Archive for December 2010

1. Labor Savings of 45% – 50% Feeding 4-6 times
per day (24-hour period) compared to 2-3 hand feedings

(7-10 hour period).

2. 25% Increase in total feed intake during lactation.

3. Average of 8% Increase in breed back.

4. 1 – 2 Pounds Increase in weaning weight at 15 – 17
days with some farms averaging 13.5 to 14.1 pounds.

1 – 2 Pound Increase in weaning = decreased death loss in nursery.
1 – 2 Pound Increase in weaning = reduce days to market by 10 days.

Average savings of $5.12 per pig.
Average savings of $115.22 per sow per year.

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Krogmann Manufacturing of Sabetha, Kan., recently unveiled their newest product, the Krogmann feeder trailer, designed to efficiently transport and feed large round bales to cattle on location.

This feeder trailer was built to keep hay waste at a very minimum. Results have shown the Krogmann to save between 20 percent to 30 percent of hay over conventional hay feeders.

The racks will fold flat for moving hay off fields and they quickly fold in feeder position saving time. Producers can load and haul or feed without getting off the tractor. Each model can hold and feed several large round bales.

Trailer level height allows cattle easy access to hay with less waste, saving fuel, time and hay. The standard size feeder trailer comes in 20-foot or 28-foot lengths.

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By John Craig The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Publication: LexisNexis
Date: Friday, February 5 2010
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Feb. 5–Spokane County commissioners got a crash course Thursday in ranching, international trade and the difficulty of weighing a cattle truck.

A delegation of area cattlemen and Otis Orchards residents asked commissioners to crack down on Canadian cattle trucks that bypass the Washington port of entry at Stateline, Idaho.

Valleyford cattleman Will Wolf said some 9,000 Canadian trucks a year take an out-of-the-way route through Idaho into Washington on Trent Avenue instead of Interstate 90.

The only logical reason for that is to avoid being weighed and inspected, said Wolf and about a half-dozen other members of the Spokane County Cattlemen and the Cattle Producers of Washington.

The ranchers complained that less-regulated Canadian cattle threaten their industry with tuberculosis and other diseases, as well as economic competition. The first U.S. case of mad cow disease was imported from Canada — through Spokane County, they said.

Consistently overloaded trucks damage local roads, they added.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Bob Sola, one of two Spokane County commercial vehicle deputies, said trying to weigh cattle trucks with portable scales is difficult and unpleasant.

Cattle answer the call of nature no matter who or what is under their truck. Even if officers escape personal indignity, they have to cart around smelly scales in the backs of their SUVs for the rest of the day.

Otis Orchards community activist Cindy Marshall thought a new port of entry on Trent Avenue might help.

Sola said sheriff’s officials are thinking about seeking donated land for an inspection pullout. They’re also working on a grant to beef up enforcement.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the issue is a priority for him because he hears about Canadian cattle trucks every time he attends an event in Otis Orchards.

“I hear more about those trucks than I do about sex offenders or speeding,” Knezovich said.

Commissioners Bonnie Mager and Todd Mielke said commissioners are planning a public hearing to consider barring heavy trucks from Harvard Road — which is one of several arterials the truckers use to reach the freeway.

Harvard Road is the only cattle-truck route even partially controlled by the county, and part of Harvard is in Liberty Lake.

The ranchers plan to ask Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and Washington state to take similar action. Trent Avenue and Pines Road are state highways.

Perhaps the biggest need identified in Thursday’s meeting is a state law requiring out-of-state trucks to go to the port of entry.

Sola said trucks are free to take back roads around a weigh station. Even if they drive right past a port of entry, the only penalty is a $124 fine for violating a traffic sign, he said.

Marshall and the ranchers have contacted several state legislators about that.

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By Lauren Pack, Staff Writer, daytondailynews.com
Updated 10:51 AM Saturday, July 3, 2010

HAMILTON — A Liberty Twp. man has been accused of tipping the scales in his favor when weighing cows at an Oxford livestock business.

Fernand Lee Allart, 75, 6440 Yankee Road, faces two felonies and two misdemeanor counts involving theft and deception for allegedly putting magnets on scales at Tri-State Livestock on College Corner Pike, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Allart is accused of attaching the magnets to reduce weights, cheating farmers by changing the weight of cattle in favor of Allart and the company for which he worked. The company and owner have been dealt with separately through the state department of agriculture and were not criminally charged.

Charges were filed Friday, July 2, against Allart in Butler County Area I Court in Oxford, but no court date has been set. He was taken into custody and booked into the Butler County Jail.

“This is the worst case of cow tipping we have ever seen,” joked Sheriff Richard K. Jones, who added that the crime is a serious one. “Farming is such a tough business to begin with,” he said, “and during one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression, the farmer takes another hit at the market.”

Jones said using the magnets is the equivalent of a butcher sneaking his thumb onto the meat scales.
The alleged scam was detected by representatives of the department of agriculture, according to Deputy County Auditor Mike Tilton.

Allart is charged with prohibitions (improper weighing of livestock), a fourth-degree felony; theft by deception, a fifth-degree felony; misrepresentation of price, a second-degree misdemeanor; and prohibitions (incorrect weights and measures), a second-degree misdemeanor.

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MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR INDUSTRIAL SCALE CATTLE OPERATIONS
IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON BIOME1

The following criteria apply to all agribusiness companies operating within the Brazilian Amazon biome, hereafter referred to as COMPANIES, and for all and any property which supplies COMPANIES with cattle, including beef, leather and other cattle by-products. These criteria must be met as pre-conditions to any purchase or commercial contract and in all relevant operations of the COMPANIES, their affiliates and subsidiaries. The criteria shall not be used to justify future deforestation of any kind in any other region.

1. ZERO DEFORESTATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN:
No new deforestation for cattle ranching will be accepted after 4 October 2009*.
a) Within a period of six months after the signing of the commitment to adopt these criteria, COMPANIES commit to proving, in a manner that can be monitored, verified and reported, that no rural property which directly supplies cattle for slaughtering (fattening farms) and is engaged in deforestation in the Amazon biome after the reference date of this
agreement, is on its supplier list.
b) Within a period of two years after the signing of the commitment to adopt these criteria, COMPANIES commit to proving, in a manner that can be monitored, verified and reportable, that none of their indirect suppliers
(such as rearing and nursery farms involved in the COMPANIES’ supply chain) engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after the reference date of this agreement, is on the supplier list.
c) Within a period of six months, the COMPANY will reassess, together with Greenpeace and other stakeholders, the deadlines related to indirect suppliers quoted on item 1.b.
d) Rural properties in the Amazon biome where deforestation is proven to be taking place after the reference date of this agreement will be excluded from the COMPANY’s list of suppliers and will only be accepted again
after they have proved environmental damages have been repaired,

*Marfrig’s committment came into force on 22 June 2009, Bertin on 14 August 2009, JBSFriboi on 23 September 2009, Minerva on 4 October 2009.
1The limits of Brazilian biomes are defined by IBGE (the Brazilian Institute of Geography
and Statistics). IBGEs map is available at:
ftp://geoftp.ibge.gov.br/mapas/tematicos/mapas_murais/biomas.pdf. have signed the Terms of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC), any applicable fines have been paid and can provide evidence of complying with current environmental legislation into force, including complying with the one related to land tenure.

2. REJECTION OF INVASION OF INDIGENOUS LANDS AND PROTECTED AREAS:
COMPANIES and their products must be free from involvement in the invasion of indigenous lands and protected areas under federal, State or municipal law.
a) Farms accused by the Public Prosecution Office (MPF) or FUNAI (the National Agency dealing with Indigenous Issues) of invading Indigenous lands; which are included in the list of properties embargoed by IBAMA (the Brazilian Environmental Agency); or which have been fined by State or Federal authorities for invading protected areas, will be removed from the COMPANIES’ list of suppliers, at the moment in which the COMPANY becomes well aware of the facts. Those farms will only be accepted again after they have proved environmental damages have been repaired, have signed a Terms of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC), any applicable fines have been paid and can provide evidence of complying with current legislation established by the Ministry of Labour (MTE), the Public Prosecution Office (MPF), FUNAI, IBAMA, and others.

3. REJECTION OF SLAVERY WORK:
COMPANIES must sign and comply strictly with the National Pact against Slave
Labour.
a) Farms engaged in slavery will be excluded from the COMPANIES’ list of suppliers, at the moment in which the COMPANY becomes aware of the facts, for a two-year period and will only be accepted again after providing evidence of complying with current legislation established by the Ministry of Labour (MTE) and by the Public Prosecution Office (MPF).

4. REJECTION OF LAND GRABBING AND LAND CONFLICTS:
a) The COMPANY will remove from its list of suppliers (direct and indirect), at the moment in which the COMPANY becomes aware of the facts, those producers accused of land grabbing by the Public Prosecution Office (MPF) or by the relevant land authorities of Federal or State Governments, or those convicted of involvement in land conflicts based on the accusations of the Public Prosecution. Those farms will only be accepted again after they have signed the Terms of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC) or if the accusation has been dropped.

5. A MONITORABLE, VERIFIABLE AND REPORTABLE TRACKING SYSTEM:
Cattle and by-products shall only be supplied by farms or groups who have formally committed to adopting a trustworthy tracking system which, apart from meeting current demands – such as those established by the SISBOV system currently in place, also includes clear environmental criteria aimed at putting an end to deforestation.
a) Within the periods established in item 1.a) and 1.b) of this agreement, COMPANIES must obtain from their direct and indirect suppliers geographically-referenced polygons of rural properties taken with GPS equipments at an adequate scale, with clear definition of their limits and areas of use and non-use, together with recent satellite imagery of the
farm’s area.
b) COMPANIES will have to confirm that direct and indirect suppliers have their rural properties registered within six months and/or be in possession of the corresponding environmental permit in 24 months, which must be issued by State or Federal government, as long as there is no impediment of doing so due to the actions of third parties.
c) Within a period which must not exceed five years, COMPANIES will only accept as suppliers those rural producers who are able to prove they are in possession of legal land titles. All properties must present satellite imagery and geographically-referenced polygons taken with GPS equipments, showing the areas of use, legal reserve (RL) and protected
areas.
d) COMPANIES must prove, in a way that can be monitored, verified and reported, the origin of all cattle products and by-products by means of reliable and internationally accepted tracking systems. They must also be able to prove that deforestation, slavery, invasion of indigenous lands and protected areas are not part of their supply chain.
e) COMPANIES must prove they have complied with the commitments in this document through an independent,respectable and internationally accepted auditing system.

6. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN COMMITMENTS:
COMPANIES must inform their suppliers of all above requirements and must make clear that those which are not in accordance with these criteria will not be accepted as suppliers. A commission shall be constituted for monitoring and
following-up the protocol hereafter signed with the aim of analyzing, studying and correcting the path of the sector towards the goal of zero deforestation. With these aims, the commission will meet every month with representatives of
the cattle sector, NGOs, clients, financial system and government.

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