Daily Archives: July 22, 2008

Vintage Video Feature: The Cattle Feeders part 3

ISU Special Collection

This film profiles three cattle feeders who show a great disparity in their facilities and methods for handling cattle.

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Global View Required For Beef Industry Today, Producers Told

NCBA News

Beef producers should think globally when considering their future, a leading Washington insider told cattle producers at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference here today. Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president, policy and trade issues, for Informa Economics Inc., told about 700 producers at the opening session that exports are “going to be your margins in the future. That is your growth market.”

He noted beef exports in May were up 32 percent over last year, and were the largest since 2003. The industry has momentum, he says, through the new managed trade agreement with South Korea. “Hopefully, Japan will come along,” he said.

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Baxter Black: SERIOUS ROPIN’ UPDATE

If yer a sorry roper, friend, let me commiserate And pass along some wisdom that may help to set you straight.

The reason that yer just no good and why you’ve never won Is…You’ve got the false impression that ropin’ should be fun!

Don’t kid yourself. It’s just like golf. We’re talkin’ sacrifice! To rope and win consistently you have to pay the price.

Eliminate the little things that busy up yer life, Those bothersome distractions like house payments and a wife.

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Internal Parasites in Cattle Hinder Optimum Production

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Internal parasites (stomach and intestinal worms) rob cattle of nutrition, reducing growth and weight gains in young cattle and hindering optimum production in all classes of cattle. Heavy infestations can also create health issues; worms can be a stress, making the host animal more vulnerable to disease. Deworming cattle at the proper time in the life cycle of the target parasite to eliminate egg-laying adults in the tract, or at a time of year to most effectively minimize re-contamination of pasture with worm eggs, can keep re-infection at a low level.

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New owners lack connection with ag producers

Ron De Yong

Great Falls Tribune

Montana’s farm and ranch families can be forgiven if they feel threatened, even besieged, by the upheaval occurring in commodity markets. They are blamed unjustly for high food costs, struggle to justify staggeringly high fuel and fertilizer costs, and suddenly find fewer opportunities to use traditional futures markets to cushion the risks they are asked to accept.

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Fly control important for cattle producers

Walter Earle, Agriculture Extension director

The Wilson Times

As the temperatures rise, so do the number of flies that are feeding on and, in general, harassing your cattle.

Flies are a nuisance for humans, but an even greater nuisance for cattle. Studies have shown that producers suffer economic losses when fly populations reach 200 flies per animal.

Therefore, controlling fly population in cattle will have a positive effect on a producer’s bottom line. The two species of flies that cause cattle the most problems are the horn fly and the face fly.

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NCBA Task Force members hear from cattlemen

Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

A task force charged with examining the structure and governance of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held a public listening session at the Summer Cattle Industry Convention last week in Denver. And a member of that task force told Brownfield the tone of the meeting was overwhelmingly positive.

Nebraska Cattlemen Executive Vice President and task force member Michael Kelsey described the listening session as at a standing room-only affair, at least at times. And according to Kelsey, one clear theme emerged about NCBA’s structure and governance from listening session participants.

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Altus officials plan for potential “agro-terrorism” attacks

KSWO

Altus_An "agro-terrorism attack" is a deliberate attack on commercial crops and livestock populations with viruses and fungi, and by targeting U.S. agriculture, terrorists could have the potential of attacking our economy, food supply, and local structure – simultaneously.  So, the Oklahoma Extension Service and the Oklahoma Department of Food and Forestry were in Altus on Monday, teaming up to educate the community to make it through a potential disaster with minimal impact.

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Don’t Miss Signs of Heat Stress in Stock Dogs

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

A good dog can be as much or better help than another rider or two—bringing up stragglers, keeping the herd together, rounding up a herd-quitter, getting cattle out of the brush or in any other terrain that may be difficult to get through on a horse. When working by yourself, dogs can be invaluable, especially when moving a challenging group of cattle. On a hot day, however, it’s important to make sure you don’t overwork your dogs. Just like horses and humans, they may overheat when working hard. Making sure they have adequate water during the job, and a chance to cool off now and then, can help avert dehydration and heat stroke.

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Cattlemen Join Forces At Conference To Address Industry Concerns

KTIC

Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) voted today to oppose government intervention in the renewable fuels marketplace and to support immediate efforts to significantly reduce the impacts of that intervention on the cattle industry.

The vote, taken at the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, amends current NCBA policy to allow for more engagement in the debate over renewable fuels, as well as active promotion of a market-based system of renewable energy.

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Concert will help cattle farmers’ costs

Larisa Brass

Knoxville News Sentinel
A newly hatched nonprofit is hoping to raise funds to aid struggling East Tennessee farmers.

Set up in January, East Tennessee Farmers Relief is holding its inaugural fundraising event, a concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Walters State Expo Center in Morristown. The event will feature country star Aaron Tippin along with bands Carolina Rain and Heartland.

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Lean times for cattle industry

Miami Herald

On a July morning just after sunrise, Frank Wesley ”Wes” Williamson III, a third-generation beef cattle rancher, rides his horse through lush pasture with his cowhands, rounding up cows for pregnancy testing.

The cowboys guide the herd of Brangus — a mix of Brahman and Angus — a mile or so away to a wooden holding pen built under the shade of a giant live oak. There each cow is sonogrammed by a team of veterinarians to check for pregnancy.

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Wayne Pacelle: Defining Humane Society Of The United States

cattlenetwork.com

There are a lot of animal welfare groups in North America and the Humane Society of the United States is reputed to be the largest and best-funded.  Would you define HSUS for me?  What sets it apart, what are it goals and how does it propose to achieve them?

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Drought Forces Summer Management Strategies

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

Part 2

In the last issue we began a discussion of management of the cow herd during summer periods, especially in those areas affected by low rainfall and drought. Obviously in these situations one of the primary problems we face is lack of available forages for grazing and harvest. This year, those challenges are coupled with high fuel, feed and fertilizer costs. At this point we will focus on management as related to forage availability in areas that have experienced continued lower rainfall.

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Beef Industry Must Do More with Less

Nebraska Farmer

Terry Stokes, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, told cattle producers at Friday’s opening session of the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver that the beef cattle industry’s structure has changed dramatically in recent years. He presented the following facts:

• In 1975, there were 46 million beef cows, and today there are 33 million;

• In 1980, there were 1.013 million beef cattle operations, and today there are 762,000, and

• In 1982, the feeder cattle supply exceeded 40 million head, and today, it totals about 28 million head.

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