Animal Sciences Department Head, Leader, William Allen “Al” Cowan Passes
Dr. Cowan worked with livestock production and breeding for over 50 years. Although he retired in 1985, Al continued in an advisory capacity up until his passing. His teaching and advising of over 4,000 students during his career has had a tremendous impact on their lives and on their contributions to agriculture. He was the author or co-author of more than 164 publications and reports in scientific journals, popular journals and briefs.
Good Decision-Making Improves Stocker Cattle Health
Dee Griffin, feedlot production management veterinarian with the University of Nebraska Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, recently gave a presentation at the Midsouth Stocker Conference highlighting the value of veterinary services in stocker operations.
Will the IRS View Your Ranch as a Hobby?
Many livestock producers have a full time outside job, or derive their primary income from a source other than their farm.
You may call yourself a “hobby farmer”, but care should be taken in how you operate your business as the IRS has special guidelines that may classify you as a not-for-profit organization and disallow many deductions you may otherwise be entitled to.
Roll On, Rendering Trucks, Roll On
This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a delay in implementing the rule, “Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed,” originally published April 25, 2008 in the Federal Register. The final rule, which was set to take effect April 27, is now delayed 60 days until June 26.
Beef Production Expected to Rise
Western Livestock Journal
According to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate, total U.S. meat production for 2009 is forecast to be lower this month as a slight increase in beef output is more than offset by lower pork and poultry production. The beef production forecast is raised from last month due to a combination of heavier expected steer and heifer weights and higher expected cow slaughter.
Stuedeman earns ACA scholarship
Anna Katherine Stuedeman of Demopolis was presented the Tagged for Greatness Scholarship at the 66th annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show.
As a senior at Demopolis High School, Stuedeman is a member of the tennis team, cheerleading squad, Anchor Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also serves as Beta Club vice president and is a Comfort Care Hospice volunteer.
Pa. Beef Council holding course on beef management
Pennsylvania Beef Council will conduct a Beef Quality Assurance classroom-training session next week.
The class will be held at Mercer County Extension Office, U.S. Route 19, 1è miles north of Mercer.