Daily Archives: February 7, 2008

Finding Sick Cattle Early

Finding Sick Cattle Early

Dee Griffin, University of Nebraska Extension Feedlot Veterinarian

Louis Perino, University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Veterinarian

Don Hudson, University of Nebraska Extension Beef Cattle Veterinarian

Barnyard Health

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of newly weaned cattle. Many factors influence the outcome of the disease, but one of the most important is finding the sick cattle and starting treatment early.Finding sick cattle early in the course of the disease can be one of the toughest jobs any of us has. The necropsies and treatment records of thousands of cattle have shown that appropriate therapy started within the first 48 hours of the onset of pneumonia will improve a sick feedlot animal’s chance of survival.


Sexed Semen: Is It Finally a Reality?

Sexed Semen: Is It Finally a Reality?

Mel DeJarnette, reproduction specialist, Select Sires

Most of us have heard the rumor that sexed semen is “just around the corner” for as long as we have been aware of A.I. Through the years, countless numbers of techniques have been investigated with little to no indication of repeatable success.


Meat Tax Will Protect the Environment Says PETA

Meat Tax Will Protect the Environment Says PETA


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.

US – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) targeted most of the presidential candidates’ major events last month. It’s message was “Stop Global Warming: Tax Meat.” Ashley Byrne, a coordinator for PETA’s campaign said that every time someone sits down to a steak dinner, they’re basically doing the equivalent environmental damage of taking a very long journey in a Hummer. “One pound of meat is equivalent to driving about 40 miles in a big SUV,” he said. PETA believes a 10-cent tax on each pound of meat could curb the massive expansion predicted in world meat and dairy production during the next few decades – a trend that would have considerable benefit to the global environment and its protection.


Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Robert Myer and Holly Johnson

University of Florida

Many food wastes have a high nutritional value, and recycling them for animal feed can be a viable waste disposal option.What are Food Wastes?The term “food waste” used in this fact sheet is applied to wasted food from the food service industry (i.e. restaurants) and grocery stores. These wastes include plate waste (scrapings), food leftovers, kitchen wastes, spoiled food, expired food, mislabeled food, etc. Other terms to describe these wastes include food residuals, plate waste and kitchen scraps. Two older terms, “garbage” and “swill,” are still used, but the livestock and waste management industries prefer not to use these older terms.


Five steps to winter savings

Five steps to winter savings

Jim Gerrish

Beef Magazine

Whether you’re out feeding in the cold or just looking out your window at cows eating hay at a cost of $2/cow/day, it should be a wake-up call for all of us. With out-of-control hay prices and prospects for even higher costs in 2008, getting serious about extending the grazing season has never been more important.


Processing Forage Can Increase Digestibility 30%

Processing Forage Can Increase Digestibility 30%


Feed costs are rising, and corn price projections are currently maintaining between $4.95 and $5.35 per bushel on corn futures through December 2010. This equals $.088 to $.095 per pound, or $176 to $190 per ton. Dried distillers grains and corn gluten feed are currently in this same price range, and the prices of other alternative feeds are keeping pace on an energy and protein basis, so there are no cheap supplemental feeds for cow-calf producers, stocker cattle operations, or feedlots. Therefore, forage-based operations must utilize cost effective management tools that maximize forage digestibility.


Livestock-feed maker settles mad cow lawsuit

Livestock-feed maker settles mad cow lawsuit

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Ridley Inc. agreed to pay $5.95 million to settle a lawsuit by farmers who accused the livestock-feed maker of ignoring the risks of using animal parts before a case of mad cow disease was found in Canada in 2003.


Sullivan considers reimbursing cattle farmers for costs of hay transportation

Sullivan considers reimbursing cattle farmers for costs of hay transportation 


Sullivan County commissioners are getting their first look this week at details of a proposed taxpayer-funded program to help cattle ranchers pay transportation costs for hay.A late freeze in early 2007, coupled with a drought throughout the summer and fall, meant local hay crops were off by as much as half their normal levels, according to a resolution presented to the Sullivan County Commission at its January meeting. 


Tyson Foods Restructures Beef Operation

Tyson Foods Restructures Beef Operation

By Kim Souza


Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. will keep about 700 jobs – about 300 less than originally planned – in a restructuring of its Emporia, Kan., beef processing plant that will see the site shift from beef slaughter to value-added beef processing.Wednesday’s announcement follows recent news that overcapacity in the nation’s beef processing sector had prompted Tyson Foods to cease slaughter operations and cut about 1,700 jobs at the Emporia plant.The company plans to run its final beef slaughter shift Feb. 13, and the remaining processing shift will end Feb. 15.


IBC offers tips on buying cattle feed during expensive times

IBC offers tips on buying cattle feed during expensive times

The Oskaloosa Herald

It’s a tough winter for cattle producers, as they face high-priced hay, high-priced corn and weather-damaged cornstalks, thanks to an icy/snowy couple of months.To ensure they get the biggest bang for their feed-purchasing buck, the Iowa Beef Center offers several tips.Daryl Strohbehn, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension, said taking inventory of one’s feed needs will help determine which feed is the most economical to purchase.


Japan’s prices to get meatier

Japan’s prices to get meatier

Farmers point to push for ethanol driving feed prices


Houston Chronicle

Japanese beef prices, already the world’s highest, are about to get even higher, farmers said Wednesday, warning livestock feed prices have shot up from the global rush for ethanol.But the farmers pleaded for public understanding from consumers, saying they face extremely difficult times.

“We are facing a crisis that is endangering our very survival,” said Toshihiko Baba of JA Group, the nation’s top agricultural organization. “This is unprecedented in being unlike any other feed price problems we have experienced.”


UW-Extension Offers Web-Based Beef Educational Series

UW-Extension Offers Web-Based Beef Educational Series

Wisconsin Ag Connection

Podcasting, Webinars, Webcasts. Do these sound like they belong in the same discussion as beef cattle? With the enhancements in technology that are occurring, this terminology is finding its way into the everyday workplace. Educational programming through the Internet is becoming another way to provide information to clientele.


Managing Cattle Operations to Protect Lakes and Rivers

Managing Cattle Operations to Protect Lakes and Rivers

Alfredo Flores

USDAConcerns about long-term effects of beef cattle browsing more than 11 million acres of Florida grazinglands led Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists to examine soil fertility changes in bahiagrass-based beef cattle pastures from 1988 to 2002. Analysis of data from that research shows that cattle can be managed in an environmentally safe way, despite the large quantities of waste the animals generate.


Agriculture in the Age of Turbulence

Agriculture in the Age of Turbulence

American Cattleman

2007 is going down as a year of heavy turbulence from an economics perspective. Alan Greenspan’s book, The Age of Turbulence, develops a good subplot to the agriculture industry’s short- and long-term future. The following are some of the interesting views from the road that encompassed my 230,000 air miles and 70,000 Hertz rental car miles on the back-roads of agriculture this year.


US cattle industry told to modify market strategy

US cattle industry told to modify market strategy

By Bob Burgdorfer

The U.S. cattle industry must abandon business as usual and develop new marketing strategies if it hopes to prosper as the cost of raising cattle increases and the domestic herd shrinks, an industry official told cattlemen on Wednesday.