Sweet clover poisoning
Tri State Livestock News
Sweet clover is a biennial plant. In its first year, there is very little top growth because it puts most of its effort into establishing a deep root system. It is likely that many people don’t even notice it in the pasture or field because it is only a couple of inches tall. However, in the second year of its life, it puts up tall stalks with abundant yellow flowers and provides a lot of forage.
Ethanol by-product raises food safety concerns
High Plains Journal
Ethanol’s main by-product, which is sold as livestock feed, has raised potential food safety concerns.
Several studies have linked the by-product, known as distillers grain, to elevated rates of E. coli in cattle. And now, distillers grain is facing further scrutiny because the Food and Drug Administration has found that it often contains antibiotics left over from making ethanol.
300,000 milk cows buyout heading to slaughter
A nationwide dairy federation, known as the C. W. T. will be conducting a nationwide buyout of milk cows to bring down the glut of milk by sending 300,000 milk cows to slaughter by August. That number comes from Rick Record a packer buyer handling the milk cow buyouts for the C.W.T. known as Cooperatives Working Together, a program dairy farmers pay into voluntarily. I spoke with Rick Record today, these buyouts have been conducted before.
Producers believe beef checkoff has benefited profitability
High Plains Journal
When it comes to their own operations, producers largely believe the checkoff program has benefited them, and about seven in 10 think that the checkoff helped contribute to their profitability over the years. That’s according to a checkoff-funded producer attitude survey conducted by an independent research company in January. One key to success? Ongoing communications to producers about programs funded by their beef checkoff investment.
New feedlot permit focuses on water rights
It looks like Franklin County will be getting a new cattle feedlot despite the protests of a handful of neighboring farmers near the proposed Five Corners site.
The Department of Ecology approved a water right transfer last week that leaves just one more hurdle — an air quality permit — before construction can begin on the feedlot.
U.S. Cattlemen’s Association supports no funding of NAIS
Wilson County News
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) applauded action by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to cut funding for the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) June 12. On a voice vote, the subcommittee agreed to essentially zero out funding for the program.
Considerations For Placing Calves In Sales
RICH MACHEN, PH.D
Southern Livestock Standard
The purpose of preconditioning and process verification for stocker/feeder calves is to minimize the morbidity and mortality experienced by calves as they move from their home ranch into the beef production system.
The program is based on:
- a minimum 45 day weaning period
- a series of two modified live respiratory complex (IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV) vaccinations 14-21 days apart. (Preferably, the second vaccination will occur at least 14 days prior tosale.)