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by USDA
2016 March 14
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing—where producers engage with consumers face-to-face at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on-farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements (CSAs)—brings benefits for consumers as well as the farm businesses.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report held few changes for meat and poultry, but attention was on the grain ending stocks and world supplies. The report was called neutral on the domestic side and bullish on the world stage by DTN Analyst, Todd Hultman.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
But Canada’s cattle herd is not growing much, a new USDA report—United States and Canadian Cattle and Sheep, released last Tuesday—shows. Whereas the number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2016 grew 3 percent to 91.99 million head, the Canadian herd grew very slightly, from 11.


by USDA
2016 March 14
Taylor joined FDA in July 2009 and was named to this position in 2010. Since that time, he has led the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping food safety reform in more than 70 years, and guided nutrition-related initiatives to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease and other adverse diet-related outcomes.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The purpose of the pasture management plan is to think through the specific management practices required to achieve the expected level of production for the growing season ahead. There are several aspects included in the specifics—location, timing, quantity of product, costs and efficacy.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
A new artificial insemination technology developed by Membrane Protective Technologies Inc. (MPTI) of Fort Collins, CO, may become a game changer in the AI industry when it comes on the market. Developer and MPTI President Lisa Herickhoff hopes that will be by the end of the year.


2016 March 14
Fixed-time AI (FTAI) protocols allow all cows in a herd to be bred in one day. Proven AI sires add quality. Timed breeding adds uniformity to calf crops. Quality and uni formity bring premium prices, whether for feeder calves or fed cattle at packing plants.


2016 March 14
The hoop structure was completed in December 2014, and through one complete production year has worked relatively well. The Clarks manage a spring-calving herd with heifers calving in February and cows starting March 1. Cows are mostly Angus cross cows with some Hereford and Simmental influence.


2016 March 14
Bull selection presents an important opportunity to enhance the profitability of the beef production enterprise. For several reasons, bull selection is one of the most important producer decisions and, as such, requires advance preparation and effort to be successful.


2016 March 14
“Rather than put a number to it, you want to sit down and ask, ‘What makes the most sense in my circumstance and my situation?’” He gave the examples of a commercial operation with a couple hundred heifers versus a small herd with only a few heifers that might be AIed or a backyard project for raising calves for the county fair.


2016 March 14
Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer sales show that heifers with better genetics from proven AI sires sell for more dollars. Last year, SMS sales showed that the advanced AI-bred Tier Two heifers averaged $422 more per head over bull-bred heifers. As buyers learn the value of better heifers they come back to bid more.


2016 March 14
They found small differences in the likelihood of twins in two different breeds of beef cattle. Herefords were reported to have 0.4 percent or about 1 out of 250 births to be twins. Angus had a slightly higher incidence of twins at 1.1 percent or about 1 out of each 100 births.


2016 March 14
Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most powerful tools available for genetic improvement in the cow herd. However, success of any AI program requires attention to details as well as identifying target goals for pregnancy rates, resources available, and recognizing critical factors that are limitations to those expectations.


2016 March 14
“We need to make sure we have a candidate that supports ethanol and a candidate that supports trade and a candidate that knows rural America is a vital part of this country,” said Chip Bowling, outgoing president of NCGA. “We’re beating the bush for those candidates.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The VSV outbreak in the U.S. began in April, 2015 with a total of 823 confirmed or suspected cases in eight states, including: • Arizona, 36 premises in three counties; • Colorado, 441 premises in 36 counties; • Nebraska, 38 premises in 10 counties; •...