Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

Reducing the Incidence of Dark Cutting Beef in Junior Livestock Shows

Reducing the Incidence of Dark Cutting Beef in Junior Livestock Shows

Lyle N. Holmgren and D.R. ZoBell, Utah State University 4-H and FFA livestock shows place cattle in a surrounding where they are stressed physically and psychologically. Cattle are usually exposed to physical exertion, unfamiliar smells, tastes, various sounds, people, cattle and other animals. Owners of beef cattle who place them in these situations need to understand that stress can be reduced or eliminated with proper care and management.


Which Cows Do I Sell?

Which Cows Do I Sell?

Ronnie Silcox, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia

      There are several approaches to dealing with drought in a beef cattle operation. You can buy extra feed, wean calves early, creep feed calves, sell calves or sell cows. The correct answer for most people is probably to do some combination of these.

      The current drought is spotty. Some areas are very dry, while folks a few miles down the road are in fair shape. With cow numbers down from several years ago, you may be able to locate pastures for lease or some not-so-hot hay that you can cut. In short, do some checking around before you load everything on the truck.


Managing Through Recession

Managing Through Recession

Southern Livestock

Know your costs of production.  When profitable selling opportunities arise, lock them in.  Watch for opportunities to price crop inputs, feed and feeder livestock, as well.

Document yields for a possible crop insurance or SURE payment.  Many crop producers will receive an insurance indemnity payment due to falling prices in 2008 as well as from damage caused by rain or floods.  Additional payments may be available under the SURE disaster program in the new farm bill.


Q&A: I have navel ill at epidemic proportions in my calves. My local vet has taken swab samples from the navel and had the lab analyze, nothing unusual found he gave me a drug for treatment and it works but does nothing for prevention.

Q&A:   I have navel ill at epidemic proportions in my calves. My local vet has taken swab samples from the navel and had the lab analyze, nothing unusual found he gave me a drug for treatment and it works but does nothing for prevention.

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Navel ill is a term that describes several conditons affecting the umbilicus (navel cord). The navel cord contains blood vessels that supply the calf with oxygen and nutrients during gestation.


Crop residues have value

Crop residues have value

Katie Pratt

University of Kentucky

Biofuels continue to be a hot topic in many grain crop producers’ circles with some of the most recent discussions surrounding the use of crop residues, such as corn stover, to produce ethanol. As Kentucky farmers begin to explore this new form of alternative energy, they need to be aware of the value of their crop residue, according to a soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.


Pasture Legumes: Something for Nothing

Pasture Legumes: Something for Nothing

Keith Carmichael

Cattle Today

We have all been cautioned to be skeptical of the idea of getting ‘something for nothing’. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, we’ve been told. In the beef business though, there are two times when we can get something for nothing – one is when we use heterosis or cross-breeding to produce more pounds of beef, and the other is when we use legumes- clovers, alfalfa and annual lespedeza to add protein and nitrogen to pasture to produce more pounds of beef. With commercial N prices now ‘through the roof’… now is the time to get serious about next year’s grazing program and pasture fertility.


‘Genetics on Ice’ Benefits Summer’s Premier Limousin Events

‘Genetics on Ice’ Benefits Summer’s Premier Limousin Events


The Limousin breed’s annual “Genetics on Ice” benefit auction was Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo. This year’s 50 lots brought in $43,515 to support the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) and the All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF). Both events will be in Amarillo, Texas, July 11–17.


Deadline looms for livestock producers

Deadline looms for livestock producers

The Madera Tribune

Regulations on how livestock farms must manage animal waste to prevent it from leaching into water sources take effect Feb. 27. The ruling applies to all poultry, beef cattle, dairy and hog in concentrated feeding operations, which must soon have either a National Pollution Elimination System permit or have a third-party review and records to show there is no discharge.


Texas cattle producers facing ‘perfect storm’

Texas cattle producers facing ‘perfect storm’


Extreme drought and ever-increasing costs are presenting Texas cattle producers challenges they haven’t experienced in decades, said industry experts.

“The Texas cattle industry is simultaneously having to deal with drought, increasing operational costs and a declining cattle market,” said Dr. David Anderson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock marketing economist in College Station.


CAFO Lawsuits VS. EPA Consolidated

CAFO Lawsuits VS. EPA Consolidated

Darryal Ray

Alabama Farm Bureau

The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s final permit for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) has been consolidated with seven other suits and designated as the lead case.

According to the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators, seven lawsuits in seven different appellate courts had been filed over the matter.


Pfizer rep collects bull, heifer samples to improve feed efficiency

Pfizer rep collects bull, heifer samples to improve feed efficiency


On a raw, wintry day, Larry Gran braced himself for 12 hours of pulling hairs.

Gran, a Pfizer rep, was collecting samples from the tails of roughly 1,300 bulls and another 100 heifers at Midland Bull Test east of Columbus. The hairs, combined with blood samples, would be shipped off to a lab in New Orleans, where researchers would attempt to identify genes from the DNA that they could correlate to feeding efficiency.


Cattlemen’s Day Near Whitman

Cattlemen’s Day Near Whitman


Practical advice from seasoned ranchers and research from beef industry specialists will all be available at the Cattlemen’s Day and trade show to be held at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman.

The Cattlemen’s Day will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, with registration starting at 8:30 am MT. A variety of topics of will be covered to help ranchers increase their knowledge and profitability.


Record keeping can help cattle producers meet 2009 challenges

Record keeping can help cattle producers meet 2009 challenges

University of Kentucky

Most cattle producers happily waved good-bye to 2008, while crossing their fingers that 2009 will be much better. Many are wrestling with challenging management decisions as a result of the profitability challenges they are facing.


Humane society challenges meat industry over new law

Humane society challenges meat industry over new law

Neil Nisperos

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Advocates for the meat industry argue that a new state law barring animals unable to walk from entering the meat supply would unfairly open slaughterhouse employees to prosecution.

Animal advocates said the meat industry argument is hogwash.

The Humane Society of the United States filed legal action on Tuesday against a meat industry lawsuit seeking to overturn California law that keeps “downer” animals too sick to stand from being slaughtered for food.


Change for chumps

Change for chumps

Steve Cornett

For beef producers of a certain age, Congress could hardly have broached a more loathsome issue than another dairy buyout. Now? With cattle feeders losing $150 or $200 per head on every steer they sell?

Gosh, you can feel sorry for dairy farmers losing money without being chump enough to think that’s a good idea.