Daily Archives: August 5, 2008

Video Feature: The Cost of Corn-Fed Cattle

Wall Street Journal Digital Network
Watch out meat-lovers. With corn prices doubling since last year, industrial-scale farmers with corn-fed cattle are searching for ways to cut feeding costs — by introducing cheaper recipes.

Methods of Determining Age of Cattle

Ron Torell, Northeast Area Livestock Specialist

NCBA

The approximate age of cattle may be determined by examining the teeth as illustrated in Diagram 1.  The tooth method of aging cattle involves noting the time of appearance and the degree of wear on the temporary and permanent teeth.  The temporary or milk teeth, are easily distinguished from the permanent teeth by their smaller size and whiter color.  At maturity cattle have 32 teeth, 8 of which are incisors in the lower jaw.  The two central incisors are known as pinchers; the third pair are called second intermediates or laterals; and the outer pair are known as the corners.  There are no upper incisor teeth; only the thick, hard dental pad.

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Gearing Up Or Gearing Down?

Amanda Nolz

Beef Magazine

With skyrocketing production costs and tough consumer economic conditions, the beef industry is facing challenging times. But do those margin-squeezing conditions make a case for or against participation in value-added beef alliances?

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Stockpiling Forage – Still A Good Economic Decision?

cattlenetwork.com

August is the time to make forage decisions that will affect the late fall and winter-feeding period. In the past, stockpiling grass for late fall and winter grazing has been much more economical than feeding baled hay. How do increased fuel, fertilizer and forage production costs affect the economics of stockpiling forage? In this article I want to review some of the research that has been done on stockpiling forage for winter grazing and apply today’s economics to this practice to see if it is still a good economic decision.

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K-State Beef Conference to Feature Strategies for Tough Economy

KRVN

Today´s tough economic environment for cattle producers makes each production decision more important than ever. Producers can hear about some of their options at the K-State Beef Conference Aug. 7-8 in Manhattan, Kan.

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U.S. beef exports gain ground

Bryan Salvage            

MEATPOULTRY.com

Although the first bovine spongiform encephalopathy discovery in the U.S. (December 2003) closed the door on U.S. beef exports around the world, the U.S. Meat Export Federation said the U.S. is gaining ground in market access for U.S. beef.

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Cost Analysis: SDSU Releases Beef Cow Budget

American Cowman Magazine

An updated resource from South Dakota State University can help producers manage feed costs that account for roughly half of the yearly costs associated with the cow herd. The web-based tool helps producers calculate feed costs and establish a budget.

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Study shows consumers find grass-fed beef acceptable

Physorg.com

High feed-grain prices and the growing interest in "natural" foods have spurred both consumers and farmers to consider grass-fed beef, and a recent study done by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers may reinforce this trend.

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Record cattle prices ahead

Bob Meyer

Brownfield Network

Purdue University Economist Chris Hurt predicts good prices ahead for cattle producers. Hurt says high feed prices prompted feedlots to reduce placements in May and June which means fewer cattle going to market in the final quarter of this year. Added to that, the lower dollar is limiting imports while exports are increasing. In fact, Hurt says USDA will have to revise their beef export projections from the 18% growth to more reflect the 34% increase in exports we witnessed in the first five months of the year.

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Kosher slaughterhouse owners surrounded by scandal

DAVID B. CARUSO

Fremont Tribune

Two decades ago, the Rubashkin family of Brooklyn opened up a kosher slaughterhouse amid the cornfields of Iowa _ not exactly a center of Jewish culture.

The bearded, fedora-wearing strangers from Brooklyn quickly transformed Postville into its own small-town melting pot. Immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico began arriving in great numbers to work at the slaughterhouse. Soon, the town was home to churches and temples, and the shelves of the grocery stores were stocked with tortillas and bagels.

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Charolais Genetic Viewpoint: Creating the Ideal Cow

cattlenetwork.com

The ideal beef cow is a question that is easily defined, but not so easily characterized. The ideal beef cow is simply the one that returns the most profit to the beef enterprise. But how do we characterize that cow? Is she tall, short, fat, thin? Does she give lots of milk or less? Additionally among all those traits, are they intertwined? These are all good questions and very honestly ones that we don’t have the best answers for.

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Supplemental minerals are important to enhance future cow and calf performance

Kindra Gordon

American Cowman Magazine

Herd health and vaccination programs tend to get most of a producer’s management focus. But mineral nutrition has an important role in herd health as well. As we approach fall, this is the optimum time to make certain calves are getting extra nutrition at the ranch so they go on to perform well at the feedlot. And, heifers and cows need special attention through the fall and winter to ensure a healthy calf crop and better breed back next spring.

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Ten Tips To Better Handling And Administering Of Vaccines

cattlenetwork.com

Vaccinations are an important key to proper animal health and herd health management. And, to ensure that vaccination is as effective as possible, proper vaccine handling and administration is very important.

The following tips, provided by Dr. Dale Groteluseschen, DVM and veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health, will help the breeder get on the right path to better herd management.

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Culling Cows with Carcass Data

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Why would cow-calf producers seek performance and carcass data on the calves they raise? Those who earnestly corral and sort through the numbers say it’s to enhance the value of their product. It’s the only way for producers to really know how their calves perform in the feedlot and on the packer’s rail. It’s a way of identifying a breeding herd’s strengths and weaknesses. Then, the information can be applied to genetic selection — to give direction to breeding decisions.

Typically, that means choosing bulls that will have a positive genetic influence on traits needing improvement, while maintaining the herd’s genetic strengths. Sire selection has been the primary means for most datagathering producers to affect carcass merit among future calf crops. The data also may serve as an aid to selection of replacement females. And for some producers, progeny carcass data figures into cow culling decisions.

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TSCRA announces appointment of Executive Director of association services

North Texas E-News

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced today the appointment of Tim Niedecken as TSCRA’s executive director of association services.

Niedecken’s responsibilities will include oversight of TSCRA’s services to the members; supporting the Association Promotion committee’s successful grassroots membership recruitment campaigns; supervision of TSCRA’s involvement in the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program; coordinating support and development of the School for Successful Ranching program; and providing industry support and coordination of industry affinity programs that increase member value and benefits.

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