For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue. Though many areas have seen some relief, this summer has cattlemen wary of lingering effects and what else the coming season will bring.
USDA will release the July Cattle report in about a month which will provide a mid-year estimate of feeder supplies, though no yearover-year comparisons will be possible since the report was canceled last year. U.S. feeder supplies will likely be down again with a 2014 U.
The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment; as little as 4-8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.
As a first step in tackling the problem, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are initially focusing on the 10 food borne parasites with the greatest global impact.
According to the original May documents on the increased inspection, as well as FSIS instructions for inspectors released mid-June, the data collected from the salmonella surveillance will “allow FSIS to gather baseline data to determine the...
Classified biologically as protozoa and helminths (but better known as tapeworms, flatworms and roundworms), it is difficult to know how widespread parasites are globally because in many countries it is not compulsory to notify public health authorities of their presence.
Legleiter said there are a few ways to identify poison hemlock and distinguish it from two other plants it closely resembles: Queen Anne’s lace and wild carrot. Poison hemlock can be spotted by its finely divided, triangle-shaped leaves and small, white flowers that grow in an umbrella shape and don’t bloom until the weed’s second year of growth.
At the end of June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final notice of interpretation regarding the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The interpretation is the result of a process that began back in 2011, and in its own words, it will be the final ruling on the matter and “legally binding.