Friday, January 31, 2014

Napier not just cattle feed

Napier Pakchong 1 which we have previously termed as the Super Napier from Thailand is not just for feeding cattle.
In fact, one businessman with a lot of foresight thinks that there is a much bigger potential for this fast-growing grass for energy generation rather than as animal feed. That means fuel for the big manufacturing companies like cement plants or electric plants.
How? Well, as the claim of the developer as well as the farmer planters of Pakchong 1, this napier is a super producer of biomass. It could produce as much as 500 tons of biomas per hectare in a cycle of one year. More . . .

Article Source: Manila Bulletin

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

WALLA WALLA COUNTY, WASHINGTON  - The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state.

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New government website for Cattle Raising information

BaLinkBayan is a one-stop online portal dedicated to the overseas Filipino. With the steady inflow of remittances to the Philippines and the growing awareness of its potential for sustenance and development, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) recognized the need to establish BaLinkBayan. A quip on the Filipino word balikbayan (a returning overseas Filipino), Balinkbayan is a means to connect Filipino individuals and communities to the Philippines through the Diaspora to Development (D2D) program of the CFO. This program promotes and supports diaspora-driven initiatives such as investment, philanthropy, and technology and skills transfer.

 The Cattle Raising page has a profile and Types of Cattle Raising information and other pages which still has to be populated with data.

It also contains tab pages on a per region basis of cattle price trends and contact informatiion for Technical assistance, Financing Institutions and related organizations. 

Generally this is a good site if it has all the information.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Livestock Production Report January to June 2013

Agriculture grew by 1.44 percent in the first half of 2013. Output increments from the livestock, poultry and fisheries subsectors contributed to the overall production gain during the period. The crops subsector suffered a contraction. At current prices, gross earnings in agriculture amounted to P697.2 billion, higher by 0.88 percent than last year's record

The crops subsector which shared 51.79 percent in total agricultural output recorded a 0.54 percent decline. Palay output grew by 1.34 percent. Corn, coconut, sugarcane and banana came down with lower production during the period. The subsector grossed P375.1 billion at current prices. This was 4.30 percent lower than last year's performance.

Livestock production increased by 2.12 percent. The subsector contributed 15.53 percent to total agricultural production. Production increases were noted for hog at 2.36 percent and cattle at 2.28 percent. At current prices, the subsector grossed P111.8 billion, up by 11.43 percent from last year's earnings.

The poultry subsector accounted for 14.58 percent of the total agricultural production. It registered 4.39 percent growth in output. Chicken production which increased by 5.05 percent was the main source of growth. The subsector grossed P86.4 billion at current prices. This was 6.25 percent higher from last year's earnings.

On the average, farmgate prices went down by 0.56 percent in the first half of 2013. The crops subsector posted an average price decline of 3.78 percent. Prices in the livestock subsector increased by an average of 9.12 percent. Poultry subsector had a 1.78 percent price gain this year. In the fisheries subsector, prices inched up by an average of 0.94 percent.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cattle Project for OFWs

A novel investment scheme for a cow-calf operation designed especially for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is being offered by King Ranch, a successful beef cattle breeding and fattening operation in Batangas which is expanding to a 10,000-hectare farm in Palawan.

King Carlos, who is managing the ranch together with his father Alex, says that the project was particularly crafted for returning overseas workers, many of whom are being returning home because of growing political tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere.

He cited the political tensions in Egypt as well as in Syria which are displacing many of the workers there, forcing them to return to the Philippines without assurance of a well-paying job. The other development that is causing serious concern is the Saudization in Saudi Arabia. More

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Triple J Manufacturing

September 2, 2012

With the ongoing  internal management issue with Triple J Manufacturing, it is advisable not to do any transaction with them at the moment. As a cattle raiser I have inquired and even have plans of ordering their products.

Hopefully things can be sorted out and things would go back to business as usual.

Friday, August 10, 2012

How do you classify your cattle?

Basing on physical appearance this will be  some sort of a guide on how to classify the quality of your cattle
Severely emaciated; starving and weak; no palpable fat detectable over backbone or ribs; tailhead and individual ribs prominently visible. Normal production systems cannot maintain cattle in this condition

Emaciated; but not weakened; visible muscle tissue atrophy particularly in hindquarters; backbone, tailhead and ribs prominently visible

Very thin; no fat over ribs or in brisket; backbone sharp and easily visible, slight muscle atrophy

Borderline; individual ribs noticeable but overall fat cover is lacking; increased musculature through shoulders and hindquarters; hips and backbone slightly rounded versus sharp appearance.

Moderate; increased fat cover over ribs, generally only 12th and 13th ribs are individually distinguishable; tailhead full, but not rounded.

Good; back, ribs and tailhead slightly rounded; slight fat deposition beginning to appear in brisket.

Fat; cow appears fleshy and carries fat over the back, tailhead and brisket; ribs are not visible; area around vulva, rectum and udder contain moderate fat deposits.

Very fat; squared appearance due to excess fat over back, tailhead, and hindquarters; extreme fat deposition in brisket over ribs, around vulva, rectum and within udder.

Obese; similar to very fat, but to a greater degree; majority of fat deposited in udder limits effective lactation. Under normal production systems cattle in this condition score are rare.

Now which cattle are you?

Pictures and text courtesy of Crystalyx