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Group Title: Animal science newsletter
Title: Animal science newsletter ; November 2002
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Title: Animal science newsletter ; November 2002
Series Title: Animal science newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Department of Animal Sciences, IFAS
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: November 2002
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    Table of Contents
        Page 1
    Beef management calendar
        Page 2
    Livestock summary
        Page 3
    2002 Florida Equine Institute and Trade Show
        Page 4
    20th Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute and Allied Trade Show
        Page 5
        Page 6
    New EDIS publications are available
        Page 7
    Beef promotion and research rules and regulations amended by USDA
        Page 8
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ria Science


iVovember 2002

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U.S. Sen. Bob Graham drops cattle feed into a trough at the beef teaching
unit at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, while assistant professor Todd
Thrift supervises. Graham, a UF alumnus who spent his 384th 'workday'
in Gainesville as an agricultural sciences professor, taught an
environmental policy course, monitored a food safety research project,
assisted with ultrasound testing of calves, and discussed agricultural trade
policies with students. Through his workday program, Graham chooses
different jobs, then spends one day working in each. (AP Photo/University
of Florida/IFAS/Tara Piasio)

Dates To


In This Issue...

Beef Management Calendar.................... ............ 2
Livestock Summary ....................................... .............. 3
2002 Florida Equine Institute & Trade Show ............... 4
20th Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute and
A allied Trade Show ................................................ 5
Way Cool Website for Youth ........................................ 7
New EDIS Publications are Available .......................... 7
2001 Edition of the Food Code is Now Available .......... 7
Beef Promotion and Research Rules and
Regulations Amended by USDA ............................ 8

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1 Florida Annual Bull Sale Bartow, FL
1 Hardee Farms Black Bull Sale Chiefland, FL
1 Callaway Farms Sale, Hardee Farms Chiefland, FL
1 Milligan Herefords Livestock Market Okeechobee,
1 David C Beefmasters Production Sale Arcadia, FL
5 Southern Cattle Co. Herd Dispersal Marianna, FL
6 Adams Field Day & Sale Fort Pierce, FL
7 Agri-Tourism Management Seminar Wauchula, FL
7 Florida Annual Bull Sale Bartow, FL
8-10 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup -
Louisville, KY
15 16th Annual FBBA Bull Sale Lakeland, FL
21 Southern Source Charolais Bull Sale Bartow, FL
22 Hardee County Cattlemen's Bull Sale Wauchula, FL
28 Thanksgiving (Holiday)
29 Holiday

5-6 FCA Year End Quarterly Meeting Sebring, FL
11-12 FL Bull Test Ends
13-14 Junior 4-H Congress High Springs, FL
16 Brangus Bonanza, Heldon Ranch Dunnellon, FL
24 Christmas Eve
25 Christmas Day (Holiday)

Prepared By Extension Specialists
In Animal Sciences

F.G. Hembry, Professor, Department Chairman
o E.L. Johnson, Associate Professor, Extension Equine
+ T.T. Marshall, Professor, Beef Cattle Management
: R.O. Myer, Professor, Animal Nutritionist, M
+ R.S. Sand, Associate Profto
*o W. Taylor, Coordinator Yo thEducation/Trining
o S.H. TenBroeck, Associate Professor, Extension Youth
*o T.A. Thrift, Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle Nutrition

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to
individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county
Cooperative Extension Service Office Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/ Christine Taylor Waddill, Director



2 November 2002

Beef Management


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 Have soils tested.
0 Observe fall-calving cows daily to detect
calving difficulty.
0 Use minerals with a high level of magnesium if
grass tetany has been a problem in the past.
0 Check for external parasites. Treat if needed.
0 Maintain adequate nutrient level for the cow
0 Calve in well-drained pastures.
0 Survey pastures for poisonous plants.
0 Start summarizing your annual records, both
production and financial. This will allow time to
make adjustments for tax purposes.
0 Re-evaluate winter feeding program and feed
0 Get breeding soundness exams on bull battery
so you have time to find replacements if some
0 Implement bull conditioning program.
0 Review plans and arrangements for the
upcoming breeding season.
0 Check progress of developing replacement
heifers are they going to meet your target
weight by the start of the breeding season?


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 season.
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
diagnostic laboratory.

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-
8 inches high.
0 Check mineral feeders.
0 Put bulls out for October calving season.
0 Make up breeding herd lists if using single sire
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 water.
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. Review herd
health program with your veterinarian regularly.
0 Carry a pocket notebook to record heat,
breeding abnormalities, discharges, abortions,
retained placentas, difficult calvings and other
0 Observe cow herd 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
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.



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November 2002 3



The USDA reporting the mid-
year cattle inventory indicates a
slightly larger calf crop in 2002, but
the weather in most of the large cattle and grain
producing states is having its effect.

Worsening forage conditions and rising grain
prices, driven by drought, are likely to end
prospects for nationwide herd expansion. Cattle and
beef cow inventories were down from a year earlier
on July 1. They are projected to remain below a
year earlier levels when the January inventory is

Cattle/beef prices have remained fairly strong
given the very large total red meat and poultry
supplies this year. Prices have remained below a
year earlier when poor weather conditions resulted
in tight beef supplies.

Total meat supplies available for consumption
are up four percent from the record levels of the
past two years. A weaker export market and overall
economy are placing additional downward pressure
on meat prices.

This year's calf crop is expected to rise
modestly, but still remains the second smallest calf
crop since the early 1950's. The first half crop was
reported down slightly, while producers indicated
the second half calf crop is expected to rise over
two percent.

Under normal conditions these numbers would
suggest herd expansion. Drought conditions and
likely increased cow slaughter could override any
hint of expansion.

Supplies of stocker-feeder cattle outside
feedlots on July 1 were unchanged from the low
levels of a year earlier. Lower feedlot placements in
the second quarter and continued lower calf
slaughter helped to support supplies outside

The supply will likely remain low for at least
the next two years with supplies less than 40 million
head and cyclically low calf crops.

Drought and a very tight grain supply situation
in Canada are slowing the movement of US feeder
cattle out of the Pacific Northwest into Canadian

Live animal trade has slowed, as there has been
moderate moisture improvement in Mexico. Also
slowing the flow of stacker cattle into the US is
declining cattle inventories in Mexico and Canada.

The USDA predicts movement into feedlots
from late summer through the beginning of early
spring 2003; grazing will be dictated by drought and
forage conditions given the low feeder cattle
supplies and higher grain prices. Even if average
forage conditions improve as autumn temperatures
moderate, quarterly placements are expected to
remain below year earlier levels through 2003.

Livestock Trends

Florida Cattle and Calves Cash Receipts



1998 1999 2000 2001

Florida Hog Cash Receipts

1998 1999 2000 2001


4 November 2002

Florida Eggs Production Value


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10:00 Equine Learning Psychology
Dr. Cindy McCall, Associate Professor,
Ph.D., Auburn University

11:00 Trade Show Break

11:30 Arabian Nights Libertywork Demonstration
Featuring The Black Stallion, Arabian
Nights Senior Trainer


The Florida Agri-Journal
Researched by Les Harrison
Development Rep. I
Division of Marketing
Release October 4, 2002


2002 Florida Equine

Institute and Trade


November 21, 2002

Arabian Nights
6225 West Irlo Bronson, Kissimmee, FL

Sponsored by
UF/IFAS Extension Service
Central Florida Livestock Agents Group


Trade Show Opens
Moderator: Dennis Mudge, Chairman

9:45 Welcome
Dr. Michael Martin, Ph.D., Vice President
of Agriculture & Natural Resources -
University of Florida

"A Memorable Luncheon Entertainment"
Featuring Tommy Turvey, the Equine

1:15 Integrated Equine Therapy
(Acupuncture & Massage)
Dr. Mike Lokai, D.V.M., Central Equine
Hospital, Ocala

2:15 Parasite Control
Dr. Charles Courtney, III, D.M.V., Ph.D.,
Professor & Assoc. Dean, Research &
Graduate Studies, Veterinary Medicine,
University of Florida

3:15 EEE, WEE, and West Nile Update
Maureen T. Long, D.V.M., Assistant
Professor, University of Florida

3:45 Mosquito Control
Dr. Roxanne Rutledge, D.V.M., Assistant
Professor, University of Florida

4:15 Trade Show Break

4:45 Factors to Consider in Selecting a
Mark Shuffit, Extension Agent II, Marion

5:00 Adjourn


$50.00 Registration Fee (postmarked by 11/12/02)
$75.00 Late Registration Fee or At Door


1998 1999 2000 2001



November 2002 5

Registration Includes: All seminars, trade
show, proceedings, refreshment breaks,
entertainment, and lunch.

Make check or money order payable to:
c/o Sharon Gamble/Jeanne Blanchard
3100 East New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32724

or call 386-822-5778



20th Annual



and Allied

Trade Show

January 16, 2003

Osceola County Agricultural Center
Highway 192 East of Kissimmee

Sponsored by
UF/IFAS Extension Service
Allied Industries



8:00 Trade Show Opens
Moderator: Dennis Mudge, Chairman
2003 FCI, Orange County

8:45 Welcome
Dr. Mike Martin, Vice President,
Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of Florida
Mr. Wayne Godwin, President, Florida
Cattlemen's Association

9:00 Where Are We Now
Mr. Randy Blach, Executive Vice President,
Cattle-Fax, Englewood, CO

10:00 Chute Side Issues
(How to Maintain Production Quality)
Dr. Todd Thrift, Assistant Professor, Animal
Science, University of Florida

10:45 Trade Show Break

11:15 Environmental Assessment
Ms. Lesa Call, OFAER Program Manager

11:45 Appreciation Award
Commissioner of Agriculture, Charlie


Lunch provided by trade show exhibitors
($1 donation for iced tea to support the
Cattlewomen's Scholarship Fund)

12:45 Producer/Specialist Panel
Bio-solids Application to Pastureland
Dr. Gerald Kidder, Soil & Water Science,
retired, University of Florida
Dr. George O'Connor, Soil & Water
Science, University of Florida
Mr. Hal Schmidt, consulting engineer,
Hartman and Associates
Dr. Philip Kane, Residual Application
Bio-solids, FDEP Central District
Mr. J. B. Starkey, Jr., Pasco County
Anclote River Ranch
Mr. Don LeFils, LeFils Ranch, Volusia

1:45 Panel Wrap-up
Dr. Gerald Kidder, Soil &Water Science,
University of Florida

2:00 Trade Show Break


6 November 2002

2:30 Risk Management
Dr. Michael Fanning, Vice President,
Agri-Logic, Inc.
2:45 Where Are We Headed
Mr. Randy Blach, Executive Vice President,
Cattle-Fax, Englewood, CO

3:30 Return evaluations & drawing for free
registration to 2003 Florida Cattlemen's
Convention Marco Island.


Please RSVP to your County Agent if you plan
to attend!

Special thanks are extended to the Allied Trade
Show Exhibitors. Without their support the Florida
Cattlemen's Institute would not be possible!

Hotel information:

Holiday Inn Express
2145 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy
Kissimmee, Florida
Phone: (407) 846-4646
(800) 445-0799
Located 3/4 mile east of Ag Center

Participants requiring special accommodations
should contact Mary Beth Salisbury at (407) 846-
4181, 48 hours before the event.

Program Planning Committee
Dennis Mudge Chairman
Orange County Extension Agent

Allied Trade Committee
Tommy Martin
Terry Weaver
Greg Woodard

Extension Beef Specialist
Dr. Bob Sand

County Extension Agents
Cindy Sanders Alachua
Joe Walter Brevard
Ed Jennings Sumter
Jim Selph DeSoto
Lockie Gary Hardee
Bill Price Lake
Pat Miller Okeechobee
Pat Hogue Okeechobee
Gary Mikulecky Highlands
Mary Beth Salisbury Osceola
Cindy Moore Osceola
James Stricker Polk
Sharon Gamble Volusia
Mark Shuffitt Marion

Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services
Charlie Williams


Top ten beef cow states
Top ten cattle on feed states
backingg Plants over 200 head

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Fax: k3u3) 77u-uo21


November 2002 7


Misinformation about the beef and dairy
industries published on the Internet led a 12-year-
old dairy farmer's daughter to take action. She told
her father a website was needed for youth, written
by youth, that tells the truth about farming and
ranching. With funding from the Colorado Beef
Council and Western Dairy Council, and co-
ordination by the Colorado Livestock Association,
http://www.cowsnus.com was launched in March.
To ensure the right messages were prepared for the
right audience, the ideas of 10 beef and dairy youth
from the fifth to eighth grades were used to
determine the site's content.


Release September 26, 2002

Way Cool
Website for


Diana Hagan
EDIS e-mail update
Sent October 21, 2002


2001 Edition of the Food
Code is Now Available


are Available

New EDIS publications have been released to
the public between October 4, 2002 and October 17,
2002. They are now available on the World Wide
Web at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

* Trichomoniasis (Trich) (VM122)

* Value of Preconditioning Beef Calves
(BUL799) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/AN042

Just in case you missed it, last month the Food
and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and the Food Safety
and Inspection Service announced the release of the
2001 edition of the Food Code. This new edition is
available from the National Technical Information

Even though the United States has one of the
safest food supplies in the world, food-borne
disease poses a continual, significant threat to
public health. The CDC estimates that each year
food-borne illness causes 76 million sicknesses,
325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. The
estimated cost of food-borne illness is between $10
billion to $83 billion annually, the news release

The Food Code has been revised and updated
to represent the most recent and best advice to
ensure that food at retail is safe, properly protected


. Impact of the Bioterrorism Threat on the Food
Industries (FSHN028)
. Small Farmer's Resources for Safety (ABE330)

. Florakirk Bermudagrass (SSAGR183)

* Agricultural Employer's Resources for Safety
(ABE331) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/AE229


8 October 2002

and presented. The Food Code is used by the
majority of state and local government health
departments in the United States.

Epidemiological outbreak data repeatedly
identify five major risk factors related to employee
behaviors and preparation practices in retail and
foodservice establishments as contributing to food-
borne illness:

Improper holding temperatures
Inadequate cooking, such as undercooking
raw shell eggs
Contaminated equipment
Food from unsafe sources
Poor personal hygiene

Food Code 2001 provisions address essentially
four areas: personnel, food, equipment/facilities
/supplies and compliance and enforcement.

For more information or ordering information,
call (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000.

SOURCE: Bryan Salvage
http://www.meating place.com
Release November 11, 2002

under retained ownership, subject to certain

Utilizing the new option permits a producer to
retain ownership of cattle that are shipped to
another state for feeding to ensure that the QSBC
located in the state where the producer resides
receives the $1 checkoff rather than the QSBC in
the state in which the cattle are located when sold,
according to a news release.

Notice of the amendment appeared in the
Federal Register. Copies of the final rule are
available from the Marketing Programs Branch;
AMS Livestock and Seed Program, USDA Stop
0251, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-0251, phone: (202) 720-1115.

SOURCE: Bryan Salvage
http://www.meating place.com
Release October 4, 2002



USDA Beef Promotion and
- Research Rules

and Regulations
Amended by USDA

The Agriculture Department has amended the
Beef Promotion and Research Rules and
Regulations under the Beef Promotion and Research
Act of 1985. This amendment permits cattle
producers to voluntarily pre-pay the $1-per-head
assessment to the Qualified State Beef Council
located in the producer's state of residence prior to
sale when cattle are sent to another state for feeding


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