Daily Archives: August 13, 2008

Video Feature: Handling Cattle Quietly in Pens

Temple Grandin explains behavior methods of low stress cattle handling methods for moving groups of cattle through gates.

Preparing young people for the beef industry

Jason K. Ahola, University of Idaho

Beef Magazine

It’s almost back-to-school time, and what a great occasion to look at the education of our nation’s youth, particularly those hoping to work in the beef industry. With significant opportunities for the U.S. beef industry on the horizon, this is a great chance for young people to prepare themselves starting at an early age.

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Mark Keaton: Hay management to prevent storage loss

Baxter Bulletin

With the high cost of putting up hay, producers need to do a good job of reducing hay storage losses.

Once the hay is cut and baled, hay storage becomes very important to reduce losses. Under the worst conditions, hay losses due to poor storage conditions may approach 50 percent.

There are five factors that affect how much rainwater penetrates a large, round bale.

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Distillers Grains Don’t All Feed Alike

Hay & Forage Grower

To successfully incorporate distillers grains into High Plains beef cattle finishing rations, nutritionists must know what types of grain the ethanol byproducts were produced from.

Jim MacDonald, a Texas AgriLife Research beef nutritionist at Amarillo, studied the dramatically different animal performance responses in distillers grains research done in the Northern Plains and Southern Plains. He found he wasn’t comparing apples to apples, but Northern distillers made from corn to Southern-based distillers derived from sorghum. Northern Plains researchers also tended to use dry-rolled corn while Southern Plains colleagues utilized steam-flaked corn.

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USDA Clarifies Livestock Producer Compliance with New COOL Interim Final Rule

R-CALF

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued some livestock producer clarifications regarding the use of affidavits in the implementation of the agency’s new Interim Final Rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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Protecting The Ogallala

Don Comis

Angus Journal

When Nolan Clark started with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 37 years ago, people predicted there would be no more water in the Ogallala Aquifer by the year 2000.

“We’ve proven that wrong — since we’re not out of water,” Clark says. “But we need to develop new science and technology to make sure we can say that again in 2050. We’re now in a worldwide water crisis, not just local crises.”

Clark, an agricultural engineer, is director of the ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas, and now oversees the Ogallala Aquifer Program, an ARS state university consortium focused on large-scale regional problems and their research solutions.

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Test To Protect Food Chain From Human Form Of Mad Cow Disease

ScienceDaily

Scientists are reporting development of the first test for instantly detecting beef that has been contaminated with tissue from a cow’s brain or spinal cord during slaughter — an advance in protecting against possible spread of the human form of Mad Cow Disease.

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EPA’s Refusal to Waive Renewable Fuels Standard Hurts Cattle Producers

Foundation for Effective Government

As a cattle producer and the President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), I’m very disappointed with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to grant a waiver from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  I had hoped that the Administration would recognize the hardship cattle producers are facing with tight corn supplies and high prices for feed.

Our industry has suffered a record of nearly $1.5 billion in cattle feeding losses between January and June of 2008, which we believe constitutes the severe economic impact necessary to prompt a waiver from the RFS mandate.

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Baxter Black: TISSUE ON THE RANGE

Sheryl Crow, popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time.

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Big Bulls, Food on a Stick, and Expensive Cows: A Sustainable Farmers Take on the Fair

Ethan Book

Epicurious.com

Saladstick On Monday my pregnant wife, my 4-year-old son, and my 2-year-old daughter joined over 89,000 people at the great Iowa State Fair, and it was a beautiful day! With temperatures in the low 80′s, I believe that yesterday was the nicest day that I have spent at the fair after attending for 20 plus years. We walked all over the place and checked out plenty of of the exhibits, looked at lots of animals, and listened to a few salesmen.

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Secret Ingredients

Seattle Post Intelligencer

The list of government food recalls swells but USDA boss says all is well and he has all the inspectors and regs he needs.

Shoppers are living with a repetitive drumbeat of federal government announcements that food being sold by the nation’s largest grocery chains could sicken or kill those who consume it. Many consumers are concerned that the weekly chore of filling the larder has become a game of Russian roulette with E. coli, salmonella and other foodborne diseases going to the loser.

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Pfizer: New Program Supports Local FFA Chapters

cattlenetwork.com

Pfizer Animal Health announced a new program that provides veterinarians and animal health suppliers an opportunity to support their local FFA chapters. For eligible purchases of Pfizer Animal Health vaccines, a donation will be made on the customer’s behalf to the local FFA chapter of his/her choice.

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Beat heat during farm work by heeding important health tips

David Burton

Springfield News-Leader

Summer’s high temperatures and humidity can add an element of danger to farm work, according to Amanda Marney, agriculture preparedness specialist for the University of Missouri Extension.

"Heat can cause direct harm and it also adds to the stress that can be a big contributor to farm accidents," said Marney.

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Take a closer look at veterinary billing practices

Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ABVP

DVM Newsmagazine

To truly know how cows are managed, we need to observe them and their caretakers for several hours.

We need to see how feed is mixed and delivered, how milking is performed and determine how often feed is pushed up. How much time are cows away from feed? How much time do cows spend standing, and what are air quality and comfort factors at various times of the day? We cannot get this information while talking to owners or managers. Many times they themselves do not know, even if they think they do.

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Grass-Fed Beef Field Day & Live Animal Ultrasound Demonstration Aug. 20

Wisconsin Agriculturalist

A grass-fed beef field day will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the John Ovadal Farm at N1476 County Road E in Watertown. Grass-fed beef is gaining popularity among consumers and there is a small but growing premium market for steers finished with no grain. But finishing a steer on pasture is not an easy thing to do. “This field day will be all about how to ‘do’ grass-fed beef well and we are hoping for some lively discussion among attending producers. Like everything in agriculture, there is no single ‘right’ way to do it,” said Laura Paine, Grazing Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and organizer of the event.

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