Council created to energize new generation of beef industry leaders
Western Livestock Journal
Providing an opportunity for young people to be more involved in the future of the beef industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has created the Young Producers’ Council (YPC). The YPC encourages NCBA members from ages 18 to 35 to be involved on policy committees, interact with other young producers, enhance their leadership abilities, further their professional development, and take advantage of regular NCBA benefits. Membership in the YPC is free to NCBA members. YPC was authorized through interim policy passed in July by NCBA Policy Division board members at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference.
COOL is here
High Plains Journal
This week, a long-debated and controversial issue began its implementation. Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) has been a part of the law since 2002, but was delayed in 2004 and again in 2005 for beef, pork and other products.
On the surface, COOL seems like a good idea. A big “USA” stamp on a juicy KC strip-what more could the consumer ask for? But the problem is that the consumers didn’t ask for it-some cattlemen did. They hope that by putting the USA label in front of consumers, they will choose American beef and close the door to their foreign competitors.
Incident Command Makes Disaster Response Effective
MSU Ag Communications
Mississippi State — Disaster response training will make members of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine better prepared to respond to major emergency events than they were three years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.
In the disaster’s aftermath, then-vice president Vance Watson felt the division could help the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, handle health and safety issues regarding recovery. Watson is now in a position as MSU’s interim president to promote the role of the university in the state’s comprehensive emergency management plan.
Another Change In Antibiotic Use Is Coming
There are some changes coming in our industry’s ability to use antibiotics.
Since the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) went into effect in 1996, a food-animal producer has been able to use antibiotics for extralabel uses provided it is under the direction of a licensed veterinarian within a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and the requirements of the regulations have been met. Prior to AMDUCA, extralabel use was technically illegal but was allowed under regulatory discretion by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Agronomist discusses factors to consider when planning dual-purpose wheat crop
High Plains Journal
Growing wheat as a forage crop and as a grain crop is a way for producers to boost the income from their wheat operation. But, there are factors to consider when using wheat as a dual-purpose crop, according to Kansas State University agronomist Jim Shroyer.
“Moisture is always a consideration at planting time, but this year we’ve had good moisture across most of the state except the southwest,” said Shroyer, assessing the outlook for planting a crop that will support both forage and grain production. “In fact, in some areas it’s been a little too wet–a somewhat unusual occurrence for late summer in Kansas.”
Feeding Heavier Cattle Fewer Days
High feed costs in recent months have made it attractive to “grow” cattle to heavier weights and feed them fewer days than usual, but there are factors to consider, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.
“Americans and most export customers are accustomed to the taste and tenderness of `grain-fed´ beef,” said Michael Dikeman, meat scientist with K-State Research and Extension. “Over the years, cattle feeders have fed cattle high-grain diets to attain maximum performance and near-maximum marbling. We have created a consistent product that consumers like and have come to expect.”
Poor Temperament Adversely Affects Profit
October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are hard on the bottom line.