Monthly Archives: July 2008

Beef producers get go-ahead on CRP acres

ART HOVEY

Lincoln Journal Star

A federal judge has cleared the way for thousands of beef producers, including almost 1,200 in Nebraska, to use land in the Conservation Reserve Program for haying and grazing.

The July 24 court ruling is expected to help the state’s cattle sector compensate for the high cost of corn and other typical parts of cattle rations.

Potential impact in Nebraska became clearer Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture offered a state update.

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Cloned Beef Has Already Entered U.S. Food Supply, Even Before FDA Nod

David Gutierrez

NaturalNews

The major cattle cloning companies in the United States have admitted that they have not bothered to try and keep meat from the offspring of clones out of the U.S. food supply, in spite of a request by the FDA several years ago.

"This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain," said Donald Coover, who owns a specialty cattle semen business. "Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or they’re not being honest."

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First U.S. beef arrives in S. Korea after ban

CNN

The first shipment of U.S. beef under a controversial import deal arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, state media reported.

A pedestrian walks past a banner opposed to importing U.S. beef in Seoul.

The resumption of U.S. beef imports follows a nearly five-year ban after a case of mad cow disease turned up in the United States. It also comes in the midst of continuing public concern over it.

Tens of thousands of people in South Korea have protested the South Korean government’s decision to resume beef imports from the United States.

The initial shipment of 1.5 tons of ribs and other bone-in cuts arrived by plane at Incheon International Airport, said Nerp Corporation, a Seoul-based meat importer, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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K-State Economist Sees Beef Output Cuts if Production Costs Remain High

infoZine.com

Farmers, Soaring grain, oilseed and land prices helped bolster some rural Americans’ incomes over the past year, but livestock producers have not reaped such gains.

"Feed is the largest single cost item for livestock and poultry production – accounting for 60 to 70 percent of the total cost in most years," said Kansas State University agricultural economist James Mintert. "Although energy, labor and other inputs have increased over the last two years, feed costs have jumped 40 to 60 percent, depending on whether a producer is feeding swine, cattle or poultry."

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House bill could postpone meat imports from Argentina

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

The issue of foot and mouth disease has cattlemen concerned as a health issue that may affect their livelihood. Now, the issue may become a factor involving international trade between the United States and Argentina.

A house bill, known as the Johnson-Enzi “Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention Act of 2008,” could postpone the importation of fresh meat and live cattle from Argentina — a country known to have Foot and Mouth Disease, except for a select few regions that are free of the disease. Fresh and prepackaged beef and other meat would be affected. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association also knows this bill as “Keep America FMD-Free.”

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USDA Takes Action on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim final rule for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program that will become effective on Sept. 30.

The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef (including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork; perishable agricultural commodities (fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng; and peanuts — as required by the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills. USDA implemented the COOL program for fish and shellfish covered commodities in October 2004.

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COOL Recordkeeping Burdens & Costs

cattlenetwork.com

The proposed rule published on October 30, 2003, estimated the recordkeeping burden at $124 million in first year for development and operation; $458 million in subsequent years for maintenance and operation.

Presently under the interim final rule, the recordkeeping burden for the first year for development and operation is estimated at $126 million; $499 million in subsequent years for maintenance and operation

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Hurt: Better Days Ahead for Beef Producers

Illinois Farm Bureau

Better days are likely ahead for the cattle industry, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

"As numbers keep dropping, producers adjust inventories downward in the face of high feed and forage prices," said Chris Hurt. "At mid-year, the number of all cattle and calves was modestly lower than the two previous years, with total inventories near the lows of 2004.

"Beef cow numbers have dropped about 1 percent this year, reflecting continued discouragement from calf prices below the cost of production."

Hurt’s comments came as he reviewed the state of cattle numbers and prices.

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Ask The Nutritionist – Difference Between Product & Regular Distillers Grains

cattlenetwork.com

Question- I have heard people talk of feeding modified distillers’ grains to cattle. What is the difference between this product and regular distillers’ grains?

Answer – Although there is really no such thing as “regular” distillers’ grains, most people consider it to be the byproduct of dry grind ethanol production.

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Cattle feeding in Ohio: for fun or profit?

MIKE MILLER

The Gazette

Stan Smith, OSU Extension educator, explains a new era in beef production is upon us. In the past we’ve made decent money at home finishing cattle, and always had an excuse for not going on winter vacation. It was pretty solid. “ … Can’t leave with cattle to feed in the winter.”

Considering today’s economics, I don’t think my feeding plan will fly.

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Capture every penny at marketing

Kindra Gordon

Cattle Business Weekly

In a year of sky-high costs, cattle producers know every cent counts when it comes time to market calves. How can you maximize the price your calves bring at sale time? University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist Ivan Rush says the key is in reviewing the basics and paying attention to details.

He says, "Producers should aim to do all they can to improve the income on their calves."

Rush’s first reminder is to sell in uniform load lots. "They sell at a premium to smaller groups of calves," says Rush.

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SGBI Holds Branding Party for Foundation

Cattle Today

Kingsville, Texas – It was Branding Time in Kingsville, Texas on June 27th. The first Branding Party for the new Santa Gertrudis Foundation fundraiser was held at the Henrietta King Museum.

With approximately 100 in attendance it was certainly a great event. Members that had purchased leather squares to be placed on the Brand Wall were in attendance to brand their spot in Santa Gertrudis history. This event brought in individuals as close as Kingsville, Texas to as far away as Illinois and New Mexico. Mixed in with the attendees were old and new members alike.

The Brand Wall is the kick-off fundraiser for the new Santa Gertrudis Foundation. The new foundation has been developed to ensure that the Santa Gertrudis breed continues to prosper for years to come. The main areas of work for the new foundation will be in research and education.

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Country of Origin Final Interim Rule Published

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim final rule for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program that will become effective on Sept. 30. Full text of the rule can be viewed by clicking below.

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Nebraska cattle marketings, placements down

Robert Pore

The Grand Island Independent

While the number of cattle in Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, is unchanged from last year, marketings and placements are down dramatically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to a report issued Friday, Nebraska feedlots contained 2.05 million cattle on feed, which is unchanged from last year’s record level but 3 percent above July 1, 2006.

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American Breed Coalition Seminars

Cattle Today

The American Breeds Coalition, in an aggressive move to promote the utilization of its member breeds, hosted two seminars on May 29 at the Heritage Place in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Fayetteville, Ark. at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center on the grounds of the University of Arkansas on May 31. Those member breeds are American Red Brangus, Brahman, Beefmaster, Braford, Simbrah, and Santa Gertrudis.

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Research Geared To Easy Storage Of Wet Distillers Grains

cattlenetwork.com

UNL research indicates that wet distillers grains are easier to store than most people might expect, said a UNL specialist.

Distillers grains are a good source of protein and energy that may become economical to store, said Aaron Stalker, extension beef range systems specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte. If historic seasonal price patterns continue, livestock producers will be able to buy wet distillers grains in summer when they’re least expensive and feed them in winter when there’s a protein deficiency.

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ICA president wants to broaden industry understanding

Desirai Schild

 AG Weekly

Jennifer Ellis has a long list of goals to accomplish in her year as president of the Idaho Cattle Association.

The Blackfoot resident took office in November.

“I became president because I feel everybody needs to take a turn,” she said. “My goal is to get the voice of the cattle industry heard by more than the people who raise cattle. It’s time to quit preaching to the choir.”

Ellis and her husband, Shawn, have 700 mother cows and a 1,000 head feedlot.

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Q&A Are there any studies that evaluate the optimal inclusion rate of MODIFIED Wet Distillers Grains and Solubles (45% DM)?

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

This is a tough question to answer because, it depends. The best F:G was observed at 50% inclusion, but the best ADG was at 20 to 30% inclusion. The best economically was between 20 to 40% depending on distance from the ethanol plant and price relative to corn.

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Mobile Slaughterhouse Could Help Farmers, Consumers

KUOW

Consumers, chefs, grocers – everyone seems to want more locally raised meat. But the farms, slaughterhouses and butcher shops that could provide it have been disappearing from the Puget Sound region. Last week (7/22) the Pierce Conservation District voted to fund a project that’s giving farmers new hope. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Alternative Fertilizer Options Can Offset High Costs

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

What items cost seems to be a great part of the American thought process these days. Most are frustrated not by the amount of money they make, but the price of every day garden variety items continually rising.

Grocery shoppers are shifting tastes from well known national brands to many house brands, within the local market. Some have even traded where they do business, if the price is right. Lower quality meats are becoming the centerpiece rather than filet mignon.

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