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Title: DeSoto County beef newsletter
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Creator: DeSoto County Extension Office, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Affiliation: University of Florida -- Arcadia, Fla. -- Florida Cooperative Extension Service
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DeSoto County Extension Office, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Publication Date: April 2005
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DeSoto County

Beef Newsletter
2150 NE Roan Street, Arcadia, Fl 34266


Future Arcadia Stockyards


April 2005 / Volume 27 Number 2

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April
21 Farm Credit of Southwest Florida Annual Meeting-Wauchula, 6:30 PM

28 DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Spring Meeting-Turner Center Exhibit Hall, 7:00 PM

May
4-6 54th Annual Beef Cattle Short Course--For more information, please visit the web site at
http://www.animal.ufl.edu/extension/beef/2005BCSC.shtml.
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, FL
13 14th Annual Florida 4-H Golf Classic-Lake Wales Country Club

June
14-17 FCA & FCW Annual Convention & Allied Trade Show
Marco Island, FL
54th Annual Beef Cattle Short Course
The Fifty-fourth Annual Beef Cattle Short Course will be held May 4-6, 2005 at the Hilton UF Conference Center in
Gainesville, Fl. The theme for this year's Shortcourse is: Maintaining Quality Production in a Dynamic Market Place.
Registration forms are available at the DeSoto County Extension Office or can be accessed for an on line registration at:
http://www.animal.ufl.edu/extension/beef/2005bcscRegistration.shtml.
Some of the topics will be: Market Outlook for 2005, Beef and the Consumer: Trends, Expectations, and Demands,
Genomics-Building Blocks of the Product/Effect on the Beef Product, Working with Horses and Cattle in Today's Ranch
Environment, Cattle Handling with Dogs, and Cow Horse Care and Maintenance. The traditional "Steak-Out" on
Thursday evening will provide good prime rib and fellowship.
Pasture Soil Samples
If you have not tested your pasture in recent years, now might be the time to do that through the University of Florida's
Extension Soil Testing Laboratory. The necessary forms are available in the DeSoto County Extension Office.


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FEE SCHEDULE


Analysis
Code


Analysis Name


Standard Soil Fertility Test


2* Soil pH and Lime Requirement
3 Micronutrients
4 Organic Matter


Determinations Made

pH, lime requirement, P, K,
Ca, and Mg
pH and lime requirement
Cu, Mn, Zn, and pH
percent organic matter


5 Electrical Conductivity("soluble conductivity in 1:2 soil:water
t5 conductivity in 1:2 soil:water
salts")
Market Information


Avg. Price Feeder Steers Oklahoma City
Medium Frame No. 1 600-700#


5 Area Weekld Live Steer Price


70 1
2005 2004 ----- 5 yravg


125-
. 120
115
110
105-

95
100
90-
85
J F M A M J J A S O N D
-*-2004 -*-2005


National Steer and Heifer Estimated Grading Percentage


Quality Grade


Prime
Choice
Select


Yield Grade
1 2 3 4 5
0.05% 0.81% 1.44% 0.34% 0.04%
3.24% 21.20% 23.47% 4.26% 0.46%


6.93% 16.02%


Yield only 1.25% 1.36%
Total 11.47% 39.39%
WEEKLY WEIGHTED CATTLE PRICE
This Week Prior Week
Live Steer 90.03 92.61
Live Heifer 90.19 92.55
Dressed Steer 144.59 151.66
Dressed Heifer 144.54 151.07


8.69% 1.14% 0.10%
0.75% 0.12% 0.02%
34.35% 5.86% 0.62%

Last Year
86.08
86.03
137.05
137.11


CORN:
Kansas City US No 2 rail White Corn was steady from 1.89-1.91 per bushel. US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 2 cents
higher from 1.91-1.93 per bushel. Omaha US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 3 to 4 cents higher at 1.85 per bushel. Chicago
US No 2 Yellow Corn was 2 1/2 to 9 1/2 cents higher from 2.05-2.17 per bushel. Toledo US No 2 rail Yellow corn was 6
1/2 cents higher from 1.97-1.98 per bushel. Minneapolis US No 2 Yellow Corn rail was 19 1/2 cents higher at 1.96 per
bushel.


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only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
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Analysis
Cost


$7.00

$3.00
$5.00
$10.00

$2.00







1.2 Million Japanese Ask For End To Beef Ban
The AP reports almost 1.2 million Japanese consumers, as well as restaurants, signed a petition urging Japan officials to
end the ban on U.S. beef imports. Organizers submitted the petition to Japan's Ag Ministry Tuesday. "We want U.S.
beef back so we can enjoy dishes such as 'gyu-don' (beef and rice) and barbecued tongue," the article quotes campaign
spokesman Yasuharu Tagaya as saying. "American beef tastes good, almost like homegrown beef." Reporter Mari
Yamaguchi also quotes Tagaya as saying: "Most Americans are eating U.S.-grown beef with confidence about its safety -
then why can't we?" Tagaya is identified as an official with the Japanese fast-food chain, Yoshinoya D&C Co., which,
like many Japanese restaurants that sold the extremely popular gyu-don beef bowls, relied heavily on U.S. suppliers
prior to the December 2003 ban. Source: Joe Roybal, Cow-Calf Weekly, Friday, April 8, 2005
USDA to roll out individual-animal ID this summer
Now that 45 states have instituted premises-ID programs, the USDA says it's ready to roll out the next phase of the
voluntary National Animal Identification System individual-animal ID. Officials plan to introduce this step in August.
Officials plan to roll out this portion of the national system in August. Its key functions are to:
Administer approved official animal identification number (AIN) tag manufacturers.
Assign AIN tag product codes to each approved device.
Administer the allocation of AINs to tag manufacturers.
Administer authorized AIN tag managers/resellers.
Receive and maintain the distribution records of all AIN tags
Provide information on AIN tags.
"It's not a complete system yet, but it is adequate to begin this step," says Neil Hammerschmidt, NAIS coordinator. "We
have developed the basic requirements, which will be increased over time." Therefore, this summer producers may
contact an AIN manager in their area to obtain AINs on a voluntary basis.
AIN tag managers include:
Private companies and service providers.
States, tribes or AVIC offices.
Breed registries, national DHIA.
Veterinarians.
AIN tag manufacturers.
Source: Greg Henderson, Drovers editor-Drovers Alert Thursday, April 7, 2005, Vol. 5, Issue 14

DeSoto County Extension Brand Wall
The cypress boards now display 67 brands on the wall. But, there is still room for more brands. If you haven't bro
your brand in, please do so. The wall is beautiful. Call 863-993-4846 at the Extension Office to arrange to hav r
brand(S) added to the wall.
DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Spring Meeting
The 2004 DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Spring Meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M., urd;i., April 28th at the
Turner Center Exhibit Hall. All members, along with their family are invited to attend. Members are asked to bring a
covered dish. You may bring one guest to the steak dinner. Members bringing more than one guest will be asked to pay
$10.00 per each additional guest. Come and enjoy a great meal and some very good fellowship along with the evening
program.
Animal antibiotics targeted
In what could show a strengthened push against animal antibiotics, five medical and environmental groups filed a
petition with the FDA to withdraw approvals for seven classes of antibiotics used as agricultural feed additives. Five
major medical and environmental groups today filed a formal regulatory petition with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) urging the agency to withdraw approvals for seven classes of antibiotics for use as agricultural
feed additives, citing those uses' failure to comply with FDA Guidance to protect human health. The petition
demonstrates that continued use of these antibiotics as feed additives for chickens, hogs, or beef cattle fails to comply
with the safety criteria in the FDA's guidance on agricultural antibiotics, Guidance No. 152. It designates the seven
classes of antibiotics as "critically important" or "highly important" in human medicine. The petitioners include the
American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Environmental Defense, Food Animal Concerns
Trust and Union of Concerned Scientists. The petition is available at KeepAntibioticsWorking.com. The petition quotes
several letters FDA recently sent to manufacturers of certain antibiotic feed-additives, noting that those products are
"not considered appropriate" and that existing information "does not alleviate (FDA's) concern about the use of these
products and their possible role in the emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance. "In a related story, a

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only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
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state bill in Maine would require public schools, including the University of Maine, and state-run institutions to give
purchasing preference to companies brokering antibiotic-free, organic and natural meat products. Opponents, including
a state dairy association, contend that Maine would be setting a dangerous precedent. Source:- Food Systems Insider,
E-Version, April 8, 2005, Vol.4, Issue 7
Brown Mid-Rib Hybrid Sorghum-Sudan and Millet
The name Brown Midrib comes from the brownish color in the midrib of the leaf and at the base of the plants
internodes. The brown midrib trait in forages reduces the indigestible lignin component in the plants cells. This
reduction of lignin makes for higher digestible proteins and lower neutral and acid detergent fiber, resulting in higher
digestible nutrients. Obviously, higher degestible nutrients equates to more milk or beef production. I am planning on
planting several of these varieties for demonstration purposes either at the Turner Center or close by in a pasture.
Export requirements for Taiwan
Taiwan will reopen its market to U.S. beef exports effective April 16, 2005 (all forms must be dated April 16 or later).
We've been waiting for information from USDA regarding the specifics of the agreement, including export
requirements, and we received that information from USDA today.
According to USMEF, Taiwan was the sixth leading market for U.S. beef prior to the ban and in 2003, the United States
exported $76.3 million worth of beef and beef variety meat to Taiwan. Boneless beef, now eligible for export, accounted
for $56.8 million or 74 percent of total U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. U.S. beef and beef variety meat exports to Taiwan
totaled 19,184 metric tons (mt) in 2003 with boneless beef accounting for 66 percent of the total. The USDA's press
release indicates a $325 million figure for this market. This includes all bovine related products such as tallow and hides
& skins, etc. FSIS has confirmed that it will update its export library to reflect Taiwan's requirements for boneless beef
derived from cattle under the age of thirty months slaughtered in the U.S. Source:- NCBA Member E-Update, April
7, 2005, Gregg Doud, NCBA Chief Economist
U.S. became a net importer in 2004
Prior to 2004, the United States was a net exporter of beef and cattle products on a dollar-value basis, but that changed
last year. In 2003, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center, the total value of net exports was a positive
$2.4 billion. In 2004, that dollar value was a negative $1.4 billion. Beef industry exports during 2004 totaled $2.7 billion,
54 percent or $3.2 billion below 2003. The combined value of U.S. beef, cattle and product imports in 2004 was $4.1
billion, 18 percent or $621 million larger than 2003. The increase was driven by increased beef and veal imports,
according to the LMIC, which set a record at $339.7 million. Source:- Greg Henderson, Drovers editor-Drovers
Alert Thursday, March 31, 2005, Vol. 5, Issue 13

Beef Management Calendar

eI May

Remove Bulls May 21st to end calving season on March Identify, vaccinate, implant, and work late calves.
1st

Market Cull Cows and Bulls. Check mineral feeder.

Reimplant calves with growth stimulant at 90-120 Apply spot-on agents for grub and louse control
days, when you have herd penned.

Check for spittlebug and treat if necessary. Check dust bags and back rubbers.

Fertilize warm season pastures. IDispose of dead animals properly.

Deep disc pastures for reestablishment. Plant warm season perennial pastures.








James F. Selph, DeSoto County Extension Director, IV, Livestock
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services
only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M.
University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.




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