Daily Archives: July 8, 2008

Mid-Summer Calf Working, Especially In Tight Times

cattlenetwork.com

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

STEVE KELLY

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

cattlenetwork.com

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

KRVN

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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