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2015 November 6
Now that calves are weaned and pregnancy checks are occurring, it’s time cattle producers begin thinking about selecting replacement heifers to breed in the spring, explained Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
JBS S.A. announced Oct. 30 that the company’s subsidiary JBS USA finalized its acquisition of Cargill Meat’s U.S. pork business, Cargill Pork, LLC. The sale was announced in July (reported in July 13 edition of WLJ) with the amount paid approximately $1.


by DTN
2015 November 6
30, passed the budget act that suspends the nation’s debt limit through March 2017 and increases federal spending for domestic and defense programs by more than $80 billion over the next two years.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis confirmed that this agreement is a major victory for the cattle industry, saying, “We were pleased to have the opportunity to review the TPP agreement in full today and it confirms the positive results our negotiators were able to achieve over the past five years of talks.


2015 November 6
As landowners calculate farmland rental rates for the coming year, they may want to consider completing the process with a written cropland rental or lease agreement. Such a document can go far to protect both landowners and tenants, says Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.


by USDA
2015 November 6
According to the Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agriculture Land survey, 354 million acres of farmland in the lower 48 states were rented to farmers by 2.13 million landlords in 2014. The average amount of land rented out per landlord yields insights into whether rented farmland is concentrated among particular types of landlords.


2015 November 6
Farmers who have managed their soil with cover crops and conservation tillage are in better shape to weather El Niño this winter than those who have used traditional soil management methods, says Jeffrey Mitchell of University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR).


2015 November 6
Beef and dairy producers should watch their herds carefully this fall for signs of the blood disease anaplasmosis, a Purdue animal health specialist says. The disease causes severe and potentially fatal anemia in cattle but poses no threat to humans.


2015 November 6
Funded by a new $2.5 million grant, OSU Plant Pathologist Christopher Mundt and his team are probing infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants that have a distinctive trait in common: the capability of the pathogen— whether virus, fungus or bacterium—to transmit itself over long distances.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
“It’s an honor for me to represent the breed that has been my family’s passion for four generations,” Shaw said. “Having grown up through the National Junior Hereford Association program, the Hereford breed and breeders have given me a lot of opportunities, and it is a pleasure for me to be able to give something back.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
The Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) is a new source of financial support for programs, projects or activities that can help the State of Nebraska achieve its goals for sustainable use of its water resources.


2015 November 6
Risk management is a term you might forget about when it comes to the cattle business because there just isn’t any. The futures markets just don’t seem able to find value or price discovery. Last Wednesday all contracts were down the limit $4.50 for feeder cattle and $3 for live cattle.


2015 November 6
Cows are labor-intensive, and a slip on ice, a sick spell or the many variations of life can have significant impact on the labor force involved with the cow herd. As the owner or manager, a longterm cattle-handling plan needs to be in place in case of unexpected change.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
We’ve seen this movie before. A lame duck president uses the Antiquities Act to declare huge swaths of public lands off limits so he can have an environmental legacy.


2015 November 6
A resolution has been introduced in the U.S. House to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for violation of the public trust, failing to comply with congressionally-issued subpoenas, and misleading the public over the IRS’ practices of targeting conservative groups in audits.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the “5 Cs” of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights. According to Heather Malcolm at Bank of the Rockies in Livingston, MT, those factors are Capital, Capacity, Conditions, Character and Collateral.


by USDA
2015 November 2
 Afternoon National Slaughter Cattle Review as of 2:00 pm MondayThus far for Monday negotiated cash trade was at a standstill in all feeding regions. The latest established market in any feeding
by DTN
2015 November 2
Cattle Futures Rally Late to Close No Worse Than Mixed John Harrington, DTN Livestock AnalystEarly week activity in feedlot country was typically limited to the distribution of new showlists. The fed


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