Cattle Industry News

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

Featherlite offers new four-horse option for Model 9608 straight load trailer

CRESCO, IA  – Featherlite Trailers is giving its straight load horse trailer customers another option when towing horses. At its 2010 International Dealer Meeting, Featherlite unveiled a new 4-horse configuration for its Model 9608 gooseneck horse trailer, along with the rest of the 2011 product line. All new models and enhancements are now available through Featherlite’s dealers.

Achieve Higher Quality Forage by Harvesting at the Right Time

Maximize value of corn silage with harvest timing

Beef Cattle Reproduction Symposium Scheduled Aug. 5-6 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With cow-calf producers challenged this year by rising input costs, producers are focused on the bottom line while seeking both economic and production efficiencies.

In response, the Beef Reproduction Task Force and the University of Tennessee are sponsoring the 2010 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Aug. 5-6 in Nashville, Tenn.

USDA Announces Additional Funding to Respond to Expected Grasshopper Outbreaks in Western States

WASHINGTON, - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of emergency funding to conduct suppression treatments that will protect up to four million acres of rangeland in some western states potentially impacted by expected grasshopper outbreaks this year.

USDA To Host Red Meat Mobile Slaughter Unit Information Session

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced it is hosting a red meat mobile slaughter unit information session on June 24. The goals of this information session are to educate farmers, ranchers and processors on how to set up mobile slaughter units, receive the federal grant of inspection and meet USDA food safety requirements. The session is being held in response to interest in USDA's efforts to support local/regional slaughter through the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.

Pfizer Animal Health To Expand Access To E. Coli O157 Vaccine From Epitopix For Beef Cattle

Salmonella Newport Cattle Vaccine also Part of Pfizer Animal Health’s Licensing Agreement

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 11 - Pfizer Animal Health today furthered its commitment to safe food from cattle by announcing a global licensing agreement with Epitopix that will expand access to its conditionally licensed Escherichia Coli Bacterial Extract vaccine* to U.S. cattle producers this fall.

“Pfizer Animal Health supports cattle producers’ continuing strides against harmful bacteria, often the most frequent causes of food borne illnesses in people,” said Juan Ramón Alaix, president, Pfizer Animal Health. “We want more cattle producers to benefit from this important vaccine to help reduce the prevalence and shedding of E. coli.”

New Kuhn Gyrorake

Kuhn North America, Inc., of Brodhead, Wisconsin, is excited to announce the release of a new Gyrorake, the GA 8121. This new model is well suited for farm operations that bale large quantities of dry hay and are looking for larger working widths of 24' 3" to 26' 3".

Farm Safety-Beef Cattle

The majority of beef cattle accidents occur while the victim is handling the livestock. Many of those accidents involve horses and are the result of a rider being thrown or falling from the horse. (See related article on horse safety.)

Bulls, too, are involved in a considerable number of farm accidents, especially aged bulls that were docile as calves.

One veteran Hereford breeder learned the hard way just how dangerous a pet bull can be. While he was out checking cattle one day, he found he needed to read the tattoo of the herd bull. It was a bull he had raised himself, and it had even been a family pet as a calf.

Equipment Notebook-Chemical Applicators

  New chemical application technology could put a variety of used applicators on the auction block in the months ahead. These recent auction figures will provide some insight into the market value of the different applicator types.

Multi-species Grazing Has Both Positive and Negative Aspects Says Small Ruminant Educator

NEOSHO, Mo. - It is becoming more common for producers to use multi-species grazing — mixing sheep or goats together with cattle — to improve the use of forages and cut down on the expenses of mowing and spraying weeds in pasture.

In some cases, even goats and horses are included in the mix according to Dr. Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension.

"Goats now are often used with multi-species grazing but it is important to remember that even though multi-species grazing can increase the use of the forages by over 20 percent in heavily weeded or browse-covered pasture, not all of the increased use is profitable," said Pennington.