Beefmaster CEO Announces Retirement
Wendell E. Schronk, executive vice president of Beefmaster Breeders United, has announced his retirement from the international breed registry effective December 31, 2008. He made the announcement on July 16, 2008 during a regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
In making the announcement Schronk said, “I have been honored to work with some of best animal breeders in the world and have enjoyed these years spent in the beef industry. I owe a debt of gratitude to those many friends over the years that helped me in my career.”
Cattle Handling Pointers
Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important. In the last few years there has been a move toward what has been called low-stress handling or as we prefer to call it a return to sound stockmanship. Recent events involving a harvest facility in California and auction markets in several states, have served to heighten awareness of the importance of handling cattle appropriately. Although the facilities received all of the bad press the real culprits in the weak cow issue are the producers bringing them to the facilities.
Ag labeling law gains supporters
Iowa Farmer Today
Dave Petty says he’s cool with COOL.
“I think it’s good for our industry,” says Petty, a cattle producer and past president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
“We need to be able to step up and take responsibility for what we produce.”
COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) becomes law Sept. 30. It requires labeling of most perishable ag commodities, including beef, pork, lamb and chicken.
Listeriosis serves as alert to Canada on food inspection
Following is the viewpoint of the writer, a researcher and community organizer for Beyond Factory Farming, a national non-profit group that promotes sustainable livestock production.
Mad cow disease was the wake-up call for the food safety system in the United Kingdom.
Horse owners urged to oppose flawed equine welfare bill
The Prairie Star
The Montana Farm Bureau is urging Montanans to contact the House Judiciary Committee in opposition of H.R. 6598, deceptively named the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.
“Now is the time to get off your hands and let all of the congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee know you oppose H.R. 6598,” said Renee Daniels-Mantle, chair of the Montana Farm Bureau Equine Committee. “If enacted into law, this bill would make it a federal crime to buy, sell, own, or transport a horse, alive or dead, with the intent to use it for human consumption. The crime would be punishable with a fine and up to three years in prison. This bill is moving fast.”
Low Cost Heifer Development Strategies
Substantial research has been conducted contributing to the traditional guidelines of developing heifers to 60 to 65% of mature body weight at time of breeding. In general, studies evaluating different postweaning rates of gain or target weights have used either different amounts of feed, or different types of feeds varying in energy and/or protein content to obtain differences in rates of growth. A review of these studies conducted over the last several decades along with new research indicates the association among BW, puberty and heifer pregnancy rate appears to be changing over time. In general, research reports published through the late 1980s have shown much greater negative effects of limited postweaning growth on age of puberty and subsequent pregnancy, where as more recent studies indicate less of a negative impact of delayed puberty on pregnancy response. Several factors likely contribute to this change over time. Initial research in this area of interest corresponds to the industry shift from calving heifers at 3 years of age to calving at 2 years of age.
ND Stockmen’s Assoc. Convention Sept. 25-27
Cattle Business Weekly
During the Sept. 27 North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Banquet several cattle producers will receive honors. Shawn and SheVele Unruh of Zap, N.D., will be recognized as Ranchers of the Year; Huseth, North Dakota State University Animal Science Professor Russ Danielson of Harwood, N.D., and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, formerly of Bismarck, N.D., will be recognized as honorary NDSA members; and Ken Halvorson of Stanley, N.D., and Jon Hendrickson of Rhame, N.D., will be recognized as Outstanding Local Brand Inspectors. The Environmental Stewardship Award will also be presented at the banquet. Several brand inspectors will likewise be honored for reaching milestones in their years of NDSA service.