In This Issue...
Beef Management Calendar .......... .........
Four Graduates of UF College of Agncultural and
Life Sciences Honored for Outstanding
Contributions ....... 2
Goin' for the Gold at the NJSA National Youth
Leadership Conference ........................
Bronson Reminds Consumers to Keep Food Safety
in hind Duinn the Holidays
Exports of Florida Horses on the Rise. Bronson
Beef Prices Fall in Korea on Speculation of Ban
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2006 Florida Cattlemen's Institute andAllied Trade
Prepared by Extension Specialists in
+ J.D. Arthington
BeefCattle Management, Ona
+ J.N. Carter
BeefCattle Extension Specialist, Marianna
*: GR. Hansen
BeefCattle Production, Marianna
: EG Hembry, Professor
Department Chairman, Gainesville
Extension BeefCattle Specialist, Gainesville
*: T.A. Houser
Extension MeatSpecialist, Gainesville
: E.L. Johnson, Associate Professor
Extension Equine Specialist, Gainesville
+ T.T. Marshall, Professor
BeefCattle Management, Gainesville
: R.O. Myer, Professor
Animal Nutritionist, Marianna
W. Taylor, Coordinator
Youth Education/ .......... Gainesville
+ S.H. TenBroeck, Associate Professor
Extension Equine Specialist, Gainesville
+ T.A. Thrift, Assistant Professor
BeefCattle Nutrition, Gainesville
Dates to Remember
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0 Begin grazing small grain pastures (if ready).
0 Check mineral feeder.
0 Check for external parasites and treat if needed.
0 Deworm cows and heifers prior to winter feeding
0 Observe regularly for calving difficulties.
0 Rotate calving pastures to prevent diseases.
0 Watch for scours in calves.
0 Investigate health of bulls before you buy.
0 Have dead animals posted by a veterinarian or
0 Complete review of management plan and update
for next year. Check replacement heifers to be sure
they will be ready to breed 3 4 weeks prior to the
main cow herd.
0 Apply lime for summer crops.
0 Check for lice and treat if necessary.
0 Control weeds in cool season pastures.
0 Begin grazing winter clover pastures when
approximately 6 inches high. Rye should be 12-18
0 Check mineral feeders.
0 Put bulls out for October calving season.
0 Make up breeding herd lists if using single sire herds.
0 Watch for calf scours.
0 Give bulls extra feed and care so they will be in
condition for breeding season.
0 Make sure cow herd has access to adequate fresh
0 Buy only performance tested bulls with superior
0 Get taxes filed.
0 Discuss herd health with you veterinarian and outline
a program for the year.
0 Review herd health program with your veterinarian
0 Carry a pocket notebook to record heat, breeding
abnormalities, discharges, abortions, retained
placentas, difficult calvings and other data.
0 Observe cowherd for calving difficulties.
0 Watch for grass tetany on winter pastures.
0 Increase magnesium levels in mineral mixes if grass
tetany has been previous problem (if you are not
already using a high magnesium mineral).
0 Examine bulls for breeding soundness and semen
quality prior to the breeding season.
0 Vaccinate cows and heifers against vibriosis and
leptospirosis prior to the breeding season.
0 Top dress winter forages, if needed.
0 Check and fill mineral feeders.
0 Put bulls out with breeding herd.
0 Work calves (identify, implant with growth stimulant,
0 Make sure lactating cows are receiving an adequate
level of energy.
R Watch calves for signs of respiratory diseases.
0 Cull cows that failed to calve while prices are
0 Check for lice and treat if needed.
.NI _\FLORIDA Four Graduates of
IFAS UF College of
Agricultural and Life
Sciences Honored for
Four graduates from the University of Florida's
College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences were honored
recently for their outstanding contributions in agriculture
and other industries.
Anita Dhople, Atlanta, GA, and Mason Smoak,
Lake Placid, FL, received the Horizon Award from the
college's Alumni and Friends organization for their
contributions to agriculture, natural resources and the
life sciences. Bernie Lester, LaBelle, FL, and Frank
"Sonny" Williamson, Okeechobee, FL, received the
organization's Award ofDistinction for their contributions
to UF and the agricultural and natural resource industries.
The awards were presented November 5 by
Roger Scarborough, president of Alumni and Friends,
Participants in the University ofFlorida College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences Friends andAlumni awards presentation on
Nov. 5 included (from left), Kirby Barrick; Mason Smoak; Bernie Lester; Anita Dhople; Frank "Sonny" Williamson; Roger
Scarborough and Jimmy Cheek. Smoak andDhople received the Horizon Awardfrom Alumni andFriends for their contributions
to agriculture, natural resources and the life sciences. Lester and Williamson received the Award of Distinction for their
contributions to UF agriculture and natural resources. Barrick is dean of the college; Scarborough is president ofAlumni and
Friends, and Cheek is UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources (UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador)
and R. Kirby Barrick, dean of the college, during the
college's annual "Tail Gator" event prior to the UF-
Vanderbilt football game in Gainesville.
Dr. Anita A. Dhople, who earned a bachelor's
degree with honors in food science and human nutrition
in 1992 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from UF's
College of Medicine in 1996, is now director of the
Hospitalist Program at the Phoebe Putney Medical Group
and staff internist with the Piedmont Medical Group in
Dhople, who strives to make healthcare accessible
to the disadvantaged, began her career with a nonprofit
community healthcare center and has served as adjunct
clinical instructor in internal medicine at the Medical
College of Georgia. She is active in professional
development and holds membership in several
organizations, including the Medical Association of
Georgia, the American College of Physicians and the
American Medical Association. She has published seven
professional articles and volunteered as a member of a
medical team that provided health care in India.
Mason Smoak received his bachelor's degree in
food and resource economics in 1997. Upon graduation,
he returned to his family's third-generation citrus and
cattle operation in Lake Placid, where he manages
harvesting and hauling operations for 2,300 acres of
He is active in industry organizations and programs,
including service on the board of directors of the Florida
Farm Bureau and as president of the Young Farmer and
Rancher Leadership Team and of the Highlands County
Farm Bureau. He completed a program at UF's
Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and
Natural Resources and serves as secretary of the Alpha
Gamma Rho Education Foundation. Mason also serves
on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for South Florida
Community College, and he was a founding member of
the board of directors for the Highlands County Ag
Venture program for elementary school students.
Bemie Lester received his bachelor's degree in
1961 and his master's degree in 1962 in food and
resource economics, and completed his doctoral degree
in agricultural economics at Texas A&M University.
Lester's 40-year career includes service with the U. S.
Department ofAgriculture, the Florida Department of
Citrus and Alico Inc. in LaBelle. He retired from the
company this year as president and chief executive
Lester's contributions to agriculture and Florida
education include faculty service at UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences and service on numerous
boards and councils. He has been recognized for
outstanding achievements by many organizations,
including the FloridaAssociation of County Agents, the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services and Gamma Sigma Delta.
Frank" Sonny" Williamson received his bachelor's
degree in agriculture from UF in 1950. Upon graduation,
he partnered with his father on a ranch. Since then, the
Williamson Cattle Company has developed into a family
business, which produces cattle and citrus in
Okeechobee, and cattle and catfish in Greensboro, AL.
Williamson has a distinguished history of civic
engagement and support of the agriculture industry. He
has served on several boards and councils including UF's
SHARE (Special Help for Agricultural Research and
Education) Council, the Florida chapter of the Nature
Conservancy and the Florida Cattlemen's Foundation.
He also works to improve the lives of others
through Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing Inc., which
provides education, counseling and low-cost housing to
migrant workers. Amember of the Florida Agricultural
Hall of Fame, Williamson has been recognized for his
many achievements by the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gamma Sigma
Delta, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and
the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents.
R. Kirby Barrick
Phone: (352) 392-1961
Phone: (386) 462-7631
Phone: (352) 392-2251
By: Chuck Woods
UF/IFAS News, Gainesville, FL
Phone: (352) 392-0400
Release November 22, 2005
Goin' for the Gold at the NJSA
National Youth Leadership
N 1 Conference
The National Junior Swine Association will hold its
fifth-annual national youth leadership conference in
Modesto, CA., on May 26-28, 2006. The theme for
this year's conference is "Goin' for the Gold." Youth
ages 14-21 will be challenged to make the most of their
opportunities in life while broadening their knowledge of
important swine industry issues.
Keynote speaker Matt Lohr of Broadway, VA,
will captivate conference participants with his fun,
inspirational, motivating programs drawn from his life
experiences including visiting with former President
George Bush, riding a bull, hiking the Grand Canyon,
flying plane, climbing Mt. Fuji, running forpolitical office,
winning a new Dodge truck, and witnessing the amazing
birth of his daughter. Lohr has traveled over one million
miles across all 50 states and eight countries entertaining
both students and adults. He served as national FFA
vice president. He is a former middle school teacher
and an active partner in his family's beef, poultry, and
crop operation. He is currently serving in the Virginia
An exciting group of swine industry speakers and
topics are slated for the conference. Topics include swine
welfare, DNA testing and finding your place in the
purebred swine industry.
In addition to these speakers, youth will tour
Yosemite Meats Company, FisherNut Company, Small
Town Genetics, Pork Power Farm and the Modesto
Junior College Swine Teaching Farm. As well, youth will
participate in workshops organized and planned by the
NJSA Board of Directors.
Applications are due to the NSR office by April
21, 2006. These applications can be obtained by
contacting the NSR office at P.O. Box 2417, West
Lafayette, IN 47996-2417, or by phone at (765) 463-
3594, or online at www.nationalswine.com. The
conference fee is $100. All rooms, meals, activities and
a t-shirt will be included in this fee. A $130 option is also
available which includes a hooded sweatshirt.
SOURCE: Jennifer Shike
National Swine Registry
Phone: (765) 463-3594
Release November 11, 2005
ht Ns Bronson Reminds
__L_- Keep Food Safety
in Mind During the
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H Bronson is urging consumers
to familiarize themselves with food safety measures as
the holiday season approaches. More than 76 million
people are sickened by food borne illnesses every year
in the U.S. and more than 5,000 cases are fatal.
"Many people have buffets for holiday meals and
for parties, and it's important that they know what can
and cannot be left out for an extended period of time,"
Bronson said. "In the chaos of the holidays, it is important
that consumers be familiar with food safety tips and follow
The Department's Division of Food Safety is
Responsible for assuring the public a safe and wholesome
food supply through permitting and inspections of food
establishments and lab testing food products. But the
most important food borne illness prevention measures
are in the home. Food poisoning is caused by bacteria
that is often undetectable by sight, smell or taste.
One top concern this time of year is the increased
risk of illness resulting from stuffing turkeys prior to
cooking, which is not recommended by food safety
Here are some other tips to follow for a safe holiday
* Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator, not the
counter. Room temperatures promote bacteria growth.
Allow one day of defrosting for each five pounds of turkey
* Cook the stuffing separate from the turkey.
Stuffing put in an uncooked turkey is susceptible to
* Cook to the proper temperatures. A whole
turkey should reach an internal temperature of 180
degrees. The stuffing in a turkey should reach a
temperature of 165 degrees. Cooking a turkey at less
than 325 degrees is unsafe because it allows the bird
and stuffing to remain in the danger zone for bacterial
growth for too long.
* Don't interrupt the cooking process Interrupting
the cooking process promotes bacteria growth.
* Slice the turkey before refrigerating. Whole
turkeys do not store safely in the refrigerator. Put the
slices into shallow containers, cover and refrigerate.
* Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
* Be careful with holiday buffets. Servings should
be kept small and replenished often directly from the
stove or refrigerator. The longer food is kept out,
especially beyond two hours, the higher the risk of food
* Carefully store leftovers. To speed up the cooling
process, put leftovers into shallow, covered containers.
Perishable foods left at room temperature for longer than
two hours are susceptible to bacterial growth.
With a greater potential for food poisoning over
the holidays, it is important that consumers follow safe
food handling, preparation and storage practices.
Consumers can learn more about food safety tips
for the holidays by logging onto the Department's website
at http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/ and clicking on food
safety tips under the Hot Topics category.
Its also important that consumers are aware that
they cannot get Avian Flu of any type from eating abird.
The flu comes from the handling of live, infected birds,
coming in contact with nasal discharge or droppings.
Therefore, there is no danger at all in eating turkey.
SOURCE: Liz Compton
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Florida Department ofAgriculture
and Consumer Services, Tallahassee,
Release November 21, 2005
on the Rise,
Trade contacts initiated by the Florida Department
ofAgriculture and Consumer Services over the past five
years have resulted in more than $3 million in exports of
Florida horses, and more sales are expected as Florida
marketing representatives continue to facilitate trade
missions with foreign buyers.
Florida horses have long been prized in North
American racing circles for their superb quality thanks
to such champions as Rugged Lark, the two-time
American Quarter Horse Association Super Horse;
Trashadeous, the National Reining Horse Association
champion; Red Bow Tie, 1998 Breeders Crown
champion; and Skip Away, the 1998 North American
Horse of the Year. And, with the recent accomplishments
of two Florida Thoroughbreds -Afleet Alex, which
this year won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes after
finishing third in the Kentucky Derby; and David Junior,
winner of England's prestigious Champion Stakes -
Florida horses are increasingly sought after by racers
and breeders around the globe.
Last month, Korean trade delegates purchased
nearly $1 million in Florida Thoroughbred horses as a
result of a reverse trade mission. The visit, which was
co-sponsored by the Florida Department ofAgriculture
and Consumer Services and the Florida Thoroughbred
Breeders' and Owners'Association (FTBOA), brought
24 Korean trade delegates to Florida on October 9.
Over the next five days the delegates toured Florida horse
farms and stables and met with representatives of the
state's horse-breeding industry. As a result of the
meetings, the Korean delegates bought 61
Thoroughbreds totaling $985,900.
This was the fourth Korean reverse trade mission
that the Department has co-sponsored with FTBOA
since 2002. In addition, the Department and FTBOA
conducted a trade mission to Korea in 2003.
"The 24 Korean delegates attending this mission is
more than double the number that attended any of the
previous trips to Florida," Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson said. "This is a
testament to the high quality of Florida Thoroughbreds
and the increasing value of these successful trade
Additional co-sponsors of the reverse trade mission
were U. S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE),
the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, and Ocala
The Department has strengthened and expanded
trade ties with horse buyers in Italy through numerous
trade missions in recent years. In August, Florida
breeders hosted Italian buyers during a reverse trade
mission that resulted in sales of20 Florida Thoroughbreds
totaling nearly a half-million dollars. This successful
reverse trade mission was a follow-up to a USLGE-
funded mission to Pisa earlierthis year. To date, the Italian
trade initiatives have generated sales of Florida
Thoroughbreds totaling $791,000.
Department marketing representatives are currently
planning a trade mission to Israel, where the demand for
quality Thoroughbreds is expected to rise dramatically
following that country's recent decision to allow betting
on horse races.
Florida is home to some 600 Thoroughbred farms
and training centers, with more than 75 percent of these
located in the Ocala/Marion County area. Florida
Thoroughbred farms, training centers, breeding, and
racing stock create an economic impact estimated at $1
The Ocala/Marion County area plays host to such
nationally recognized equine events as the Horse Shows
In The Sun (HITS), Live Oak Combined Driving Event,
The Horse Festival and Sunshine State Games Equestrian
Overall, Florida's horse industry generates 72,000
jobs and generates a $6.5 billion economic impact on
the gross domestic product when including spending by
industry suppliers and employees. The Florida horse
industry produces goods and services valued at $2.2
billion. Approximately 244,200 Floridians are involved
in the industry as horse owners, service providers and
The Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services attracts international buyers with
agricultural interests by conducting trade missions from
Florida and hosting reverse trade missions into the state.
Earlierthis year, the Department conducted two Brahman
cattle trade missions to Brazil and Nicaragua, and several
cattle trade missions to Puerto Rico, Mexico and Central
America. Other reverse trade missions included hosting
national food buyers from India and Portugal.
International marketing initiatives are part of the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services' ongoing "Fresh from Florida" campaign, an
identification and promotional program designed to boost
the image of Florida agriculture and increase sales by
helping consumers to easily identify Florida products at
retail stores. The "Fresh from Florida" program also helps
increase public awareness of the importance ofFlorida's
agriculture industry, which generates $7 billion in farm
receipts yearly and has an annual overall economic impact
estimated at $62 billion.
Formore information about Florida agriculture, visit
Phone: (850) 921-1727
Florida Department ofAgriculture
and Consumer Services, Tallahassee,
Release November 17, 2005
Fall in Korea
Sv on Speculation
of Ban Lifting
Beef prices fell over 10 percent from October in
South Korea, as the industry prepares to reopen its
market to U.S. beef, Asia Pulse reported.
The price of a 1,000-pound animal dropped from
4.5 million won to 3.94 million won (about $3,770 US),
the result of a supply increase brought on by high prices
and the expectation that Korea soon will reopen its
"The number of farms raising cattle has sharply risen
over the past few years as the price of Korean beef has
remained at a high level," an official told the news service.
Officials said the average price ofbeef may fall as much
as 40 percent when shipments of U.S. beef resume.
Prices of pork and chicken also are expected to fall more
modestly as demand decreases.
Release November 29, 2005
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