As exhibitors and their families prepare for national livestock shows, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Chris Clark reminds everyone to be aware of the new USDA rule requiring official identification for all interstate commerce.
"The final rule for animal disease traceability went into effect March 11, and it requires official identification and an official certificate of veterinary inspection for nearly all livestock crossing state lines," Clark said. "This includes all livestock - including cattle and bison less than 18 months of age - moving across state lines for exhibitions, rodeos, shows, and similar events."
Generally, beef cattle and bison under 18 months of age are exempt and do not require official ID at this time, but Clark said this exemption does not apply to livestock traveling for exhibition.
"All cattle and bison traveling across state lines for exhibitions, rodeos, and other recreational events require official ID, regardless of age," he said.
The American Royal in Kansas City ends Nov. 3, and the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Ky., is set for Nov. 9-22. It is vital that those intending to exhibit at shows to be sure they have all proper show and USDA required identification and other forms now. The same will be true for future regional and national livestock exhibitions such as the Fort Worth Stock Show and the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Clark said official identification is specifically defined for each species and it is imperative that exhibitors and their families understand what constitutes official identification for the species they intend to exhibit.
Cargill to close West Texas feedlot
LOCKNEY, Texas - The drought has led Cargill to announce plans to close its cattle feedlot in Lockney.
The Plainview Daily Herald reported that the yard will shut down next summer. Cargill spokesman Mike Martin cited dwindling numbers in the region's cattle supply for the planned closure of Cargill Cattle Feeders Lockney, about 45 miles northeast of Lubbock. He also says the cost of feed has risen during the drought, which in Texas dates to 2011.
The feedlot opened in 1985. The site employs about 45 workers and can handle about 6,200 cattle. Martin said the company will assist Lockney employees wishing to seek other jobs with Cargill.
South Dakota conference to focus on beef barns
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Beef barns of all types are becoming more common in the upper Midwest, but there's still a lot to learn about them. Several states are combining to conduct an informational conference.
The one-day Beef Facilities Conference will be Nov. 21 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls. The conference is a cooperative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
"The purpose of the conference is two-fold," said Beth Doran, ISU beef program specialist. "Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance."
The conference is tailored to feedlot producers, beef consultants, building contractors, engineers and consultants, state and federal agency staff and extension and university professionals.
Conference information, registration materials and potential sponsorships are available online at www.aep.iastate.edu/ facility/. Registration is $40 if registered by Nov. 14. Students receive a $15 discount. Fees will increase $20 after Nov. 14 for all participants.