Daily Archives: February 8, 2008

Forage-management focus of Tuesday’s beef program

Forage-management focus of Tuesday’s beef program 

Perry County News

TELL CITY – Purdue Extension will host a meeting on forage management Tuesday at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.The 2007 summer drought was very hard on pastures in the area. Jason Tower, farm manager at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture Center, will share information on how to manage pastures especially with the overgrazing that may have occurred in 2007.


Preconditioned Calves Receive Premium at Market

Preconditioned Calves Receive Premium at Market

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Preconditioned calves (vaccinated prior to weaning) and weaned calves generally bring a $3 to $5 premium (or higher) at market time compared to unvaccinated or unweaned calves. Many backgrounders (grazers) and feedlots have less interest in buying calves whose health status carries more risk.Justin and Sally Angell raise Charolais cattle and he also runs a livestock auction market (Eastern Missouri Commission Co.) in Bowling Green, Missouri. “We have about 110 registered cows, and we also background cattle retaining ownership, sending them west to feed. Thirty to 40 years ago there were many small, local markets.


Calving First Calf Heifers

Calving First Calf Heifers

By Rick Funston,

MSU Extension Beef Specialist, Fort Keogh Range & Livestock Research Station

What is the optimum pre-partum weight and condition score for first calf heifers?Many calving problems can be eliminated if heifers are of adequate size. Their weight at first calving should be approximately 85 to 90 percent of their expected mature weight. Body condition at calving is the single most important factor controlling when a beef heifer will cycle after calving. Prepartum body conditionscore correlates with several factors, such as postpartum interval, services per conception, calving interval, milk production, weaning weight, calving difficulty and calf survival. Heifers should have a body condition of 5-6 at calving through breeding to assure optimal reproductive performance. Animals with excess body condition (>7) have lower reproductive performance and more calving difficulty than animals in moderate body condition (5-6). Body condition score is generally a reflection of nutritional management. However, disease and parasitism can contribute to lower body condition scores even if apparent nutrient requirements are met. A sound herd health program is an essential part of any reproductive management system.


Cattle Cycles Could Be Thing Of The Past: Report

Cattle Cycles Could Be Thing Of The Past: Report


The U.S cattle inventory will likely remain flat through the end of the decade and the days of fairly predictable cycles could be over, agribusiness financial services provider Rabobank said in a report on the U.S. beef industry. The report noted that the last identifiable cycle for the U.S. beef cow herd occurred between 1981 and 1995. Since then, the beef cow herd has been declining, even as more beef has been produced through increased slaughter weights.


New Rules for High Stakes Beef Industry

New Rules for High Stakes Beef Industry

Cattle Today

Producers can select cattle for carcass quality and feed efficiency at the same time. That’s the good news shared by Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) supply development director, at a recent CAB seminar series.The Feeding Quality Forums last fall in Garden City, Kan., and South Sioux City, Neb., were cosponsored by CAB, Feedlot magazine, Pfizer Animal Health and Purina Mills. “Quality grade and feed efficiency aren’t genetically correlated,” McCully said. “That’s pretty exciting because it’s not an either/or situation. You can select for both.”


Sex-Sorted Semen For Commercial & Purebred Beef Producers

Sex-Sorted Semen For Commercial & Purebred Beef Producers


In the past few years, sex-sorted semen has made its way from the lab and field trials to use in beef cattle production. Shifting the sex ratio for a calf crop has been tried several different ways, but the idea of sorting or selecting semen to favor male or female offspring has been researched since the advent of artificial insemination. The fact that makes this concept possible is that the fertilizing sperm cell determines the gender of the calf. Due to the genetic makeup of the cells, sperm that produce female offspring are referred to as X-bearing sperm while those that produce male offspring are referred to as Y-bearing sperm.


White House race seen shunning agriculture

White House race seen shunning agriculture

Bob Burgdorfer


The next president of the United States has so far said very little about agriculture, cattle or livestock, which the president of the nation’s largest cattle group called “kind of scary.”“As I have listened to the candidates in their primaries for the last two or three months, I have yet to hear anything mentioning the word agriculture, mentioning the livestock industry or mentioning the cattle industry,” John Queen, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, told Reuters on Wednesday. “It is kind of scary to me.”


Tune up the Beef Machine With Good Management

Tune up the Beef Machine With Good Management

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

It troubles the mind to think how far back someone has been turning raw products into useable goods. Take an old butter churn for instance, how long did it take for one person in the family to put this item on the table. Even though it was often one person doing the work, this could be an example of one of the earliest factories.The growing nation struggled to become industrialized with factories working in a slow and inefficient manner to produce small quantities of a certain item. Then boom! Mr. Ford invented the assembly line system and it was off to the races. However, these factories and its workers could not run non stop without minor maintenance during shift changes and major overhauls when called for to maintain efficiency.


Profit comes in pounds for cattle feeders

Profit comes in pounds for cattle feeders


Lancaster Online

The difference between profit and loss for a cattle farmer can be measured in pounds.And that leads to uncertainties for the future of farming and coming generations of farmers.More than 170 people gathered at Lancaster Farm & Home Center Tuesday afternoon for the annual Cattle Feeder’s Day, sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, to discuss issues surrounding the production of cattle and ways to find more economic advantages. Dry-aging enhances beef flavor and tenderness and is used by a growing number of foodservice and retailers for the high-end, gourmet market. Dry-aging is a process where beef carcasses are stored without protective packaging at refrigeration temperatures for one to five weeks to allow the natural processes to occur that result in improved tenderness and the development of the unique flavor that can only be described as “dry-aged beef.”


The Dry-Aged Beef Experience

The Dry-Aged Beef Experience


Checkoff-funded research shows dry-aging technique to enhance flavor and tenderness.

Do any of these words come to mind when you think of beef? Buttery. Rich. Mellow. Superb. Earthy. If traditional beef doesn’t have the taste buds screaming “intense,” then dry-aged beef might arouse the sensory beef experience you’ve been looking for.  Texas A&M University Regents Professor Jeff W. Savell, Ph.D., recently completed an executive summary titled Dry-Aging of Beef as a companion to the 2007 checkoff-funded Industry Guide for Beef Aging which explains the traditional wet-aging process.


IMI Global program to clarify “natural” claims on beef products

IMI Global program to clarify “natural” claims on beef products

Ag Professional

Integrated Management Information Inc., a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions for the agricultural/livestock industry, today introduced Simply Natural Beef(TM), the first approved program that meets the requirements of the USDA’s new “Never, Ever 3” Program for live animals and meat products. The Simply Natural Beef program is being introduced to cattlemen from across the nation as they gather in Reno for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 2008 convention and trade show February 6-9.


Ag groups blast plan to make retailers pay for COOL

Ag groups blast plan to make retailers pay for COOL

Steve Miller,

Rapid City Journal

Ag groups are fuming over the Bush administration’s plans to make retailers pay for part of the country of origin labeling program approved by Congress.President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, announced last week, calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect fees of $259 from each of an estimated 37,000 retailers to pay for compliance reviews for mandatory country of origin labeling for meat and other food products. USDA’s regular budget would pay for other parts of the labeling program.


Feed costs top list of issues confronting cattlemen

Feed costs top list of issues confronting cattlemen

Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

Corn prices and beef exports are key to the cattle industry’s profitability, but animal right extremists could threaten its very existence. Those are a couple of key messages that emerged Thursday at the Cattle Industry Convention in Reno.Cattle-Fax held its annual market outlook seminar Thursday morning, predicting corn prices will squeeze cattle feeders even harder in 2008 and put even more pressure on calf prices. Indeed, the impact has already been reflected in the latest cattle inventory numbers from USDA, which saw a reduction in the size of the overall herd and the smallest calf crop in more than half a century. Dan Cerestes is Livestock Branch Chief for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. He said those numbers are the result of high feed costs and drought in the southeastern U.S.


Seminar will take look at bio-energy for cattle

Seminar will take look at bio-energy for cattle

Spooner Advocate

The public is invited to attend the final Northern Safari seminar of 2008, which will focus on opportunities to use byproducts generated by the ethanol and bio-diesel industries to feed dairy and beef cattle.The seminar will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Spooner Ag Research Station.


Time for the calves fast approaches

Time for the calves fast approaches

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer. It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needd. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:— Separate first-calf heifers from mature cows. Calving difficulty can run as high as 30 to 40 percent for 2-year-old heifers compared to just 3 percent for mature cows. Place them in a small, accessible pasture near a corral where assistance can be given if needed.