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Articles from 2010 In November


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Danuser Machine Company

On October 8, 2010, Danuser Machine Company marked its 100-year anniversary with an Open House at their location in Fulton, Missouri. During the celebration, fourth-generation family owner siblings Glenn and Janea Danuser drew a grand prize winner for the Win Your Attachment in 2010 contest.

David Mahaffey, of Buffalo, Oklahoma, was the big winner of a $2,000 reimbursement for the Danuser Model 8300 Hydraulic Digger he purchased in May of 2010 from his local dealer Western Equipment, LLC in Woodward, Oklahoma. Western Equipment, LLC is supplied by Southwest Distributing Company, Inc. of Clinton, Oklahoma; one of 19 distributors who sell Danuser attachments throughout the world.

The Danuser name is well known in agricultural and industrial markets for manufacturing high quality PTO and hydraulic diggers and augers, post drivers, and pallet forks. Danuser also distributes the Postmaster/Slab Blaster and Auger Bucket. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Danuser supplies ball joints, rod and bar ends, linkages, Klik Pins, and a variety of other parts and assemblies for manufacturers in the ag, turf care, construction, and fluid power industries.

Company founder K. B. Danuser’s words remain the company’s motto: “Good enough won’t do – it must be right.”

On October 28, 2010, Glenn and Janea Danuser flew to Buffalo, Oklahoma for the check presentation. Dealer representative Chris Kelln and distributor representatives L. R. Sights and Kevin Wolters also drove to Mr. Mahaffey’s farm. Pictured left to right are Kevin Wolters and L. R. Sights (Southwest Distributing Company, Inc.), David Mahaffey (winner), Chris Kelln (Western Equipment, LLC), and Janea and Glenn Danuser (Danuser).

Everyone at Danuser congratulates Mr. Mahaffey and they thank him for being a Danuser customer! Visit www.danuser.com to learn more about Danuser products.

Contest rules stated the customer must purchase a serial-numbered Danuser Attachment between January 1, 2010 and October 1, 2010 and return the warranty registration.

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Ball, Keilty Families Contribute $100,000 to Hereford Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Ed and Virginia Ball Foundation donated $50,000 to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), and their daughter Nancy and her husband, Tim Keilty, have matched the donation in honor of the Balls to create a total contribution of $100,000.

“This generous gift brings us one step closer to reaching the $5 million dollar goal set by the HYFA,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation.

The original donation was made from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Muncie, Ind., of which Nancy is the director, and Tim and Nancy Keilty made their matching contribution in the name of their operation, Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich. Because of these generous donations, an annual $2,500 scholarship will be presented by HYFA as the Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm scholarship.

Visit HerefordYouthFoundation.org for more information or contact Amy Cowan at [email protected] or 816-842-3757.

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Bunge North America Pledges $1,000,000 to Farm Safety Programs That Protect Rural Youth

Increase will make farm safety and health education programs possible for nearly 77,000 children

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 29, 2010 — Bunge North America has doubled its support of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. Thanks to a $1 million sponsorship pledge, nearly 77,000 children will be able to participate in farm and ranch safety and health education programs over the next five years.

“The entire Bunge North America team is thrilled to extend our relationship with the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program through 2015,” explains David Kabbes, senior vice president, corporate and legal affairs for Bunge North America. “We firmly believe in what Safety Days are all about, and our sponsorship reflects Bunge’s commitment to not only promoting the safety and well-being of our employees but to extending this safety focus to our customers and the communities where we operate.”

Bunge North America has been a leading sponsor of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days since 2006. Since becoming a sponsor, the company has contributed more than $500,000 to the program, helping further efforts aimed at protecting rural youth.

Contribution goes beyond dollars

In addition to providing financial support, Bunge North America employees in the U.S. and Canada have played a key role in making Safety Days possible for their local communities. Many volunteer in coordinator roles, working to develop and execute Safety Days from start to finish.

“Shortly after learning about the Safety Day program, I knew it was something I wanted to get involved with,” recalls Chris Poggendorf, Bunge North America safety director and Safety Day coordinator for Vermilion County, Ill. “It’s a real joy to work with kids at each event. They’re eager to learn, and they take the lessons we teach them to heart. Many times, they can’t wait to race home to share what they’ve learned with their parents.”

Poggendorf hosts one Safety Day event annually, and participates in many others. He often reaches out to local teachers and school officials to generate awareness and interest in the program. Some of the topics youth are able to explore with Poggendorf include grain, chemical, seat belt, all-terrain vehicle and lawnmower safety, among others. He notes that with education at an earlier age, children develop better habits and practices that they will eventually bring into the workforce.

Safety Day is a program dedicated to making farm and ranch life safer and healthier for all children through education and training. These one-day events teach children safety and health lessons that can keep them and those around them safer and healthier at home, or on a farm or ranch. In addition to the topics Poggendorf mentions, bicycle, farm equipment, food and weather safety are just a few more of the 30 plus topics for which the Progressive Agriculture Foundation provides curriculum and coordinator training.

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company. Bunge North America supplies raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, food service and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible-oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America and a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. In 2008, PAF was awarded the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal, demonstrating its commitment to accountability and ethical practices. Safety Day applications are due each July 15 for Safety Days that will be conducted the following calendar year.

Ag Facts: Cattle, Corn, Greenhouse Gases, Hormones, Heart Disease

post.jpg "Barbed wire was the first piece of technology in the cattle industry. In the last 50 years, beef production has doubled. One out of six jobs in the U.S. are in the agriculture industry today.” These were just a few of the fun tidbits offered by Gary Sides, a beef and feedlot nutritionist with Pfizer Animal Health, who I had the opportunity to listen to just a few weeks ago in Sioux Falls, SD. His presentation was about technology in the beef cattle industry, and there are a few facts and figures I want to share with you.

Did you know?

-Pastures, maintained primarily by cattle ranchers, provide habitat for 75% of America’s wildlife.

-Beef cattle consume just 5% of the world’s total grain production, and they account for less than 3% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions.

-There are 8 nanograms of estrogen found in an untreated steer; there are 11 nanograms in an implanted steer.

-Peas contain 2,000 nanograms of estrogen, soybean oil has a whopping 1 million nanograms, and one birth control pill has the same amount of estrogen as 125,000 lbs. of beef from an implanted steer.

-While Americans have a million choices about the foods they eat, 23,000 African children die each day from starvation and malnutrition.

-U.S. capita consumption of sugar is 150 lbs. each year. Saturated fat does not cause heart disease. Studies show that refined carbohydrates like sugars are a major risk factor for high cholesterol, heart problems and diabetes.

-Half the fatty acids in lean beef are monounsaturated, the same heart-healthy type found in olive oil.

Hopefully, one or all of these facts and figures will trigger a positive conversation about agriculture this week. Share these BEEF Daily Quick Facts provided by Sides with someone new today using Facebook, Twitter or email.

boy-and-his-bottle-calf-by-amy-leslie.jpg Notice: Because of technical difficulties with the newsletter, I have opened up the polls for the BEEF Daily Fall Harvest Photo Contest until today, Nov. 30. Send in your vote for the best photo in the finalists group, and help your favorite photographer win fun prizes. Click here to view the complete album.

Higher Cattle Prices In 2011?

It has been some time since I addressed live cattle and feeders, writes Sue Martin for AGWEEK.

Seasonally, cattle futures tend to rally into the first full week of December. Thus far, this year’s behavior for cattle futures going into December appears to be fully seasonal. The cash market has been rising along with an explosive move in the Choice/Select spread along with an aggressive chain speed.

Packers have shown they are willing to pay up for cattle, even when I hear rumors that meat may be backing up. Traditionally, cattle prices slip from about Dec. 5-8 into Christmas and perhaps into the new year. December cattle closed last week on highs and it appears prices will be higher. The all-time high on a December contract is $115.35/cwt., so higher highs here could push this market in early December to $105/cwt.

To read the entire article, link here.

Food Insecurity Has Increased In Recent Years

A recent USDA report showed 15% of Americans experienced food insecurity in 2009. State figures show participation in the Wisconsin's FoodShare program increased 25% from 2008 to 2009. In some parts of the state, demand shot up more than 50%.

Not everyone qualifies for food stamps and they may not be enough. That's where pantries come in. Andy Czerkas runs a food pantry, The River, in Superior, WI. On a recent Friday night, the clatter of plates and chatter of people livened up a huge warehouse where people were eating a hot dinner and picking out food for later. Czerkas says the atmosphere is really upbeat, with music and flowers on the table.

“We want people to feel welcome and have a good time," he says.

To read the entire article, link here.

Proposed Rule Sparks Controversy

When the 2008 Farm Bill was signed into law, it included language directing USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) to establish new criteria for the USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to consider in determining whether an undue or unreasonable preference had occurred in violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

In June, nearly a year after the congressionally mandated deadline for release, new regulation proposals were announced. Known as the GIPSA rule, the proposals have become very controversial throughout the livestock and poultry segments of the agriculture industry.

“Concerning to us is that many of the provisions in this rule are based on proposals and amendments that were defeated by Congress during debate on the 2008 Farm Bill,” says Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “The components of this proposed rule hurt producers and could drastically change the way cattle are marketed in the U.S.”

Read on to learn what supporters have to say about the GIPSA rule. Check out Joe Roybal's latest, GIPSA Comment Period Ends; What Now?

Home Sweet Home

home-sweet-home.jpg My grandmother often tells stories of her first year of marriage to Grandpa. The wedding was a simple one, and their beginnings were modest. Grandma said their first farmhouse had an old corn stove in the kitchen, and she would have to gather cobs and husks to burn for cooking. She remembers purchasing their first section of land, and the entire neighborhood gossiped that they would never pay it off. Three kids, nine grandchildren and many cattle and crop harvests later, she can offer seasoned advice to us in our own beginnings.

As a married couple, Tyler and I have been enjoying plenty of "firsts." Our first Thanksgiving was shared with family and friends last week, and I'm anxiously anticipating our first Christmas together. All of these moments are very exciting and memorable, but one I will most treasure is buying our first piece of land together. A few weeks ago, after months of waiting and praying, we finally signed on a place located just a half-mile from my parents' farm. Ever since, we have been busy moving, unpacking and making the new place feel like home.

hills.jpg While the big jump into land debt was scary and overwhelming, it's so exciting to explore the empty barns and cattle yards and make plans for the future. Where will we put the feed bunks? Which pen should house the sale bulls? Could we set up for AI'ing here? Would this make the perfect place to calve out heifers? What should we call the place? What market will we focus on? How can we get this place to start making money, as a farm should?

As we make plans, I feel like I'm in the same spot my grandma was so many years ago. Is this how she felt when buying their first farm? Was she as scared as I am? Was she proud of the person she chose to share this life with? Looking at the legacy they built together after so many lean years in the beginning, I can't help but think maybe this is the start of our legacy, one we will share with our future children and grandchildren.

rolling-hills.jpg I will admit I was hesitant about sharing this exciting news with the thousands of readers on the BEEF Daily blog. After all, the place you rest your head at night is very personal. However, you have always been there to offer advice and words of wisdom at every milestone I have had the last couple of years -- graduating from college, choosing a career path, getting engaged, walking down the aisle, buying cattle and now this. It's with great pride that I announce this news, but the announcement also comes with humility knowing that I still have a great deal to learn.

What advice do you have for a beginning farmer or rancher? What lessons did you learn from your early days? Did you, too, feel the whirlwind of emotions at taking the big leap into the tough but rewarding world of cattle production? Everyone has a beginning, right? What's your story? I would be honored to hear it.

Beef Industry Long Range Planning Task Force Sets Priorities

In the second meeting of the Beef Industry Long Range Planning Task Force, Nov. 22-23 in Denver, 20 beef industry leaders developed the framework for a three-year strategic plan. The task force, representing every segment of the U.S. beef industry, drafted a vision and mission statement and outlined six core strategies vital to the future of the industry.

The draft vision: “An industry united around a common goal of being the world’s most trusted and preferred source of beef products.”

The draft mission: “To work collectively in providing the safest, highest-quality beef and beef products for our growing and increasingly diverse domestic and global customers to ensure sustainability for the environment and future generations.”

The six core strategies vital to achieving the vision and mission are to:

  • Capitalize on global growth opportunities
  • Increase domestic demand for beef
  • Grow the U.S. cowherd
  • Strengthen beef-industry image
  • Protect and enhance our freedom to operate
  • Improve intra-industry relationships, trust, and openness

“I’m excited by the discussion and depth of thinking around this table,” says co-chair Charles Miller, owner of C&J Cattle Co., Nicholasville, KY. “We’re going to bring some innovative thinking to the core strategies we identified.”

“This is a work in progress and we will be gathering additional input from stakeholders in the industry,” says co-chair Robert Rebholtz, president and CEO of Agri Beef Co., Boise, ID. “This plan will guide the entire industry over the next three years. It is important to get it right.”

The task force will meet again in January to complete a draft of the long-range plan in early 2011 for consideration by the directors of various industry organizations.

Late-Autumn Management Tips For The Cow

The weather has been great this fall, says Dave Barz, DVM of Parkston, SD. The harvest is completed and most of the fall tillage work is finished as well. The warm temperatures and lack of precipitation have made it easy to maintain gestating cows. Still, we can improve cow condition and decrease feed costs by simply following a few management rules now.

• Lice – Lice are a common problem in our area. We believe it is best to pour your cows now, before the weather gets cold. Lice reproduction increases drastically when the weather gets cold – pouring now minimizes populations. If lice populations increase when the weather gets cold, cattle may need to be re-poured.

• Deworm: We routinely deworm cows at this time of year. It has become very easy to administer through orals, injectables and pour-ons. In recent years we have seen resistance build to pour-ons. Several local feed stores have done egg counts on herds several weeks after pouring. They found very similar parasite egg counts before and after administering pour-ons. The injectable administration lowered the egg numbers significantly, but orals had the greatest response in removing internal parasites. With new formulations, these dewormers can be drenched or fed in the form of blocks or as pellets mixed in the ration. Once our producers orally deworm cows, they continue to do so because they feel they save feed and the cows are easier to condition.

To read the entire article, link here.