Producer meetings addressing trich, COOL and high input costs

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Aug 29, 2008
by WLJ

Producer meetings addressing trich, COOL and high input costs

The series of issue update meetings for cattle producers, hosted by Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) and University of Nebraska Extension, that began Aug. 18 in Hebron will continue through Nov. 1 at Tecumseh (visit www.nebraskacattlemen.org to see NC’s master calendar). Priority topics addressed at the meetings include trich, Country of Original Labeling (COOL) and dealing with high input costs.

Most ranchers are aware that they do not want trichomoniasis, or trich, in their herd. The greatest threat comes from across the fence, neighbor to neighbor. Cattle don’t just get trich; it must be introduced into a herd. Most likely, this will happen in one of these two ways. Either your bull jumps the fence and breeds a trich-positive cow, then is put back into the proper pasture where he infects your cows. Or, a positive bull will jump into your pasture with your cows and infect them prior to you putting him back where he belongs. Bulls don’t infect bulls and cows don’t infect cows; it’s transmitted by sexual contact. Trich causes significant economic loss.

The interim final rule on COOL was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 1 and will become effective Sept. 30. NC will present information that answers questions such as who is covered, who is not, record keeping for producers, as well as questions which remain unanswered by USDA.

Rising input costs for ranchers and feeders and price volatility has changed standard business practices. University of Nebraska specialists will address options cattle producers have for dealing with the economic challenges.

Meetings are scheduled for:

• Sept. 5—Trich, 7:00 p.m., Gordon Livestock Market. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760 6464.

• Sept. 8—Trich, 7:00 p.m., Crawford Livestock Market. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760 6464.

• Sept. 9—COOL and Beef Quality Assurance, 6:30 p.m., North Platte Livestock. Contact Drew Gaffney at 308/872-1105. Sponsored by Schering Plough/Intervet.

• Sept. 15—NC Region 7 Roundup, Wonderlich’s in Columbus, 6:00 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. dinner. Program: COOL and NC updates, market outlook, and dealing with the high input costs. RSVP for meal by noon Sept. 12. Contact Chad Settje at 402/285-9013 or 402/784-3153.

• Sept. 16—COOL and dealing with the high input costs, Wisner Community Center. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760-6464. Sponsored by Global Animal Management.

• Sept. 16—COOL, trich and dealing with the high input costs, Neligh, Imperial Steakhouse, 7:00 p.m. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760-6464. Sponsored by Global Animal Management.

• Sept. 17—COOL, trich and dealing with the high input costs, noon, Elyeria, Country Neighbor. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760-6464. Sponsored by Global Animal Management.

• Sept. 17—COOL, trich and dealing with the high input costs, Box Bar in Lexington, 6:30 social. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760-6464. Sponsored by Global Animal Management.

• Sept. 18—COOL, trich, dealing with the high input costs, noon at Chances "R" in York. Contact Melody Benjamin at 308/760-6464. Sponsored by Global Animal Management

Three additional meetings are being planned for Sept. 23 in Thedford, Oct. 2 in North Platte, and Nov. 1 in Tecumseh. Location and times for these meetings will be posted to www.nebraskacattlemen.org as soon as possible. — WLJ

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