Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

Video Feature: Alan Janzen: Ethanol Effect on Beef Quailty

Alan Janzen, Owner of Circle Five Beef, Inc, Henderson, NE, discusses his extensive experience utilizing corn distillers’ by-products in his feedyards since 1995. He reports using WDG levels as high as 70% in finishing diets with profitable results and limited effect on carcass quality. Recorded at the 2007 Beef Quality Summit, Omaha, NE.

Getting show calves to drink water

Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska

American Cowman Magazine

Rick Rasby, animal science professor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, shares that with show season, he sometimes gets asked why show cattle will stop drinking water – even when it is hot and there’s plenty available.

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Black Ink: Recognize your calves?

Steve Suther

Most of the calves now nursing cows will be weaned in the next few weeks. Some will shrug it off with little stress and therefore little negative effect on later performance. Others will enter a downward spiral of health from which they may not recover.

Which calves are yours?

Some calves—both crossbred and purebred—were the product of planned genetics and a managed calving season. They are uniform and predictable. 

Others are simply cattle of unknown genetics, and the best they can hope for is to be somebody’s “opportunity calves.”

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Don’t let your waste go to waste

Codi Vallery

Cattle Business Weekly

With the public becoming more aware and involved in the status of our environment it is only natural for cattle producers to be cautious and seek information about the options available to control waste from feedyards.

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Cattle Fly Control: Manure Management


The key to fly control around the feedlot is manure management—without a sound manure management system no fly control program is going to be useful. Only after the fly breeding areas have been reduced as much as possible can other management practices be useful and/or economical in further reducing fly populations.

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Beef Checkoff: It Tastes Great! Let’s Keep it Safe!

The Beef Board

Beef checkoff research shows “safety matters.” After all, it is Food Safety Education Month.

Ah, the allure of the sizzle, the smell of a flaming grill wafting in through the windows, the anticipation of that juicy steak or scrumptious burger. Taste buds tango at the thought – but, is it both safe and savory? September marks the 13th Annual National Food Safety Education Month and the beef checkoff is supporting the efforts of agencies such as the Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control in promoting beef safety through educational activities. Why? Of 26 factors consumers were asked to rank in a recent survey, “being extremely safe to eat” ranked number two in importance; taste topped the charts.

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Co-owner of Chino cattle business sentenced to three years of probation


The Press-Enterprise

The co-owner of a Chino cattle business who kept dead and dying calves penned up in a maggot-infested barn was sentenced to three years’ probation Monday on an animal cruelty charge.

Albert Buitenhuis, 28, was charged with 13 felony animal cruelty charges in June 2007 after officers from the Inland Valley Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals looked into the conditions at a barn at a Chino dairy farm he leased.

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Wash E. coli out of the hide

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

News of another beef recall has consumers wondering if anything can be done to reduce the number of beef recalls due to the E. coli bacteria. Research has been done to alleviate the problem, but consumers are advised also to properly prepare and cook the food for added protection.

In the month of August, two recalls occurred with beef products including ground beef, primal cuts, sub-primal cuts, and boxed beef from two different packers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service suspect the pathogen E. coli 0157:H7 to be the cause of 31 people in 12 states becoming sick. E. coli 0157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and, in some cases, kidney failure.

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Korea: US beef ‘popular’ despite protests

Gulf Times

US beef is proving increasingly popular since going back on sale in South Korea despite months of mass protests against the supposed dangers of mad cow disease, officials said yesterday.

Over the three weeks ending Saturday, Australia shipped 16,200 tonnes, the US 5,300 tonnes and New Zealand 4,700 tonnes, the National Veterinary and Quarantine Service said.

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Advice to cattle farmers: Make feeders heavier

Carl C. Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

The most recent USDA crop report was released with predictable reactions in the marketplace on Aug. 11.

They said that more corn than originally predicted will be harvested this fall, further depressing the already slumping price of corn.

Here in Culpeper last Monday, the cash price was $4.88 per bushel, but rebounded during the week to $5.47 on Friday. The crop report pushed it down but market fundamentals brought it back up. It seems that demand has not gone away, world demand in particular.

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Program helps producers sell cattle

Hattiesburg American

For almost 100 years Mississippi State University Extension Service has educated farmers in practices to help them become more productive and profitable.

One of the newest programs for Mississippi beef producers is the Homeplace Producers’ Feeder Calf Sale. This video sale was modeled from similar sales in Alabama and is designed to market truck-load lots of calves. These calves have been vaccinated under a standard program and matched according to size and type for uniformity.

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Tips on battling high input costs for beef producers

Blair Fannin, Texas A&M University

Southwest Farm Press

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.

The following are a few recommendations:

Keep good records: “You’ve got to keep records so you know where you are spending money and what your annual cow costs are,” said Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist at Overton.

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Q&A: I have a producer in Ohio that wants to fill his silos with corn silage + 10% dry DDG’s. Will that work?

Dr. Galen Erickson, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   This will likely work, but we have not specifically tested it.

The concerns are to not make the silage drier than 37% or so. Adding DDGS (90% DM and only 10% water) will dry the silage (that is hopefully less than 35% DM or 65% water) some. You would need to calculate how dry the "mix" is once you know the moisture content of the DDGS and the silage. As silage gets drier, the fermentation is hindered some and you risk spoilage and losses.

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DDGS Pelleting Course May Lead to More U.S. Exports to Japan.

Hoosier AG Today

  The U.S. Grains Council is hosting a team from Japan as they attend a feed industry distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) pelleting course at the Northern Crop Institute in Fargo, N.D. Pelleting is a feed ingredient processing method used to improve efficiencies in handling, storage and to increase unitized nutrients and its digestibility in animals.

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Annual North American International Livestock Exposition set for November


News Democrat and Leader

The 35th Annual North American International Livestock Exposition is scheduled for November 8-21st at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The premium and information catalog as well as entry forms are now available on the Expo’s website (www.livestockexpo.org). Beef cattle, boer goat, dairy goat, dairy cattle, sheep and swine exhibitors wishing to submit entries on line via the secure website may do so starting September 1. Entries can also be submitted by mail or fax.

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