Daily Archives: August 19, 2008

Video Feature: The impact of feeding ethanol distillers grains on beef quality

Dr. Chris Calkins, meat scientist from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln discusses the latest laboratory and taste panel research results on the effects of feeding ethanol co-products on beef quality and consumer preference. Recorded at the 2007 Beef Quality Summit, November 2007, Omaha, NE.

Indiana Angus Field Day Set for Aug. 23

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The Indiana Angus Association will conduct its annual field day Saturday, Aug. 23, at Willer Timber Ridge Farm near Greencastle, Ind. The event begins with sign in at 10 a.m.

This year’s field day will include cattle judging, lunch, a presentation on the use of distillers’ grains for feed, and a tour of the nearby ethanol plant.

Both registered and commercial cattle producers are invited to attend. Please confirm your planned attendance by contacting Ted and Kathy Willer at wtrangus@wtrangus.com or by calling them at 765-653-2364. A map to the farm is easily accessible from their web site, www.wtrangus.com.

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Cattle Identification: Status Report – NAIS

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As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard U.S. animal health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated the implementation of the National Animal Identification System in 2004. According to USDA, NAIS is designed to standardize and expand animal identification programs for all livestock species and poultry. The long-term goal of NAIS is to provide animal health officials with the capability to identify all livestock and premises that have had direct contact with a disease of concern within 48 hours after discovery.

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Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association Launches Vet Shortage Initiative

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    HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) has launched "Project Pennsylvania," a legislative and educational initiative designed to combat the growing shortage of veterinarians in certain geographic regions and practice areas in the Commonwealth.

    The initiative would increase the number of veterinary students who go into and stay in underserved areas of the veterinary profession through the establishment of a targeted loan forgiveness program, targeted recruitment of students interested in these areas, and on-the-job mentoring for new graduates.

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Anthrax found in South Dakota Herds

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Anthrax has been detected in three South Dakota cattle herds.  State Veterinarian Sam Holland says the disease has shown up in Douglas and Hutchinson counties.

The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University is closely tracking the outbreak.  South Dakota is in an anthrax belt that has soil contaminated with spores of the bacteria.

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Figures Reveal How Livestock Benefits From Ethanol

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When the U.S. Department of Agriculture came out with corn production numbers Tuesday that were revised upward to a bountiful 12.3 billion bushels, two areas of corn demand also saw an increase – the amount projected for ethanol use was increased by 150 million bushels to 4.1 billion bushels, and the corn for livestock feed was boosted 100 million bushels to 5.3 billion.

Although the USDA estimates that more corn will go into livestock feed than any other use, these figures leave out another important statistic, according the National Corn Growers Association – the amount of livestock feed that will be producedfrom the same corn that goes into ethanol.

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Management at Weaning is Critical to Calves Efficiency

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Besides calving, the most stressful period in the life of a calf is at weaning. This time period is vital to the cow-calf producer also. Weaning is the end of the production process for most operators and represents the majority of annual income. Given the challenging economic times we are currently in, it is critically important to focus intently on those periods and those procedures that have significant, direct effects on performance and profitability. Minimizing the stress the calf faces helps ensure that the year’s work was not wasted and the calf continues through the production process to a consumer’s plate.

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Basic Requirements

Matt Hersom

Angus Journal

Meeting the basic nutrient requirements of beef cows is a key component of meeting cow herd production and profitability goals for the beef cattle enterprise. Adequate nutrition is vital for adequate cow reproduction, cow and calf health, and growth of all classes of cattle. Nutrient requirements of cattle change throughout the year based upon stage of the production cycle, age, sex, breed, level of activity, pest load and environment.

All of these factors have an additive effect on the nutrient requirements of cattle. In all cases, specific adjustments to the standard nutrient requirements may be warranted. Therefore, it is imperative that cattle producers have an adequate understanding of the basic nutrient requirements of the cow herd to make informed and effective nutrition-related decisions.

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State awaits bovine TB ruling

Brad Swenson

The Bemidji Pioneer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture could designate a small portion of Minnesota for bovine tuberculosis control within weeks, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said Saturday.

The 2008 Legislature created a 164-square-mile bovine TB disease-management area and a program to buy out farmers’ cattle herds within that area. The area, in Beltrami, Roseau, Lake of the Woods and Marshall counties, has been responsible for 11 infected beef cattle since the first discovery in 2005. Open-ranging whitetail deer are suspected of passing on the disease.

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Cattlemen testify against ethanol mandates

KRVN

The ethanol hearing to be hosted by Senator Ben Nelson and Senator Tom Harkin August 18 at the University of Nebraska – Omaha is a great opportunity to hear all sides of the energy debate. Unfortunately, very little livestock input will be heard from the panel as there is only one representative of any livestock entity, Dave Moody, president of the Iowa Pork Producers. Nebraska’s largest industry, Beef, has not been invited to speak, but we feel it is critical for the public to understand our position on this debate, said Michael Kelsey, Nebraska Cattlemen executive vice president.

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Tips on battling high input costs for beef producers

Blair Fannin

AG News

High input costs are putting a squeeze on cattle producers, and experts at the 2008 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, provided several options to overcome these challenges.

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Beef Stocker Field Day scheduled

KRVN

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Thursday, Oct. 2 has been set for Kansas State University´s Beef Stocker Field Day 2008. The event, designed to give producers the latest practical information to help them adapt to recent significant changes in the beef industry, starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program beginning at 10:15 a.m. at K-State´s Beef Stocker Unit. The unit is just west of Manhattan on west Marlatt Ave.

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Stockpiled Grazing To Decrease Fuel Costs

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For many years now, the benefits of stockpiled tall fescue pasture for feeding beef cows during the fall and winter has been written about and discussed. However, one aspect of grazing vs. feeding hay that needs to be considered is the impact of fuel cost relative to feeding bales. Granted, it takes additional fall nitrogen (N) fertilizer, portable fencing material, and some fuel and time to move fence across stockpiled fescue pastures. But you may want to weigh that against the cost of starting up a tractor every day.

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American Simmental Offers Internship Opportunities

Cattle Today

The American Simmental Association (ASA) in Bozeman, Montana is offering two internships for Spring 2009. One position begins February 1, and the other on March 15 with both concluding around June 15. These positions are involved with the ASA Carcass Merit, Calving Ease and Feed Efficiency Projects. Each year these ASA Research Projects individually identify more than 1000 calves.

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Beef Alliance Sale Brings Premium for Local Producers

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The Giles County Beef Marketing Alliance marketed 1,272 head of cattle on July 24, earning a $100 per head premium.

Fifty-two local beef producers sold their cattle at more than 14 cents per pound, $100.67 per head above the Tennessee weekly market price.

In addition, these cattle received a $15 per head premium for being PVP certified through the Agriculture Enhancement Program.

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