Group Title: Animal science newsletter
Title: Animal science newsletter ; February 2008
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Title: Animal science newsletter ; February 2008
Series Title: Animal science newsletter
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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: February 2008
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Celebrating the 57th Annual
Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

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Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, FL
April 30 May 2, 2008
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Celebrating the 57th Annual FL Beef
Cattle Short Course continued from page 1...

"Positioning Cattle Producers to Access Markets,
Choose Bulls, and Fine Tune Management"

Beef cattle producers continue to face challenges
that affect the potential for profitability of their beef cattle
enterprise. Increasing production costs coupled with
unfavorable weather patterns continue to drive cattlemen
to examine their bottom line. To that end, today's cattlemen
continue to explore potential marketing options, means to
improve the quality of the calves they market, and improved
production practices as well. The 5 7 Annual Florida Beef
Cattle Short Course continues the rich tradition of quality
programs from the UF/ IFAS Department of Animal
Sciences that address the issues facing the beef cattle
industry. The 2008 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course begins
Wednesday afternoon with the annual market outlook.
Looking at current market trends is important as the beef
industry faces increasing production costs and expansion
of the ethanol industry and the associated implications. The
afternoon program continues with a pair of current topics
that outline the implementation of instrument grading for
beef carcasses and marketing and alternative production
systems. The final installment of the program that afternoon
is an economic comparison of alternative production
systems for beef cattle producers. The afternoon program
concludes with an opportunity for the participants to interact
and exchange information during the evening reception and
Allied Trade Show. Thursday's program is entirely
dedicated to bulls. A wide spectrum of important topics
related to bulls will be addressed throughout the day.
Thursday starts with a discussion that addresses EPDs to
select and evaluate bulls. The theme continues with a
discussion of genetic markers that should help clarify fact
from fiction in this emerging genetic selection tool. The
program shifts from selection to production as we look at
how to adapt bulls to the Gulf Coast region and bull
management considerations for commercial producers.
Finally, because buying a bull is a financial investment, it is
important to address how much a producer can pay for a
purchased bull. The afternoon program continues to
address the bull component of the beef cattle enterprise
through live animal demonstrations. Three different
assessment and evaluation criteria will be applied to bull
selection. Demonstrations and discussion of phenotypic-
live animal, ultrasound, and fertility and breeding potential
evaluations, along with matching bull selection to the cow
herd will give participants a comprehensive experience in
bull selection and evaluation. The annual Cattlemen's
Steakout on Thursday evening provides an event for all

participants to enjoy a prime rib dinner and time for
conversation and relaxation. On Friday, the program
highlights the University of Florida's emphasis on
production practices. The program will present some of
the recent research and production methods that UF
researchers are exploring to improve beef production in
Florida. Topic areas will include backgrounding calves
with co-products, replacement heifer management,
factors affecting the value of calves from Florida,
application ofbiosolids as fertilizer sources, and utilization
oflimpograss for grazing. The 2008 Florida Beef Cattle
Short Course promises to continue the tradition of being
the best educational event for beef cattle producers in
the Southeast. The spectrum of topics related to beef
production, marketing, and selection of bulls should
provide something for every beef cattle producer
regardless of size. Make plans to attend the Short Course
and come away with new and innovative knowledge about
the beef cattle industry. Complete information, schedules,
and registration can be found online at http://, or
contact the University of Florida, Department of Animal
Sciences at (352) 392- 1916.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008
11:00 Registration (Hilton UF Conference Center)
Market Outlook and Current Topics
Presiding: Dr Matt Hersom, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:00 Welcome Dr Geoff Dahl, Department
Chairman and Professor, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:15 Cattlemen's Comments Mr Larry Rooks,
President, Florida Cattlemen's Association,
Inverness, FL
1:30 Economic and Market Outlook for 2008 -
Dr John Lawrence, Iowa State University,
Ames, IA
2:15 Implementation of Instrument Grading for
Beef Carcasses Dr Kerry Smith, USDA/
Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington, DC
3:00 Refreshment Break
3:30 Market Definitions of Alternative
Production Systems Dr Kerry Smith,
USDA/Agricultural Marketing Service,
Washington, DC

4:15 Economic Comparison of Alternative
Production Systems Dr Curt Lacey,
University ofGeorgia, Tifton, GA
5:00 Allied Industry Trade Show and Reception -
Several companies will have exhibits and
representatives to answer your questions. Hors
d'oeuvres provided compliments ofthe exhibitors.
A cash bar is available for your enjoyment.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

All About Bulls
Presiding: Dr John 4A, lin,,, UF/IFAS, Range Cattle
Research and Education Center, Ona, FL
8:30 Understanding and Utilizing EPDs to Select
Bulls Dr Jane Parish, Mississippi State
University, Starkville, MS
9:15 "No Bull" Discussion on Genetic Markers -
Dr Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University,
Ames, IA
10:00 Refreshment Break
10:30 Adapting Bulls to Florida Dr Chad Chase,
USDA-STARS, Brooksville, FL
11:00 Bull Management for Commercial
Producers Dr Todd Thrift and Dr Matt
Hersom, Department of Animal Sciences, UF/
IFAS, Gainesville, FL
11:30 How Much Can I Pay for a Bull? Dr Curt
Lacey, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA and Dr
Todd Thrift, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
12:00 Leave for Lunch at UF/IFAS Beef Teaching
Unit (Sponsored by Farm Credit of North
Florida Directions to be provided)
Presiding: Mr. Jerry Wasdin, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
1:30 Phenotypic Evaluation of Bulls Dr Todd
Thrift, Department of Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS,
Gainesville, FL
Ultrasound Evaluation of Bulls Dr Roger
West, Gainesville, FL
Fertility and Breeding Evaluation of Bulls -
Dr Joel Yelich, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
Matching Bulls to Different Cow Types -
Mr Jesse Savell, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
2:15 Second Rotation
3:00 Refreshment Break
3:15 Third Rotation

4:00 Fourth Rotation
5:00 Adjourn
6:30 Cattlemen's Steak-Out (Horse Teaching

Friday, May 2, 2008

UF Emphasis on Production Practices
Presiding: Dr Chad Carr, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
8:30 Backgrounding Calves on Co-products -
Dr Matt Hersom, Department of Animal
Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
9:00 Forage-Based Replacement Heifer
Management Mr Brad Austin, Department of
Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
9:30 Factors Affecting Calf Value Mr. Jesse
Savell, Department of Animal Sciences,
UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
10:00 Refreshment Break
10:20 Utilization of Biosolids for Pasture
Fertilization Dr Maria Silveira,
UF/IFAS,Range Cattle Research and Education
Center, Ona, FL
10:50 Utilization of Limpograss for Grazing -
Dr John A1, ili ,ini and Dr Joao Vendramini,
UF/IFAS,Range Cattle Research and Education
Center, Ona, FL; Dr Bill Brown, Department of
Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

12:00 Adjourn


Dr. Matt Hersom
UF/IFAS, Department of Animal
Sciences; Gainesville, FL
Phone: (352) 392-2390

USDA Accepts
UsD- Applications for Crop,

i Feed, and Livestock

For Losses Suffered February 28 up to
December 31, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced
that eligible farmers and ranchers who suffered livestock,

livestock feed and crop losses that occurred before
December 31,2007, can apply to receive disaster payments
beginning today.
On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed the
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (2008 Act). The
2008 Act amends certain sections of the U.S. Troop
Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq
Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, which allows
agricultural producers who suffered losses for crops
planted before February 28, 2007, or eligible livestock or
livestock feed losses between January 1, 2005, and
February 28, 2007, to apply for disaster payments under
the Crop Disaster Program (CDP), Livestock
Compensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity
Program (LIP). The 2008 Act extends CDP, LCP and
LIP payments to eligible farmers and ranchers who
suffered 2007 crop, livestock, and livestock feed losses
throughout the 2007 crop year before December 31, 2007.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting
applications and making payments for quantity losses
before December 31, 2007, under CDP. FSA is currently
issuing LCP and LIP payments for losses up to February
28, 2007, and will soon issue payments for losses incurred
during the remainder of 2007. FSA will conduct sign-up
and begin making payments for quality losses under CDP
this spring. For eligibility and further information about
CDP, LCP, and LIP please visit


Stevin Westcott
U.S.D.A.; Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 720-4178
Release January 25, 2008

USDA USDA Probes Possible
- m Link Between E. coli,
Distillers Grains

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., are
studying whether feeding cattle distillers grains, a
byproduct of ethanol production, increases E. coli levels.
The 300 cattle in the study are on a diet of 40 percent
distillers grains, the Des Moines Register reported. They
are being tested for E. coli monthly until they reach their
full weight this spring, and their E. coli levels will be
compared with cattle on an all-corn diet.

Research from Kansas State University has already
linked distillers grains with E. coli, demonstrating atwofold
increase in E. coli levels in cattle fed the product compared
with animals that ate corn exclusively. Researchers at
the University of Nebraska found that cattle fed 40 percent
to 50 percent distillers grains showed increased rates of
E. coli, although cattle fed a diet of 10 percent to 30 percent
of the product actually had lower E. coli levels than those
on an all-corn diet.
Results of the USDA study are expected later this
year. USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Richard
Raymond told the Register last week that regardless of
the results, the government is not planning to restrict the
use of distillers grains, but would instead leave decisions

to the industry.



Ann Bagel Storck
Release January 29, 2008

Dates Announced for
PORK 101

.Ll The American Meat Science
Association and the National Pork
Board have announced upcoming
dates for PORK 101, a three-day hands-on course about
quality and consistency issues in the pork industry.
During PORK 101, participants evaluate live hogs;
learn about grading, food safety and product processing;
and make and sample processed pork products including
bacon, hams and sausage.
The 2008 PORK 101 dates and locations are:

March 3-5, Iowa State University, Ames
April 15-17, University ofNebraska, Lincoln
May 19-21, Texas A&M University, College
Sept. 16-18, Oklahoma State University,
For more information and to register for PORK 101,
please visit http://www.pork


Ann Bagel Storck
Release January 29, 2008

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