Act quickly to manage scours
Western Livestock Journal
Calving season is well underway for many producers, a time of the year when the health of the incoming calf crop can make for a boom or a bust year. Weather, preparation and a little bit of luck all seem to be important factors in getting calves safely on the ground. Once the calves are born, it’s important to remember they are not out of the woods yet. Scouring calves are often responsible for huge losses, even though there are many prevention and treatment options available.
Scouring is not the result of just one disease, but comes from several different sources, including bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Proper scour management should begin with a solid calving plan and proper monitoring of dam health long before the calf is ever born.
Baxter Black: 21st Century Cattle Business Predictions Update
In 1988, prezactly 20 years ago, I wrote a column predicting what the livestock industry will be like 50 years later; 2038.
Some of my predictions were:
– 90 % of meals will be eaten out. Home cookin’ will not exist.
– Fertile agricultural land will be scarce.
Gallino Ranch owners sell directly to consumers
Driving down McCourtney past the fairgrounds, scattered subdivisions and horse ranches, the road becomes like a gentle roller coaster ride with stunning vistas at every curve. Eventually, the pine trees nearly disappear, and it flattens into radiantly green valleys where cows and goats graze amid rocky outcroppings. Aging barns and dry stacked rock walls are reminders of the long agricultural history of this valley.
Meat Recall Prompts Call for USDA Reform
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s twin mandates of promoting the nation’s agriculture and monitoring it for safety are being questioned in the wake of a beef contamination scare that prompted the nation’s largest-ever meat recall.
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the House subcommittee responsible for the USDA’s funding, called Tuesday for the USDA to be stripped of its responsibility for food safety.
U.S. Cattlemen Applaud Ag Secretary’s Intention To Implement COOL
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) today applauded Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer’s statement on Wednesday, February 13, that he expects to meet the deadline of September 30, 2008 for implementation of the country of origin labeling law (COOL). Schafer’s statement came during an appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcomittee.
Committee Chairman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) told Schafer, “We need to make sure COOL is on track and on time” and that American consumers should have the opportunity “not to choose products that come from countries with bad safety records.” DeLauro pointed out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was supposed to write a new rule for COOL implementation by January 17, but did not publish it.
Beef industry, animal rights groups duel over controversial video
Lawmaker calls for investigation after meat recall
The cattle industry and animal rights groups bickered over the treatment of beef destined for U.S. dinner plates a day after secret video triggered the nation’s largest meat recall.
Undercover video taken at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino, Calif., shows workers shocking, kicking and shoving debilitated cattle with forklifts, prompting the government to pull 143 million pounds of the company’s beef.
Bo Reagan, vice president of research for the Colorado-based National Cattleman’s Beef Association, said the videotaped incident was not indicative of how most slaughterhouses operate.
“The welfare of our animals — that’s the heart and soul of our operations,” Reagan said.
Beef recall: Animals must be treated humanely
CLINT PECK, Beef Quality Assurance director
The beef industry continues to condemn the actions by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. Chino, Calif., that has led to the largest recall of beef products in history.
But, it needs to be made clear that this was not a food safety recall and there is no evidence any of the 143,383,823 pounds of recalled beef was unwholesome, tainted in any way, or presented a danger to consumers. This recall was prompted because there
were violations in USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) pre-harvest inspection procedures that allowed beef from non-ambulatory (“downer”) cattle into commerce.
They Are What Mama Eats
Everyone knows that dam nutrition influences how a calf comes into this world and survives early on.
At least three decades ago, research showed that underfeeding pregnant cows — relative to their energy requirements — during the last trimester of gestation resulted in calves with higher morbidity and mortality rates.
Colostrum quality and quantity is part of it. Adequate Body Condition Score (BCS, e.g. 5 at calving) is tied to immunoglobulin levels. The more immunoglobulin, the more disease protection in calves.
Sexed Semen is Now a Reality for Cattle Breeders
Heather Smith Thomas
Use of sexed semen is now a reality for many cattle breeders. The early research on this technology was done by USDA more than 15 years ago. The first sex-selected calf using frozen sexed semen and AI was born in 1999. In 2004 this process became commercially available through a company called Sexing Technologies with labs in Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin and Brazil.
Gustavo Toro, Marketing Director for GRI (Genetic Resources International) and sister company Sexing Technologies, says that the research was done by Dr. Larry Johnson from Colorado State University, in conjunction with a grant from the USDA. Johnson developed a method for staining sperm, to facilitate sorting, and worked closely with Mike Evans (Sexing Technologies) to develop the instruments needed.
New case of bovine TB could downgrade Minn.’s status
Minnesota Public Radio
Another case of bovine tuberculosis in northern Minnesota will lead to a downgrade in the state’s TB status.
This is the fourth infected cattle herd since last fall, and the 11th since the disease was first found in 2005. All the cases have been found in Beltrami and Roseau counties.
Minnesota State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann says more cattle will need to be tested.
Judge asked to stop older Canadian cattle imports over mad cow concerns
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Lawyers representing cattle, consumer and health interests urged a federal judge Tuesday to stop imports of older Canadian cattle because of the potential threat of mad cow disease.
An attorney for the government countered that U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol should not grant the preliminary injunction, saying rules and changes in the industry adequately protect American animals, people and markets.
The lawsuit, filed last fall in federal court in South Dakota, seeks to suspend a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that went into effect Nov. 19 allowing Canadian cattle more than 30 months old into the U.S. market.
Cattlemen’s Association reacts to beef recall
FOX 58 Bakersfiels
The ripple effect of this week’s beef recall are industry wide. Tuesday Eyewitness News contacted local beef cattle producer and president of the Cattlemen’s Association, Bruce Hafenfeld to find out what impact this has made on the industry.
“Additive” Value In Liquid Feeds
Liquid feeds offer unique opportunities and advantages when serving the dual role of nutritional supplement and additive carrier. And as the list of available additives grows longer, and the potential value of these products becomes more thoroughly documented, more and more cattlemen are going to be concerned with practical and affective delivery options.
Living Food: Raising standards
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Organic milk gradually has become an item of healthy choice for families in every income group. A beef recall may spur the same phenomenon for grass-fed, free-range, organic and various types of healthier meat.
The nation’s largest meat recall is under way, thanks (and thank you) to the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS documented animal mistreatment at a California slaughterhouse.