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2016 September 30
Western Feedlots Ltd., one of Canada’s largest cattle feedlots with a near 100,000-head capacity, announced recently that it will cease operation. Founded in 1958, the feedyard near Strathmore, Alberta, will suspend operations when the cattle currently in pens are sold.


by WLJ
2016 September 30
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with more than 3,800 organizations and family-owned enterprises, sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew adamantly opposing and asking for withdrawal of the newly proposed estate tax regulations by the Department of Treasury.


by WLJ
2016 September 30
Growing and raising food to feed a growing world population is an important job and a huge undertaking for all farmers and ranchers. Besides the task of raising a wholesome food product, producers are also responsible for keeping that food supply safe.


by USDA
2016 September 30
In 2014, 33 percent of principal farm operators were at least 65 years old. This is nearly three times the U.S. average (12 percent) for older self-employed workers in non-agricultural businesses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most older principal farm operators run small family farms.


2016 September 30
Mountain lions, or cougars as they are also known, have long been associated with regions other than the Plains, but mountain lions are expanding their territory into the area. According to a new study conducted in North Dakota and South Dakota however, livestock in the Great Plains may be relatively safe from the big cats.


2016 September 30
On a recent late-summer Wednesday, a freight container filled with cases of expired Muscle Milk protein drink awaited unloading at the University of California (UC) Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) while a front-loader scooped heaps of spoiled vegetables into a mechanical processor.


2016 September 30
The beef-owner response was not a surprise. Livestock owners don’t use risk control tools widely used by crop farmers, Brown said. The economist spoke after MU scientists told of research on breeding quality beef. The MU Thompson Farm is a national leader in quality research.


by WLJ
2016 September 30
The U.S. is expecting a large corn crop, projected as high as 15.09 billion bushels, and the 2016 wheat crop yields have been at or near record levels in several wheat classes. However, Alltech Mycotoxin Expert Dr. Max Hawkins has a warning: Quantity should not distract producers from being vigilant regarding quality and the potential for mycotoxin risk.


by USDA
2016 September 30
USDA baseline projections provide a long-term view of the U.S. farm sector. These projections show that production of beef and pork will expand steadily between 2016 and 2025, driven by lower feed costs and strong meat demand domestically and abroad..


2016 September 30
Not many people in the beef industry would prefer a pork chop to a beef ribeye, but consumers aren’t that faithful to one protein or another. While they have preferences, their choice of meat in the grocery store is often determined by price and how much meat their dollars will buy.


2016 September 30
Some of my first assignments included writing about what the “prediction of $4 corn” would do to cattle management and the possibility of camera grading in U.S. packing plants. Many Reiman-authored articles circa 2006 or 2007 talk of “marbling as a lifetime event.


by WLJ
2016 September 30
At an early age, Graham moved to San Angelo where he attended school, graduating from San Angelo High School in 1939. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. He supported the Abilene A&M Club and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.


2016 September 23
Since 1978, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has hosted an annual economic policy symposium. The event is designed as a forum for central bankers, policy experts and academics to come together to focus on a topic that is not necessarily of immediate concern, but instead looks at future emerging issues and trends.


2016 September 23
The cash fed trade was almost non-existent ahead of the September Cattle on Feed report last week. By close of trade Thursday, not even 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. On the Fed Cattle Exchange, four lots totaling 775 head of mixed steers and heifers from Kansas sold for $110-110.50.


2016 September 23
Stocker producers have numerous decisions to make when purchasing stocker cattle including the weight, gender, and quality of cattle to buy. The appropriate choice for individual producers depends on the objectives of the stocker program and the type of production system.


2016 September 23
Typically the sale of cull cows accounts for 15 to 30 percent of the yearly gross revenues of cow/calf operations in the U.S. Historic cull cow prices over the past 30 years have been the lowest in November, December and January; and at their highest in level in March, April and May.




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