Oregon Cattle Producers Hail “Waters of the U.S.” Injunction

Last week a federal court in North Dakota sided with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), blocking the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule. The court issued a preliminary injunction August 27 blocking the agencies from moving forward with this rule, which places nearly all waters across the country to fall under federal jurisdiction. This broad and ambiguous rule could bring unnecessary hardship to ranchers.

Author Says Cattle Can Have A Positive Impact On The Environment

Rancher, lawyer and author, Nicolette Hahn Niman, says cattle operations can have a positive impact on the environment and has written a book entitled,”Defending Beef.” She says that if cattle are properly managed, they can improve biodiversity and help environmental sustainability. According to Niman, cattle can serve as a surrogate for disappearing wild animals and help minimize the ecological impact of their loss.

Internship Opportunities Available For The Cattle Industry Convention And NCBA Trade Show

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show internships. College juniors or above are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, a passion for cattle and agriculture and be able to travel to San Diego January 25-30. These internships are a great opportunity for college students to gain experience and network with cattle and beef industry leaders. Applications are due by October 1. For more information go to www.BeefUSA.org and click on careers.

VS Outbreak Continues In Western States

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has affected 279 premises as of August 19, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming have had confirmed cases. The VS virus is spread by insects and tends to disappear during cold weather, only to reappear in warm, wet weather. Symptoms include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves. VS can affect equines, cattle, bison, sheep goats, pigs and camelids.

BQA Issues For The Beef Cow-Calf Producer

Beef cow-calf producers have consistently improved the quality of beef from cull cows and bulls. Over the past two decades, the beef industry has conducted quality assurance audits for cull cows and bulls. Beef from cull cows selling as whole muscle cuts has increased over the years compared to hamburger. Cull cows have grown in value since quality defects have decreased with fewer incidents of bruising and injection site lesions.

Beef Herd Is Growing In Wisconsin

During the last 10 years, Wisconsin is only one of 10 states that have increased beef cow numbers with the second largest growth behind Oklahoma. One shocking trend in the Dairy State is there are 14,775 beef farms and they outnumber dairy operations by some 1,975. The average herd size is about 18 head, which appeals to farmers and retirees. On-farm beef production and processing provides 35,100 jobs in Wisconsin and contributes $2.1 billion in total income.

Idaho Ranchers Face Long-Term Effects of Soda Fire

The Soda Fire along the Idaho-Oregon border has burned 440 square miles, causing problems for ranchers. They have to find their cattle, dispersed or killed by fire. The cows will need food, but fire has destroyed thousands of acres of rangeland. The next option is for ranchers to buy hay. Fire damage may be long-term because it can take two or three years for the rangeland to heal, making it unavailable to cattle.

High Altitude Disease Is Affecting Some Cattle At Low Elevations

Sometimes cattle at elevations above 5,000 feet develop “brisket disease” or pulmonary artery hypertension, leading to congestive heart failure. This problem also appears in feedlot cattle, even at low elevations, as they gain weight during finishing. Research is being conducted in feedlot cattle at lower elevations. Researchers from Colorado State University are looking at genetic factors and have developed an indicator trait, which is the measurement of pulmonary arterial pressure.

Master Hoof Care From The Iowa Beef Center

A Master Hoof Care workshop is scheduled for September 10 at the Iowa State University Armstrong Research Farm. This workshop is for beef cattle producers, feedlot operators, personnel and veterinarians. Participants will have an opportunity to practice some hoof care skills along with classroom discussion and demonstrations. Workshop topics include diagnosis and treatment of common causes of lameness in beef cattle, basic hoof trimming and knife sharpening. For more information, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org or call 712-769-2650.

UC Davis Veterinarians Help Rancher Determine Sex of Unborn Calves

The Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service from the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital performs fetal sex determination for the Graysing Cattle Company. Graysing raises beef cattle, specializing in club calves. Using transrectal ultraound with a portable unit, the UC Davis veterinarians can determine the sex of the fetus. Fetal sex determination offers valuable information that can be used for herd management. Knowing the sex of each calf enables planning for next years’ replacement animals, as well as which ones will be sold.