Struggling cattle farmers await new auction house
Smoky Mountain News
If all goes according to plan, a new regional livestock market will open in Canton by late May to more than 3,000 happy cattle farmers from Western North Carolina.
The venue will again provide a stable market to help livestock from WNC find their way into the global marketplace.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for our district,” said John Queen, a Haywood County cattleman who will operate the new market. “It’ll once again bring this great agricultural county back to life.”
Cattle Health: New Johne’s Disease Q&A Brochure Free, Packed With Info
Beef producers who have culled one or more animals for unresponsive chronic diarrhea combined with reduced milk production and thin condition might want to learn more about Johne’s disease—and find out if their herds are infected with Johne’s disease. A good source of information about Johne’s disease is a recently released 16-page brochure that is free to beef producers and veterinarians.
Meat still means jobs
The imminent loss of 2,000 meatpacking jobs in Iowa reflects changes in the industry toward fewer, more efficient plants employing more workers, not the declining importance of the region as a meatpacking powerhouse.
“I don’t think we’ve seen an end to the industry here at all,” said Darrell Mark, an associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Feeding cattle and hogs in Nebraska and Iowa is much less expensive than almost anywhere.”
Beef Quality Upward Trend Continues
The past year provided another leg upward in the recent trend toward higher quality grades in fed cattle, which drive boxed beef prices.
"USDA Choice and Select are the two leading volume grades," explains Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist with Certified Angus Beef LLC, who tracks weekly variations in grading reports. "Brands and specifications further define a pleasurable dining experience, but quality grade still sets the baseline bar for price."
Rancher hands out beef to highlight problems
Winnipeg Free Press
Langruth rancher Kerry Arksey handed out beef to passersby in front of the Legislative Building Tuesday afternoon to call attention to what he says is government neglect of the cattle industry.
The 55-year-old fourth-generation producer has sold off virtually all his cattle and plans to exit an industry he’s been in all his life. In exchange for the beef — he had 400 pounds worth in individually wrapped packages in his truck — Arksey was accepting donations for the Manitoba Farm and Rural Stress Line, a service he has used.
Grass tetany season is near
Beef cattle producers can expect grass tetany to become more of a threat to their animals as soon as green grass begins emerging in pastures. Tetany isn’t unique to poorly run cattle and forage operations. It often occurs on better managed farms, where the soil gets high rates of nitrogen and potassium from poultry litter or commercial fertilizer.
Manitoba’s cattle farms facing a slow death
Globe and Mail Update
He got his first cow at the age of four.
Fifty-one years later, Kerry Arksey gave away the last of his livelihood – one defiant slab of frozen hamburger at a time.
It was his last act as a farmer – a life that gave him three good decades followed by seven disastrous years – as well as one of the strangest protests ever to hit the provincial capital. His aim was to draw attention to Canadian cattle farmers, whose plight has driven him out of the industry.
Controlling Bacteria In Beef Products
The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has released a detailed supplemental request for proposals on controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in beef products. The specific research topics were formulated by AMIF’s Research Advisory Committee and are considered to be the issues of highest priority.
Circle A Presented Hereford Innovator Award
Circle A Ranch was recognized as a Hereford Innovator by the American Hereford Association (AHA) Jan. 14. Mark Akin, general manager, was presented the award during a ceremony at the National Western in Denver. Circle A Ranch was chosen for this award because of its commitment to the heterosis project began in 2007 in partnership with the AHA.
Ohio urges states to gear up for legislative battle
TriState Livestock News
Last November marked a tumultuous time for the agriculture industry. Because of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization with a mission to abolish meat and dairy products from the American diet, seven states have now outlawed some type of livestock penning system.
Milk EPD and Calf Performance in Beef Cattle
In a long-term study, Oklahoma State Univ. researchers bred crossbred cows to Angus or Hereford bulls that were either very high or very low for milk expected progeny differences (EPDs). The difference in High and Low Milk EPDs for Angus sires was 27.3 lb. Heifers from these matings were born over a 5-year period (1989 through 1993). When the heifers were 6, 7, and 8 years old, milk production was measured, and weaning weights of their calves were compared.
Land O’Lakes Announces Executive Changes in its Purina AG Business Units
Land O’Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski today announced a number of management changes taking place within his Senior Strategy Team.
Illinois firm takes e-coli precautions
While lawmakers prepare to introduce legislation to mandate greater E. coli inspections of ground beef and national media fuels the debate on the need for greater testing and safety procedures, one regional Illinois-based processor, Valley Meats, has taken a major pre-emptive move and has instituted a series of state-of-the-art testing and treatment technologies to eradicate harmful pathogens into their product stream.
Cattle feed: What do those vitamins, minerals and additives really do?
The Prairie Star
If cattle are not eating enough, what ingredient can a producer add to their diet to stimulate appetite?
One answer is salt. Salt acts as an appetite enhancer at low levels of inclusion. It is also an appetite suppressant at higher levels.
Options vary when marketing cattle
Livestock producers have many options when it comes to selling cattle, but a Texas AgriLife Extension beef specialist suggests that producers start at the beginning, by producing a good animal.
"You don’t have a lot of options if you don’t first produce a quality animal," Texas AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Cleere said. "Once you get a good animal, then you can look at the next step."
A Different Kind of Feedlot
Angus Beef Bulletin
Certainly, no two cattle feeding operations are alike. Most of them, however, are similar in appearance. Most of them, and especially the bigger operations, have that typical feedlot “look.” When describing it, people might mention a feedmill and stores of feedstuffs. They’re likely to mention rows of cattle pens divided by alleys from which feed is delivered to fenceline bunks.
Manage calving season for optimal results
Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer.