Daily Archives: September 10, 2008

Silage Pit Management

Silage Pit Management

Michael Fisher, Area Livestock Extension Agent, discusses how to better utilize the investment you have in the contents of your silage pit.

Audio Feature: 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference: Animal Handling Issues, Joint Beef & Dairy Symposium part 3

Audio Feature:  2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference: Animal Handling Issues, Joint Beef & Dairy Symposium part 3

Beefcast.com

The focus shifts to animal care as David Pelzer, DMI, leads the discussion of current animal handling issues in our industry. And Dan Hale, Texas A&M, highlights the recent industry audit.

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Sound Nutrition Program Important for Show Cattle

Sound Nutrition Program Important for Show Cattle

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Part 1

About this time of the year, thousands of families start countless cattle on feed in hopes of achieving show ring stardom! The cattle show circuit is a significant component of the beef cattle industry in the United States. Not that it drives the marketing or value of beef in the United States. It is often detached from the “real world” of beef cattle production in that what is selected in the show ring and what is desirable in the industry are a considerable distance apart. But, few, if any, segments of the cattle business extract the excitement and passion as that found in the show ring. Part of this is due to the fact that a large portion of it is related to our kids and their 4-H and FFA projects.

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PA Agriculture Secretary Announces Appointment of New State Veterinarian

PA Agriculture Secretary Announces Appointment of New State Veterinarian

PR Newswire

Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today welcomed Dr. Craig Shultz, a Pennsylvania native and experienced large animal veterinarian, as state veterinarian and director of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services.

    Dr. Shultz will assume his new duties on Sept. 29. In his position as bureau director, he will also serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission.

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Praising the Corriente: Rancher touts historic breed

Praising the Corriente: Rancher touts historic breed

CAROLYN ROST

Country World

Back in 1988, Craig Dorrance made a decision that would still impact his life 20 years later.

After talking to a fraternity friend and team roper, Dorrance decided he wanted to try his hand in the sport. That decision soon lead to producing the breed of cattle that is primarily used as sport cattle in such events as team roping and bulldogging – the Corriente.

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Calf Finishing Vs. Background & Yearling Finishing Systems

Calf Finishing Vs. Background & Yearling Finishing Systems

cattlenetwork.com

As corn prices have more than doubled in the last two years, cattle producers increasingly look for alternatives to finishing calves exclusively in feedlots on high concentrate rations.  Historically, Nebraska feeders have always placed a high proportion of fall-weaned calves on feed in October and November and sold them as fed cattle in May before the seasonal summer price decline.  However, as feeding cost of gain has increased from about $50/cwt to nearly $100/cwt in the past two years, livestock operators have more incentive to background calves during the winter and following summer on forages and delay placing the cattle on feed until they are long yearlings at the end of the summer grazing season.

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Cattle Industry Adopts Mandatory Labeling Affidavit

Cattle Industry Adopts Mandatory Labeling Affidavit

Darryal Ray

Alabama Farm Bureau

An industry-wide coalition of livestock organizations has announced the adoption of a standardized affidavit to help producers comply with the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law that takes effect Sept. 30.

“Our goal was to create a simple, efficient and effective means of declaring livestock origin from conception to consumer, and we believe this affidavit does exactly that,” says Andy Groseta, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “Producers can fill in info specific to their cattle and assert the origin of any animal being sold. Livestock marketers further along the ownership chain can use individual affidavits to create a single, combined affidavit for a group of animals.”

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Meat: Making Global Warming Worse

Meat: Making Global Warming Worse

BRYAN WALSH

TIME

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Need another reason to feel guilty about feeding your children that Happy Meal — aside from the fat, the calories and that voice in your head asking why you can’t be bothered to actually cook a well-balanced meal now and then? Rajendra Pachauri would like to offer you one. The head of the U.N.’s Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Pachauri on Monday urged people around the world to cut back on meat in order to combat climate change.

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Oak Creek Farms Puts Emphasis on Forages and Genetic Testing to Build Solid Program

Oak Creek Farms Puts Emphasis on Forages and Genetic Testing to Build Solid Program

Cattle Today

Today’s high input cost for developing cattle is a real concern to the American cattleman. Oak Creek Farms in Chappell Hill, Texas has implemented a program to raise cattle as economically as possible.

Forages are the foundation of their program. John and Carolyn Kopycinski, owners of Oak Creek Farms located about 60 miles northwest of Houston, run over seven hundred Brangus and Angus cows in the Brazos River bottom. Tifton 85 and Jiggs Bermuda are the main forages implemented in their program.

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McConnell: Why the U.S. meat industry hasn’t had a cow about bovine feces

McConnell: Why the U.S. meat industry hasn’t had a cow about bovine feces

Cara McConnell

The University Daily Kansan

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Somewhere between the glowing fast food menu and driving up to Window Two to make sure they gave you extra ketchup packets, Americans forgot what and how to eat. Eating seems simple enough, until you realize what people are willing to eat nowadays.

Feces, for example.

I’ve eaten many things in my life. I’ve eaten food off the floor well past the five-second rule, and I’ve been duped into eating creatures that were still alive.

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Flooding & Cattle Health

Flooding & Cattle Health

cattlenetwork.com

The spring and summer of 2008 was hard on Midwest livestock producers. In addition to the high price of corn, widespread flooding damaged and still threatens livestock operations. This isn’t the first time flooding has im-pacted cattle herds, however. The USDA states that several thousand dairy cows perished during floods in Snoho-mish Valley, Wa. in 1991, approximately 1,200 dairy cows perished during floods in Tillamook, Ore. in 1996 and during 1997, and approximately 90,000 beef cows died during floods in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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Study Predicts Taste of Tomorrow’s Consumer

Study Predicts Taste of Tomorrow’s Consumer

Thebeefsite.com

A new study has been compiled which claims to have tracked the future trends of food consumers. Along with increasing awareness of ‘green’ foods comes a growing appetite for personal health.

However, taste and convenience continue to be the primary drivers of food choices at home and when dining out or away on vacation.

The study, Food Flavours & Ingredients Outlook 2008 that was completed by Packaged Facts, provide some interesting consumer trend predictions that could affect the food industry.

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OptimaxX Calves Test the Market

OptimaxX Calves Test the Market

PR.com

San Antonio, TX, September 10, 2008 –(PR.com)– The first set of USDA Age and Source Verified calves produced through the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) OptimaxX program to sell in a video auction fared well. The lot of 60 steers consigned to Superior Livestock Auction by Schmidt Farms of Texarkana, TX brought a final bid of $107 CWT with a sale weight of 825 lb.

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Study Evaluates DDGS as Range Cow Supplement

Study Evaluates DDGS as Range Cow Supplement

Thebeefsite.com

Ohio State University nutritionists have studied the use of dried distillers grains (with solubles) as supplements for low quality forages for gestating cows.

The high cost of cattle feeds have many cow calf producers out “window shopping” for the best buys in cow supplements for this winter, writes Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University.

Feedlot and backgrounders have experience with the biofuel by-products such as dried distillers grains. Many cow calf producers are still uncertain about their use as supplements for cows on dormant winter grass.

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AgriLife Extension to present beef production program Sept. 23

AgriLife Extension to present beef production program Sept. 23

Steve Byrns

Texas A&M

Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Nolan County office will conduct a beef production meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Texas State Technical College Library in Sweetwater.

“Super-inflated feed prices are forcing cattle producers to take a hard look at their feeding strategies for the coming winter feeding season,” said Zack Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County. “The purpose of this program is to offer some viable options to producers now facing some tough financial times.”

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