Video Feature: Nick Hunt, Cow/calf operator and cattle feeder
My wife Sue and I are the fourth generation to feed cattle and farm the East Nishnabotna River Valley in southwest Iowa. With help from four employees, we manage 2,400 acres, including 1,100 acres of corn, 800 acres of soybeans and 200 acres of alfalfa. Our family knows that good environmental stewardship protects important natural resources for future generations of farmers.
Storing Grain Byproducts
Aaron Stalker, Beef Specialist, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
Distillers grains are a good source of energy, protein and phosphorous. Distillers grains have about 125% more energy than corn and are usually priced less than corn on a dry matter basis. When one considers the fact that distillers grains have more energy and cost less than corn they become an attractive method for reducing costs when supplemental energy is needed in the diet.
World trade key to future
Mark Polzer, CAB Vice President for Business Development
On the ranch, it costs more to produce beef now than just a couple of years ago. In the store and on the menu, it also costs more for consumers to buy beef.
Will higher prices reduce beef demand, especially with a slowing economy? That remains to be seen, but the return of a significant beef export market helps counter the concern.
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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Joins Farmers Union To Close COOL Loophole
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) said today it has signed on to a letter crafted by the National Farmers Union to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) immediately remedy a loophole in the agency’s interim final rule (IFR) for country of origin labeling (COOL) that would allow beef packers to circumvent the law by labeling all beef products under the “multiple countries” category.
Consider Early Weaning When Feed Costs Rise
Max Irsik, DVM MAB, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
Beef producers are continuously faced with changing paradigms in beef cattle production. The challenge to be economically viable is continuous and unrelenting.
A management consideration that cow calf producers may want to consider when a change in traditional production systems may be necessary due to adverse production or marketing conditions such as lack of forage, adverse market trends, noncompetitive freight rates, adverse weather, etc., is early weaning of their calves.
Expert offers advice on caring for livestock after hurricane
Dr. Joe Paschal
Texas livestock owners can find hurricane preparedness and recovery information on the Texas Extension Disaster and Emergency Network, Texas EDEN, at http://texashelp.tamu.edu.
The EDEN Web site has information on disaster preparedness and recovery.
Immediate danger to livestock from hurricanes comes from drowning due to storm surges and accumulated rainfall. Injury can occur from flying debris or electric shock from downed power lines.
Beef Exports Outpace Imports – First Time Since Pre-BSE Era
The U.S. beef industry achieved an important benchmark in July, as the value of beef exports for the first seven months of 2008 surpassed imports for the first time since the discovery of BSE closed most global markets to U.S. beef in December 2003, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).