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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