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2017 March 31
“Typically, coarse marbled beef is discounted or there is a prejudice against coarse marbled beef,” O’Quinn said. “By coarse marbling, I mean the flecks of fat within the ribeye are larger. The pieces of fat are actually bigger in coarse marbled beef, though there is no difference in the total amount of fat in the steak.
by USDA
2017 March 31
“Wearing the proper gloves and other PPE when handling insecticide products prevents exposure to the skin. Insecticides can penetrate skin to varying degrees,” said Adam Varenhorst, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Field Crop Entomologist.
2017 March 31
N o r t h America’s beef processing industry is littered with shuttered plants and broken dreams, as I have written in this column many times over the years. It takes a brave person or persons to enter a business that appears full of riches but is also full of risk.
2017 March 31
It seems last week was the week of trade talk about China and the world. As President Donald Trump prepared to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week, beef industry groups and trade-related organizations issued a flurry of letters and reports on the topic.


2017 March 31
By close of trade last Thursday, over 32,000 head had been confirmed sold in the cash fed cattle markets. Prices paid ranged from $124-132 live and $205-208 dressed. These prices were several dollars cooler than the previous week’s $210-215 live and $204-210 dressed prices.


by USDA
2017 March 31
Over the last 50 years, food-at-home prices have, on average, risen 4 percent annually. However, year-to-year price changes have varied over time. High food price inflation in the 1970s—price increases as large as 16.4 and 14.
2017 March 31
During a very congenial confirmation hearing on March 23, USDA Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue reassured members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that if confirmed he would be a tireless advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers.


2017 March 31
Last week saw three milestones along political paths of note. Last Tuesday saw a House hearing on the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on economic development. The day before, President Donald Trump signed House Joint Resolution (H. J. Res.) 44, killing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) “Planning 2.


by WLJ
2017 March 31
When Christensen was 7 1/2, his parents sent him to Page Military Academy in Los Angeles, CA. He attended school there through sixth grade. For the seventh grade, his mother moved to Gillette and he went to school there. Starting in the eighth grade, he entered University Prep School on the campus of the University of Wyoming (UW).
by USDA
2017 March 31
The result is a searchable and publicly viewable genomics resource of a broad cross section of U.S. beef cattle that will make it easier for scientists to identify genes associated with traits that are important to breeders and ranchers. The 19 breeds include Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Brahman, and Texas Longhorn (See graphic).
by WLJ
2017 March 31
for length, grammar, and flow. Its original form contains numerous parenthetical citations to specific points in the U.S. Code and to court cases. Where these citations were referenced by name in the text, they have been retained. To read the letter in its full form, go to http://rangeallotmentowners.
by WLJ
2017 March 24
Along with the descriptions of unprecedented funding increases to the military and the need for greater focus on efficiency, President Donald Trump’s Budget Blueprint included some less-than-clear descriptions of funding cuts in areas that may impact agriculture.
by DTN
2017 March 24
Cattle producers often comment on seeing more dogs on their farms and that they hear coyotes at night and finding what appears to be dog manure on top of a hay bale. They then ask, “Do I need to worry about neospora infecting my cow?” Veterinarian Ken McMillan says it is first important for producers to understand what neospora is.
2017 March 24
Legislation that would limit nuisance lawsuits against responsible livestock operations is making its way through the Iowa Legislature. Senate File 447 was approved by the state Senate on March 14 and is expected to be heard in the Iowa House of Representatives (HF 468) in early April.


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