Daily Archives: November 7, 2008

BeefTalk: Contentious Readability

BeefTalk: Contentious Readability

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

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We are drowning in paperwork.

This fall, the term “drowning in paperwork” has taken on a new meaning. At least 11 pieces of paperwork have arrived as part of the beef industry’s response to the need to meet various legal requirements for producing beef within the U.S.

Essentially, all 11 documents are the same. They are asking for verification by means of an affidavit or declaration that, as a producer, I understand and comply with the laws that impact the beef business.


Can Breeding Cows Get More Complicated?

Can Breeding Cows Get More Complicated?

Mel DeJarnette, reproductive specialist, Select Sires

Maintaining a sound heat-detection program and quality heat-detective personnel can be a never-ending challenge in today’s expanding herds. However, as the accuracy and efficiency of estrus detection declines, the value of incorporating estrus synchronization into the reproductive management program increases proportionately.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused by the variety of estrus-synchronization protocols available. On the other hand, this variety provides extraordinary flexibility in developing tailor-made reproductive management programs. Let’s start with the basics and discuss how and why these protocols were developed. Once you understand them, they may appear less complicated, and perhaps you’ll find the system that best fits your management approach.


NDSU Feedout Project Looking For Calves

NDSU Feedout Project Looking For Calves


The North Dakota State University Extension Service is looking for cattle producers to participate in the 2008-09 Eastern North Dakota Cattle Feedout.

The feedout project involves cattle being consigned to the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center to be fed until they’re ready for harvest. Center staff will give the producers periodic reports on their calves’ feedlot performance. The staff also will provide producers with carcass data after the calves are harvested.


President and CEO of JBS Swift USA to speak at Montana Stockgrowers’ 124th Annual Convention

President and CEO of JBS Swift USA to speak at Montana Stockgrowers’ 124th Annual Convention

High Plains Journal

Wesley Batista, President and CEO of JBS Swift USA, based in Greeley, Colo., will speak at MSGA’s 124th Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Billings Holiday Inn Grand Montana, Dec. 11 to 13. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to hear Batista speak and ask him questions at the end of the Opening General Session Dec. 12.


Shelves Empty as Three Plants Stop Beef Production

Shelves Empty as Three Plants Stop Beef Production

Nathaniel Popper


In developments that are already crippling the availability of kosher beef in large parts of America, three of the nation’s five largest slaughterhouses producing kosher beef halted production in the first week of November.


Country Natural Beef calls off vote on unionizing

Country Natural Beef calls off vote on unionizing



Country Natural Beef has called off an election to settle whether workers at feedlots that handle their cattle want to join a union.

The 85 workers at Beef Northwest Feeders feedlots in Nyssa, Boardman and Quincy, Wash., were scheduled to start voting Friday, but Stacey Davies, a member of the board of the beef cooperative, said the election was canceled because the feedlot had reached a settlement with the United Farmworkers Union.


Forage quality trends lower in 2008

Forage quality trends lower in 2008

High Plains Journal

An analysis of the forage samples submitted to the University of Arkansas, Diagnostics Laboratory in 2008, indicates a troubling trend–forage quality is dropping.

Forage analysis results for Bermuda grass, fescue and mixed grass samples submitted between May and October were compared over the past 10 years, says Dr. Shane Gadberry, assistant professor and ruminant nutritionist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.