Daily Archives: August 15, 2008

Video Feature: Distillers Grains Use in High Plains Feedyards

Dr. Chris Reinhardt, Kansas State University, discusses use of distiller’s co-products in Midwest feedlots. Recorded at the Beef Quality Summit, November 2007, Omaha, NE.

BeefTalk: Now That Hurts!

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Now That Hurts! Hay costs per cow Now That Hurts! Hay costs per cow

There is no fairy godmother that will wave a wand to feed the cows.

The hay yard is empty for many producers and the traditional June hay was scarce or nonexistent. As the staple for cattle, the amount of hay one wanted to make has been replaced with the amount of hay needed to sustain the herd.

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Time to prepare, not panic over mandatory COOL, says IBC Director

Iowa Beef Center

If cattle producers are prepared, the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) going into effect in September won’t be a problem, Iowa Beef Center Director John Lawrence says.

Mandatory COOL, a provision of the 2002 Farm Bill, will go into effect Sept. 30, 2008, after two delays in its implementation. This provision, though met with mixed feelings by livestock producers, is nothing to be feared, according to Lawrence.

Instead of panicking, producers should pay attention, he adds, and they should know what is going to be expected of them. While buyers may ask producers to sign an affidavit stating the origin of the animals they are selling, it’s nothing to panic over.

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Remove Hay Bales Soon After Harvest

cattlenetwork.com

My recent travels through Nebraska showed me lots of hay. Much of it was being cut, but much of it was still in the middle of the field.

Bales and stacks of hay left in fields have to be removed sometime. After the final cutting for the year, it may not matter too much if they remain for a while, but when more harvests are expected from that field, delaying removal can be harmful.

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U.S. Beef Demand Surges

Thebeefsite.com

Beef and beef variety meat exports in June increased 35 percent and totaled 89,054 metric tons, valued at $328 million. During the first half of the year, these exports totaled 445,036 metric tons, valued at $1.58 billion – an increase of 30 percent in volume and 39 percent in value. First-half exports reached 71 percent of the volume achieved in the first six months of 2003, and 87 percent of the value achieved during the same time period.

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Feeding Distillers’ Grains With Gluten Feed

cattlenetwork.com

For feedlots close to ethanol plants, wet distillers’ grains can cost-effectively substitute for some corn in finishing rations. In a trial reported in the University of Nebraska’s 2007 Beef Cattle Report, researchers tested various levels of wet distillers’ grains with solubles in rations that also contained 30 percent wet corn gluten feed.

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Seminar Targets Women in Agriculture

Cattle Today

Two upcoming seminars will help women who work in farming businesses.

This is the second year for “Mississippi Women in Agriculture – Annie’s Project,” which targets women, who are often the sole decision makers in their agricultural businesses.

The three-day programs will help participants make the best choices for their businesses and lay the groundwork for future educational opportunities. Topics include business plans, estate planning, financial records and statements, human resources, marketing, risk management, technology security, and women and money. Each seminar costs $60, which includes lunches, a notebook and support materials. Preregistration is required.

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Early weaning jump-starts cows

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

It may not be the Wild West, but Southwest Iowa’s version of a traditional roundup might occur near here yearly on Labor Day weekend.

That’s when Jim and Ann Werner round up their family and wean 250 to 300 calves.

“We’ve been weaning on Labor Day for probably 14 years,” says Werner, who runs a 500-head purebred Angus operation near here in Ringgold County. “We wean earlier than most, with calves averaging about 130 days of age.”

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Nebraska Beef recall expands to 1.4 million pounds

Josh Funk

TwinCities.com

Nebraska Beef Ltd. expanded its latest recall to include about 160,000 pounds of meat mistakenly left out of last week’s announcement, the USDA said today.

About 1.36 million pounds of beef is now included in the recall that began last Friday after the Omaha company’s meat was linked to an E. coli outbreak in at least 10 states and Canada.

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Plan for profitability in ethanol era

KRVN

For some ranchers, strategic planning may seem tedious. For others, it may seem something a large corporation – not a working cattle operation – would do. But Texas A&M University – Kingsville´s King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management Executive Director Barry Dunn encourages cattle ranchers to make the time.

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Where’s the Beef? Traceability Boosts Profits

 Thomas R. Cutler

Accounting Software 411

CFO’s and other financial executives from the food and beverage industry often grimace over the price of regulatory compliance, asserting these governmental mandates create expenses that go straight to the bottom-line. In fact, traceability can boost profits. Several published, large-scale university studies confirm the high potential ROI (return-on-investment) from installing Positively Assured Traceability systems. ROI’s of greater than 300% are verifiably documented.

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Dominant Follicle Removal an option for problem donors

Cattle Business Weekly

The benefits of progressive reproductive procedures such as Dominant Follicle Removal (DFR) are motivating some producers to add this tool within their ET program to improve the genetics within their herds. DFR has emerged as means to improve donor embryo transfer (ET) results and provide new options for so-called "problematic" donors. As the procedure becomes more widely used, it is gaining a reputation for providing greater consistency and accuracy in the success of ET flush results.

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Cattle Feature: A Source For Quality

cattlenetwork.com

The Oregon rangeland that surrounds Ted Bloomer’s home has provided his family with a good living for nearly 40 years.

At one time, this was isolated country, and the business of raising commercial cattle was a straightforward, cyclical process.

But times are changing, the world is smaller, and Bloomer recognizes his ranch needs to have a direct link not only to consumers across the Northwest, but also around the world.

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COOL webcast to outline impact of mandatory labeling

Iowa Beef Center

In light of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) taking effect Sept. 30, 2008, Iowa State livestock experts are coming together to help producers understand how they will be affected.

“There’s no need for producers to panic, but we should pay attention and be prepared,” John Lawrence, Iowa Beef Center director, said. “Sellers are likely to ask for an affidavit stating the origin of the animal, but buyers’ normal records should be sufficient to back up the affidavit.” 

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Beef Prices Likely To Spike In Coming Months

Yuki Noguchi

National Public Radio, All Things Considered

Inflation numbers released Thursday by the Labor Department show that consumer prices are up 5.6 percent compared with this time last year. That’s the biggest increase in 17 years.

Meat at the supermarket has contributed to that increase, and high feed and fuel prices mean that steak will likely cost a lot more this fall.

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