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2016 May 6
The tool uses a numeric score, 1 to 9, for evaluating the fleshiness, or body energy reserves, of the beef cow and does not require the gathering and working of cows. Body condition score (BCS) utilizes a score from 1 to 9, with 1 being emaciated and 9 being very obese, with the ideal BCS being 5 to 6.


2016 May 6
The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations was held April 25-29 in New York City. Although a final agreement has not been reached, U.S Assistant Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission Lead Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero expressed optimism that a conclusion to the talks is near.


2016 May 6
Here we go again. Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) just filed suit against USDA citing First Amendment free speech rights over the Montana Beef Council’s advertising efforts to promote beef. Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, and our old friend, J.


by WLJ
2016 May 6
All agree the real driver of beef demand is its unique flavor, and marbling drives flavor. This key component of quality grade has grown in the last few years, to where the U.S. beef industry is probably producing the best eating experience in its history.


by WLJ
2016 May 6
Denmark proposed a tax on all beef sold in the country in order to discourage beef production and consumption. The tax was an offset to their notion of the contribution cattle raising made to global warming from cattle as methane producers.


2016 May 6
Ritchie was born Aug. 3, 1935 to Donald and Irma (Johanson) Ritchie in Storm Lake, IA, where he grew up on a general livestock farm. Upon graduation from Albert City High School in 1953, he enrolled in Iowa State University (ISU) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry.


2016 April 29
With market reins in hand, packers held off buying cattle last week until a bit on Thursday and a bit on Friday. At least for Thursday, this strategy worked out for them as it allowed them to buy cattle cheaper after near limit-down declines in the live futures market.


2016 April 29
“Careful consideration of how to report tax depreciation helps producers comply with IRS regulations and can result in a reduction of income taxes paid,” said Shannon Sand, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.


by USDA
2016 April 29
A strengthening U.S. dollar coupled with poultry trade restrictions related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) led to a reduction in U.S. meat and poultry exports in 2015. However, U.S. red meat and poultry exports are expected to rise over the next decade as steady global economic growth supports demand for high-quality animal proteins.


2016 April 29
The latest Cattle on Feed (COF) report showed feedlot inventories (among feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity) on April 1 of 10.853 million head, 100.5 percent of year-ago levels. March feedlot marketings were 107 percent of last year and placements were 104.


2016 April 29
Ballot Initi ative, HB3930—an Act to prevent cruelty to farm animals—would set guidelines for the production of eggs, pork and veal within the state. In addition, language in the measure would prohibit sale of products in the state if they were produced using the prohibited animal welfare practices, even if they came from another state.


by USDA
2016 April 29
Environmental and economic management of weeds and pests is a priority for organic farmers and they typically use tillage to address these issues. However, frequent mechanical tillage can reduce soil integrity, which increases costs for farmers and negatively impacts future crop growth.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), Nevada Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) and Nevada Association of Counties (NAC) applaud Gov. Brian Sandoval’s April 25 announcement that he will pursue legal options regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) management of wild horses.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


by WLJ
2016 April 29
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.




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