Cowchip - July 20, 2017

Tammy Trahan, Granger, Andrew L.  |  7/20/2017 7:37:22 PM




27 Deadline for Ryegrass Seed Bids


10 Deadline for Master Cattleman Registration (see article)


We will be offering the Master Cattleman Course again this year. It is a series of 10 classes that will be offered starting late August 2017 and will conclude early November. It will be every Monday evening during this time except for Labor Day. Each class will last about three hours, starting at 6:00 p.m. A meal will be served at each meeting. The cost is $125.00 per person to cover meals, teaching materials and a metallic sign for all graduates.

Subjects included in the course are:

  • Animal Handling - Herd Health
  • Nutrition - Reproduction
  • Animal Breeding and Selection - Pasture Management I and II
  • Financial Management - Record Keeping and Marketing
  • End Product - Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
  • Optional – Completion of Master Farmer Phase I (Environmental Stewardship)

If you are interested in this course please fill out the enclosed form and return it along with a check made payable to the Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Association by August 10th to 1105 W. Port St., Abbeville, LA 70510.


While weaning may seem like a long way off, things we can do now can have an impact on performance and the opportunities available later. Worming calves mid-summer pays off in increased weaning weight that more than pays for worming the calves. Vaccinating calves for the viruses that cause pneumonia could also be carried out now and allow for more flexibility in marketing at weaning.

The ways we wean and ship calves have a big impact on health and sale weights of calves. Management of calves after weaning can also result in more profit and affect the health of our cattle as they move through the segments of the marketing chain.

The older a nursing calf gets the more they graze, increasing the exposure to intestinal parasites. Worming now results in better conversion of grass to weight gain for the rest of the pre-weaning period. Vaccinating calves with a modified live virus vaccine in a herd of cows that have been vaccinated with modified live vaccine is an efficient and effective way to begin protecting the health of calves once they leave the farm. A booster or first vaccination at weaning could help strengthen the immunity or be a start for those calves nursing cows not having been vaccinated in this way.

The method used to wean calves impacts the amount of stress weaning has on calves. Weaning calves where they can see, hear and even touch noses with their dams results in less balling, pacing and calves which are more likely to eat and drink. Fence line weaning or the use of nose rings allow for weaning calves while still in contact with their mothers.

If you decide to wean calves before shipping then consideration has to be given to how long do you keep them. Allowing calves to start on feed and water would be the minimum, but research shows that a 45 day preconditioning period results in healthier calves. The problem is getting a return on that investment. Alternative marketing methods should be explored to get the extra value weaned calves possess.

Getting a calf on the ground is by far the most important part of a successful cow-calf enterprise but the practices we use just before and during weaning can have a big impact on the profits obtained from that calf.


American beef is now available in Chinese shops for the first time since a 2003 U.S. case of "mad cow" disease, giving U.S. ranchers access to a rapidly growing market worth around $2.6 billion last year.

More beef deals were signed during an overseas buying mission by the Chinese last week.

"There are hopes there will be even more concrete results," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday. He did not elaborate.

Critics of the 100-day process said China had already agreed to lift its ban on U.S. beef last September, with officials just needing to finalize details on quarantine requirements.

China, meanwhile, has delivered its first batch of cooked chicken to U.S. ports after years of negotiating for access to the market.

But unlike the rush by Chinese consumers for a first taste of American beef, Chinese poultry processors have not had a flurry of orders for cooked chicken.



An atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been identified in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The cow did not enter any processing facilities and it presents no threat to the food supply.

Tests through USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) determined the cow was positive for atypical (L-type) BSE. The cow was discovered through routine surveillance of cattle at an Alabama livestock market. Information on the case is currently being gathered by APHIS and Alabama state veterinary officials.

BSE is a neurological disease that is found in two forms - classical and atypical.

Classical BSE is primarily caused by feed contaminated with infectious prion agents, like those derived from meat-and-bone meal. This is why Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibited the use of mammalian protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants starting in 1997. Starting in 2009, high risk tissue materials in all animal feed was prohibited.

Atypical BSE is a different strain and is typically found in older cattle, most commonly eight years or older.

In the U.S. there have now been five cases of BSE detected. The first was a classical form coming from a cow imported from Canada in 2003. The other BSE cases have been atypical (H- or L-type).

United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) applauds the work of officials to identify the cow and remove any possible disruptions to the nation’s food chain.

“USCA appreciates the swift response and communication by the USDA to both industry and consumers on this issue. The safeguards in place by the U.S. worked successfully to detect this atypical case before any product entered the food supply,” says Kenny Graner, USCA president.

The U.S. has been recognized as having a negligible risk for BSE by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Guidelines from OIE determining the status indicate that atypical BSE cases do not impact official BSE risk status recognition as this form of the disease is believed to occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate.

According to USDA, “finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible risk status of the United States, and should not lead to any trade issues.”



At long last, American landowners will be empowered to appropriately manage their land and waters once again, using common sense and environmental stewardship practices without interference from the government.

At the end of June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plans to repeal the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, calling on other agencies to re-evaluate and revise the enforcement of this deeply flawed rule.

While Americans may be frustrated by President Donald Trump’s erratic and non-sensical tweets, farmers and ranchers can be pleased to know he is at least following through on his campaign promise to end WOTUS.

In a recent press release, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway praised the repeal of WOTUS and criticized the Obama administration for its attempted land grab.

Conaway said, “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it was about feeding the Obama EPA’s insatiable appetite for power. Well that ends now. Today’s EPA announcement is an important first step to getting the federal government out of America’s backyards, fields and ditches and restoring certainty and integrity to our regulatory process.


Andrew Granger

County Agent

Vermilion Parish

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

Louisiana Master Cattleman Program

Registration Form

(Please Print Legibly)

Name: _________________________________________________ Date: ____________________

Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________

City/Town: _________________________State: __________ Zip Code: __________________

Home Phone ( ) ________________________ Cell Phone ( ) _________________________

Parish of Residence: _____________________

Parish of Cattle Operation if different from Residence: ____________________________________

E-mail address: ____________________________________________________________________

The following requirements must be completed in the next two years to become a Master Cattleman:

1. Completion of the following three hour lectures:

• Animal Handling • Herd Health

• Nutrition • Reproduction

• Animal Breeding & Selection • Pasture Management I and II

• Financial Management • Record Keeping & Marketing

• End Product • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

2. Optional – Completion of Master Farmer Phase I (Environmental Stewardship)

The cost of Master Cattle Producer certification is $125.00. Please make checks payable to Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Association and mail by August 10th to:




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