Daily Archives: April 14, 2008

Video Feature: Trent Loos at the final day of the South St. Paul Stockyards

Video Feature: Trent Loos at the final day of the South St. Paul Stockyards

Editor’s Note: We received the following note from Trent yesterday, along with the link to this video. We thought we’d share it with you. Thanks Trent!

Hi Phil wanted to share this with you…. It was quite a day in St Paul on Friday for the Ending of an Era sale… They fed 1800 hamburgers to people in attendance.

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How Long Should I Leave The Bulls With Cows??

How Long Should I Leave The Bulls With Cows??


Maintaining a 60 to 75 day breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cowherd health programs are a product of a short breeding season. This means putting the bull in a pasture or trap for 9 to 10 months of the year. Build a fence this summer that keeps the bull away from the cows and the replacement heifers after the breeding season.

Don Doris, Industry leader, 30-year fieldman of Western Livestock Journal passes

Don Doris, Industry leader, 30-year fieldman of Western Livestock Journal passes

Western Livestock Journal

Don Doris, 78, passed away April 4, 2008, at his home in Los Osos, CA, after a fight with cancer. Don was born in Tulare, CA, on Aug. 6, 1929, and resided on a ranch in Waukena, CA, during his early years. He was an all-star member of 4-H and on his high school track team. Don lived in Clovis, CA, most of his life, raising his family and working in the purebred livestock industry.

Following high school, Don attended Fresno State College as an animal husbandry major where he began his career as a formidable figure in the beef cattle industry. His contributions include manager/herdsman for Sierra View Polled Herefords in Clovis; Field Representative for Crow Publications’ Western Dairy Journal; Field Director for the American Polled Hereford Association; Founder and publisher of Stockman’s Weekly and Pacific Stockman Magazine; and notably as field representative and director of advertising for Western Livestock Journal.


Follow advice to save on costs

Follow advice to save on costs

Even with rain, times can be hard on farmers

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Jim Neel, professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee, shares some cost-cutting tips this week with beef producers:

The weather conditions for the spring of 2008 appear to be resulting in more rainfall and have generated some optimism for Tennessee beef producers. That is the good news.

Now, for the bad news, and it is really not news — the increased price of fuel, fertilizer and other inputs required for cattle production. The cost of feed, pasture and hay are the major factors in the profitability of cow-calf operations.


Farm Animals Can be Good Therapy for Those with Mental Illness

Farm Animals Can be Good Therapy for Those with Mental Illness


Staying down on the farm just might help people with mental illness.

A study by Norwegian researchers found that farm animals can provide therapy for those with long-lasting psychiatric symptoms.

Sixty patients with schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety and personality disorders spent three hours, twice a week during a 12-week period working with farm animals.

Before and after tests showed that farm animal-assisted therapy helped increase self-efficacy and the ability to cope, as compared with a 30-patient control group whose members did not receive treatment. Effects were analyzed for six-months after the animal-assisted therapy.

The use of farms in promoting human mental and physical health is increasing in Europe and the United States, often known as “green care,” a concept that includes plants, gardens, forests and the landscape as well as animals.

Minnesota faces livestock shipping limits

Minnesota faces livestock shipping limits

Restrictions are meant to prevent spread of bovine tuberculosis


New federal restrictions meant to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis might force Minnesota’s livestock producers to spend more time and money shipping their cattle and bison out of state.

The new restrictions took effect Wednesday. State officials had been gearing up for them since the discovery of another infected herd in February.


Buffalo meat on the rise

Buffalo meat on the rise

Nneka Nwosu


SEMPRONIOUS, N.Y. — Pete Head grew up on a dairy farm, but he and his wife Debbie always dreamed of raising a different kind of cattle.

“I always grew up as a western fan, John Wayne fan, so to have my own heard is just unbelievable,” said Pete Head, PDH Farm co-owner.

In 2001, they purchased an 80-acre farm in Cayuga County. Now it is home to 100 buffalo with more on the way. Unlike cows, buffalo are relatively quiet, but extremely dangerous.


Jacarezinho not your typical cattle operation

Jacarezinho not your typical cattle operation


Farm & Ranch Guide

(Lowell Malard, Bismarck, N.D., is in Brazil working for Global Ag Invest-ments on one of their farms near Luis Eduardo Magalhaes, Bahia. He is providing regular updates from the region.)

Last week I had a chance to spend a day at a ranch here in the state of Bahia, Brazil. This is not your average beef cattle ranch. This operation has a cow herd consisting of over 30,000 cows representing two breeds, Nelore and Braford.

About 80 percent of the cows are Nelore, a breed that dominates in Brazil. Most of them are purebreds. There is little usage of crossbreeding systems.


Cattle Biosecurity

Cattle Biosecurity


As Minnesota’s livestock industry is well aware, bovine tuberculosis and other infectious diseases can have an economic impact on livestock producers. Many producers have developed excellent management plans that encompass good animal husbandry practices and nutrition, but stop short when including biosecurity practices that can help to reduce disease losses and even prevent infection altogether. Producers can easy implement a biosecurity plan when they look at breaking it down into three major components. They are isolation, traffic control and sanitation. When effectively managed, these components meet the principle biosecurity objectives of preventing or minimizing cross contamination of body fluids (feces and urine) between animals, animals to feed and animals to equipment.


Planning for successful breeding

Planning for successful breeding

W. Mark Hilton

Beef Magazine

What tasks need to be done to help assure a successful breeding season this year? Let’s start with the bulls.

Nationally, about 10% of all bulls fail a Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) each year, and a similar or greater percentage are what I would call marginal. I’ve always been an advocate of a yearly BSE on all bulls, and veterinarian Tom Kasari recently confirmed for me the financial return to the owner.

Kasari developed a spreadsheet to gauge the cost-effectiveness of performing a BSE on a bull. You simply plug in your figures and see the financial implications.


Bulls from Campbell County farm populate pastures throughout world

Bulls from Campbell County farm populate pastures throughout world

Sarah Watson

Lynchburg News & Advance

It won’t be long until a purebred Hereford heifer and bull will start roaming the California high desert, almost 3,000 miles from their Central Virginia birthplace.

They’ll graze on sagebrush and juniper, not lush green Campbell County pastures.

Throughout the year, they’ll live on almost 7,500 acres in tiny Adin, Calif., instead of about 2,750 acres belonging to Knoll Crest Farm in Red House.

These cattle are unique because they were bred to possess strong genetic traits that are sought after by beef producers around the globe. They’re the product of years of specialized breeding by James Bennett and his three sons, Paul, Jim and Brian.


Cattle mineral deficiencies not always easy to spot

Cattle mineral deficiencies not always easy to spot


The Prairie Star

Mineral deficiency symptoms aren’t always loud and clear in cattle and can cost livestock producers in reduced performance rates, according to a Montana beef specialist.

“Subclinical trace mineral deficiencies occur more frequently than recognized by most livestock producers,” said John Paterson, Montana State University Extension beef specialist of Bozeman, Mont. “This may be a larger problem than an acute mineral deficiency, because the rancher does not see specific symptoms that are characteristic of trace mineral deficiency.”

Cows, naturally: Meyer Company Ranch major player in alternative beef market

Cows, naturally: Meyer Company Ranch major player in alternative beef market


The Missoulian

Four trumpeter swans rose from a pond at the Meyer Company Ranch and flew past the red grain elevator one morning last week.

Gangly sandhill cranes lounged across the fence from Red Angus bulls as Jim Phillips drove his pickup past. The bulls in turn loafed in a Blackfoot Valley backdrop breathtaking even on a still-frozen and brown April day.

In a land with ranching roots that date back to the 1860s, Phillips is manager of an operation that rides the wave, indeed plows the furrows, of America’s infatuation with “natural beef” – a somewhat slippery term that has come to signify a niche haven in the whirl of mad cow and E. coli that bedevil the beef industry.


Noninfectious Causes of Calf Scours

Noninfectious Causes of Calf Scours


Noninfectious causes are best defined as flaws in management which appear as nutritional shortcomings, inadequate environment, insufficient attention to the newborn calf, or a combination of these. The most commonly encountered noninfectious problems include:

(a) Inadequate nutrition of the pregnant dam, particularly during the last third of gestation. Both the quality and quantity of colostrum are adversly affected by shortchanging the pregnant dam in energy and protein. Deficiencies in vitamins A and E have been associated with greater incidence of calf scours.


Farmers producing biodiesel, cattle feeders may form unique partnership

Farmers producing biodiesel, cattle feeders may form unique partnership


Farm & Ranch Guide

In the not too distant future synergies may develop between farmers producing their own biodiesel and cattle feeders who will use the meal from the biodiesel process for a high protein feed material.

That was the prediction from a study recently conducted by the Western Organization of Resource Councils, the results of which were shared in a news conference held on March 25.