Tribbett Joins Staff of Certified Hereford Beef
Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB) LLC is excited to announce that Heidi Tribbett, Sterling, Colo., has been hired to assist with the Hereford Verified program.
In this position, Tribbett will help beef producers enrolling cattle in the program and send out carcass data once the animals have been harvested. She will also have the responsibility for managing the HerfNet.com commercial Web-site listing that connects buyers and sellers of Hereford and Hereford cross feeder cattle.
2 beef processors cited for humane violations
FREDERIC J. FROMMER
A government inspection of slaughterhouses found significant problems with the treatment of cattle and two of the nation’s largest beef processors — both of which provide meat for the National School Lunch Program — were slapped with humane handling violations.
One of those companies’ violations was rescinded after the company appealed, The Associated Press has learned.
Audits by the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service resulted in “noncompliance” records to a National Beef Packing Co. plant in Dodge City, Kan., and a Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fresno, Calif., according to information obtained by the AP under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Cattle Buyers Summit set for May 14-15
Montana State University
BOZEMAN — A Cattle Buyers Summit for ranchers, cattle feeders, agricultural lenders and anyone who markets cattle will be held May 14-15 at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings.
“This program is intended for anyone who trades feeder cattle, fed cattle and non-fed beef animals,” said Clint Peck of Billings, director of Beef Quality Assurance programs for Montana State University. “Cattle buyers are a very important segment of our industry, and it’s our responsibility to keep them in the loop as to what we’re doing in Beef Quality Assurance programming.”
Tax Court Provides Forum to Dispute Tax Deficiencies
John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
Before I get into this month’s topic, I want to announce my new website: http://www.JohnAlanCohan. com. At this site there are legal and tax tips involving the horse, livestock and general farming industries, as well as sections on dog breeding, boating and aviation.
Now, the U.S. Tax Court is a Federal court established by Congress to provide a forum in which taxpayers can dispute IRS tax deficiencies assessed against them. This is a court, as it were, of last resort for taxpayers.
If you are assessed a deficiency after an audit, the IRS will want you to sign a letter “agreeing” to the assessment. Or, you can request to have an appeal within the IRS bureaucracy.
Nutritional and Feeding Strategies to Minimize Nutrient Losses in Livestock Manure
Mindy J. Spiehs, Regional Extension Educator – Livestock Manure Systems, University of Minnesota
The livestock industry has undergone substantial changes in the past few decades. The poultry, swine, and dairy industries in particular have become increasingly concentrated. This has resulted in fewer, but larger, livestock operations throughout the country. As a result, there has been a growing concern about odor emissions from livestock operations and potential decreased water quality caused by nutrient runoff from livestock manure. One of the key components to lowering air and water pollution from manure is the animal diet.
Management Helps Offset High Fertilizer Prices
Hay and Forage Grower
Good management can be a tremendous asset if growers can’t afford to apply fertilizer, says John Jennings, University of Arkansas extension forage specialist. Start by inventorying your soil fertility and pasture conditions, then manage for those conditions, he advises. “Soil testing will help producers target fields where fertilizer will have the most impact and fields where not as much fertilizer is needed,” says Jennings. “Soil testing will also tell which fields may potentially be able to grow clovers and other legumes.”
Grazing to Greener Pastures
Emilio Laca, associate professor of plant sciences at the University of California, Davis, says controlled grazing systems optimize yields and help establish more productive pastures. And, if implemented properly, they can have a significant effect on invasive weed populations. He is convinced that using one’s head rather than one’s checkbook can lead to a long-term solution in dealing with weed infestations established after years of opportunistic encroachment.
“We have been successful at using prescribed stocking rates to reduce the incidence of specific weeds that otherwise would contribute to a reduction in a pasture’s productivity,” Laca says, adding that traditional grazing paradigms often favor the spread of these plants rather than help deter their encroachment.