Daily Archives: August 12, 2008

Video Feature: Computers in Cattle Barns

This Canadian beef cattle barn has a state of the art computerized feeding system.

Cattle Grazing Management 101: Managing Your Forages

cattlenetwork.com

Stored feeding costs are usually the single largest input in beef cow-calf operations, representing approximately 60% of all production cost. Harvesting forage as hay requires about seven hours of labor per acre each season, so any acres that the cows can harvest themselves is welcome help. The longer you can graze, the less you have to feed. An old saying goes “them cows need to earn their keep”.

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National Junior Salers Show Held in Missouri

Cattle Today

There is nothing better for youth to learn career skills to be successful in life than a Junior National! This is why Salers junior enthusiasts across the country showed their enthusiasm for Missouri and participated in “Kickin’ It Up In The Ozarks” at the 2008 American Salers Junior National, June 24-28 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, in Springfield, Missouri. Young people from ten different states put forth great effort to participate in the heifer show as well as the other educational contests.

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Feedlots can protect against heat stress losses

High Plains Journal

Heat stress can cause loss of feedlot cattle worth millions of dollars, said Tami Brown-Brandl, agricultural engineer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, Neb.

Thousands of cattle can die during a single regional heat event, Brandl said. Even if a producer only sees that kind of loss every five years or so, it can be devastating to that operation.

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Stockpiling forages for fall, winter pasture

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Many cattle producers can take advantage of late summer and early fall growing conditions to obtain high-quality pasture for late fall and early winter grazing. This practice is called stockpiling.

The best grasses for stockpiling are cool-season grasses because they will retain good quality and palatability into winter. Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue are two good grasses most suitable for stockpiling under our growing conditions.

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Brazil’s Beef Production Will Continue to Expand – Despite Loss of Pastureland

AG Professional

Brazil will strengthen its position as the world’s leading beef exporter over the next ten years despite a substantial loss of pastureland, according to Agra FNP, Brazil’s leading agribusiness consultancy and commodities analyst.

"Brazilian beef shipments should rise by 32% by 2017 to 2.9 million tonnes, while rival producers such as Australia, the US and Argentina have little room for expansion," said Agra FNP technical director Jose Vicente Ferraz.

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Study could lead to cattle with less disease susceptibility

KNEB

A groundbreaking study at Colorado State University may lead to early identification of animals with less susceptibility to feedlot diseases, especially bovine respiratory disease (BRD). “This landmark research is providing us with greater insight into the genetic markers responsible for improved feedlot health, a promising significant breakthrough for the beef industry,” says Nigel Evans, Ph.D., Vice President of Pfizer Animal Genetics.

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Director named for Edisto Research and Education Center

Daily Journal/Messenger

Clemson University has appointed John D. Mueller director of the Edisto Research and Education Center.

Mueller has served as interim director of the center for the last year. He replaces Steven Meadows, who became extension field operations director.

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Jump on agritourism wave and stay on a farm

Leslie Harlib

San Jose Mercury News

The setting sun gilds the blond grasses covering the rolling hills of western Marin County. I am sitting on the front porch of the bunkhouse at Cow Track Ranch, rocking in a rickety yet comfortable chair and looking out at a herd of 160 black Angus beef cattle. They are milling and mooing outside their barn, anticipating the evening feed. A horse watches me from an adjacent pasture. The earthy scents of grass and animal blend with the smells of ripening tomatoes, lavender, garlic and parsley growing in a garden just a few feet from my feet.

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Nevil Speer, MMP: The Cow Business – Its Really About People

cattlenetwork.com

If you’re one of those unique individuals who thrive on ambiguity, then you’re feeling right at home within the fed market and its prospective position for the coming fall.  Uncertainty has been a resounding theme throughout 2008.   And that certainly hasn’t changed any; there remain a number of factors which continue to tug the market outlook in various directions.    The outcome is lots of activity both on the cash side and in the futures pits.   However, before we dig into the underlying causes first a quick review of trading action during the past month or so.  

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Most beef goes from packer to grocer in less than week

Joplin Globe

Q: How much time is there from the time of harvest at a big packing plant until the beef is at my grocery store?.

A: The goal is less than one week.

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July 1 Cattle Inventory

Tod Kalous, Cattle-Fax

USDA released its July 1 cattle inventory report, and for the second straight year in a row the July 1 total cattle inventory declined, totaling 104.3 million head, down 500,000 compared to a year ago.  This is the fourth smallest total cattle inventory since 1990.

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KLA: Greater Use Of Grass, Altered Calving Cycles Suggested To Cut Costs

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Speakers at last week’s "Managing Cow Costs" conference hosted by Kansas State University provided a variety of suggestions on how cow-calf producers can reduce expenses to achieve greater profitability. According to K-State Ag Economics Professor Kevin Dhuyvetter, costs of gain that roughly have doubled due to increased prices for feed, fuel and labor are forcing producers to search for ways to better manage expenses.

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US Unlikely to Ask S. Korea to Loosen Import Rules

KBS Korea

The United States is unlikely, for the time being, to press South Korea to allow imports of beef from cattle of all ages.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told reporters Monday that the U.S. understands that it has been very difficult for Seoul to get this far in terms of importing American beef products.

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Austin-Based Whole Foods Recalling Ground Beef

AUSTIN (CBS 11 News)

Concerns about E. coli bacteria contamination has prompted Austin-based Whole Foods Market to recall the fresh ground beef it has sold between June 2 and August 6, 2008.

The beef in question apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli contamination.

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