Daily Archives: May 7, 2009

Renting Pastures

Renting Pastures

John Jennings Extension Livestock Specialist

Pasture rental rates range from $5 to $30 per acre per year in Arkansas. The rate depends on the bargaining arrangement between the landlord and lessee and is based on many factors.

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Spring is a Good Time to Evaluate Forage Needs and Plan for Next Winter

Spring is a Good Time to Evaluate Forage Needs and Plan for Next Winter

Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Like so many farm chores, about the time you finish one, it is time to plan for the next cycle. Forage programs and winter feed needs are a great example of this occurrence. By the time hay rings are moved out of the pasture, plans for the next winter forage program need to be in place, if not in practice. All too often the annual cycle of these activities and the pace of life on the farm prevent the questioning of their value or examination of the cost/benefit impacts. Reflecting on and mapping out the basic forage needs of the cow herd and their expected costs provide some opportunity to modify management and strategy if warranted.

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The Impact of Influenza on Beef Markets

The Impact of Influenza on Beef Markets

Derrell S. Peel, OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Even the name has huge implications.  Early references to the swine flu have left the pork industry reeling from a variety of impacts.  Recognition that this new strain of flu is a combination of swine, avian and human components has led most officials to begin using the name influenza A (H1N1). 

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Working Facilities for Small Beef Herds

Working Facilities for Small Beef Herds

Ronnie Silcox and Dan Brown, Extension Animal Scientists and Furman Kay, Extension Engineer, University of Georgia

Working facilities are necessary to carry out basic management practices. It is impossible to carry out a good controlled breeding, record or health program if you cannot catch and restrain animals. Many small producers think that a working facility is too expensive, but without proper facilities basic management practices are not done. This results in the loss of a great deal of money.

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Feedlot Marker-Assisted Management

Feedlot Marker-Assisted Management

Troy Smith

Beef Improvement Federation

During the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) symposium, speaker Bill Kolath told the general session audience how DNA technology is being applied by the cattle feeding sector. Kolath, who oversees production research for Cargill Meat Solutions, said feedlot managers are using DNA gene marker panels to sort cattle into outcome groups.

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Good Record Keeping is Tedious Task for Producers

Good Record Keeping is Tedious Task for Producers

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Working with different data sets should help producers make better decisions. Depending on short or long term goals, sometimes operations get wires crossed as to the best way to attack the problem.

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New Inspection Directive Released

New Inspection Directive Released

KRVN

Concerns over an increase in E. coli 0157:H7 positives in samples of ground beef and trim, and an increase in the number of product recalls, was cause enough for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to issue a new directive.

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Elkhart Co. top cattle county in Indiana

Elkhart Co. top cattle county in Indiana

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

The Indiana field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) has just come out with the list of top cattle producing counties in the state.

Elkhart County is the number one county for all cattle, followed by Jasper, Lagrange, Dubois and Washington.

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Keeping Customers and Cattle Happy

Keeping Customers and Cattle Happy

Lindsay Domer

Angus Journal

One of the best places to feed cattle in western Kansas came from humble beginnings.

The local butcher in Dighton, Kan., Glen Mumma, started a feedlot to finish his own cattle and line up a supply for harvest. But he enjoyed cattle on the hoof so much that he soon closed the butcher shop and devoted the rest of his career to the feedlot.

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ISU Veterinarian Offers Guidelines For Tackling Calf Scours

ISU Veterinarian Offers Guidelines For Tackling Calf Scours

cattlenetwork.com

Once one calf begins scouring, the illness can spread through a beef herd like wildfire, causing major animal and financial losses for producers.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” the old adage says. However, not all cases of calf scours can be avoided. Any number of microorganisms can cause scours, ranging from viruses and bacteria like rotaviruses, E. coli and salmonella to cryptosporidia. It’s nearly impossible to predict all of the factors that might cause an outbreak.

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COOL creates cattle chaos

COOL creates cattle chaos

Karen Briere

The Western Producer

As the American packing sector continues to adjust to mandatory country-of-origin labelling requirements, Canadian producers are advised to confirm arrangements even with long-standing buyers.

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Workshop planned on cattle evaluation

Workshop planned on cattle evaluation

The Daily Star

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will host a “hoof-to-rail” cattle evaluation workshop Monday, May 18. Cornell beef specialist Dr. Michael Baker will discuss how to observe the physical characteristics that livestock take on as they approach readiness for market. The program will begin at noon at Pleasant Valley Farm in Franklin, owned by Frank and Joan DeBoer.

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Beef deal a gleam of hope for US-EU trade tensions

Beef deal a gleam of hope for US-EU trade tensions

Roberta Rampton –

Reuters

The United States and European Union have agreed to temporarily put aside a 20-year fight over beef and do some business — a new pragmatic stage in a testy trade relationship that experts say could bode well for other bilateral fights.

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New Techniques Developed for TSE Testing

New Techniques Developed for TSE Testing

Thebeefsite.com

A TSE can only be definitely diagnosed after an animal has died. During the diagnosis, researchers typically check tissues for abnormal proteins called prions using a technique called Western blotting, or with immunohistochemistry.

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Forage Focus: Grazing Bites

Forage Focus: Grazing Bites

cattlenetwork.com

I can remember at least two times in the back of my memory as a young teenager being requested to “show me your hands”. I thought the first time that this was an unusual request but put my hands out to which they were turned palm side up for a quick assessment. “Good, grab a pitch fork and follow me.”

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Forage Focus: Grazing Bites

Forage Focus: Grazing Bites

cattlenetwork.com

I can remember at least two times in the back of my memory as a young teenager being requested to “show me your hands”. I thought the first time that this was an unusual request but put my hands out to which they were turned palm side up for a quick assessment. “Good, grab a pitch fork and follow me.”

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