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Title: Animal science newsletter ; February 2007
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Creator: Department of Animal Sciences, IFAS
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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February 2007

In This Issue...

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-e ruary Peterson Aims For September Passage
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10 Florida State Fair Horse & Livestock Judging Tampa,
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15 Hog and Ham Workshop Gainesville, FL
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22 Goat Showmanship Workshop Bradford Co.
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24 State 4-H Hippology Contest Orlando. FL
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31 State 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest -
Gainesville, FL

56th Annual Beef Cattle

Short Course In this photo released from the University of Floridas
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Becky Urton, a
'. fourth-year animal sciences student, removes nails from a
4 shoe worn by horse UF Amazingly at the Horse
'.i "Teaching Unit south of Gainesville Thursday, Jan. 18,
2007. Urion is preparing to change the animal s shoe, as
part of her work in the class Techniques in Farrier Science.
See page 2for agenda and ,,, ,,r,. ,, information. (AP photo University of Flori I Lanigan)

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The 56th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course
at the University of Florida will be held on May 2-4,
2007, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference
Center in Gainesville, Florida. The beef cattle industry
continues to be a changing environment full of challenges
and opportunities. Cattle producers face increasing
demands for quality and consistent cattle and beef
products while facing increasing production costs. This
combination of demands looks to re-shape beef cattle
production in the coming years. The 56th Annual Beef
Cattle Short Course looks to address the issues of
production management, profitability, and opportunities
for quality strategies. The 2007 Short Course kicks off
on Wednesday afternoon with a session identifying
aspects affecting enterprise profitability. The program
starts with the annual market outlook for the beef cattle
industry. The market outlook is paired with an assessment
of risk management and the cost of production for beef
enterprises. The Wednesday afternoon program includes
a discussion of international competition and
opportunities for quality beef led by Clint Peck of BEEF
Magazine. Persistently infected BVD is a current issue
in the beef industry and is addressed during our afternoon
program. The afternoon program concludes with an
opportunity for the participants to interact and exchange
information during the evening reception and Allied Trade
Show. Identifying the aspects of quality is the theme for
the program on Thursday. The day starts with a review
of the 2005 Beef Quality Audit as it relates to cow-calf
production. This assessment is a key tool to
benchmarking the progress of production in the beef
cattle industry. An interesting assessment of the
relationships that contribute to the Choice-Select spread
continues the theme of quality beef production. The
morning concludes with an examination of the factors
that affect cattle performance and grade. The morning
promises to be an informative and valuable program to
improve the quality of beef production. The afternoon
program continues the assessment of quality in beef
cattle. Live cattle, carcass, and beef production
evaluation demonstrations will be utilized to emphasize

the need for quality beef cattle production. The annual
Cattlemen's Steak-Out on Thursday provides an event
for all participants to enjoy a prime rib dinner and time
for conversation and relaxation. On Friday, the program
splits into two sessions to identify opportunities in Florida
production. The first session looks to examine the
utilization ofB,,\ ilk li \ cattle in Florida beef enterprises.
This session will span the cow herd, growth and feed
efficiency, and carcass traits and merit. The second
session on Friday morning will address forage
management for Florida pastures. Pasture management
topics will include the cost of pasture establishment,
selection and use of cool season forages, and weed
control. The 2007 Beef Cattle Short Course promises
to continue the tradition of being the best educational
event for cattle producers in the Southeast. The spectrum
of topics related to the production, profitability, and
quality of beef cattle should provide something for every
beef cattle producer.
Registration cost is $90 per participant before April
20, and includes a copy of the Beef Cattle Short Course
proceedings, trade show, refreshments, and Steak-Out
ticket. Complete information, schedules, and registration
can be found online at
extension/beef/bcscIndex.shtml, or contact the University
of Florida, Department ofAnimal Sciences at (352) 392-


Enhancing Quality Production While
Maintaining Profitability

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
11:00 Registration (Hilton UF Conference Center)

Identifying Aspects Affecting Profitability
Presiding: Matt Hersom, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:00 Welcome GeoffDahl, Department Chairman
and Professor, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:15 Cattlemen's Comments Hal Phillips,
President, Florida Cattlemen's Association,
Williston, FL
1:30 Economic and Market Outlook for 2006 -
Walt Prevatt, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

2:15 International Competition and
Opportunities for US Quality Beef -
Clint Peck, Beef Magazine, Billings, MT
3:00 Refreshment Break
3:20 Risk Management and the Cost of
Production Curt Lacey, University of
Georgia, Tifton, GA
4:15 Persistently Infected BVD Cattle A
Cow/Calf Perspective Clint Peck, Beef
Magazine, Billings, MT
5:00 Allied Industry Trade Show and
Reception Several companies will have
exhibits and representatives to answer your
questions. Hors d'oeuvres provided
compliments of the exhibitors.
A cash bar is available for your enjoyment.

Thursday, May 3, 2007
Identifying the Aspects of Quality
Presiding: John A., lim,,giii, Range Cattle Research
and Education Center, Ona, FL
8:30 Review of the 2005 Beef Quality Audit -
Dan Hale, Texas A&M University, College
Station, TX
9:30 Relationships Affecting the Choice-Select
Spread Curt Lacey, University of Georgia,
Tifton, GA
10:30 Refreshment Break
11:00 Interactions of the Factors Affecting
Cattle Grade/Performance Clint Krehbiel,
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
12:00 Leave for Lunch at UF/IFAS Beef
Teaching Unit (Sponsored by Farm Credit of
North Florida Directions to be provided)

Presiding: Jerry Wasdin, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:30 Evaluation of Differences in Quality of
Feeder / Finish Calf Evaluation -
Larry Eubanks and Todd Thrift, Department
of Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
Finished Steer and Cow Carcass
Evaluation Dwain Johnson and Todd
Thrift, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
Beef Products Taste Panel Alex
Stelzleni, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL


Refreshment Break
Second Rotation
Refreshment Break
Third Rotation
Cattlemen's Steak-Out (Horse Teaching

Friday, May 4, 2007
Identifying Opportunities in Florida Production
Session I
Presiding: Mark Shuffitt, Marion Co. Extension,
UF/IFAS, Ocala, FL

Utilization of Bos Indicus Cattle in Florida Beef

8:30 Cow Herd Todd Thrift, Department of
Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
9:30 Growth and Feed Efficiency Gary
Hansen, North Florida Research and
Education Center, UF/IFAS, Marianna, FL
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Carcass Traits and Merit David Riley,
USDA, Sub-Tropical Agriculture Research
Station, Brooksville, FL
11:45 Adjourn

Session II
Presiding: Elena Toro, Columbia Co. Extension, UF/
IFAS, Lake City, FL

Forage Management for Florida Pastures

8:30 Cost of Pasture Establishment Yoanna
Newman, Department of Agronomy, UF/IFAS,
Gainesville, FL
9:30 Selection and Use of Cool Season
Forages Ann Blount, North Florida
Research and Education Center, UF/IFAS,
Marianna, FL
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Weed Control Jay Ferrell and Brent
Sellers, Department of Agronomy, UF/IFAS,
Gainesville, FL and Range Cattle Research
and Education Center, UF/IFAS, Ona, FL
11:45 Adjourn


Matt Hersom
UF/IFAS, Dept of Animal Sciences
Phone: (352) 392-2390

Peterson Aims For September
Passage of New Farm Bill
House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson
(D-MN) plans to have a new farm bill through the House,
House-Senate conference committee, and on President
Bush's desk before the 2002 law expires Sept. 30. In
remarks to the American Farm Bureau Federation this
week, Peterson said he expects the new farm legislation
to look "a lot like we have now" with some changes
such as a permanent disaster assistance provision.
Peterson said he also believes Congress will pass
disaster legislation that will cover crop losses in 2005
and 2006. He expects the House to pass a $3-billion
disaster bill among the first items after the body completes
its "first 100 hours" priorities.
Peterson also said he expects renewable fuels "to
drive this farm bill," and he would like to see 50% of the
fuel in America be renewable fuel, but notjust from corn.
"We've got to do cellulosic, too," he said. "The
issue will become: How do we produce the necessary
More research is needed to figure out what grows
best in different parts of the country, and until enough
cellulosic ethanol plants are built to provide an adequate
market for switchgrass, straw and other feedstocks, the
farm bill might be changed to include a program that
pays farmers to produce those crops, he said. "The
country needs to start growing them now."
Peterson said he intends to get the bill out of the
House before the August recess, while Iowa Sen. Tom
Harkin, chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, intends
to do the same. Then Congress could work out a
conference agreement over the August break, finish the
tough issues in the early part of September and get the
bill on the president's desk for signing by the end of that

SOURCE: BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly
Release January 14, 2007

Bronson Announces End to
Horse Virus Outbreak
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services

Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today said he is
confident that the outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus-type
1, or EHV-1, has been brought under control. It has
been more than three weeks since any horse has tested
positive for the virus and the last quarantine was lifted
over the weekend.
"I credit the cooperation and proactive steps taken
by the equine community and the quick response by the
Department's Division of Animal Industry with the end
of this outbreak," Bronson said. "Identification of infected
and exposed horses, implementation of biosecurity
measures and other proactive measures taken by horse
owners prevented further spread of this disease."
While some industry locations instituted voluntary
decontamination measures and restricted horse
movements, protocol required the state to place 10
locations under mandated quarantine including sites in
Wellington, Jupiter, Indiantown, Morriston, Loxahatchee
and Ocala. Last week, after lab test results confirmed
there had been no new case in three weeks, all but one
of the quarantines were lifted. The final quarantine was
lifted over the weekend when all lab results were negative.
The outbreak started when horses imported from
Europe through a federal quarantine site in New York
were brought to Wellington in late November. One of
those horses was infected with the virus, which spread
to other horses early in the outbreak through close contact
before movement restrictions were in place. The
Department's Division ofAnimal Industry then setup an
incident command post in Palm Beach County to oversee
control efforts, educate the community and monitor the
situation. Six horses succumbed to the disease and 12
others recovered with treatment.
"It is extremely tragic that we lost six horses,"
Bronson said. "But the situation could have been far more
deadly were it not for the quick actions of so many
EHV-1 is a contagious virus of horses that can
cause respiratory disease, abortion and occasionally
serious neurological signs. It is spread through the air
but can also be carried on shoes, clothes, hands and


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