New Concentrated Formula
Zoetis announces Lutalyse HighCon Injection (dinoprost tromethamine) is available to help improve cattle reproduction activity. The HighCon product is a high-concentration formula of the traditional Lutalyse (dinoprost) injection that allows for a 2-ml dose. The smaller dosage also means there are more doses in each bottle, leading to fewer bottle changes. Lutalyse HighCon can be injected either subcutaneously or intramuscularly and is the first prostaglandin product licensed by the Food and Drug Administration approved for both methods of injection. For more information, visit http://www.BeefToday.com/Cattlemens_Notebook.
Tom Brink Named Red Angus CEO
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has named Tom Brink as CEO. Brink was most recently founder and president of Top Dollar Angus. Prior, he has worked at Cattle-Fax, American Gelbvieh Association and J & F Oklahoma Holdings, Inc., (now JBS Five Rivers Feeding). “Tom brings incredible industry knowledge and experience to our organization, and he also possesses the skills and character, along with innovative and synergistic thinking, to propel our breed into a new era,” says Kim Ford, RAAA president. Brink served as a Beef Today advisory team member for the past two years. For more, visit www.BeefToday.com/Cattlemens_Notebook.
First Year of State Beef Checkoff a Success
The first year of the Texas Beef Checkoff proved to be successful bringing in funding for research and promotion of beef. From the start of the program on Oct. 1, 2014, to Oct. 1, 2015, more than $7.2 million was collected from producers. A $1-per-head assessment on cattle is applied at each point of ownership transfer in Texas to help fund the state checkoff’s work in beef promotion, marketing, research and educational efforts in the state. The June 2014 referendum was approved by 66.79% of producers voting to create the Texas Beef Checkoff. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/Texas.
Surprises in Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale
Replacements sold through the Nov. 20 Show-Me-Select Heifer brought an average $2,477 per head at the Joplin Regional Stockyards. “I figured we’d be lucky to average $2,000,” says Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Mount Vernon. “I didn’t expect to see an almost $2,500 average.” There were 293 bred heifers sold, originating from herds enrolled in the Show-Me-Select program. AI-bred heifers brought $274 more than natural service females. Of the 39 buyers, 21 were repeat customers, with buyers from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/Missouri.
Ag Groups File Suit on Rare Bats and Other Endangered Species
A lawsuit by the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and Texas Farm Bureau is asking for five species—the Kuenzler hedgehog cactus, Tobusch fishhook cactus, gypsum wild-buckwheat, lesser long-nosed bat and black-capped vireo—be reclassified under the Endangered Species Act. Removing these plants and animals from the endangered species list would lessen strict habitat management requirements on farmers and ranchers. For instance, saguaro cactus and agaves are required for bats to forage. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/New_Mexico.
Tyson Closing Plants in Chicago and Wisconsin
Two prepared food plants will be closed by Tyson Foods, Inc. by the end of the company’s fiscal year in 2016. The plants in Jefferson, Wis., and Chicago, Ill., which make food products for the hospitality industry, are being shut down to better utilize production capabilities at other facilities. The two plants employ 880 people, with 400 employed at the Jefferson facility and the remaining at the Chicago facility. Pepperoni was a specialty of the Jefferson facility, while items such as meatballs, omelets and soups were made at the Chicago plant. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/Wisconsin.
Packing Plant Up and Running
After several years of being shuttered, an Aberdeen, S.D., packing plant is finally processing cattle again. Northern Beef Packers plan was closed in 2012 and sold the following year in a bankruptcy auction to White Oak Global Advisors, an investment firm in San Francisco. Now, the newly named New Angus LLC plant is processing between a few dozen and 100 head of cattle per day in a testing phase with the capability to run 1,500 head through at full capacity. There are plans for the plant to cater to the hala and kosher markets. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/South_Dakota.
Brucellosis Found in Cattle Herd
After blood tests confirmed one cow had brucellosis, a Park County, Wyo., cowherd has been put under quarantine. It has not been determined how the herd contracted the disease, but it is likely attributed to wildlife. Previous brucellosis cases from 2003 to 2011 were all caused by exposure to elk in the northwest portion of the state. The herd will remain quarantined until the herd passes three consecutive tests without finding a positive brucellosis carrier. For more information, visit www.BeefToday.com/Wyoming.
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