As the livestock industry adjusts to higher feed costs, alternatives such as ammoniating low-quality forages may be worth considering this fall.
Treating wheat; barley and oat straws; cornstalks; or very mature, low-quality grass hay with anhydrous ammonia can boost crude protein (CP) levels to 8%-9%, increase digestibility 10%-30%, and improve livestock intake of those feeds by 15%-20%.
Grazing managers discuss sustainability
Cattel Business Weekly
Alternatives for Sustainable Grasslands was the theme of a joint meeting between the Nebraska and South Dakota sections of the Society for Range Management and the Nebraska and South Dakota Grassland Coalitions. About 100 people gathered in Valentine, Neb., Oct. 6-8 for the event.
Role of Ethanol Seen as Balancing Act
Consumer Scott Kroll assumes production of ethanol means higher prices for eggs, milk and bread. “Gas prices will go down, but food prices will go up,” said Kroll, of Oglesby. “One way or another, we’re going to get slammed.”
Those perceptions are something Mark Marquis wants to combat.
Marquis, president of Marquis Energy, an ethanol plant in the Central Illinois community of Hennepin, understands why consumers blame ethanol for higher grocery bills. He doesn’t deny ethanol has raised corn’s price, but said it’s the fourth reason down the list. Marquis even argues consumers would pay more for groceries without ethanol.
National Shorthorn Show To Be Held
The 2008 National Shorthorn Show November 15-17, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky
The 2008 National Shorthorn Show will be held during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 15-17, 2008. NAILE hosts one of the largest purebred cattle shows in the world, where more than 20 breeds compete, with the Shorthorn breed being one of the largest. The weekend will include Open and Junior Purebred Shorthorn Shows, Open and Junior ShorthornPlus Shows, as well as the Shorthorn Steer Futurity and Breeders’ Cup.
The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) will be host to the expected 722 Purebred Shorthorns for the Open Show as well as 281 entered for the Junior Show. Juniors will exhibit their animals on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at 8:00am. The Open Show will take place Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at 8:00am ending with the selection of the National Champion Purebred Shorthorn Female.
Using harvest forages
Zanesville Times Recorder
The 2008 hay crop is history. The wet weather in the spring delayed making first cutting which resulted in some poor quality forage. Subsequent cuttings were impacted by dry conditions which resulted in better quality hay but not much in terms of quantity. Livestock producers are encouraged to get their own hay analyzed or request an analysis when purchasing hay to determine its real nutritional value. The following information from the livestock specialist at the University of Nebraska discusses more about forage analysis.
Ethanol and Intensive Confinement Factory Farms–A Toxic Synergy
Environmental News Network
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
CAFO’s = Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
Also known as Factory Farms, Animal Factories, and blots on the U.S. rural landscape. They produce smelly wastes from “farm” animals including cattle and pigs — variable wastes that are then disposed of in a wildly under-regulated, chemical witches brew commonly called Sludge. Also commonly mislabeled “Fertilizer,” it’s hazardously dumped in enormous quantities on U.S. food-growing farm fields.
Food As A National Security Issue
National Public Radio
In a open letter to the next president, author Michael Pollan writes about the waning health of America’s food systems — and warns that “the era of cheap and abundant food appears to be drawing to a close.