Daily Archives: July 8, 2008

Mid-Summer Calf Working, Especially In Tight Times


Mid-summer processing of spring-born beef calves is one of the highest return procedures available in the cattle business.  Producers should avoid the temptation to bypass this dividend just because returns from most other inputs have declined.  Out of pocket costs for most items used have increased little so mostly the inputs are a little time and labor.

Mid-summer processing is based around this being recommended as the best time to deworm spring born calves.  These babies are very susceptible to worms and are beginning to graze enough to pick up the worm larvae.  Deworming in late June or early July will remove the first worms that are grazed up and prevent major recontamination of pastures.  This coincides with a typical summer dry period so that calves then spend months with lower number of worms allowing increased growth.

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Checkoff research adds value to beef

Big Thicket Messenger

Providing beef products that are versatile and economical and enhancing beef cuts are part of the initiatives that drive checkoff-funded research for the industry. The Beef Checkoff Program’s latest research includes new cuts from the chuck roll and a study on beef tenderness.

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) incorporates national industry-leading beef research into all program areas utilizing the information to educate consumers and beef producers. Beef product research has resulted in a new line of Beef Value Cuts scheduled for release in 2008, according to the checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group (BIG). The new line of value cuts are fabricated from the beef chuck roll, which currently retail as chuck roasts and chuck steaks.

“The new wave of beef value cuts gives TBC an opportunity to market fresh new ideas and concepts to major retail and foodservice outlets,” said Russell Woodward, TBC senior product manager. “Our goal is adding value to our product by offering consumers new choices at affordable prices.”

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We must work together, quickly, on brucellosis problem


Great Falls Tribune

Cattle is big industry in Montana. There are approximately 2.6 million cows in Montana, which places Montana as the sixth largest state in terms of number of beef cattle. In fact, Montana is one of only nine states where cattle outnumber humans.

Cattle ranching provides more than $1 billion in annual income for producers in Montana, which makes it the largest component of agriculture, which is by far the largest industry in Montana. The cattle industry does more than feed people across the world; it provides a significant engine of growth for the Montana economy, which helps everyone, producers and others alike. Let me repeat — cattle is big industry in Montana.

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She knows her cattle

The Repbulican

HATFIELD – Beef, it’s what’s for dinner.

The slogan, and the beef industry in general, conjures images of hard-bitten cowboys driving steers through the dusty open range, not dairy cattle in the green pastures of Western Massachusetts.

"Well, that is absolutely the impression many people have," says Lucinda M. Williams. "In many cases it is correct."

Just not in her case.

Williams is a vice chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the industry group responsible for those "It’s what’s for dinner" ads. She represents New England and other Northeastern states in an industry dominated by western beef producers. While she’s looking out for the best interests of the industry in general, she’s also bringing a Northeastern perspective to the board.

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Alabama Beef Checkoff Vote Set for July 29

Darryal Ray

Alabama Farm Bureau

 “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” While that familiar refrain from long-running promotional radio and television advertising is familiar to many U.S. consumers, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it’s critical that the message reaches foreign consumers as well.

“Record high prices for feed, fuel, and fertilizer, coupled with a stagnant domestic economy, means the area for significant potential growth in beef sales lies in the foreign marketplace,” says Dr. Billy Powell, Executive Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

To help get out that message, Alabama cattle owners are urged to vote July 29 to continue the Alabama 50-Cent State Beef Checkoff, a program directly responsible for advertising beef to domestic and foreign consumers. The referendum vote will be held at each county Extension office from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. All cattle owners are eligible to vote once regardless of their county of residence or the county where they own cattle. No proxy or absentee voting is allowed.

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Distillers Grains: Cow-Calf Considerations


Interest and questions abound on the use of ethanol co-products (DG) in beef cow rations with the most common one being, “How much do I feed and are there any problems with this feedstuff?”

First question: how much do I feed? This is dependent upon other feedstuffs being used in the ration and what co-product is under consideration. DGs come in many forms and varying moisture contents. A good Beef Center overview publication is IBC18, “Ethanol Co-Products for Cattle”.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/IBC18.pdf For instance, DGs range in dry matter from 30% dry matter (70% moisture) to 90%. Therefore, amount fed varies due to moisture content.

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Kansas beef producers honored


The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recognized the Kniebel family of White City as “Commercial Producer of the Year” during the group’s annual convention last week in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. KLA nominated the Kniebels for the award. The Kneibels competed against 11 other nominees from across the country.

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Hay production costs rise


Glasgow Daily Times

The cost to produce hay has gone up drastically for south-central Kentucky farmers compared to what they paid last year.

“It’s gone up twice as much,” said Kenneth Haines Jr., who raises registered beef cattle near Park City. “The fertilizer has doubled and the seed has gone way up. It’s not a good time.”

Although Haines is paying more to produce hay to feed his cattle, he says he’s not doing anything different from what he has done in the past.

“I just have to purchase hay,” he said. “I can’t raise enough to make it.”

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New era of high expenses focus of 2008 Beef Cattle Short Course

By Blair Fannin, Texas A&M

North Texas e-News

"The New Era of High Input Costs" is the theme for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The annual short course, coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will address many timely issues affecting beef producers.

"The cattle industry has seen input costs increase sharply in the past three years," said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.

"From the cow-calf operation to the feedyard, all segments of the U.S. beef industry have experienced dramatic increases in production costs. Most cow-calf producers are wondering how to deal with these cost increases and are concerned about the effect of high corn prices on the calf market."

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JBS could see divestitures in western US and Texas/Kansas regions amidst DOJ scrutiny

Mark Eissman

Financial Times

JBS Swift’s proposed acquisition of western US and Texas/Kansas region packing plants of National Beef and Smithfield are being reviewed by the US Department of Justice for possible forced divestiture or imposition of other remedies, two sources familiar with the review told mergermarket.

JBS’s planned purchase of Loveland, Colorado-based Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, is also a center of review by DOJ, said the sources.

JBS Swift, based in Greeley, Colorado and a subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS, agreed in March to acquire Kansas, Missouri-based National Beef Packing, for USD 970m, and at the same time, purchase the beef operations of Smithfield, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods for USD 565m.

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Wisconsin Celebrates 22nd Year of Beef Checkoff in July

Wisconsin Ag Connection

The excitement of June Dairy Month will continue into July as Wisconsin cattle producers celebrate Beef Month. According to Christina Torkelson, an intern with the Wisconsin Beef Council in Madison, the cattle industry plays a crucial role in the state’s economy–and nearly everyone plays a part in making that happen.

"We have a continuing love affair with beef, whether it’s the All-America hamburger or a thick steak fired up on the grill," Torkelson says. "The season of outdoor activities and backyard barbecues is upon us, creating an even stronger relationship this time of year."

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USDA ordered to collect comment on Canadian beef

Rod Smith


A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue a notice of rulemaking and provide for public comment on the department’s decision to reopen the U.S. border to beef from Canadian cattle 30 months old and older. His order partially responds to a lawsuit brought by R-CALF USA seeking a preliminary injunction of USDA’s rule that reopened the border to both the older cattle and beef from older cattle last year (Feedstuffs, Nov. 5 and 19, 2007) and is based on his finding that USDA failed to allow comment on the beef part of the rule, according to court documents filed July 3. It does not halt any trade in the cattle or beef, according to the documents.

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N. D. State Research Shows Lactobacillus Acidophilus BT1386 Effective Against E.Coli


Research conducted by a team from the College of Agriculture at North Dakota State University investigated the effect of Direct Fed Microbial (DFM) products on the control of E. coli in feedlot cattle. Results of the trial showed a significant reduction (32%) in fecal shedding of E. coli O157:H7 among the steers treated with the Lactobacillus Acidophilus BT1386. Steers placed on the DFM supplement were almost three times less likely to shed E. coli in their feces as opposed to their control counterparts. In addition, feeding the DFM significantly reduced the probability of new infections with Salmonella among DFM-treated cattle, compared to controls. This work was published in the March 2008 issue (with an erratum in the May 2008 issue) of the Journal of Food Protection.

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Hot weather increases water requirements (Nutrition)


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 As summer gets underway, with some areas already experiencing drought conditions, specialists remind producers to supply cattle with plenty of drinking water. Roxanne Johnson, a water quality associate with NDSU Extension Service, says water requirements can double during hot weather.

NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist Greg Lardy adds that the amount of water cattle need depends on the conditions and type of animal.

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