Daily Archives: October 8, 2008

Video Feature: High cost of food affecting Oklahoma’s cattle industry

Video Feature: High cost of food affecting Oklahoma’s cattle industry

We visit with Derrell Peel about how the high cost of food is affecting Oklahoma’s cattle industry.

Food Safety Shutdown: The End of FARAD

Food Safety Shutdown: The End of FARAD


The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) — used by veterinarians, livestock producers, and state and federal regulatory and extension specialists to ensure that drug, environmental and pesticide contaminants do not end up in meat, milk, and eggs — began shutting down yesterday. The program needed an immediate cash infusion to stay open, and, ultimately, long-term funding of $2.5 million per year.

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Hay as a Part of a Cowherd Production System

Hay as a Part of a Cowherd Production System

Mark L. Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech

Hay is a necessary part of cow-calf production systems in Virginia. Hay is forage which is harvested and stored in a dry form when an excess of forage is available, and fed at times when forage is limited or unavailable. This frequently occurs during the winter months when forages are dormant, but can also occur during the summer or fall as a result of drought, or in early spring before sufficient forage growth has accumulated.

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I was sitting in the doctor’s waiting room filling out the information sheet before my physical exam. As I zipped down the list of diseases, allergies, surgeries, and current bank accounts, I realized the list of boxes to check was incomplete.

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Purdue Experts Help Ranchers Figure Cash Rents

Purdue Experts Help Ranchers Figure Cash Rents

BEEF Magazine

With prices and input costs fluctuating, people need to review their lease arrangements and adjust for the year ahead, says Craig Dobbins, a Purdue University Extension agricultural economist.

“Determining fixed cash rent in the current environment is a difficult task and will likely require multiple discussions between landlords and tenants,” says Dobbins, who specializes in farm leases and business arrangements. “It’s a matter of being able to put yourself in the other’s shoes and understanding the kinds of costs and risks that are being taken by all parties involved.

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Should Seedstock Producers Lead Or Follow?

Should Seedstock Producers Lead Or Follow?


Seedstock producers are looked upon as the leaders of the cow-calf industry. They supply the genetic material for commercial cattlemen and have a definite influence on the nation’s cow herd. However, I am not sure that they always lead or that we should expect them to.

To say that they lead implies that they make the decisions on what genetics are best for cow-calf producers and, perhaps, the cattle industry. To say that they follow implies that they produce what commercial cattlemen, who purchase breeding stock, indicate they want. So who sends the signals?

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Mad-cow ban cost U.S. $11 bln in beef exports -ITC

Mad-cow ban cost U.S. $11 bln in beef exports -ITC

Christopher Doering


U.S. ranchers and processors lost almost $11 billion in revenue between 2004 and 2007 after major importers barred U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States, according to a government report issued on Tuesday.

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Neonatal Calf Scours and Fluid Therapy

Neonatal Calf Scours and Fluid Therapy

Bethany Lovaas, DVM, University of Minnesota Beef Team

The newborn calf has many challenges to face as it begins live on its own. The first of these challenges is a change in environment. If a calf can get beyond the challenge of finding its feet and finding mom’s teat, there is a good chance it will be able to handle life. However, some challenges won’t manifest themselves until later in the calf’s life. The first of these is enteric disease (scours).

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Farmers head back to nature with grass-fed beef

Farmers head back to nature with grass-fed beef

Peoria Times Observer

Frank and Stacy Bowman started raising grass-fed beef for their own use about five years ago. Soon, friends and family started asking for it.

Today, their Sangamon Valley Cattle Co. in Pleasant Plains sells to the public, one of a small number of Midwestern farms where cattle graze in open pastures instead of eating the more traditional diet of corn or other grain fed in commercial feedlots.

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Colorado Cash Cow

Colorado Cash Cow

Kieran Wilson


A new report from the Colorado Department of Agriculture shows that beef exports in the first half of 2008 have shot up 80%, a record $240,000,000 worth of beef was exported from Colorado.

Bill Martin, owner of Western Slope Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction says about Colorado beef; “the main thing is that we have a real good product, we have good people that raise it, and the fact that there is international demand for it and that’s a very positive thing.”

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Remember Your COOL Affidavits

Remember Your COOL Affidavits

BEEF Magazine

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not communicated specific COOL requirements for seedstock producers, the growing consensus is that sellers should provide an official “Recommended Country of Origin Affidavit / Declaration Statement” to buyers, along with a bill of sale. The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) and others in the seedstock sector are communicating with UDSA about ways in which that affidavit information might be included in breed associations’ ownership-transfer records. In the meantime, NALF advises seedstock producers to provide purchasers with signed affidavits.

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Pregnancy Diagnosis for the Beef Herd

Pregnancy Diagnosis for the Beef Herd

by Dr. Cliff Lamb, University of Minnesota Beef Team

With fall approaching and the breeding season coming to an end, it is time to make critical management decisions with regards to culling cows, and planning for winter. Because of the climate in the northern part of the United States it becomes an economic liability to feed cattle through the winter that are not productive. Generally, approximately 55 to 70% of the input costs associated with a beef cattle operation are nutrition related – primarily stored feed. To ensure that producers do not feed cattle that are not productive, culling nonpregnant cows is essential. This way the cows are removed from the herd prior to winter. However, in most reports and in discussions with producers many cattlemen fail to have a pregnancy diagnosis performed after the breeding season.

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Senator Tester Introduces Beef Check-Off Measure

Senator Tester Introduces Beef Check-Off Measure

Wisconsin AG Connection

Senator Jon Tester of Montana has introduced legislation which will amend the Beef Act to allow the promotion of beef born and raised exclusively in the U.S. and establish new referendum requirements that will give producers more control over the program. Specifically, the Beef Checkoff Modernization Act directs at least thirty percent of funds derived from beef checkoff assessments be made available for the promotion and marketing of products derived from cattle exclusively born and raised in the U.S. and also directs that a certain percentage of funds be authorized for use by the importers qualified beef council to promote products derived from cattle not born and raised in the U.S.

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Feeding and Marketing Cull Cows

Feeding and Marketing Cull Cows

Rick Funston, Beef Specialist, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE

Sale of cull beef cows accounts for 15 to 25% of yearly gross revenues of cow-calf operations in the United States. Total quality losses determined by the 1999 National Market Cow and Bull Quality Audit were $68.82/head compared to $69.90/head in 1994. The top three losses were excess external fat, inadequate muscling, and trim loss from arthritic joints. The audit concluded that much of this loss could be recaptured through improved management, monitoring, and marketing. A recent 2007 audit shows overall improvement. Less bruising and fewer injunction-site blemishes were among the areas in which producers showed more care in their cattle handling, practices that can prevent discounts at the packer. Many beef and dairy producers view market cows as culls rather than an important source of beef for the food industry. Beef from market cows is widely used in the retail and food service sectors in a variety of product forms, not all of which is ground.

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Area woman arranges first beef cattle shipment to Russia

Area woman arranges first beef cattle shipment to Russia

Dawn Slade

Mille Lacs County Times

There’s an old saying, “When pigs fly!” Well, what about cows?

“It’s something I never thought I’d be involved in,” Lori Schott said. And it’s likely the 260 beef cattle never thought they’d be involved in it either, especially the flight to Russia.

A phone call from Vladimer Gribovsky of Waconia, Minn. started a relationship that resulted in the first beef cattle being shipped to Russia since the live animal trade agreement passed this spring.

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