Daily Archives: August 11, 2009

Video Feature: Drought and Demand

Dr. David Anderson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist, discusses consumer demand and implications of drought across South Texas.

Combine Vaccination with Parasite Control for Herd Health

Combine Vaccination with Parasite Control for Herd Health

Beef Today

Even if producers do everything else by the book for vaccination, if they don’t control parasites and monitor nutrition, they may be throwing that investment away.

“I get a lot of herd health calls from producers asking what to vaccinate for,” says Christine Navarre, Louisiana State University Extension veterinarian. “I won’t even talk about vaccination until we’ve addressed parasite control and nutrition. Without managing those two issues, they may not get all they can out of a vaccination program.”

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Preconditioning calves pays off

Preconditioning calves pays off

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

There is a lot for producers to think about before selling their calves after weaning. Management decisions made can make or break cattlemen, and there are important factors that influence the sale price of feeder calves. How to market these calves is a critical decision for producers to make and the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service offered a few ideas during their Weaning Preparation Workshop held on July 30, 2009 at the Mitchell 4-H Complex in Mitchell, SD.

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Rep. Pence Has Dire Warning for Indiana Farmers

Rep. Pence Has Dire Warning for Indiana Farmers

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Congress is on August recess. That means lawmakers are back home getting feedback from constituents. Congressman Mike Pence, speaking with HAT at the Indiana State Fair, had a dire warning for farmers and those involved in agriculture, “I think farmers and those in agri-business should be very concerned.”

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K-State Extension To Offer Pasture Management 101 Workshops

K-State Extension To Offer Pasture Management 101 Workshops

cattlenetwork.com

K-State Research and Extension is offering two workshops targeting small acreage landowners who would like to learn more about managing their pastures. One workshop is scheduled at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Aug. 28, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., in Tonganoxie, Kan. The same workshop will be repeated at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Gardner, Kan. The fee for either workshop is $5.

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Congress Considers Turning Back on NAIS

Congress Considers Turning Back on NAIS

Thebeefsite.com

Congress is on the verge of putting on hold a national system to track livestock, telling the Obama administration it will not fund the effort until the U.S. Department of Agriculture does a better job implementing it.

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Where’s the beef? Not at these farms

Where’s the beef? Not at these farms

AMANDA CREGAN

The Philadelphia Intelligencer News

Two farmers in Bucks and Montgomery County know where the buffalo roam.

Though farming is in his blood, Rod Wieder never thought he’d grow up to be a farmer.

At age 45, Wieder quit his day job as a warehouse supervisor nearly a decade ago, and now helps raise his young family in the same stone farmhouse and works the same plot of earth where his grandparents toiled.

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Three opportunities for beef nutrition training planned

Three opportunities for beef nutrition training planned

Kay Ledbetter

Extension personnel from five agencies are working together to provide the latest information to beef producers on everything from nutrition to marketing at three meetings taking place Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

The Five-State Beef Conference is aimed at beef producers from the Texas High Plains, Oklahoma Panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and southern portions of Colorado and Kansas, said Dr. Ted McCollum, beef cattle specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo.

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Mandatory ID Inevitable

Mandatory ID Inevitable

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

It’s not often you get the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the cattle splinter groups and the “family farm” activist outfits aligned, but they all have problems with the idea of a mandatory National Animal Identification System.

I’m with them on this. But I’ll lay you odds that we or our kids will see a de facto mandatory program. It will be mandated by consumers and the processing and marketing segments they control if not the government, and it won’t be designed to protect the beef industry from animal disease, but consumers from bad production practices.

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Taxes overdue on company building plant near Aberdeen

Taxes overdue on company building plant near Aberdeen

Argus Leader

According to Brown County records, Northern Beef Packers, which is building a beef processing plant south of Aberdeen, has not paid $62,000 in property taxes due April 30.

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Anahein CC Buys Own Beef Herd

Anahein CC Buys Own Beef Herd

Food Management

Aramark’s operation at the Anaheim Convention Center has purchased a herd of 75 beef cattle as part of a sustainability initiative. The deal with Hearst Ranch, a major single-source supplier of free-range, all-natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef, is said to be a first among convention centers.
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Cattle rustling on the rise again in Texas

Cattle rustling on the rise again in Texas

Kate Linthicum

Los Angles Times

Reporting from Decatur, Texas — Troy McKinney was sitting in his truck outside the Decatur Livestock Market when he got a call about four heifers gone missing from a ranch in Hunt County. He sighed, spit a wad of chewing tobacco into a Styrofoam cup, and took out a notebook and a pen.

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Texas drought buoys price of big local forage crop

Texas drought buoys price of big local forage crop

FRANK WALLIS

Baxter Bulletin

Nearly 250,000 head of cattle in Baxter and surrounding counties will have more than they can eat now and through the winter thanks to rains that have fallen in a nearly perfect sequence for growing, cutting, baling and storing the forage crop harvest.

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Schering-Plough Approves Merger with Merck

Schering-Plough Approves Merger with Merck

Thebeefsite.com

Schering-Plough Corporation announced the voting results of a special shareholders meeting on 7 July regarding the proposed merger with Merck & Co., Inc. More than 99 per cent of votes cast voted to approve the merger agreement, with more than 78 per cent of common shares voting.

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The Day Twitter Said ‘Moo’

The Day Twitter Said ‘Moo’

Will Gilmer

Voices of Agriculture

For roughly eight hours on a recent Sunday afternoon, “moo” was a trending topic on Twitter. For the non-tweeting among us, that means the phrase “moo” was repeated so often in people’s posts on http://www.Twitter.com, the popular micro-blogging Web site, that the system took notice. That’s a huge deal.

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