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2015 November 20
Robb identified a number of factors that combined to help create the current situation: •Cyclical movement downward in prices; •The impact of delayed marketings and heavier cattle; •U.S. economy relative to outside economies; and •Outside economies’ impact on beef trade with the U.


2015 November 20
Several cattle and farm organizations last week voiced opposition to a proposed rule that would allow imports of fresh beef into the United States from Namibia, a country in southwest Africa. The concern stems from the presence of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in nearby regions.


2015 November 20
“Gentlemen, how many of you would be comfortable having your testicles removed without any pain mitigation?” There were some uncomfortable chuckles and crossed legs among the mostly male audience of the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium last week in Loveland, CO.


2015 November 20
The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to add Namibia to the list of countries that can export to the U.S. The U.S. does represent one of the most robust markets for beef products in the world and it appears that every beef producing country wants a piece.


2015 November 13
India, which exports mostly meat from water buffalo (also known as carabeef) continues to see strong demand from southeast Asia and the halal processing of Indian beef makes the meat popular in Muslim countries.


by USDA
2015 November 13
U.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—a common byproduct of corn ethanol production—have grown from nearly zero in 2005 to as high as 12 million metric tons in the 2013/14 marketing year (September/ August), with 10 million metric tons forecast for export in the 2015 marketing year.


2015 November 13
In the last few weeks there has been much discussion regarding the direction of cattle prices. Many analysts have explained that although short-term price forecasts are mixed, the long-term price outlook is bearish due to an increasing cattle herd.


2015 November 13
Bringing more than seven years of debate to an end, President Barack Obama on Nov. 6 formally rejected a permit by Canadian energy company TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Because the pipeline crosses a national border, it required federal approval in the form of a presidential permit.


2015 November 13
Keeping a cow herd healthy, especially through the winter months, is vital in order to see positive economic returns. A large focus of health is proper nutrition, and often supplements are needed when grazing forage quality or quantity is not adequate.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Cattlemen’s College series will kick off its 23rd year Jan. 26-27, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The educational event, sponsored by Zoetis, will feature speakers and live animal demonstrations that give cattlemen and women the tools to connect, learn and innovate.


2015 November 13
Keeping cows in good body condition is a big part of proper development of the fetus and postpartum reproduction, as well as the health and vigor of the calves. Cows should be managed to maintain a body condition score (BCS) of five with the goal for heifers being a BCS of six.


2015 November 13
Any electrical current will deter livestock from drinking from the water tank or bucket. By inserting one end of the voltmeter into the water tank and the other into the ground, you will get a reading that will indicate if there is a problem. Make sure to check this often.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
The board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer, and three first handlers. The secretary of agriculture appoints approximately onethird of all board members each year. — WLJ.


2015 November 13
“It’s not an acute thing with copper—in other words, they’re not going to ingest a bunch of copper and die, that’s not how it works—but copper accumulates in the liver. During a high stress situation, that copper is released or metabolized and that’s what causes copper toxicity.


2015 November 13
When most people think of nutritional deficiencies in terms of vitamins and minerals, the focus is on the range. What are cows and calves getting—or not— from their forage? But it would do a cow/calf operator well to consider the impact of nutritional deficiencies at the feedlot.


2015 November 13
It is important for producers to test the soil if they haven’t done so in the past three years. Special attention should be paid to pH, phosphorus and potassium levels. If lime is needed, it should be applied in the fall so it can begin to increase soil pH over the winter months.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
Over the course of his tenure, Thompson served as President and Global Chief Operating Officer, President of McDonald’s USA, as well as Executive Vice President of McDonald’s Restaurant Solutions Group.




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