Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5 packer concerns about show steers & how 4-H families can help Jun 15, 2016 by Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily

Summer is here, kids are out of school, and if they participate in 4-H, FFA or junior breed association activities, chances are they’ve been busy this month washing, leading and working on their show calves in preparation for upcoming shows. I love the life lessons that kids learn from showing cattle; however, with the intense competition also comes those parents and kids who might be willing to step over the line of integrity in order to win. This is not only wrong, but it’s unacceptable when it comes time to slaughter these market beef animals. At the end of the day, we are teaching kids to raise a safe, nutritious beef product, and that should always be at the forefront of parents’ mind and be kept at a higher priority than winning and losing.Of course, sometimes mistakes can be made, too, so it’s not always an ulterior motive that creates problems with show animals. It’s important for everyone — from the novice beginner showman to the experienced, highly-motivated veteran — to be aware of packer issues and work to negate them. Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship associate, recently shared information presented in a webinar by Paula Alexander, Tyson project manager for sustainable food production and food safety quality assurance, about the specific challenges packers face when handling show animals at the plant. Alexander said show animals pose five general packer challenges including: 1. Residue sampling increases “Product may be held if positive for further testing and additional tracking in plant, which could result in the loss of product if it tests positive,” says Carroll. 2. Scheduling of employees Carroll writes, “USDA/FSIS requests that all show animals are harvested first in the day or ‘A Shift’ because of increased sampling needs.” 3. Carcass data collection Alexander explained in her webinar that show animals require more people to do tag transfer and carcass data collection, which may slow down the line. 4. Mobility of the animals I doubt this refers to show steers that just complete a state fair and headed to the packing plant, but perhaps Alexander is referring to the club calves that are born crippled or the ones that didn’t make the cut because of their structure and mobility. Like all beef animals, not just show animals, “They must be able to walk to the restrainer/knock box on their own or they will be condemned,” says Carroll. 5. Bruises or injection site lesions Any time an animal requires a shot, it can leave an injection site if Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) protocols aren’t followed. These injection site lesions require, “trimming off the damaged muscle, which means the plant loses money and increases employee’s trimming time on carcasses,” says Carroll. Carroll explains, “Alexander outlined the United States National Residue Program of the chemicals that are tested and the process each plant is required to go through to ensure all meat is safe. Packing plants have plans to minimize the risk of presence in the meat of chemical hazards, such as drug and medication residues. “As part of this plan, packers typically require affidavits and/or treatment records for cattle and hogs they buy from state youth projects or market animal shows. Packers typically require these documents be provided prior to arrival or with the incoming truck of animals. Several examples of these documents and the required phrases were provided in her presentation slides for viewers to see.” So what can the parents and 4-H members do to responsibly show cattle and ensure a high-quality beef product? The answer is pretty much common sense, but it’s worth reiterating. Carroll writes that 4-H families should, “Guarantee industry best practices through BQA programs where both parents and youth complete the training. Adhere to drug label withdrawal times carefully. Communicate with the buyer or plant if withdrawal time on any animals is missed. Understand we are all responsible for producing safe food. Be proactive and assist youth to implement best management practices that result in safe food products.” Alexander also said in the webinar, “When Tyson receives animals from a fair and there is an issue with an animal from that group, it taints the view for that fair, not just that one individual. So everybody needs to work together and understand what’s happening in that organization and not just their animals.” Read more of Carroll’s summation of the webinar here. Also, check out the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Animal Care Resources for additional information on how 4-H youth can learn to responsibly manage their beef animals. The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.


WHAT IS THE "VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE"? 10/11/2016 ...and what does this have to do with my ranch, dairy, farm, or show animals? Why are we now discussing VFD's and VFD drugs? Beginning January 1, 2017 a certain class of livestock drugs will find their way onto the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug list. In 1996 Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA, Public Law 104-250) to regulate new animal drugs used in or on animal feed. These uses were limited to those allowed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. These drugs were termed Veterinary Feed Directive drugs or VFD drugs. Continue reading... For additional information, click on the following links: Read full story on the VFD here List of distributors by state registered to sell the VFD drugs (to date) The FDA site for the Veterinary Feed Directive List of the drugs transitioning

Monday, August 29, 2016

October – November - December 2016 issue of the New Mexico 4-H Leaderline newsletter is now online.

The October – November - December 2016 issue of the New Mexico 4-H Leaderline newsletter is now online. To read the new issue of Leaderline, go to http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/documents/october-november-december-2016-leaderline_online_copy.pdf . To read past issues, go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/newsletters.html and select a newsletter. For more information about the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Program, including how to join, call the County Extension Office near you at http://aces.nmsu.edu/county/.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Eddy County 4-H possition posted

County Agricultural/4-H Agent 1600099F New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service 310550-Admin and Prm Unit Eddy Cnty 08/04/2016 -Provide leadership, guidance and training to adults in providing opportunities for youth to participate in various 4-H delivery modes throughout the county as required. -Conduct youth programming in the areas of agriculture and natural resources. -Collaborate with youth serving community organizations and agencies to help further Extension 4-H/Youth Development programs. -Recruit, train and…

Monday, August 8, 2016

NM Sheep photo Contest.

"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself." -Albert Einstein The New Mexico Livestock Board and the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. invite kids, ages 18 and under, to submit pictures for a photo contest, Aug. 5 - Oct. 5, 2016. This contest supports the local economy, displays New Mexico raised sheep in our environment and creates youth awareness about Scrapie eradication. First prize includes a $100 Tractor Supply gift card, and the winning photograph will be featured in the NM Stockman magazine. • Pictures must be of sheep and goats, any breed or number, and contestants can enter all the pictures they want. The sheep can be owned by the participant or belong to someone else. People may be included in the photographs. • All submissions must include the attached Permission & Liability Waiver form completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the participant. • Digital and print photos are both acceptable. Prints can be dropped off or mailed, but MUST be postmarked by 10/5/16 to: New Mexico Livestock Board 300 San Mateo Blvd. NE Suite 1000 Albuquerque, NM 87108 • Digital images can be e-mailed to statevet@nmlbonline.com • Pictures must be in good taste: acts of cruelty or vulgarity will not be accepted. • A person submitting photos acknowledges that his/her photo(s) will not be returned. By submitting, the contestant grants permission for his/her photo(s) to be used by New Mexico Livestock Board and the New Mexico Wool Grower´s, Inc. for a Scrapie brochure featuring New Mexico sheep. Additional photos may be used for other educational materials and marketing purposes by the above mentioned parties and the NM Stockman magazine. Happy Sheep Photo Contest Details and Waiver.pdf

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ride for the Clover 2016!

Good afternoon, I am excited to announce the upcoming fourth annual motorcycle tour Ride for the 4-H Clover, August 26-28. Regent Mike Cheney will again be participating in this year’s ride. Regent Cheney’s vision for the motorcycle tour is to increase awareness of the importance of 4-H youth programs and the Cooperative Extension Service. This year’s ride will not only be a great opportunity to learn about Extension and Research programs in the College of ACES, but also an opportunity to support the New Mexico 4-H Program. You will experience great fellowship and the beauty of northern New Mexico. We currently have 64 riders registered for this year’s Ride for the 4-H Clover. If you have not yet registered, please consider doing so, we would love to have you join us. Anyone who wishes to participate but is not a motorcycle rider is certainly welcome. To find out more information about the motorcycle tour and to register for the ride visit the link at http://ridefortheclover.nmsu.edu or call 505-983-4615. Thank you again and hope you can join us for this year’s Ride for the 4-H Clover, Jon. Jon Boren New Mexico State University Associate Dean and Director Cooperative Extension Service P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3AE Las Cruces, NM 88003 (office) 575.646.3015 (fax) 575.646.7042 jboren@nmsu.edu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Come join us for the Paper Clover Drive at the Tractor Supply in Carlsbad! 100% of the proceeds go towards the benefit of 4-H and 60 - 65% of the proceeds come back to support the Eddy County 4-H Program! You can donate $1 or more by buying a paper clover at the check-out! Thanks for your support!!