BeefTalk: A New Year Means a New Bull
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
New beef industry changes are on the horizon, so now is a good time to let go of those old bulls.
The perfect New Year’s present could be a new bull. There will be hundreds of bulls to pick from once the bull-selling season begins.
Each year brings thoughts of newness. There will be new inspirations, desires, and letting go of the old and on with the new. New beef industry changes are on the horizon, so now is a good time to let go of those old bulls and open the doors to new genetics offered among the 2009 bull prospects.
Source and Age Verification
Doug McKinney, OSU Beef Cattle Value Enhancement Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Developments in beef export marketing have resulted in new requirements and opportunities for producers. Source and age verification is the abililty for producers to qualify cattle for beef export markets, make other specific claims, and capture any associated premiums. Source and age verified cattle may be sold at local or regional livestock markets, via electronic markets, or direct to buyers.
Grazing tips from the north
Tri State Livestock News
I was invited to participate in two conferences during the first week of December in Alberta. Hoping to garner some sympathy, I returned with the story that it was never above 8 degrees while I was there. While that was true, 8 degrees Celsius is equivalent to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. I was really treated to balmy Alberta conditions! I had an email from my hosts this week and it was -41 – which happens to be identical on either scale. It put our minus 18 in perspective!
Forage Focus: Reducing Feeding Losses For Large Round Bales
Large round bales are the most popular source of hay when winter feeding beef cattle. Unfortunately, these bales are subject to a variety of losses, including feeding loss.
Research published in the Journal of Animal Science (2003, 81:109-115) has shown feeding losses can be influenced by bale feeder design. The feeders investigated in this research trial were ring, cone, trailer, and cradle type feeders.
AVMA Comments on Regulation of GM Animals
Genetically engineers animals carry benefits as well as concerns over welfare according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
These were among the remark sent to the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration by AVMA following a request for industry comments.
COOL affects feeder, slaughter cattle imports
Imports of Canadian and Mexican feeder and slaughter cattle are trending downward.
Imports of Canadian and Mexican feeder and slaughter cattle are trending downward. This started following the July 15, 2008, country-of-origin labeling (COOL) grandfather date for cattle imports, which stipulated that product derived from animals in the United States on or before that date are designated as U.S. origin. Forecasting imports of live cattle to the United States is difficult due to exchange rate volatility.
Oklahoma State University Stocker Receiving Management Conference set for January
Southwest Farm Press
Stocker cattle operators looking to make the best possible business decisions can pick up practical management tips by attending the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s Stocker Receiving Management Conference on Jan. 21.
The conference will take place at the Chisholm Trail Pavilion, located at 111 W. Purdue on the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid. Conference sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will finish at approximately 6 p.m.
Cost is $20 per person to attend the conference. Lunch will be provided at no extra charge.