October 2009

Farm Safety

“The bull that’s going to kill you is the hand-fed bucket calf. It will be dangerous when it grows up. If you want a safe bull, let the cow raise it.” Those are the words of caution world-renowned Colorado State University professor of animal science, Temple Grandin offers.
Animal behavior isn’t the only safety issue farmers face. Poorly constructed or maintained facilities and improper use of equipment are also leading factors in livestock safety. Subtle details in facility design, such as lighting and color, can affect animals when they’re handled.

Organic Beef…It’s a Growing Market

Ranchers around the country are capitalizing on the trend by going organic.
When cattlemen meet the strict rules of USDA’s Organic Marketing Program, they can use the government’s “Certified Organic” logo and provide assurances to demanding consumers. In some cases, cattle producers are pursuing it as a local enterprise, marketing the beef to nearby restaurants and grocery stores. Lane Mc- Connell, who manages organic promotion programs for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, says, “Consumers are wanting those local products, and wanting these types of niche products; they’re searching those out, and there’s a lot of different places now for farmers to sell products like this.”

Black Gate Farms

Trying to Stay Ahead of Change

If there is one thing that Kenny Rogers, seedstock operator and rancher in Yuma County in eastern Colorado has discovered about the ranching industry since he came back to the family ranch in 1996, it is that change is inevitable. Rogers says with a chuckle, “Nobody likes change except maybe a baby with dirty diapers. Yet we know that the industry is undergoing constant change, whether we like it or not.”

Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Health

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Enters into Agreement to Acquire Certain Assets of Fort Dodge Animal Health from Pfizer Acquisition will strengthen Boehringer Ingelheim’s position as a vaccine supplier among the world’s top animal health companies. Ingelheim, Germany and St. Joseph, MO (September 21, 2009) – Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical group of companies, together with its U.S. animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Pfizer to acquire certain assets of Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s Fort Dodge Animal Health business upon the closing of the global Pfizer-Wyeth merger, which is expected to occur early in the fourth quarter. The deal, which is subject to anti-trust clearance, significantly increases the size of Boehringer Ingelheim’s companion animal and cattle portfolios.

New Punch Panel Livestock Trailers

Our goal is to provide a choice of a more aerodynamic, lighter weight trailer for fuel savings, while at the same time, offering a unique control of protection from the elements for your livestock, allowing you to haul more livestock weight and less trailer weight. You have the openness of the punch panels for a good air circulation and cooling in the warm weather and the ability to get inserts for winterizing for your livestock in the cold weather. With a design that maximizes your ability to comfortably transport livestock in the cold winter months, we have also been able to offer the best option for summer as well, all in the same trailer.

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SEH: Renewable Energy Services

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) began working with farmers, rural families, industry, and utilities in 1927. Becoming an integral part of America’s rural electrification program. Since then, more than 600 engineers, scientists, planners, and funding specialists with SEH have expanded their beneficial services to offer full support to today’s dairy and cattle operations from 30 offices across the Midwest.

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