Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has scrapped an unpopular proposal to create a second beef checkoff. This proposal was designed to help the beef industry find more resources for research and promotion. Last week Congress passed an appropriations bill that included a provision ordering the USDA not to implement a second checkoff. Most industry groups agree the existing checkoff used to promote beef could benefit from an increase. The $1 per-head checkoff hasn’t changed since being established in 1985. USDA encourages the beef industry to work together to determine ways to secure more resources for the beef checkoff program, so it can continue to support U.S. cattle ranchers with research and promotion.
The Southwest Missouri Extension Beef Cattle Conference will be held January 27, 2015 at the Stockton United Methodist Church in Stockton. This conference will provide up-to-date information on the 2015 economic outlook of the beef cattle industry, beef cattle genetics and pasture management. For details call the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417-276-3313.
Emerging issues in the beef and ranching industries will be discussed at the Southwest Beef Symposium, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics will include ranching strategies for the long term, regulatory issues effecting ranchers and rangeland resource management. More information about the conference, “Looking to the Future”, is available at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or by phone at 979-845-2604
April 24, 2014
Process Verified Program, that is
- by Merridee Wells
- Photo by Sage Pool
Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.
Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
- by Gilda V. Bryant
- photo by Lucie Wiese
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather. Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores.
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”. Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital. He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise.
Your secret weapon? Ionophores
by Melissa Albertson
photo by Malloree Barnes
As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.
by Merridee Wells
Photo by Tayler Teichert
For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet. The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals.
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
Sam had followed all the rules. He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well. Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute. He had access to water, electricity and lights. In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf. Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet. He was confident in his experience and skill.
With all this snow in