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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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Place of Publication: Arcadia, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2005
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DeSoto County

Beef Newsletter
2150 NE Roan Street, Arcadia, Fl 34266




December 2005 / Volume 27 Number 7

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
December
7 Citrus Nutrient BMP Program, 9:00 AM- Noon, DeSoto County Extension Office
8 Cucurbit Production Workshop, 1:30-4:30 PM, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center,
Balm, Florida
13 Equipment & Tractor Driver Operator Safety Training, 7:30-9:00 AM, Turner Center Exhibit
Hall

January
19 23 rd Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute and Allied Trade Show, Osceola Heritage Park,
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Highway 192 East, Kissimmee, 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
BOVIGEN DEBUTS THIRD TENDERNESS MARKER
Bovigen, LLC announces the addition of a new marker, recently validated by the third-party National Beef Cattle
Evaluation Consortium, to its GeneSTAR(R) Tenderness test panel.
President and CEO Victor Castellon says Bovigen expects to release a fourth tenderness marker by the end of the
year and several new markers for new traits early next year. The company's products include GeneSTAR
Tenderness, GeneSTAR Quality Grade, SireTRACE, SureTRAK and GeneSTAR Black.
Over the last 18 months, Bovigen says it's reduced the cost of testing by almost 60% and added new tests to both its
Quality Grade and Tenderness panels, while championing the need for independent validation of this new
technology. Source-Cow-Calf Weekly, November 4, 2005.
ACTIVIST GETS TWO YEARS FOR DOMESTIC TERRORISM
Peter Young, Mercer Island, WA, was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison on domestic terrorism
charges for freeing thousands of mink from Midwest fur farms eight years ago. Young was also ordered to pay
nearly $255,000 in restitution to the farmers, reports the Associated Press.
Young and an accomplice, Justin Samuel, freed more than 7,000 mink from cages at five farms in Iowa, South
Dakota and Wisconsin in 1997. Samuel, arrested in 1999, cooperated with authorities in exchange for a two-year
prison sentence, while Young was on the run until March when he was arrested for shoplifting CDs from a San
Jose, CA, Starbucks. Source-Cow-Calf Weekly, November 11, 2005, Joe Roybal.


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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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University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.








Market Information


This Week Last Week


Last Year


http:/www.ams.usda.qov/mnreports/SJ LS712.txt
BEEF PRODICTION (Estimate) (Estimate) (Actual]
Sa ughter 589.000 592.000 603,000
Live Weights 1285 1285 1276
Dressed Weights 783 783 773
Beef Production (mil lbs) 458.6 461.2 463.4


http://www.ams.usda.qov/mnreports/lm ct150.txt
5 AREA WEEKLY WEIGHTED CATTLE PRICE
Live Steer 89.95
Live Heifer 90.01
Dressed Steer 141.58
Dressed Heifer 141.91


91.24
91.39
142.64
143.32


84.62
84.62
131.50
132.17


Year to Date Slaughter


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The summary below reflects the week ended November 18, 2005 for Medium and Large 1 -- 500- to 550-lb., 600- to
650-lb., and 700- to 750-lb. heifers and steers. Source: USDA-SJ: National Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary



Calf Weight 500-550 bs. 600-650 bs. 700-750 -550 00-550 Ibs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs.

TX 32,800 $122.39 $123.64 $118.63 $109.86 $101.70 $101.90

AL 13,200 $117-125 $110-117 $103-109 $110-118 $99-111 $90-100

TN 11,600 $117.82 $107.61 $104.39 $104.49 $99.12 $94.23

FL 12,900 $111.10 $106.16 NR $99.22 $93.85 NR

GA 9,700 $105-120 $97-113.50 $94-100 $99-118 $90-111 NR

CORN:
Kansas City US No 2 rail White Corn was steady at 1.52-1.53 bushel. US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 1 cent
lower to 2 cents higher from 1.61-1.64 per bushel. Omaha US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 5 cents higher from
1.71-1.72 per bushel. Chicago US No 2 Yellow Corn was 3/4 cent lower to 4 1/4 cents higher from 1.79 3/4-1.94
3/4 per bushel. Toledo US No 2 rail Yellow corn was 5 1/2 cents higher from 1.68 3/4-1.76 3/4 per bushel.
Minneapolis US No 2 Yellow Corn rail was 5 1/2 cents higher at 1.75 3/4 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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University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


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Avg. Price Slaughter Steer Nebraska
Choice 2-4 1100-1300#

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

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Source: USDA Grain and Feed Weekly, Volume 53, Number 48, Friday November 25, 2005:
http://www.ams.usda.gov/LSMNpubs/pdf weekly/dc grain.pdf
THE 23RD ANNUAL FLORIDA CATTLEMEN'S AND ALLIED TRADE SHOW-
JANUARY 19, 2006
The 23rd Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute and Allied Trade Show will occur again this year in Kissimmee at
Osceola Heritage Park. If you plan to attend, please call our office in order to RSVP at 993-4846. This year's
theme is "Basics for the Future". If you need a room, call the Best Western Heritage Park Hotel at 407-846-4646 to
make a reservation. Please mention the group code of: Florida Cattlemen's Institute. See the attached flyer for
more information on this years Institute.
PLANTING RYEGRASS IN PERENNIAL PASTURES
A question that I am often asked is: what is the best way to plant ryegrass into perennial grass pastures such as
Bahia? At the Ona AREC, Dr. Mislevy recommends a clean till seed bed for planting ryegrass. However, for many of
our ranchers, this is not a practical method if there are not stands of Bahia that are in need of re-establishment. The
following pictures I feel describe a method that works well for some of our producers.













Burn off bahiagrass pastures and Ryegrass seed can be planted Finish the planting operation
cultivate with Pasture Aerator. behind the Aerator with fertilizer, with a rolling packer.
300# of 16-4-8 with ryegrass
The above pictures were taken about the 1s
of November. The picture to the right was
taken on the 7th of December. At this stage,
we will begin applications of Nitrogen type
fertilizers. This field has just had the 1st
application of Nitrogen. It will be ready for
grazing within the next two weeks.




STRIPED GRASS LOOPER IN LIMPOGRASS
Last month I put in pictures of the striped grass looper in
Limpograss. At that time I collected several cocoons (pupal
stage) and they hatched out in the office into the adult moth
stage of the insect. To the right is a couple of pictures of the
adult moth. The picture to the left is immediately after the
insect has pupated. The right hand picture will be more like
what you may see in the pasture.




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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
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.

















Johnson Urass Ragweed Coral Berry/Ardisia crenata

1. Johnson Grass-Ruminants are more susceptible to cyanide
Poisoning. Cyanide accumulates after a frost or a drought.
2. Ragweed- Ruminants are more susceptible to Nitrate
poisoning. The Ist clinical sign on nitrate poisoning is usually
the sudden death of one or more animals.
3. Coral Berry-Has not been listed as a poisonous plant by most
references. In 2001 several brangus bulls died after ingesting.
4. Milkweed-Poisonous to sheep, goats, cattle, horses and fowl.

Milk Weed

Reproductive Management School
The next Reproductive Management School will be held in Bartow on March 28-30, 2006. The cost for this year's
school is $350.00. The purpose of the course is to strengthen managerial capabilities of owners and operators of
beef cattle ranches. This is an intense course in reproductive management of the cow herd. Although the topic of
pregnancy diagnosis is given extensive treatment in the program, participants should not expect this training to
make them proficient in that skill.

I Beef Management Calendar


IWatch for grass tetany on winter pastures.


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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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University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.






T UNIVERSITY OF
V FLORIDA 23d Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute
IFAS EXTENSION And Allied Trade Show

January 19, 2006
Osceola Heritage Park
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Highway 192 East

Sponsored by:


UF/IFAS EXTENSION SERVICE AND THE FLORIDA ALLIED INDUSTRIES


"BASICS FOR THE FUTURE"


8:00 AM Trade Show Opens
Moderator: Joe Walter,
Chairman 2006 FCIATS,
UF/IFAS, Brevard
8:45 AM "Welcome": Dr. Jimmy Cheek,
UF/IFAS-Vice President for
Agriculture and Natural
Resources
"Welcome": Joe Marlin Hilliard
III, Florida Cattlemen's
Association, President
9:00 AM "Basics of Pasture
Fertilization"-Dr. Jerry
Sartain, UF/IFAS-Soil and
Water Science
10:00 AM Trade Show Break
10:30 AM "Recent Developments in Cattle
Marketing"-Mark Harmon,
Joplin Regional Stock Yard,
Joplin, MO


11:30 AM "The State of the State"-Charli:
Bronson, Florida Commissioner
of Agriculture
12:00 PM AWARDS
12:15 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM "Ranch Horse Safety"-Joel
McQuagge, UF/IFAS, Animal
Sciences Department
1:45 PM "BQA Update"-Dr. Todd
Thrift, UF/IFAS, Animal
Sciences Department
2:00 PM Trade Show Break
2:30 PM "State and Federal Regulations-
Changing the Way You Do
Business"
Panel Discussion-Wade
Grigsby, Moderator
Mike Milicevic, Dr. Tom Holt,
Don Robertson, Mark Harmond
and Mark Donaway
3:30 PM Return Evaluations and
Drawings for Fence Building Kit


Please RSVP to our office if you plan to attend:
863-993-4846, e-mail: jselph@ifas.ufl.edu
Hotel Information: Best Western Heritage Park,
2145 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, Fl,

Participants Requiring Special Accommodations Should
Hours Before The Event.


Telephone: 407-846-4646, Room Rate: $45.95/
Night (Ask for Florida Cattlemen's Institute
Rate)


Contact Randy Bateman (321-697-3000) 48


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i dividuals 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.







BEEF EXPORTS TO JAPAN MAY RESUME MONDAY
Japan is reported to be ready to lift its two-year ban on U.S. and Canadian beef imports Monday. United Press
International and the Asahi Shimbun reported that Japanese officials will finalize the decision Monday and
importers will be allowed to start buying U.S. and Canadian beef. The Japanese Cabinet Office's Food Safety
Commission will submit a final report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of
Health, Labor and Welfare to permit the resumption of beef imports, saying the risk of BSE in U.S. and Canadian
beef imports is "extremely low." Japan will only allow beef from cattle 20 months old or younger, as long as safety
measures, including the removal of high-risk parts, are observed. In 2003, Japan received a little more than a
third of all U.S. beef exported about $1.4 billion worth of product. Once Japan begins accepting U.S. beef, Korea
and other countries are expected to follow. Economists believe exports once accounted for $15 per hundredweight
of the price of a fed steer, and the Japanese market equals about one-third of that value. But don't expect the
lifting of the ban to spur an immediate jump in prices. The Meat Export Federation says it may take four years to
fully recover the Japanese market. Source: Greg Henderson, Drovers editor-Drovers Alert Thursday, December
8, 2005, Vol. 5, Issue 47.
USDA CHANGES NASS WEB SITE
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service launched its newly redesigned Web site
(http://www.nass.usda.gov/) that makes agricultural data easily accessible. Visitors to the site will find a new
Google-powered search engine, an SVG interactive mapping application, an RSS news feed and XML technology.
USDA reports will continue to be available online within minutes after release. Source: Greg Henderson,
Drovers editor-Drovers Alert Thursday, December 8, 2005, Vol. 5, Issue 47.
FOOD PRICE INDEX INCREASES
Food prices have seen moderate increases through this year, according to the government's Consumer Price Index.
On average, food and beverage prices increased by 0.3 percent during October, as did the index for food consumed
at home. The index for meats, poultry, seafood and eggs decreased by 0.2 percent, led by poultry and eggs, as beef,
pork and seafood prices increased somewhat. Overall, the report indicates that food prices will finish the year
between 2 and 3 percent higher than last year. Source: Greg Henderson, Drovers editor-Drovers Alert Thursday,
December 8, 2005, Vol. 5, Issue 46.
TARIFFS HURTING U.S. BEEF, STOKES SAYS
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Executive Officer Terry Stokes says high tariffs are hurting U.S. beef
exports. Tariff reduction is a priority for the NCBA as World Trade Organization negotiations approach in Hong
Kong. The U.S. proposes that tariffs on U.S. beef be reduced to 7.5 to 12 percent, significantly lower than the
current 30 to 57 percent. Source: Greg Henderson, Drovers editor-Drovers Alert Thursday, December
Vol. 5, Issue 47.
REMOVE THE BALE WRAP?
Ideally, net wrap should be removed from bales, but there's no definitive research indicating that not
doing so leads to intestinal problems. That's what Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University (NDSLU
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, gleaned from conversations with manufacturers of net-wrapping balers
He was tracking down the answer for a North Dakota producer who wondered whether he should worry about
taking off the wrap. "According to company representatives, there have been no conclusive studies on the topic to
date. However, they were unaware of any reports of intestinal or stomach damage in cattle due to ingesting the
small pieces of plastic resulting from net-wrapped bales being tub-ground or shredded with the wrap on," Lardy
reports. Source: -Beef Stocker Trends, November 27, 2005. I find this interesting that there have not
been studies done on leaving the wrap on. I would be interested in what the majority of our producers do
in regard to both wrap and string. E-mail me at iselph()ifas.ufl.edu if you will. P^
FAWN SITE UP AND RUNNING AS WE APPROACH WINTER
The Arcadia FAWN Site is available on the internet at: http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu/. We are working on getting the
toll free number up and running. When that task is accomplished you should be able to dial 888-754-5732 and get
current weather for DeSoto County. The 3 digit ID for Arcadia is: 490 -p _
SJames F. Selph
DeSoto County Extension Director, IV, Livestock


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