Monthly Archives: May 2008

BeefTalk: Cow Size – To Win the Race, You Must Know What Race You Are In

BeefTalk: Cow Size – To Win the Race, You Must Know What Race You Are In

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Estimated Total Calf Production on 640 Acres Estimated Total Calf Production on 640 Acres

A utopian system that goes from conception all the way to the consumer has yet to be developed.

When selecting cows for size, the debate can rage on for a long time. In reality, personal perception defines large and small and many questions don’t have answers.

However, research data shows that cattle must fit the environment in which they are asked to produce. Small cattle are not bad and large cattle are not bad. Likewise, small cattle may not be good and large cattle may not be good.


Carcass Ultrasound 101: Becoming a carcass ultrasound technician

Carcass Ultrasound 101: Becoming a carcass ultrasound technician

By Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Cowman

The telephone at The National CUP Lab rings often in the spring of each year, but as the bull and female sale season winds down, the clients’ questions begin to change from barnsheets, images, and data processing to “How do I become a field technician?”

Despite the rapid growth of available scanning technicians in the last five years, there are still parts of the country that thirst for someone to scan their cattle. Seeing an opportunity, a number of creative cattlemen have filled the void in their area by becoming a certified technician. On the surface, getting into the ultrasound scanning business seems quite simple: learn the science, buy equipment, find cattle, and scan ‘em.

However, there is a lot more involved in building a successful business in the carcass ultrasound industry. Passing the initial certification exam is just one step; mastering the craft of carcass ultrasound takes diligence and literally thousands of head of practice.


Large portion of 2008 Farm Bill goes into law

Large portion of 2008 Farm Bill goes into law


Farm and Ranch Guide

Despite a lot of last minute confusion over missing pages, all of the 2008 Farm Bill is now law minus the 34 pages containing the trade and foreign food subsidy title, which was omitted from the copy sent to President Bush for his signature.

On Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., issued the following statement:

“Following veto override votes of 316-108 in the House and 82-13 in the Senate, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 has been enacted into law, with the exception of the bill’s trade title.

“The trade title was included in the conference report passed by Congress but was inadvertently left out of the official copy of the farm bill that the president vetoed. Today, the House also took action to correct the clerical error that resulted in the unintentional omission of the trade title from the enrolled farm bill and ensure that the entire farm bill is enacted into law swiftly. Most of the farm bill is now law and the Administration can begin implementing the new programs and policies immediately.”


Time To Re-evaluate The Checkoff

Time To Re-evaluate The Checkoff

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

How quickly things change. Not that long ago, it looked like the golden era of beef production had arrived – we had arrested the decline in beef demand, it looked like global exports would continue to fuel domestic industry growth, and profitability had been consistent.

Now the Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a checkoff budget for the next fiscal year of $45.8 million, a decrease of 6.6% compared with last year, which saw the promotion budget cut by another 12%.

We are now spending less than $20 million/year on beef promotion when national ad campaigns are expected to cost a minimum of $150 million/year. When you listen carefully to those people who sit in the room and make the hard decisions on what to fund, their statements tell the whole story.


Indiana Beef & Veal Producers Team Up To Jump Start The

Indiana Beef & Veal Producers Team Up To Jump Start The

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Council (IBC) coordinated a grilling event that took place on Friday May 23rd, 2008 at McCord’s and Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware Stores in Fort Wayne, IN. Teaming up with nearby Jamison Quality Meats and Weber Grills, the producers grilled Teriyaki Beef Flank Steak and Fresh Veal Burgers in the parking lots of both hardware locations. In addition to the sampling event, customers were given a $5.00 off gift card when purchasing $40.00 worth of beef or veal at Jamison Quality Meats as well as the opportunity to win one of the two Weber Gas Grills used to grill the beef and veal.

The cookout was preceded by two weeks of radio spots on WOWO 1190 AM informing the public of the upcoming events as well as live radio remotes from both stores the day of the cookouts. “Most Hoosiers have never tasted veal before and this gives us the opportunity to put our product in their mouths”, said Kosciusko County veal producer Randie Kopkey. “It also gives us the opportunity to speak directly with the consumer about the many misconceptions that exist about the veal industry.”


Cattle Health: Implanting Calves Still Pays Dividends

Cattle Health: Implanting Calves Still Pays Dividends

Growth-promoting implants are a well-established technology in the beef business. For more than 30 years some of these products have been available to improve growth and feed efficiency in cattle. A great deal of the more recent product development has been with implants designed for use in feedlot steers and heifers. However, there are a few implant products that are approved for use and will effectively work in calves prior to the time of weaning.

The use of all of the implant products is monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Based on the research, FDA has determined that when used as instructed, implants have no withdrawal period.

Implants produce an increase in muscle growth, at the expense of fat deposition, in cattle of all ages. This growth effect is variable, and is affected by age and sex of calf, the calf’s genetic potential for growth, level of nutrition, and overall health and vigor of the calf. But in general, one implant administered preweaning generates from 10 to 25 pounds of extra pounds at weaning.


Grass-fed beef: A nutritional correctness dilemma

Grass-fed beef: A nutritional correctness dilemma


Miami Herald

The romance of the cowboy cuts deep in American culture and in all the cattle cultures of the world. From the South American pampas to the bull country of La Camargue in France, cowboys ride the range, driving cattle, roping and branding steers, tending herds in endless plains of grass.

But there’s another side to the business of raising cattle that is not romantic but repugnant: The feedlot.