BEEF Xpress August 2011

A Wrap Up Of BEEF Industry News

Drought strategies

“Two Common Drought Management Strategies and Some Considerations for Wyoming Cattle Producers,” B-1218, is a new publication from University of Wyoming (UW) Extension. The publication examines purchasing additional forage or feed and/or reducing nutritional demands of herds to match actual forage production. It’s available by going to, clicking “Publications” on the left-hand side of the page, then “Search Bulletins” and typing B-1218 in the “Publication Number” field.

Noble Foundation in top 10

For the fourth consecutive year, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, is among The Scientist magazine’s list of the top 10 scientific institutions for academic faculty in the U.S. The Noble Foundation ranked seventh out of more than 80 research institutions nationwide in the “Best Places to Work in Academia” survey. The Noble Foundation ranked as the highest agricultural and plant science research institute in this year’s survey, and the highest-ranked Oklahoma institution. Oklahoma was the only state with three institutions in the top 15. The top 10 include:

1. The J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco
2. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
3. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
4. Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, CA
5. Children’s Hospital, Boston
6. Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL, and Glendale, AZ
7. Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
8. Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis
9. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
10. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City

Feedlot 2011 Study

Selected feedlot managers/owners will be contacted by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) representatives in August to begin the first phase of “Feedlot 2011.”

Conducted by USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), this voluntary, nationwide study of U.S. beef feedlots will provide the industry with an update of critical information last collected 12 years ago during NAHMS’ Feedlot ’99 study. Individual information remains confidential. The study’s five objectives include:

• Describe changes in management practices and animal health in feedlots.
• Describe management practices in feedlots that impact product quality.
• Identify factors associated with shedding of potential foodborne pathogens or commensal organisms by feedlot cattle.
• Describe antimicrobial usage in feedlots.
• Describe biosecurity practices and capabilities in feedlots.

The information feeders provide will be used to estimate the use of certain management practices – such as those related to beef quality assurance – and identify potential risk factors associated with disease on U.S. feedlots. Understanding the risk factors for disease can improve disease prevention strategies and help pinpoint areas of additional research needs.

From Aug. 1-30, NASS representatives will administer the study questionnaire to participants on large feedlots (1,000 or more head) in 12 states and to participants on small feedlots (less than 1,000 head) in 13 states. For large feedlots, the questionnaire will be completed on-site, while the questionnaire for small feedlots will be completed by telephone.

In addition, owners/operators of large feedlots can participate in the study’s second phase, which will be collected by USDA representatives in October through December.

KSU Stocker Day

Stockers will take center stage on Sept. 22 for the Kansas State University (KSU) Beef Stocker Field Day. Set for the KSU Stocker Unit outside Manhattan, the program begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and includes outlooks on the cattle market, grass market, a systems perspective in managing yearlings, stocker growth and health topics, byproduct storage systems, vaccines, and rations for lightweight cattle. Research posters and a cattle-handling demonstration are also part of the program.

Preregistration is $25 before Sept. 15. A barbecue brisket lunch and a prairie-oyster fry following the program are included. For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or [email protected], or visit


Ernie Morales, Texas Animal Health Commission chairman and operator of the 10,000-head Morales Feedlot near Devine, TX, was misidentified in “Cooling The Tick Fever” on page 32 of the July issue.

BEEF Book Corner

"Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat” is a 320-page chronicling of the 1993 outbreak of E. coli< O157:H7 at a Seattle Jack in the Box Restaurant and its societal, political, regulatory and legal aftermath. The event, which sickened 750 people and killed four, was traced to undercooked hamburgers and was America’s wakeup call on E. coli O157:H7 and food safety.

Author Jeff Benedict provides an lluminating behind-the-scenes account of the event and its aftermath based on hundreds of interviews and documents. His comprehensive and multifaceted report provides perspective from a multitude of layers, and offers insight into the incident and all its subsequent ramifications from human health, food safety, politics and the legal profession.

“Poisoned” (ISBN 978-0-9833478-0-4) is available from booksellers at $24.99 in hardcover.