Daily Archives: October 12, 2009

Fundamentals of Feed Mixing

It is not always possible to purchase the desired mixture of feeds needed on the farm. Sometimes there is a need to mix purchased feeds with feeds available on the farm. This is the reason producers need to know the basics of how to mix feed ingredients.

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

Rachel Stuart

Angus Journal

Ranchers who care about consumers often say they want to produce the highest-quality steak. That’s great, but keep in mind most of the animal goes into other cuts. Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand grinds play an important role, and the 200,000 pounds (lb.) sold every business day promote higher carcass utilization. That adds value to each CAB-accepted animal and builds producer premiums.

Grinds are a staple in many people’s diets because of their price and preparation versatility. They are the backyard barbecue’s main course, as well as a working mom’s quick, but high-quality food choice. Producers can keep on thinking about the steaks, but even the lowly hamburger is worth more than a passing thought.


NCBA Critical of COOL Confrontation

NCBA Critical of COOL Confrontation

Hoosier AG Today

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called Canada’s decision to move forward with their complaint against U.S. COOL regulations unfortunate, due to the potential retaliatory action that could be taken against U.S. beef. The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body will consider the Canadian complaint on October 23, 2009.


Q&A Is ammoniated straw still a good source of feed for stock cows?

Q&A  Is ammoniated straw still a good source of feed for stock cows?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   It is, but anhydrous has been expensive and so the ammoniation process has not been economical. The ammoniation process is a temperature dependent process and when done in July, the straw needs to be sealed for about a week. This time of year, the straw will need to be air-tight or three to four weeks. That poses some challenges.


Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium convenes in Lincoln Nov. 21 to 23

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium convenes in Lincoln Nov. 21 to 23

High Plains Journal

The seventh annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium Nov. 21 to 23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will introduce Nebraska high school students to beef industry careers, current issues and an opportunity to use their leadership skills in product development activity.


System fails to keep ground beef safe

System fails to keep ground beef safe

The ST. Petersburg Times

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

There is no reason that hamburger, that most American of meats, should be unsafe. But an exhaustive and chilling New York Times investigation has revealed “why eating ground beef is still a gamble” and how few safeguards are in place to protect people from a virulent strain of E. coli.


Lift mad cow curbs, U.S. farm chief says

Lift mad cow curbs, U.S. farm chief says

The Japan Times

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farm minister Hirotaka Akamatsu on Friday that Tokyo should lift all its mad cow disease-related controls on U.S. beef imports and fully open its beef market, Akamatsu said.

In their 45-minute meeting, Vilsack said Japan should bring its measures on mad cow disease, also known as BSE, in line with international guidelines set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), allowing imports of all U.S. beef and beef products derived from animals of all ages deemed safe under the organization’s guidelines, Akamatsu told reporters.


Identifying Cows That Gain More While Eating Less

Identifying Cows That Gain More While Eating Less

Science Daily

With more than 2 million cows on 68,000 farms, Missouri is the third-largest beef producer in the nation. Due to rising feed prices, farmers are struggling to provide feed for the cows that contribute more than $1 billion to Missouri’s economy. University of Missouri researcher Monty Kerley, professor of animal nutrition in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is studying how cows might be able to gain more weight while consuming less, potentially saving farmers up to 40 percent of feed costs.


Japan bars Tyson beef shipments

Japan bars Tyson beef shipments

The Spokesman-Review

Japan suspended beef shipments from an American meatpacker Saturday over its failure to remove cattle parts banned under a bilateral agreement, as officials here raised concerns about U.S. safeguards against mad cow disease.

Japanese quarantine inspectors found bovine spinal columns in one of 732 boxes shipped from Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., which arrived in Japan in late September, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. The box contained 35 pounds of chilled short loin with spinal bones, which were not released commercially.


Beef: Positive indications for stronger demand

Beef: Positive indications for stronger demand

John Lundeen, executive director of market research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Provisoner

The latest segment covered in our 2009 State of the Industry report, published in print in the October 2009 issue.

Like the United States economy, the beef industry has also had a tough year, but it’s coming to an optimistic close with positive upswings in consumer attitudes about beef.

Here’s what gives me hope. The latest checkoff-funded consumer study shows improvement in the attitudes about beef’s taste, nutrition and value1. We’re not only poised to bounce back from changing consumption patterns in reaction to the recession, but we’ve measured significant shifts to long-term nutritional beliefs.


Domestic feed use remains strongest component of corn demand

Domestic feed use remains strongest component of corn demand

Farm and Ranch Guide


Feeding U.S. livestock remains the most important market for corn.

September feed use reports issued by the USDA didn’t seem to match up with livestock numbers, though.

The USDA is forecasting a 12.95 million bushel 2009 corn production. Of that amount, 5.35 billion bushels is forecast fed to livestock.

September reports from the USDA increased domestic feeding of corn by 50 million bushels from the August estimate, and up 100 million bushels from 2008.


Dix honored at McPherson County Feeders

Dix honored at McPherson County Feeders

High Plains Journal

Dara Dix will tell you there’s no secret to her success, though she may balk at taking credit for it.

You could call her “the secretary” at McPherson County Feeders Inc., a Certified Angus Beef LLC licensee near Marquette, Kan. But neither that nor her job description are enough to justify her selection as 2009 CAB Quality Assurance Officer of the Year. Still, she earned the honor.


Wife, Mother … and Cowboy?!

Wife, Mother … and Cowboy?!


Meet this unique mom with an incredible story.

Anne Burkholder is a wife, mother of 3 young children, and cattle feedyard owner and operator with 3,000 cattle. Talk about multitasking! Before she met her husband at Dartmouth, she had no idea this would be her life.

Momlogic wrangled some time out of Anne to ask her a few questions about life as a cowboy mom.


Buyout worries beef producers

Buyout worries beef producers


Capital Press

A third dairy buyout this year is weighing on the minds of beef producers who say the timing of Cooperatives Working Together’s latest effort hits at their peak marketing season.

Cow-calf pairs come in off the range, calves are weaned and culls are sent to market in the fall.

“That’s always the case,” said Greg Doud, chief economist with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Block grazing beef cattle to get the most out of grass

Block grazing beef cattle to get the most out of grass

Farmers Guardian

As part of the Northwest Livestock Programme, Reaseheath College organised and Eblex supported a visit to a Cheshire beef farm, looking specifically at grazing management. Katie Lomas reports.

After managing a dairy unit for many years, Graham Parks now applies his knowledge of grazing cows to a beef finishing enterprise.