AFBF: Encouraging New Rules for CAFO’s
The AFBF, along with the EPA, are evaluating a new rule for livestock farms – the rule on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
The federal rule on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations published on October 31st sets new environmental standards for America’s livestock farms and represents a significant policy shift. The rule is the result of a 10-year process at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is evaluating it closely.
Consider Storage Options when Feeding Distillers Grains
You’ve decided to start using distillers grain in your feeding program. Now the questions are how do I store it, where do I store it and what’s the best storage strategy for my operation? According to Dr. Simone Holt, Beef Nutritionist for Hubbard Feeds, the answer depends on several factors. What type of product you purchase and the number of cattle you’re feeding will be the biggest indicators of how and where you store the distillers.
High-moisture corn has some advantages
The Green Sheet Farm Forum
High-moisture corn offers many advantages for producers who feed beef or dairy cattle, according to a North Dakota State University livestock expert.
“However, successfully using high-moisture corn requires attention to storage conditions, feeding management and processing,” says Greg Lardy, NDSU Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
CDA releases all trich quarantines
High Plains Journal
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has released all bovine trichomoniasis quarantines in the state.
“While this is good news for Colorado’s cattle producers, continued vigilance is important to protecting this state’s herds,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp. “I encourage ranchers to keep informed and continue testing their herds to help prevent the spread of this infection.”
Missouri next beef audit should be telling
The Missouri Beef Industry Council, or the “beef checkoff”, is gearing up for its new beef audit, based on the latest Census of Agriculture numbers now becoming available from 2007. Council executive director John Klieboeker says the audit is done every five years and looks at the basics of production in Missouri. He says it will be interesting to see the differences between 2002 and 2007, “One thing we all anticipate is that the cow numbers are certainly down. What kind of impact has that had on the basic beef economic model on the state of Missouri? And that’s what this audit really out to put out for us.”
Q&A: The term ‘hay belly’ – what does it mean or what is the cause?
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
A: Hay-belly is a slang term used in the beef cattle for an animal who’s stomach (rumen) is appears very full at all times. These animals are not bloated as the fullness or distended area is not just on the left-side of the animal.
Cow delivers Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny surprise
Good Morning Tri-State
A few Sundays ago, Todd Kelsey drove out to check on his hundred head of cattle on the family farm north of Albion, Ill., and found a sickly looking newborn calf lying in the pasture.
“I’ve got a half pointer and half black lab dog, and that calf was smaller than him,” Kelsey said. “As small as he was, I figured his mom had given birth to twins and the other calf didn’t make it. I looked around for the other calf and couldn’t find it anywhere.”