Many health challenges on the farm can be avoided with proper herd health management, including vaccinations, treatment, and biosecurity. On Monday, March 21st Dr. Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian for the Department of Animal Sciences at OSU will be providing a Beef Herd Health Management update. Starting at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Kieffer will discuss vaccination protocols for both cows and calves, and how to best implement a vaccination program. Also, some emerging herd health issues including pink eye, anaplasmosis, and antimicrobial use will also be covered. If you have questions regarding cattle health, bring them with you to ask Dr. Kieffer after his presentation.
If you’ve not yet registered for the 2022 Virtual Beef School sessions, go here now: http://go.osu.edu/beefschool22
By Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension
If you just glanced at the title of this column, you maybe surprised as to how the next few paragraphs unfold, however there are a couple of points that I want to make, and feel are warranted after seeing some misleading/untruthful advertisements for local/freezer beef here recently.
First off, I am a big supporter of local food production and direct marketing. When done properly in some production systems there are opportunities to capitalize on demand for locally produced food, serve as a direct link for consumer education, enhance economic sustainability of the farm enterprise, among other benefits.
I have taught dozens of programs on local foods and direct marketing in the last five or so years. In each of those programs I remind participants of these two things with regards to labeling and direct marketing;
- Do not misrepresent your product and
- Do not misrepresent or make false statements about the product of other producers.
Recently several friends of mine have shared with me several instances of both of the above scenarios. In one such instance a freezer beef producer’s (who shall not be named) attack on beef produced by other producers and the beef industry was egregious enough to get me wound up; and I try not to get too wound up about things seen on social media. Spreading falsehoods about the wholesomeness of beef is something as an industry we should not tolerate, and I hope that you as producers feel the same.
The Ohio Pork Council, The Ohio State University Extension and The Ohio Department of Agriculture are hosting two Certified Livestock Managers Webinars in December. Individuals can obtain 2.0 CLM CE Credits for attending each webinar. Programming for each webinar is as follows:
December 2: 2.0 CE Credits
- Biosecurity Breaches – Andreia Arruda, DVM, OSU Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
- Livestock Mortality Composting Update – Dr. Steve Moeller, OSU Swine Extension Specialist
- Worker Safety – Dr. Dee Jepsen, OSU Ag Safety and Health Leader
By: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Mississippi State University
The latest monthly trade data were released by the USDA Economic Research Service last week. The September data continued to show adjustments from the beef production and beef price changes earlier in the year as well as the impacts of global beef demand. According to the ERS data, beef exports totaled approximately 239 million pounds during September. This was down 5.6 percent from September 2019. Through September, beef exports in 2020 were about 6 percent lower than during the first 9 months of 2019.
September showed stronger exports to South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Exports to Japan, the largest volume destination for U.S. beef exports, were down slightly according to the ERS data. Beef exports to Mexico continued to lag behind the 2019 pace. During September, beef exports to Mexico were about 38 percent lower than in September 2019 and were 40 percent lower for the first 9 months of 2020 compared to the first 9 months of 2019. Exports to Mexico were 14 percent of total January-September 2019 beef exports in 2019; in 2020, that share has dropped to about 9 percent. Continue reading
By Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University
The percentage of steer and heifer carcasses grading prime so far during 2020 has outpaced normal levels. The average percent prime for the first seven months of 2020 was 10.6 percent which is the highest January-July average on record and about two percent higher than during the first seven months of 2019.
Dressed weights have also been higher during 2020. Average steer and heifer dressed weights were 899 and 829 pounds, respectively, during the first 8 months of 2020. For steers, that was a 32-pound increase over the same period in 2019 while it was a 25.5-pound increase for heifers. Cattle dressed weights are usually seasonally lowest during late spring and then peak in late fall. In 2020, the seasonal decline in the spring did not materialize due to the processing disruptions forcing cattle to stay on feed longer. Continue reading
From the Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Last week OSU Extension Educator Clifton Martin had the opportunity to visit with Garth Ruff about Garth’s recent hiring as the OSU Extension Beef Specialist and current trends in the Beef Industry. During that conversation they covered trends in Ohio, the role of the OSU Extension Beef Specialist, opportunities for outreach, the status of Beef Quality Assurance, and key opportunities for producers to stay ahead of the curve.
Enjoy that conversation here:
The transcript of this recording may be found in PDF format linked here.
Clifton Martin and Garth Ruff may be contacted at:
Extension Educator, CCA
Agriculture and Natural Resources
225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH 43701
email@example.com / muskingum.osu.edu
Field Specialist, Beef Cattle
Ohio State University Extension
16714 State Route 215, Caldwell, Ohio 43724
By Stan Smith, OSU Extension
As first cutting hay harvest rapidly progresses and even winds down in parts of the State, perhaps it’s a good time to consider replacing the soil nutrients that are removed with harvest. Recognizing that fertilizer is a significant investment in hay production, it’s also important to note that since we agree you can’t starve a profit into a cow, likewise, you can’t starve production or profit into a forage field either.
Each ton of hay that’s harvested and removed from a field in the harvest process takes with it 13 pounds of P2O5 (phosphorus) and 50 pounds of K2O (potash) regardless the calendar date or quality of the material that’s harvested. To maintain productivity and plant health, fertility that’s removed needs to be replaced. Since nearly all the phosphorus sources we presently have available include some nitrogen, those replacing fertility immediately after the first cutting will enjoy some benefit for grass based hay fields from the nitrogen that comes along with the P. Continue reading