Daily Archives: April 7, 2008

Meyer Natural Angus to buy Coleman’s beef business

Meyer Natural Angus to buy Coleman’s beef business

Keith Nunes


Meyer Natural Angus has agreed to purchase the natural and organic business of Coleman Natural Foods L.L.C. Both companies expect to conclude the transaction on June 1.

The sale will allow each company to tighten its focus on strategic goals. It will allow Coleman Natural Foods to focus on growing its other businesses, including natural poultry, pork and prepared foods. Meanwhile, adding the Coleman Natural beef business will enable Meyer Natural Angus to expand its position in the growing market for natural beef.


Feed prices may encourage creep feeding

Feed prices may encourage creep feeding

Western Livestock Journal

Today’s high feed prices could make this the perfect year to try creep feeding.

“As we look at the times of high feed prices, people would say, ‘Maybe that’s a reason not to creep feed,’” says Dan Faulkner, University of Illinois animal scientist. “But it may be even more of a reason to creep feed because feedlots are wanting more weight on the calves.”

In the past, “fleshy” cattle brought discounts at the auction barn, but that’s shifting.

“We’ve always had lighter calves bring more than heavier calves because we had cheap feed. We could put gain on cheaper than we could buy that gain,” he says. “If it cost more to put it on that it does to buy it, feeders are going to want to buy more of that weight.”


UNL’s Block and Bridle Names Jay Wolf of Albion Hall of Fame Honoree

UNL’s Block and Bridle Names Jay Wolf of Albion Hall of Fame Honoree


Jay Wolf, president of Wagonhammer Cattle Company of Albion, Neb., will be honored as a new member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle Hall of Fame.

Wolf will be honored April 25 at the Department of Animal Science and Block and Bridle annual honors banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union on UNL’s East Campus. Banquet tickets are $16 and can be purchased by contacting Nancy Savery by April 18 at (402) 472-6440, e-mail nsavery1@unl.edu. A reception for the Wolf family will precede the banquet at 5:30 p.m.


What’s the Beef?

What’s the Beef?

Sally Squires

Washington Post

If you’ve ever stood at the meat counter pondering whether to buy plain-old beef or to spring for the various niche varieties proliferating in food stores, you’re not alone.

“Consumers do not understand the difference between all-natural, grass-fed and organic beef,” notes Rick Machen, who grew up on a cattle ranch and is now a livestock specialist at Texas A&M University. “I don’t understand them myself, and I’m a university professor. It’s something that the industry needs to work on so that consumers fully appreciate and understand the differences between those products.”


Rancher raising the beef bar

Rancher raising the beef bar

High Plains Journal

Despite the string of U.S. beef recalls over the last year, one Oklahoma cattle operation hasn’t been paying much attention to the recent health scares, E. coli outbreaks or animal abuse scandals.

Instead, this business is thriving, partly because of them.

In eastern Wynnewood, about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City, this 1,200-acre operation goes by the name “NoName Ranch.”

That’s right “NoName” is its name.

That designation appeared on menus at The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro and The Coach House in Nichols Hills almost 6 years ago and had people scratching their heads then, too.


Why Test & Remove BVD-PI Animals From A Cattle Herd?

Why Test & Remove BVD-PI Animals From A Cattle Herd?


Persistently infected (PI) cattle are the major source of BVD infection and disease in cattle because they shed huge amount of BVD virus throughout their lives. The major economic loss associated with BVD in cow-calf operations is loss of income due to loss of calves either before birth (abortion), at birth (weak calves) or between birth and weaning (BVD-induced immunosuppression make calves more susceptible to common calf disease such as pneumonia and scours).


Beef Fest cattle contest deadline drawing near

Beef Fest cattle contest deadline drawing near

Brandy Nance

Emporia Gazette

The deadline to enter cattle in the 2008 Flint Hills Beef Fest Cattle Contest is rapidly approaching.

Entries for the contest will be on a first-come, firs-serve basis as only 40 pens of steers and 40 pens of heifers will be accepted for this year’s contest. The deadline for entries is April 16.

This is the 22nd year for the Flint Hills Beef Fest, which is headquartered in Emporia. The Beef Fest is a celebration of the Kansas Flint Hills grass cattle industry to promote the kind and quality of cattle that graze the grasslands of Kansas.


Dueling demands for corn

Dueling demands for corn


Houston Chronicle

TULIA — Ask John Van Pelt his thoughts on ethanol, and he’s likely to pull out his adding machine and let the numbers speak for themselves.

Cattle feeders say the growing need for it in ethanol is driving up the price and threatening their livelihood

Van Pelt, the manager of a cattle feedlot in this town 50 miles south of Amarillo, is now paying $215 a ton for cattle feed — double what he spent just three years ago. With 20,000 cattle in his yard, that works out to about $25,000 per day, just in feed, and what could become several million dollars in added costs this year.


Honoring Hitch

Honoring Hitch

Guymon Daily Herald

The late Paul Hitch, a champion of agribusiness, has been inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.

A man of many talents and a man who will not be forgotten, is the late Paul Hitch, who was honored again by being inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Hitch was a man who went above and beyond not only here in his home town, but beyond the State of Oklahoma as well.

“He had a profound impact on ag policy at the local, state and national levels,” Scott Dewald, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, said prior to a ceremony Wednesday, April 2, at the State Capitol in which Hitch was inducted posthumously into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.


Calf Scours Basics – Viruses

Calf Scours Basics – Viruses


Primarily, two viruses can lead to diarrhea in young calves. One is a rotavirus and is very prevalent across the U.S. Estimates are that 80 to 90 percent of adult cattle are seropositive for this virus. The rotavirus survives well in the environment, affects the small intestines and leads to a malabsorptive diarrhea. Most calves infected are from 5 to 14 days of age. It leads to a mild disease that has a low mortality rate. Affected calves may only show clinical signs of diarrhea for 1 to 2 days.


The Future of the Virginia Beef Industry

The Future of the Virginia Beef Industry

Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Beef Specialist, VA Tech

During one of the last discussions I had with beef producers before leaving Virginia, it was suggested that I discuss the future of the Virginia Beef Industry as I see it. I believe the future of the Virginia Beef Industry is strong. There are many opportunities, but still some challenges in the years to come. I can’t cover all of them, but here are some of the major opportunities and challenges.


Grass and water. One of the greatest opportunities or strengths of the VA beef industry is water and forage. After last year that is hard to believe. However, in a majority of years water and forage are plentiful. Climatic conditions in Virginia, like those in Kentucky and Tennessee, lack extremes of cold, excessive heat, and variations in moisture. These conditions are almost ideal for cattle production with limited use of stored forages or alternative feeds. Look at the climatic data for most of Virginia and you will see the average amount of moisture for any given month is between 3 and 4 inches. Combine that with the temperate climate and cattle can be grazing 9 to 10 months out of the year in most years.


Agritourism could be the next cash crop

Agritourism could be the next cash crop


Just weeks after attending an agritourism workshop series in Emporia, 13 new agritourism businesses registered with the State of Kansas this morning in Topeka.

The 13 applications were submitted to Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh by workshop instructor Jan Janzten at a ceremony in the Secretary of State’s Office.

The new entrepreneurs all attended a workshop series titled “Agritourism: Your Next Cash Crop?” hosted earlier this year by the Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development Agency and the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Emporia State University. The workshops were designed for anyone interested in starting a new agritourism businesses or expanding an existing ag-based business to include elements of agritourism. Topics included financing, product pricing, business plan writing and legal issues.


U.S.-Korea summit may not yield beef deal – envoy

U.S.-Korea summit may not yield beef deal – envoy


South Korea is working to fully reopen its market to U.S. beef, but there may not be a deal by the time the country’s new leader meets with U.S. President George W. Bush later this month, a South Korean official said on Thursday.

“We are working on that. We cannot say the timing, but we are working on that,” Lee Tae-sik, South Korea’s ambassador to the United States, told Reuters after attending a U.S. senator’s speech on trade.

South Korea closed its market to U.S. beef more than three years ago after the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States. It reopened its market to U.S. boneless beef, but not for “bone-in beef” which it considers a higher risk.

U.S. cattle producers complain that even boneless beef exports to South Korea still face major obstacles.


Observe Bulls Closely As Breeding Season Begins

Observe Bulls Closely As Breeding Season Begins


Spring breeding seasons will soon be underway in the Southern Plains. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred. Occasionally a bull that has passed a breeding soundness exam may have difficulty serving cows in heat, especially after heavy service. Inability to complete normal service and low libido are problems that can severely reduce calf crop percentage. Such problems can best be detected by observing bulls while they work. Therefore producers should (if at all possible) watch bulls breed cows during the first part of each breeding season.


Trich is a costly, yet preventable, infection

Trich is a costly, yet preventable, infection

Greeley Tribune

«Weekly advisories … The Colorado Department of Agriculture will be sending out weekly updates for Bovine Trichomoniasis cases across Colorado and is reminding cattle owners to monitor their herds for signs of the infection.

The department will send updated information to members of the industry, extension offices and the media each Monday. An updated map highlighting the number of quarantines and their counties can be found by going to http://www.colorado.gov/ag and clicking on “Bovine Trichomoniasis.”