Cattle Industry News

American Cattlemen's Cattle Industry News highlights news and stories about cattle production along with farm and ranch related topics.

U.S. Animal Expert Calls Europe's E. coli Outbreak "Off the Charts" Says American Consumers Shouldn’t Worry

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – With 18 dead and 1,600 ill in Europe from an outbreak of what’s being called a “super-toxic” strain of E. coli bacteria, an Iowa State University professor who specializes in food-borne pathogens in livestock is stunned at the toll the rogue bacteria has taken.

“I don’t like to be alarmist, but this one’s off the charts,” said Dr. Scott Hurd, associate professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. “I’m shocked and saddened by the deaths and serious illnesses that have resulted from this poisonous strain that frankly is surprising everyone.”

Why Should Multi-Sile II Be Your Inoculant Of Choice On Corn Silage?

Multi-Sile II is both a homofermentative and a heterofermentative. It covers the entire fermentation cycle from beginning to end. The majority of the competition only covers certain aspects of the fermentation process. Multi-Sile II contains 5 strains of bacteria and 3 enzymes, which have been specifically selected to enhance each other. Multi-Sile II contains 150,000 CFU per gram of crop; unlike the majority of the competition, which only has 100,000.

This combination of bacteria and enzymes ensures a fast and complete fermentation is accomplished every time. The faster the fermentation and “curing” process, the more energy is conserved for feeding. The more heat produced the greater the loss of energy and more potential of binding valuable nutrients needed for production.

Farm Safety - Time to Think Spring Farm Safety

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension

Iowa Beef Industry Council - Social Responsibility Report Issued by Beef Farmers

Cattlemen across the country are pleased to announce the release of “The Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review: Connecting Our Vision and Values,” a first-of-its-kind inside look at cattlemen’s influence on the nation’s communities, the economy, public health and the environment.

The “Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review” comes at a critical point in time when people are more disconnected from agriculture and food production, yet there is an increasing interest in knowing more about who raises food. In fact, nearly three-out-of-four people say that they want to know more about how beef is raised and who raises it, according to research conducted with beef checkoff funds.

Can Corn Prices Rebound Again?

Corn prices may have difficulty rebounding from the current decline if the USDA increases the projection of year-ending stocks, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.

"The corn market has been the poster child for the sharp increase in agricultural commodity prices that began last summer and extended into the spring of 2011. Higher corn prices were driven by a combination of shortfalls in crop production, including the U.S. corn crop and strong demand," he said.

Next Few Months Critical in Beef Operations

Calves are a vital part of the beef cattle operation.

The next several months are crucial in securing potential profits in a majority of beef operations throughout the U.S.

“The No. 1 indicator of potential profits is the birth of a live calf, and to have a live calf next year, the cows need to become pregnant,” says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

“The time from calving to rebreeding brings the most dramatic changes a cow will experience in her lifetime," he adds. "During the span of just three months, cows in the herd will be expected to have a calf, start lactating, recover from calving and get pregnant again.

Hay Trailer Tips to Save You Time and Money

Moving hay can be a pleasure or a chore, depending on whether or not you have the right equipment.

Hay. It’s heavy. It’s bulky. It’s subject to rot and mold. It’s often in the wrong place and sometimes stacked the wrong way. But it’s an essential part of work and life for modern ranchers and farmers, who spend more hours and dollars than they’d like getting it baled, collected, stacked, and hauled around – not just on fields but on roadways, too – to where they want it.

That’s why the choice of hay-moving equipment, once limited but now wide open, has become so important.

Farm Safety - Safely Transporting Farm Equipment

Each spring the rural countryside blossoms with a wealth of moving farm machinery as farmers begin transporting machines from one field to the next.  The birds may be singing a warning song to both the farmers and those that share the roads with them.

Each year incidents involving tractors and other farm machinery occur on public roads, causing death and injury to those involved, as well as involving untold costs in damage to equipment.  Nearly half of these incidents involve a collision with another vehicle.  The remainder involve running off the road, overturning, striking a fixed object, or falling from equipment.

Alltech's Annual Symposium Changes the Game in 2011

Lexington, KY -  Whether in sports competition or the game of life, there are turning points that elevate the underdog to victory, redefining the anonymous as the unforgettable. In the face of mounting challenges, how does one identify and seize these pivotal moments to create a catalyst for success? In Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22-25, 2011, Alltech’s 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will be dedicated to just such a pursuit, exploring The Game Changers for the animal health and feed industries

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

WASHINGTON, -  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today spoke before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies:

“As we meet, Congress is in the midst of debating a continuing resolution for 2011.  As the President has made clear, the administration believes that the final product should embrace the principles both of shared sacrifice and shared opportunity, to do so carefully, and in a way that reflects our values.