wednesday night that all ground beef supplied to Montana and 36 other states by Westland Meat Company should be placed on hold.


State ranchers watch Wal-Mart’s beef demands

State ranchers watch Wal-Mart’s beef demands


Billings Gazette

Wal-Mart, with a reputation for getting what it wants, says it will soon demand that its suppliers meet certain social and environmental standards, a move likely to affect Montana’s cattle ranchers.

The announcement last week by Lee Scott, chief executive officer of the world’s largest retailer, means all industries contributing products to Wal-Mart shelves could soon be challenged to do more or face getting paid less than compliant peer businesses.


Farm bill seeks fairer livestock markets

Farm bill seeks fairer livestock markets

Mabel Dobbs

Topeka Capital Journal

Upton Sinclair’s book “The Jungle” exposed the abuses of power by the meat packers in the early 20th Century when five packers controlled over 75 percent of beef slaughter. Today four companies control 83 percent of the cattle slaughtered in this country. My third-grade granddaughters can see that corporate control in the meat industry today runs more rampant than ever in history.

We independent livestock producers have worked for years to see competitive markets so that we can financially survive doing what we do best — providing U.S. consumers with the healthiest and safest food in the world. A unified effort by poultry growers, consumers and livestock producers like my family have moved the U.S. Senate to pass historic reforms in competitive livestock markets and fair contracts in the Farm Bill.


Animal Performance & Beef Quality, Distillers Grain

Animal Performance & Beef Quality, Distillers Grain


As more data from feedings trials have become available, an understanding of the effects of feeding distillers grains at high (40 percent or more) inclusion levels has begun to emerge. A number of studies show significant improvement in several live-animal performance and carcass quality measures using distillers grains inclusion rates of up to 50 percent, compared to feeding traditional corn-based rations. Optimum performance and carcass quality generally are achieved at moderate (15 to 30 percent) inclusion rates, and most improvements decline and eventually disappear as inclusion rates increase.