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Title: DeSoto County beef newsletter
Series 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
Publisher: DeSoto County Extension Office, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
DeSoto County Extension Office, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Arcadia, Fla.
Publication Date: October 2006
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UNIVERSITY of

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IFAS Extension


DeSoto County
IFAS
Beef Newsletter
2150 NE Roan Street, Arcadia, Fl 34266
Plan to attend the Ona
October 2006 / Volume 28 Number 10 Range Cattle Field Day
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October
5 DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, 6:30 PM DeSoto Middle School
6 Black Brangus Bull Sale, Arcadia Stockyards, Arcadia
5-6 2nd Annual Quail Management Shortcourse, Willow Pond, Monticello's Rustic Conference
Center and Plantations in the Jefferson County Vicinity-Pre-registration $60
11 Pasture Weed Day, 9:00 AM 1:30 PM at pasture located south of Limestone on CR 661,
approximately .2 mile north of DeSoto/ Hardee Line
17-19 Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, Moultrie, Ga.
24 Ona Range Cattle Research and Education Center Field Day, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Steak Dinner
26 DeSoto County Cattlemen's Annual Meeting, 7:00 PM, Turner Center Exhibit Hall
November
11 Quail Hunting Season Begins and Runs Through March 4, 2007
PASTURE WEED DAY
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 from 8:30 AM till 1:30 PM we will be having a Pasture Weed Day beginning at 8:30 AM
in a pasture on CR 661, .2 mile north of the DeSoto/Hardee County Line. After the program and demonstrations are
over we will travel to the Ona Range Cattle Station and have lunch. We will need to know how many people we
will be serving for lunch. Please contact Andrea Dunlap at (863) 735-1314 or email her at asdunlap@ufl.edu. A $10 per
person registration fee, made payable to the South Florida Beef Forage Program, may be sent directly to Andrea
Dunlap, 3401 Experiment Station, Ona, FL 33865. See the attached brochure for more information.
2006 ONA RANGE CATTLE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER FIELD DAY
The Ona Range Cattle Research and Education Center has announced this years date for its annual field day. That date
will be October 24, 2006 at the center and will begin with registration and coffee at 8:00 AM. This year's field day is
dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Adjei. The program will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM. A steak
lunch is provided. Please RSVP by October 13 by calling Andrea Dunlap at 863-735-1314 or E-mail:
asdunlaipifas.ufl.edu The following topics will be included in this year's field day: Pasture weed management,
Perennial peanuts for drier flatwood soils, Overview of forage management considerations and Evaluation of Angus
genotypes derived from northern and southern climates.
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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MARKET INFORMATION
August 31, 2006

9/30/06 Last Week Last Year
5 AREA WEEKLY WEIGHTED CATTLE PRICE
Live Steer 90.64 88.54 86.83
Live Heifer 91.02 88.65 86.92
Dressed Steer 139.81 138.28 135.95
Dressed Heifer 141.58 139.20 136.51
htto://www.ams.usda.aov/mnreoorts/Im ctl50.txt

9/30/06 Last Week Last Year
BEEF PRODUCTION (Estimate) (Estimate) (Actual)
Slaughter 639,000 655,000 611,000
Live Weights 1283 1281 1278
Dressed Weights 787 786 784
Beef Production (M. of Pounds) 501.0 512.9 476.3
htto://www.ams.usda.aov/mnreoorts/SJ LS712.txt

9/30/06 Last Week Last Year
National Grading Percent
Prime 2.66% 2.52% 3.29%
Choice 49.81% 51.66% 49.83%
Select 36.70% 37.70% 38.01%
http://www.ams.usda.qov/mnreports/NW LS196.txt


5 Area Weekly Live Steer Price


Weekly Ch/Se Spread


$0 I
-- 2006 2005 ..... 5 yr Avg


Choice/Select Spread
9/29/06
$8.97/cwt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/lm_x
b403.txt


CATTLE ON FEED
US Total, Monthly
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115


100


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78.0.0 440 -- --=j ,
400 - - - - - -----__ -40
360-- - - - -
70.00 --I 3 ---- ---------------------------_
- 2006 2005 ----- 5 yr avg 320
2006 2005 ------ 5 yr avg
The summary below reflects the week ended September 22, 2006 for Medium and Large 1 -- 500- to 550-lb., 600- to
650-lb., and 700- to 750-lb. heifers and steers. Source: Beef Stocker Trends, September 26, 2006.


Calf Weight 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs.

TX 32,500 $120.53 $112.35 $108.90 $113.13 $107.01 1102.56


AL 17,800 $117-126 $108-117 $107-114


$108-115 $100-107 $93-100


TN 14,400 $118.49 $110.53 $104.18 $107.73 $101.41 $97.25


FL 10,500 $96-17


GA 110,800

CORN:


$94-106 $89-196 $95-109 $86-99


$80-96


$103-124 $98-115 $91-106 $100-116 $89-110.50 $88-99


Kansas City US No 2 rail White Corn was 8 to 12 cents higher from 2.59-2.67 per bushel. Kansas City US No 2 truck
Yellow Corn was 11 to 12 cents higher at 2.44 per bushel. Omaha US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 18 to 19 cents higher
from 2.37-2.39 per bushel. Chicago US No 2 Yellow Corn was 9 to 13 cents higher from 2.36 1/4-2.59 1/4 per bushel.
Toledo US No 2 rail Yellow corn was 2 to 7 cents higher from 2.34 1/4-2.45 1/4 per bushel. Minneapolis US No 2 Yellow
Corn rail was 1 cent lower at 2.11 1/4 per bushel.
Source: USDA Weekly National Grain Market Review, Friday September 25, 2006,
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/SJ_GR851.txt

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.


Weekly Beef Production







DESOTO COUNTY CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
The 2006 DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 26,
2006, 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. Not only will you be able to enjoy an excellent steak dinner by
attending, you will also hear excellent information concerning beef cattle production and most of all you will have a
great time socializing with your friends.
FAWN-DESOTO COUNTY ANNUAL RAINFALL--http://desoto.ifas.ufl.edu/.
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC Total
0.32" 3.26" 0.97" 0.14" 2.07" 2.71" 5.84" 9.30" 4.15" 28.76"
2nd ANNUAL QUAIL MANAGEMENT SHORTCOURSE
The 2nd Annual Quail Management Shortcourse will be held October 5-6, 2006 in Monticello. Contact the DeSoto
County Extension Office, 993-4846, if you would like a copy of the program and registration information. Advanced
registration cost is $60 and $75 at the door. The program information is also available on our website.

Beef Management Calendar

I October/November

Cut Hay. Check dustbags, oilers, etc.

Heavily graze pastures to be interplanted to ryegrass. Check pastures and hay fields for armyworms.

Check mineral feeder. ISurvey pastures for poisonous weeds.

Wean calves and cull Cow Herd. Check for external parasites, especially lice & treat.


Post calving cows have the highest nutritional requirements criteria, and start checking availability of quality
in the first 82 days. Il animals.n b acenne lo li

Plant cool season Ryegrass and small grains. IPlant cool season legumes.
AGROTERRORISM: GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
With regard to a possible terrorist attack against the food supply, there is good news and bad news, says John Pistole,
deputy director of the FBI. The good news is "there is no specific communicated threat at this time," he says. Even
though there are no communicated threats, the agricultural and food industries must still be vigilant because
vulnerability exists, he told the International Symposium on Agro-terrorism in Kansas City this week. While John
Pistole, deputy FBI director, acknowledged there is much vulnerability, he said progress is being made against a possible
agro-terrorist attack. "With so many animals, so many fields, so much open access," no single law-enforcement agency
can guarantee the safety of the food supply, he said Monday. "We must all work together, and we are." He cited many
examples of government agencies working together with law-enforcement and private industry to come up with
solutions. Source-Drovers Alert, Thursday, September 28, 2006, Vol. 7, Issue 39.
FEEDYARDS FILLING EARLY
Drought and short forage supplies have forced producers in many parts of the country to ship their calves earlier than
usual. USDA's September Cattle on Feed report shows a feedyard inventory of 11 million head on September 1, a record
for the date. Placements into feedyards during August ran 15 percent ahead of last year and 9 percent above August
2004. Lightweight cattle accounted for the increase, with those weighing less than 600 pounds posting more than a 60
percent increase over last August. Placements of six-weight cattle were up 13 percent while seven-weights declined
slightly from August 2004. Feedyard marketing during August were up by 2 percent over one year ago, and while
front-end supplies remain large, the number of cattle on feed for 120 days or more showed a month-to-month decline.
Source-Drovers Alert, Thursday, September 28, 2006, Vol. 7, Issue 39.



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.







BILL INTRODUCED THAT OPENS INTERSTATE MARKETS TO STATE-INSPECTED
MEATS
The "New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act of 2006" (H.R. 6130) could allow meats (including beef,
pork, poultry and lamb) approved by state inspection agencies to be sold in every state. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
introduced the legislation last week along with 13 original cosponsors. NCBA supports this legislation as a great
opportunity for cattle producers and small local businesses to create and market branded beef products and specialty
products. Source-Drovers Alert, Thursday, September 28, 2006, Vol. 7, Issue 39.
SMALL BEEF SALES IN JAPAN
Japan will import 15,000 tons of U.S. beef in 2006, which is 7.5 percent of the 200,000 tons the country imported in 2003.
Currently Japan accepts only meat from cows aged 20 months or younger, and the strict checks required have meant
higher costs for importers. But Japan has a new prime minister and will soon have new heads of the agriculture and
health ministries. They could change Japan's policies on importing beef, as could the talk in Japan that two cases of BSE
in animals 21 months and 23 months old may not have been actual cases. That would undermine the claim that only beef
from cattle under 20 months is safe and maybe help bring about a change in import practices. Source-Drovers Alert,
Thursday, September 28, 2006, Vol. 7, Issue 39.
NATIONAL BEEF QUALITY AUDIT TARGETS AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
The executive summary of the 2005 Beef Quality Audit, partially funded by the beef checkoff, establishes a new
benchmark for quality goals and targets by the year 2015. The report, titled Staying on Track, follows previous beef
quality audits in 1991, 1995 and 2000. Among other uses, the results will be incorporated into the Beef Quality
Assurance (BQA) program that is now active in 47 states to certify and train producers in quality pre-harvest practices.
Based on the audit, the checkoff-funded BQA program will target five specific education efforts to improve quality: (1)
the effects of animal health product use; (2) quality assurance in care, handling and transportation; (3) marketing
opportunities; (4) herd management actions that affect quality and (5) record-keeping practices.
Initial results of the 2005 audit were discussed at the 2006 National Cattle Industry Conference in Reno, NV, in July.
The final report provides additional insight into beef quality successes and future challenges over which producers have
some or all control. The latest audit further identifies the top three quality gains since 2000: (1) improved
microbiological safety; (2) improved cattle genetics resulting in higher quality beef; and (3) fewer injection-site lesions.
The rankings are from interviews with beef end-users, including exporters, purveyors, foodservice and retail channels.
Source: Cow-Calf Weekly, September 29, 2006.
USDA EARMARKS FUNDS FOR IRAQI AGRICULTURE
Ag Secretary Mike Johanns announced this week that USDA is requesting proposals from U.S. land-grant institutions to
strengthen ag extension and training at Iraqi ag universities. Johanns says USDA is providing USDA staff as needed in
Iraq and is working to develop ag credit training there. This program is designed to match U.S. colleges and universities
with Iraqi ag universities to conduct joint ag projects and provide training for Iraqi faculty members. Possible areas of
technical cooperation include production of wheat, barley, rice, fruits, vegetables, sheep and goats, animal health
initiatives and water resources management. This USDA action builds on other U.S. efforts over the past three years to
help Iraq rebuild its ag sector, which is the second largest contributor to the economy behind oil and it has the greatest
potential to provide jobs in Iraq. Source: Clint Peck, Cow-Calf Weekly, September 29, 2006.
SENATE APPROVES MANDATORY PRICE REPORTING
Pending approval by President Bush, the livestock industry will once again be privy to mandatory livestock price
reporting (MLPR). That's due to the Senate's unanimous consent last week to approve a bill (H.R. 3408) to reauthorize
the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 1999. As you may recall, the price reporting act expired last fall. The House of
Representatives approved the bill for reauthorization a year ago, but it has languished in the Senate until now. "This
reporting process is important to U.S. cattle ranchers, and since the mandatory law expired last fall, we have been
working diligently to urge its renewal," explains Mike John, National Cattlemen's Beef Association president. "Making
price reporting practices mandatory by law assures cattle producers are getting the marketing information they need
about their beef products." Source: Beef Stocker Trends, September 26, 2006.




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.







FW UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
The Foundation for The Gator Nation

Range Cattle Research and Education Center, Ona
Field Day


When: Tuesday, October 24
Where: Ona, FL


Registration: 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 to 3:00 PM

Steak lunch is provided. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP by October 13th,
by calling Andrea Dunlap at 863-735-1314 or E-mail:
asdunlap(&ifas.ufl.edu


This field day is dedicated to the memory of our colleague, Dr. Martin Adjei


Topics Include:
1. Pasture weed


management


2. Perennial peanuts for drier flatwood soils

3. Overview of forage management considerations

4. Evaluation of Angus genotypes derived from northern and southern
climates


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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UK FLORIDA
[FAS Extension


Directions

From SR64: Travel South on
CR663 past the Range Cattle
REC and through Limestone
Community. The pasture will
be on the left hand side of the
road approximately 0.3 miles
past the railroad tracks.
From SR70: Travel North on
CR661. The pasture is on the
right approximately 0.2 miles
north of the DeSoto-Hardee
County Line (Kinsey County
Line Road).

Hard to Control Weeds

Are you battling tropical soda apple?
Dogfennel? Blackberry?
Cogongrass? Is there any herbicide
that controls soda apple and
dogfennel with one pass through the
pasture?

These are all questions we answer,
especially with the new herbicides
Milestone and Forefront. Simply
stated, what are the best options for
weed control in pastures?

That is a challenging question, and it
will depend on the particular weed
species, the environment, weed age
and size, as well as time of year.



Who Should Attend?

* Ranchers

* Herbicide Applicators

* Extension Educators

* Anyone who wants to learn more
about weed control in pastures


Pasture Weed Day

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We nesay, October 11th

9:00 AM
$10 Pre-Registration
$30 On-site registration

Program

8:30
Arrive at Pasture (See Map)

9:00
Opening Welcome & Address

9:10
Tour
Forefront and Forefront
tankmixes for mixed
stands of TSA and
dogfennel
TSA demonstration trials
Blackberry Control with
Telar, Cimarron and
Remedy
Basal bark, hack and squirt
demonstration for woody
species control
Cogongrass management

11:45
Travel to Range Cattle REC

12:00 1:30
Lunch at Range Cattle REC

1:30
Adjourn


UNIVERSITY of
FLORIDA
[FAS Extension


PLEASE RSVP

We will need to know how
many people we will be
serving for lunch. Please
contact Ms. Andrea Dunlap at
(863) 735-1314 or email her at
asdunlap()ufl.edu. A $10
registration fee made payable
to the South Florida Beef
Forage Program should be
sent directly to Ms. Andrea
Dunlap, 3401 Experiment
Station, Ona, FL 33865.




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