Daily Archives: February 27, 2008

All Feeders Not Equal

All Feeders Not Equal

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

Dan Buskirk, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University (MSU), is not a person to leave questions unanswered if he can help it. So, when one of his school’s livestock educators commented that he had observed marked differences in the effectiveness of various types of round bale feeders at controlling waste, Buskirk decided to look into the matter.

“First, I did an extensive lit[erature] review, because I was sure that somebody has looked at this,” he says. “My conclusion was that if someone had done an evaluation they hadn’t documented it.”


The Importance of Colostrum for Calves – FAQs

The Importance of Colostrum for Calves – FAQs


Colostrum intake is critical for a newborn calf, as its immune system is not fully developed when born. The calf must rely on colostrum from its mother until its own immune system is developed at 1 to 2 months of age. Colostrum contains antibodies or immunoglobulins (essential proteins) necessary to provide the calf with protection from disease. This immunity that the calf receives is known as passive immunity.

How much colostrum does a calf need?

Generally a calf should receive 5 to 6 % of its body weight as colostrum within the first six hours of life, and another 5 to 6 % of its body weight when the calf is 12 hours old. Colostrum weighs about 8 lbs per (US) gallon or 10 pounds (Imperial gallon), therefore an 80 lb calf would require 4 lbs of colostrums per feeding.


Research Shows Ways to Enhance Beef Tenderness

Research Shows Ways to Enhance Beef Tenderness

Cattle Today

The components of “taste” that determine just how satisfying it is to eat beef are flavor, juiciness and tenderness. But tenderness has been identified as the first and most important of the three among U.S. beef consumers, according to a new beef checkoff-funded report.

Colorado State University meat scientists Gary Smith, Ph.D., J. Daryl Tatum, Ph.D., Keith Belk, Ph.D., and John Scanga, Ph.D., recently completed an executive summary titled Post-Harvest Practices for Enhancing Beef Tenderness as a companion piece to the 2007 Pre-Harvest Cattle Management Practices checkoff-funded report.


Illinois Beef Expo to get refund

Illinois Beef Expo to get refund

State gives back $13,140 because of electrical problems at fairgrounds



The state has agreed to refund more than $13,000 in facilities charges after electrical problems at the Illinois State Fairgrounds forced relocation of the annual Illinois Beef Expo to the convention center in Bloomington.

But the bigger issue was finding space for 10,000 to 12,000 participants, and about 1,000 animals, on short notice.

“Many of these people have planned for a year to genetically get their animals ready to sell. We didn’t feel like we had the option to just to cancel the event,” said Maralee Johnson, executive vice president of the 1,800-member association.

(Ed. Note Illinois Beef expo schedule at end of article)


Schwab optimistic US can reopen beef export markets

Schwab optimistic US can reopen beef export markets


WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The United States is optimistic that beef exporters will resume shipments to key countries that banned U.S. beef after mad cow disease was found in 2003, but progress to reopen these markets is “taking longer than expected,” the top U.S. trade official said on Monday.

Beef shipments from the United States were virtually halted after it found its first case of mad cow disease in December 2003.

Since then, U.S. beef sales have been edging higher, but not quickly enough for the administration or for the beef industry, which complains of age restrictions and inflexible import rules. The Agriculture Department has estimated U.S. beef exports in 2008 will rise by 270 million lbs to 1.7 billion lbs — still far below the 2.5 billion lbs recorded just five years ago.


Telling the true story of beef production

Telling the true story of beef production

Jim Maxey

California Farm Bureau

On Feb. 17 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., a Chino establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 143 million pounds of beef products produced since February 2006 because evidence shows they were produced in non-compliance with FSIS regulations.

This beef recall is the largest in industry history. It is important for consumers to understand the nature of the recall and its designation as Class II. The possibility of adverse health effects from consuming beef included within the recall is extremely remote. The recall was issued in an abundance of caution and only as a precautionary measure.


Ethanol Impact on Price of Corn

Ethanol Impact on Price of Corn

Prices on Other Crops Going Up As Well

Brian Flores


The u-s government has alloted between 30 to 40 percent of corn production to go toward ethanol production. Growers say because of that, not only will the price of corn go up, but so will beef prices because corn is used to feed much of the nation’s cattle. And they also say it will be a trickle-down effect for other crops as well.