Ivy Animal Health, Inc., will become an operating unit of Eli Lilly
and Company's Elanco Animal Health division under an acquisition
agreement announced today by Lilly. The transaction is expected to close
near the end of the second quarter of 2007, contingent upon regulatory
Privately held Ivy was established in 1982 and includes four divisions
-- Ivy Laboratories, VetLife, Ivy Natural Solutions and AgSpan -- and
will continue to operate from its current location in Overland Park, KS,
a Lilly release says. Upon deal closing, Ivy will become a wholly owned
subsidiary of Lilly.
Jeffrey Simmons, Elanco executive director of global strategy, research
and development and operations, says the acquisition of Ivy offers a
number of strategic opportunities for Elanco, including VetLife's
current differentiated implant product line, Ivy Natural Solutions'
current and future products and services, and AgSpan's Benchmark
Knowledge Services. "Our product lines are complimentary, and together
they deliver cumulative value to our beef-producing customers," he says.
Within its Benchmark® Performance Program, Ivy Animal Health
maintains extensive databases containing live cattle and carcass
performance data as well as nutritional, financial and health
information on more than 60 million animals, and meat-quality data on
more than 26 million carcasses, its Web site says.
Richard Shuler will continue to serve as president of Ivy. He points out
Ivy and Elanco's decade-long business partnership on both the domestic
and international fronts, and says that relationship "has now been
formalized by this acquisition." He calls it "a synergistic partnership
that is beneficial to both parties and, more importantly, to the global
animal stakeholders we serve."
More info on Lilly is available at www.lilly.com, about Elanco at www.elanco.com, and Ivy at www.ivyanimalhealth.com.
-- Eli Lilly & Company news
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It's almost mind-boggling to contemplate that up to 40% of this
year's corn crop could be used in ethanol production. The demand for
ethanol and its financial incentives are only growing as energy costs
hit record price levels.
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I don't know who's responsible for this quote, but I've always liked
it -- "Inside the heart of every boy and girl is a vacuum that can only
be filled by the outside of a horse." This week, we lost one of those
special horses. He not only did his job extremely well, he changed our
He was my horse -- a show horse in the beginning -- a horse that had
never been outside of an arena until he was four years old, when we
brought him home. Through countless hours, he helped shape who I became.
When I went to college, I sent him to my best friend where he helped to
raise his kids, before eventually coming back home and helping spark the
love of horses in my own children.
I knew the day was coming. He was 31 years old, and the arthritis in his
knees had gotten pretty bad. But he'd slicked off really nice this
spring, was holding his weight, and he was scheduled to help a really
bright neighbor girl through her first year of 4-H this year.
But there's a time for everything, and I was glad it happened quickly.
Grown men aren't supposed to cry, but I did. We buried him in the corner
of our tree patch, and a teary-eyed family said a prayer over him.
My old gelding made the world a better place. He gave his best effort,
and made a difference in quite a few lives. I hope they can say the same
-- Troy Marshall
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ag-chemical collection events in June:
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filters, grease, transmission fluid, diesel fuel, power steering fluid,
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- June 5 in Luling at the Luling Livestock Auction
- June 6 in Giddings at the Sons of Hermann Hall
- June 7 in Wharton at the Wharton County Youth Fairgrounds.
-- Texas Cooperative Extension release
The 40th anniversary celebration of the Beef Improvement Federation
(BIF), set for June 6-9 in the Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO,
will focus on the future of genetic evaluation and improvement with a
variety of presenters from around the country. Register and check out
the program details at www.beefimprovement.org
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970-491-2722 or Mark.Enns@Colostate.edu.
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A series of conferences for landowners wishing information on bird
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-- Southwest Farm Press
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While the farm bill normally would be the preeminent piece of
legislation everyone would be talking about at this juncture, it will be
hard for any issue to displace the Iraq military situation, says Jay
Truitt, National Cattlemen's Beef Association vice president of
government affairs in Washington, D.C.
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The OIE announcement this week that the U.S. is a controlled-risk
nation for BSE is encouraging news, says Phil Seng of the U.S. Meat
Export Federation. However, he cautions that Japan, South Korea and
other countries won't open overnight to U.S. beef. Each country has
processes and procedures in reopening their markets, he says.
We're probably not going to see countries change and open up overnight
and release or relax some of their controls. It will be a process, but
this really does help fortify our effort to get to where we want to be
as far as BSE is concerned."
Seng says U.S. beef exports are up about 14% for the first three months
of the year in both volume and value, a trend that will likely continue.
The Japanese audits of U.S. beef plants that will conclude this week
have gone well. That could lead to Japan relaxing it's 100% testing
policy of every box of U.S. beef. That, combined with Japan's admission
that the two alleged cases of BSE in cattle less than 30 months of age
were false, should be very positive for U.S. cattlemen, he says, adding
that he anticipates exports to Japan could double by August.
Meanwhile, Yonhap News quoted South Korean government and industry
sources this week as saying the OIE designation is expected to pave the
way for South Korea's import of U.S. bone-in beef. Currently only
boneless beef from U.S. cattle less than 30 months of age is eligible
for export to South Korea.
U.S. beef accounted for 75% of all beef imports before Seoul imposed a
ban in late 2003, with ribs making up a sizeable part of the package.
Today, almost 80% of exports into South Korea is controlled by
"Once the ruling becomes official on the last day of the OIE's general
assembly slated for Friday, we expect Washington to call for immediate
talks to discuss South Korea's current import guidelines," a official at
the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said.
The unidentified official said no date was set for the talks but that a
revised import rule could be reached relatively quickly because Seoul
had gone through the eight-point import risk analysis checklist with the
U.S. in 2005. The risk check is a prerequisite to any import decision
and includes such steps as conducting on-site inspections and issuing
export permits to meat processing companies, the report says.
-- Burt Rutherford
Gasoline prices rose for the fourth consecutive week for the week of
May 21, rising 11.5¢ to a national pump average for regular grade
of $3.218/gal., or 32.6¢ higher than this time last year. It's also
an all-time nominal high for gasoline for the second week in a row.
Meanwhile, a gallon of diesel at retail rose 3¢ last week after
four straight weeks of decline. The average price for the week was
$2.803/gal., or 8.5¢/gal. lower than at this time last year.
All regions, except for the West Coast, reported price increases for
gasoline, with the East Coast up 11.6¢ to $3.097, the Midwest up
15.4¢ to $3.326, and the Gulf Coast up 17.7¢ to $3.092. Prices
in the Rocky Mountains jumped 7.2¢ to $3.265, while West Coast
prices fell 0.6¢ to $3.372. The average price for regular grade in
California was down 1.4¢ to $3.436, but is still 11.3¢ above
last year's price.
Meanwhile, retail diesel on the East Coast rose 4¢ to $2.798/gal.,
the Midwest was up 3.3¢ to $2.773, and the Gulf Coast up 3.4¢
to $2.747. Only the Rocky Mountains registered a decrease, down
0.5¢ to $2.993, while the West Coast price climbed 0.2¢ to
$2.921, and California rose 0.3¢ to $2.955, 27.9¢ lower than
at this time last year.
-- U.S. Energy Information Administration
Herefords - The Efficiency Experts
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cost-driven economy. Excellent conversion, hardiness, fertility,
longevity and even disposition can help reduce input costs. These
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A number of organizations have called upon Congress to provide
sufficient funds for USDA to "immediately implement mandatory
country-of-origin labeling (COOL)."
In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture
Appropriations subcommittee, the organizations said, "The integrity and
safety of the nation's food supply is in serious jeopardy with our
citizens eating an amalgam of food produced elsewhere, with no idea of
its source. It is critically important that our food consumers be
provided with information on the source of the food because the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA have not established a food safety
inspection system sufficient to deal adequately with the tidal wave of
food imports included in our food supply."
Those signing included National Farmers Union, National Farmers
Organization, Organic Consumers Association, Organization for
Competitive Markets, R-CALF, and World Hunger Year.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C.
Young people from across the country will be loading cattle and gear
and heading for the Mile High City to take part in "A Hereford
Celebration" in Denver as the Junior National Hereford Expo takes place
Hereford youth will not only exhibit about 1,200 animals, but will take
part in numerous leadership and personal development events. For
information, go to www.jrhereford.org.
-- American Hereford Association release
The House Livestock Subcommittee considered the livestock and dairy
section of the farm bill this week. The subcommittee passed an
arbitration amendment that requires both buyer and seller to agree to
arbitration before it can be used as a tool to mediate contract
A number of amendments were discussed but were delayed until June when
the full House Agriculture Committee considers the farm bill. These
- Price reporting: Changes the definition of negotiated purchase and
negotiated sale from cattle that are scheduled for delivery to the
packer not later than 21 days (currently at 14 days and under).
- Contract: When a production contract involves investment on the part
of the producer, the contractor can't terminate or cancel a production
contract without giving the producer written notice and 90 days to
address the causes of termination. Also, a producer can't be required to
make additional capital investments that exceed the production
contract's initial investment.
- State inspection: Allow for the interstate shipment of
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C.
A number of senators have written USDA Secretary Mike Johanns urging
him to expedite the rulemaking process to carry out the Livestock
Mandatory Reporting Act. The senators said, "The Agricultural Marketing
Service is writing a rule, but until an interim final rule or final rule
is published, the mandatory reporting system will remain a voluntary
program. We ask that you expedite this process and publish an interim
final rule without delay."
Those signing the letter were Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Max Baucus
(D-MT), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Byron Dorgan (D-ND),
Michael Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Craig
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 221, which would limit
mandatory arbitration for livestock and poultry contracts. The
legislation will only allow arbitration to be used after a dispute
arises and both parties agree in writing to use arbitration. Sen. Chuck
Grassley (R-IA) is the legislation's main sponsor.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C.
Calling the situation "CSI Montana," Gov. Brian Schweitzer this week
announced that a second herd of Montana cattle on a ranch at Emigrant
tested negative for brucellosis. Officials this week confirmed that six
animals in a herd near Bridger were positive for brucellosis. Schweitzer
said the negative test leaves the state with its brucellosis-free status
intact, according to the Billings Gazette. "But it's a heck of a
warning and we're not done yet," Schweitzer said.
The disease was first noted when a load of 51 cattle from mixed sources
was shipped from Montana to Iowa, according to the Bozeman Daily
Chronicle. The cattle were tested on May 1; one animal was positive.
Investigators traced the cattle movements to Bridger where more testing
was done May 16. Some of the positive cattle came from the ranch in
While bison in Yellowstone Park are often considered a potential source
of infection, these cattle probably didn't mingle with any buffalo,
officials say. However, elk can also carry the disease and outbreaks
several years ago in Wyoming and Idaho were most likely caused by elk,
according to Teresa Howes, spokeswoman for the U.S. Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service. The herd on the Bridger ranch will need to
be depopulated for Montana to retain its brucellosis-free status, Howes
-- Burt Rutherford
Kansas State University (KSU) researchers testing a vaccine against
E. coli O157 in feedlot cattle recently completed the third study
in a series of experiments.
Sixty feedlot calves -- all testing positive for E. coli O157 --
were divided into three groups, each receiving different doses of the
vaccine (E. coli O157 Siderophore Receptor Porin) on days 0 and
21 of the eight-week experiment. Group one, the control group, received
a placebo vaccine, while group two was administered 2cc of the vaccine,
and group three was given 3cc.
Total prevalence of E. coli O157 in cattle that received 3cc of
the vaccine decreased by 15% compared to placebo cattle. Overall
prevalence for each group was 33.7% for the placebo group, 29.1% for the
2cc group, and 17.7% for the 3cc group.
This study was the third in a series. The first was a challenge study
where cattle were first administered the vaccine and then challenged by
oral introduction to the E. coli O157 bacteria. A significant
decrease in animals with E. coli was detected.
The second study was conducted on 20 lots of cattle in a commercial
feedlot in Nebraska. It showed a 60% reduction in the number of cattle
shedding E. coli O157 relative to the cattle that were given a
A fourth study is planned this summer in a feedlot setting and may look
at the effects of different doses, says Daniel Thomson, Jones professor
of production medicine and epidemiology in the KSU College of Veterinary
-- Kansas State University Research and Extension
Even at a limited level, the value of beef exports is evident.
"Korea's renewed interest in U.S. beef has already generated tremendous
additional value," according to NCBA. And we're not talking chicken
scratch, either. The recent sales to South Korea, limited though they
are in volume, are calculated to be worth between $40 and $48 million to
the beef industry.
Wholesale prices on the three cuts exported to Korea -- chuck rolls,
brisket and deboned short ribs -- have risen recently and analysts say
the reopening of the Korean market has added about $31/head to the value
of fed cattle sold the past 3-4 weeks.
-- Burt Rutherford
Regarding the May 18 article, "Groups Ask For Rethinking Of CRP
Opt-Out Decision," I know I will most likely be in the minority, but I
think we have too many farm programs in this country. On the one hand,
ranchers and farmers always say we take care of the land, but the
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is set up so that we don't use land
for crops that should not be used for crops in the first place.
Where I live, there is a lot of land in CRP that should not be in crop
production but would serve very productive use as pasture. With the
payment from the government so high, it's hard to compete on the price
for the land, plus build fence and water systems. A well-maintained
pasture is good for the rancher, the environment and the taxpayer.
I got an eerie feeling of déjà vu upon reading
about the "Biofuels For Energy Security and Transportation Act of 2007"
discussed in the May 18 item, "Bio-Energy Legislation Moving In Halls Of
I have a friend who went to Latvia soon after the fall of the Soviet
Union. He saw a field of oats that was stunted and yellow on what should
have been excellent farmland. After some poking around, he learned the
oats were planted in the rain because orders came from Moscow to plant
the oats that day.
This was a dairy farm that produced plenty of manure, but the people in
the capital never said to put it on the fields. So when the conveyer was
too short to pile the manure away from the barn, they added another
conveyer to avoid trucking the manure away.
If the biofuels industry can afford to compete with livestock for corn
so be it, but markets mandated by Washington or Moscow are bound to be
misdirected and wasteful. I'm glad Ronald Reagan went out thinking he
won the Cold War. It's too bad those who followed are surrendering even
while praising his name.
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