Grazing corn stalks

Grazing corn stalks is an option that livestock producers might want to consider. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County (Ohio) says it’s a forage that can meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle in early to mid-gestation. “By putting them on corn stalks we’re taking advantage of that forage and allowing our regular pastures… Read more »

Spicy Lamb Farm to host sheep dog trials

The Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials will be held this weekend at the Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. “We have handlers coming from all around the region, competing in open, ranch and pro-novice classes” said Laura DeYoung with Spicy Lamb Farm. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19…. Read more »

Ohio Cattlemen sign letter to Vilsack

  The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) has joined State Beef Association’s from across the country, sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack opposing a second national beef checkoff. Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of the OCA compares the Secretary’s proposal to the EPA’s Water’s of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “It’s another example of government over-reach if you… Read more »

Don’t hijack the Checkoff

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association joined 44 other state cattlemen’s associations in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opposing an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act. Joe Moore, executive vice-president of ICBA says one of the concerns is that the 1996 Act fails to assure that… Read more »

WTO decision favors U.S. poultry producers

A World Trade Organization panel has found in favor of the U.S. in challenging India’s ban on poultry-meat, eggs, and live hogs.  India imposed the ban allegedly to protect against avian influenza.  The panel agreed with the U.S. assertion that India’s ban ran counter to some international trade rules, including that it was imposed without… Read more »

BEST program offers novice sponsorship

First and second year participants in the Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST program have until Wednesday, October 15, to submit a 200 word essay explaining why they should receive a Novice sponsorship. “That’s a $105 dollar value that we will be awarding to up to 50 first or second year BEST novice participants,” said Stephanie Sindel with… Read more »

OCA to hold industry update meetings

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will host Beef Industry Update meetings this fall and winter. Stephanie Sindel, director of member services for the OCA says the update meetings will cover several topics. “For example, in Columbiana County we’ll be going over some carcass awards from their Jr. Fair and then we’re also going to touch on… Read more »

Age of producers a factor in cowherd expansion

There’s been a lot of discussion about the need to start rebuilding the nation’s cowherd.  But one factor that may hinder expansion is the significant number of cow-calf producers over the age of 60—individuals who may not be interested in expanding their operations at this stage in their life. Aaron Berger, an Extension educator at… Read more »

Advice for cow-calf producers in managing record 2014 income

It’s been a very good year for cow-calf producers. For many of them, a historic year in terms of profitability, says Aaron Berger, an Extension educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “We’ve had a really amazing year from a cattle standpoint—and also with these Livestock Forage Disaster Payments—and many cow-calf producers are in situation that… Read more »

Reopening of China to U.S. beef ‘not imminent’

Over the past two years, China has become the fastest-growing market in the world for imported beef.  But the U.S. continues to be shut out of the Chinese market. Thad Lively senior vice president for trade access with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says efforts to regain access to China are progressing—but he says… Read more »