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by WLJ
2016 May 20
“This is the culmination of many months of work by U.S. government officials, as well as the U.S. meat industry, and we are very excited to resume exporting lamb to Taiwan,” said Dr. Dennis Stiffler, Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Rosen, a producer-owned and operated processor and distributor of lamb and veal products.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report May 18 on the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report confirms that TPP not only levels the playing field for U.


2016 May 20
Spring is here, and the plants are new and fresh. The pretty, lush grasses that green the countryside are young, tender, and very tasty for a horse. Unfortunately, these young grasses are also low in the fiber that horses need and are high in the soluble carbohydrates that can upset the sensitive microbiotic balance in a horse’s gut.


2016 May 20
For years, the accepted target weight for yearling replacement beef heifers at breeding was 65 percent of their mature weight. Recently that target has been questioned. Oklahoma State University reproductive physiologists have studied the weight that beef heifers reach puberty in relationship to their eventual mature weight.


2016 May 20
In many Midwestern beef herds, the beginning of breeding season coincides with green grass. As such, many producers have a tradition of estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) followed by immediately moving heifers and cows from the winter drylot to fresh spring pasture.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
The Shasta Historical Society in Redding, CA, recently recognized Ellington Peek, owner of the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard and Western Video Market (WVM) in Cottonwood, CA. The program, “Ellington Peek: The man behind the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard,” highlighted his impact on the surrounding community and on the national livestock market.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
found no conclusive evidence of cause-and-effect relationships between GE crops and environmental problems. However, the complex nature of assessing long-term environmental changes often made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions,” the committee pointed out in the report’s summary.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
“The goal of this program is to help aspiring ranchers develop an equity position in a ranching operation. Not only do these students leave college owning livestock, but the student herd here is also a very effective teaching tool while students are enrolled at NCTA,” says Dean Ron Rosati.


2016 May 20
But in a time when the public seems to search for cuts of meat with the least amount of fat, finding meat with just the right combination of leanness and flavor can become quite the quest. An expert at Texas Tech University, however, is part of a study that might have found the answer.


2016 May 20
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University (K-State) Livestock Economist and co-author of the “Analysis of 2010-2014 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow/calf Enterprise,” along with co-authors Youngjune Kim and Kevin Herbel, analyzed the differences between low-, medium- and high-profit cow/ calf producers.


2016 May 20
The cash fed cattle market disappointed last week. While beef prices were moving up counter-intuitively with increased beef production, cash cattle prices declined. Compared to the prior week’s $131-135 live and $205-210 dressed, by Thursday afternoon last week over 37,000 head had been confirmed sold at $129-133 live and $202-206 dressed.


2016 May 20
The State of New Mexico has filed for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop the federal agency from releasing more Mexican wolves into the state. The USFWS has so far released two wolves into New Mexico without the state’s permission, and has indicated it plans to release more.


2016 May 20
Last Monday saw comments close on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) proposed rule change on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) management programs. While the proposed rule changes are in part to improve flexibility and state control, cattle industry groups are concerned about some of the shifts being made.


2016 May 20
Joel DeRouchey, Professor in Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said that from a sanitation standpoint, any manure that is lying around could end up downstream, especially during times of heavy spring rains.