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There is a slow change from year to year that might not be noticed as problematic unless the trend is viewed in a larger time frame.
The second pregnancy seems to be the greatest challenge for most cow-calf enterprises regardless of region. Tracking this trend provides useful insight particularly when combined with an evaluation of data on the weaning weights of the females’ first offspring. Open or late-bred heifers at the end of the second breeding season that weaned the heaviest calves in the first season may signal a disparity between nutritional requirements and available feed.
Finally, body condition score is a very useful tool for monitoring the ability of animals to maintain and regain energy stores from available forage resources.
For more information on this topic, contact a nearby land grant university or Extension service office.
Charles Miller recently announced the formation of an organization created to manage the industry led animal identification database as prescribed by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) plan. This group, the U.S. Animal Identification Organization (USAIO), will work with industry and animal health authorities “to move the NAIS forward in a positive, proactive way,” says chairman Miller.
Miller is a cow-calf producer from Nicholasville, Ky. Other board members elected on Jan. 10 were Rick Stott, a Boise, Idaho, beef producer and Lance Kuck, a Basset, Neb., bison producer. The board will grow as industry groups formally adopt the USAIO as their database repository for animal movement data.
“A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been submitted by the USAIO to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to form a strategic partnership and fulfill Secretary Johanns’ directive for the industry to develop the database repository,” Miller says. “USAIO looks forward to engaging all the interested parties to provide an effective, efficient and inexpensive database for the NAIS.”
For information regarding the USAIO formation and governance, contact Miller at (859) 885-4773. Questions about operation of the animal movement database should be directed to Stott, (208) 338-2500.
The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) filed a motion on Jan. 6 in a U.S. District Court in Montana to request a hearing in its litigation against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The litigation concerns the agency’s minimal risk rule (Final Rule) issued in January 2005, dealing with opening the U.S. borders to cattle and beef products from countries affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
According to R-Calf, the District Court issued a preliminary injunction on March 2, 2005, which prevented USDA’s Final Rule from being implemented and, in effect, continued a ban on the import of Canadian cattle and certain beef products into the U.S.
However, the USDA appealed that decision, and in July 2005, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the preliminary injunction, which reopened the Canadian border to live cattle less than 30 months of age and beef from cattle less than 30 months of age.
R-CALF USA’s position is that the 9th Circuit decision does not limit, or eliminate, the need for oral arguments of the case and a ruling by the District Court on the summary judgment motions filed by both R-CALF USA and USDA.
For the complete release issued by R-CALF USA, visit http://www.r-calfusa.com/News%20Releases/010906-cattle.htm.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced the availability of $19 million in grants to support the development of renewable energy projects and value-added agricultural business ventures.
The grants may be used for planning activities, such as feasibility studies, marketing plans and business plans needed to establish a viable value-added marketing opportunity for an agricultural product. They may also be used to provide working capital for operating a value-added business venture, marketing value-added agricultural products or for farm-based renewable energy projects.
Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled, producer-based business ventures. Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who have at least 51% of project costs dedicated to activities for a bioenergy project.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2006. For more information, visit http://www.usda.gov/2006/01/0002.xml.
The Heart of America Grazing Conference will be held at the Cave City Convention Center, Cave City, Ky., on Jan. 25-26. The program includes information on grazing horses, replacement dairy heifers, goats, beef cattle and wildlife. It also includes information on environmentally friendly, economically sound and agronomically feasible grazing programs.
The conference, which moves annually from state to state, targets producers in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri.
Pre-registration is encouraged. The fee is $15 per person for one day and $25 for both days. For more information, visit http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/.
A meeting titled “Production Level Control of BVD Virus” will be held on Jan. 31, preceding the 2006 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & Trade Show in Denver. The meeting will focus on what producers and practitioners need to know to prevent bovine viral diarrhea and to handle existing herd infections. For more information, visit http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=10851.
Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To access this information, visit http://agebb.missouri.edu/mkt/bull2c.htm.
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