Now, with $3 million allocated as part of the recent government funding bill, the Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a public outreach campaign regarding the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and biotech crops.
I understand why it’s tempting for cattlemen to ask, “Do we have enough quality? Can we start selecting for something else?” Not yet, says the data. Let’s take just take the Prime grade for example. For the last decade, the average annual spread between Select and Prime ranged from $25 to $50/ cwt.
Congress has given some unique privileges in the tax code to farmers. The most important is undoubtedly the ability to use the cash method of accounting. Income is only taxed when converted to cash. All other businesses that deal in goods, rather than services, must use the accrual method.
March exports accounted for 12.5 percent of total beef production and just under 10 percent for muscle cuts only, each up slightly from last year. For the first quarter, the percentage of total beef production exported was down slightly from a year ago (12.
For the first three months of the year total cattle imports from Mexico are up 24.3 percent while imports from Canada are down 18.5 percent leading to a combined year-to-date cattle import total up 5.6 percent compared to the same period one year ago. Total annual cattle imports from Mexico and Canada in 2016 were 1.
Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers who routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 5 that the state will receive an additional $3.7 million from the USDA to fight the spread of cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The increased funding, which came at Abbott’s request, will be added to the existing budget of $8.
Animal and economic losses can be catastrophic. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation estimated losses in that state from a 2015 avian flu outbreak at $1.2 billion, including 8,400 lost jobs. Some economists estimated the loss at triple that. “These are big dollars,” Massey says.
Compared to the 2016 appropriations bill, most line items dealing with agencies and programs important to agriculture and public lands were steady or slightly up. But there are a couple interesting trends in the new bill. Most notably, line items related to land acquisition by federal agencies were overwhelmingly down.
Cash fed cattle had taken a hit last week. Over 77,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday at live prices of $135-140 down $4-12 compared to the prior week. Dressed prices were a different matter however. The roughly 26,000 head that sold by Wednesday saw dressed prices of $220-224, however, by close of trade Thursday, those prices.
The Department of Interior has begun its review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. On Friday, May 5, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a list of 27 monuments designated or expanded since 1996 that he will be reviewing.
Last Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and farm worker advocates held a press conference on a reintroduced immigration bill. S. 1034 would protect undocumented farm workers from deportation and effectively create a pathway to citizenship. Supporters argued that such a system is necessary to protect the nation’s food security.
In addition to the most obvious losses—condemned livers, resulting in about $10-16 per head lost export value—Rusche explained that other profit robbers can include: • Poorer feedlot performance and efficiency; • Reduced carcass weights and increased trimming losses; and • Reduced output and capacity at the packing plant.
Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture.
It is “calf-working time” in Oklahoma, and other parts of the country which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or—if one does not exist—develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations.
These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by 4-6 percent. This can result in an additional 15-30 pounds of weaning weight, which equates to approximately $20-$40 in returns per head. With the cost of a calfhood implant (Ralgro, Synovex C, Component E-C) being less than $1.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a repeal and replace of the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule by sending a proposed rewrite to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week, according to a posting on the OMB website.