Daily Archives: July 24, 2008

Nebraska woman given Beef Quality Assurance award

Cattle Business Weekly

Quality. It’s not only a word written in an instruction manual but a responsible action – one must live it and then teach it. Recently two producers were honored with the national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award, created to recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers from across the country who incorporate BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. The winners were selected based upon their commitment to beef quality assurance while operating sustainable cattle operations.

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Legal Defense Fund Files Suit to Stop Animal ID Program;

Suit Targets USDA and Michigan Department of Agriculture

Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund today filed suit in the U.S. District Court – District of Columbia to stop the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) from implementing the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), a plan to electronically track every livestock animal in the country. 

The MDA has implemented the first two stages of NAIS – property registration and animal identification – for all cattle and farmers across the state as part of a mandatory bovine tuberculosis disease control program required by a grant from the USDA.

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Effect of Weaning Method on Calf Performance

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

The objective of this Michigan State Univ. study was to determine the effect of weaning method on the subsequent performance of beef calves. A total of 227 Angus x Simmental calves averaging 173 days of age were allotted to three treatments: 1) Abrupt-weaned (AW); 2) Fenceline-weaned (FW); and 3) Two-step weaned (TW). Dams of AW calves were moved to remote pastures. Dams of FW calves were moved to adjoining pastures with fenceline contact. TW calves had a plastic nose flap fitted, on day ¬¬¬¬5 had the nose flap removed, and all dams moved to remote pastures.

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Ethanol Basics: Wet Milling Co-products


Corn Gluten Feed

Corn gluten feed is the highest volume co-product of the wet corn milling industry and is a popular feedlot cattle protein and energy source because it is an intermediate protein product that is rich in highly-digestible fiber. Dry corn gluten feed is often pelleted and marketed to domestic and European dairy industry. Corn gluten feed actually contains no gluten, but a mixture of corn bran and condensed steepwater solubles; it may also contain corn germ meal, as well as other co-product streams from the plant.

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JBS Plans to Fund 4,000 Brazilian Feedlots to Speed Up Supply

Carlos Caminada and Flavia Lima


JBS SA, the world’s biggest beef supplier, plans to finance as many as 4,000 Brazilian cattle producers to help them fatten calves faster in feedlots after supplies dwindled and prices surged.

JBS aims to have as much as 350 million reais ($222 million) in outstanding loans by 2011, Jose Geraldo Dontal, the head of a new JBS finance unit, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. The loans will fund investments in feedlots, he said.

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Drought forces ranchers to cull herds

By David Stone

The Marlin Democrat

Dwindling water supplies coupled with high grain costs have many Central Texas ranchers heading to auction barns.

Stock ponds are drying up as temperatures continue to hover near the century mark, forcing beef producers to either move cattle to pastures with deeper water supplies or cull their herds, according to Russ de Cordova, president of the Buffalo Livestock Commission.

"It’s a bad situation, and it’s going to get worse," de Cordova said. "A lot of producers will have to cut their herds in half – some even a third."

Although Marlin and most of Central Texas received much-needed rain last week, it was far from the drought-buster the ag community needs.

The National Weather Service has declared that much of Falls, Milam and Robertson counties are in an extreme drought. Year-to-date rainfall totals for the area are as much as 10 inches below normal, and one-year deficits are in excess of 17 inches.

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Farmers basking in high hay prices

Emily Hone

Morning News

Farmers who grow hay are finding themselves sitting on fields of green gold this summer as the price per ton clilmbs higher and higher.

    As hay farmers head into their second cutting of the season, Judi Hale, who operates a custom hay harvesting business with her husband, Don, said they’re receiving calls from all over the country from people looking to buy hay.

    Hay that a few years ago was selling for $80 to $90 a ton is commanding as much as $220 per ton, this summer Hale said.

    Although the Hales won’t be asking quite that much, Judi said, there are dairies in the Twin Falls area that are contracting hay out of the field for that price. “And they’re paying a bonus for quality,” she added.

    “We’re asking $200,” Hale said, “but telling people to ask around to see whether they can get it cheaper.”

    Cole Erb, co-owner of the Blackfoot Livestock Commission, said the slaughter cows and bulls are being sold at high rates because ranchers are culling their herds early this year due to the high cost of hay.

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