Considerable ado has been made about large beef cold storage totals for the past year. This has resulted in questions, concerns and confusion among cattle producers and others about the implications of large cold storage holdings. I have gotten numerous questions about “huge supplies of beef in cold storage that would keep beef markets depressed.
“As an association, we’ve been blessed with strong leadership that has had the resolve to plan for the future, to make the right decision at the right time,” Moczygemba told delegates and attendees. “Those landmark decisions ensured our breed was positioned for long-term growth.
Someone once said, “Success occurs when opportunity meets with preparation.” Planning and preparing ahead for next spring’s calving season can help increase the chances of success. There are several key preparation steps that would be good to conduct in December to insure success in February, March, and April.
As the VFD Jan. 1, 2017 implementation date grows ever closer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking ahead to other areas of concern relating to the use of “medically important antimicrobials” in food animals. “Medically important antimicrobials” are defined as those important for treating human disease.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Dec. 1 proposed a critical step in ensuring that consumers have updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products, helping Americans make better informed decisions when purchasing meat and poultry products.
Albany County, WY, rancher Stacy Berger discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet and earned $500 cash and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention Jan. 6-11 in Phoenix, AZ.
In late September, the United States Department of Agriculture notified the CFIA that a case of bovine TB had been detected in a cow from Alberta when it was slaughtered in the United States. The CFIA has initiated an investigation into the case and is working with provincial agriculture and health authorities.
After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch to getting a vaccine that will protect cattle.
Now that Thanksgiving turkeys are out of the way, it’s time to fire up the grill again and enjoy a delicious steak. That’s what Americans have been doing all year and will continue to do well into next year.
As calving season approaches, many ranchers look forward to the newborns that represent hours of studying sire summaries and bull catalogs. For all the optimism, however, there’s one source of lingering dread: the cow or cows that you know should have been culled due to attitude.
Embedded in that question is the need to control costs. However, the fiscal focus points do change, depending on what phase of the beef system with which an individual is involved. These focus points are very evident when the differences between the acre-based cow/ calf producer are compared with the individual animal based point of harvest.
The Fed Cattle Exchange kicked off last week’s Thanksgiving-shortened trade week with improved prices. It again saw fed cattle prices increase over the prior week’s sales. Almost 4,800 head of the 7,644-head offering sold at or $1.50 over the prior-week’s sale high of $108.
Many of the differences between rural and urban economies reflect differences in their industrial composition. While service industries account for the largest share of jobs and earnings in both rural and urban areas, rural areas are more dependent on manufacturing and industries producing primary goods—such as farming, forestry and mining.
Feedlots continued a strong marketing pace in October with marketings up 4.6 percent year-over-year despite one less business day in the month. October placements followed the September monthly decrease with another 5 percent reduction in placements year-over-year.
Current markets have many cattle producers asking, “How do we prepare for 2017 and weather this storm?” Strategic planning is one answer given by Sean Kelly, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Management Field Specialist.
Daniels was known for his singing, good humor, horsemanship, and award-winning Purebred Hereford Cattle. He was an active member in the LDS Church. He held several callings including Bishop from 1990- 1996 and working with Gloria in the Logan Temple for eight years.
Maynard Hogberg of Ames, IA, was honored with a Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Nov. 13 by the Kentucky State Fair Board. This tradition has been going on for 113 years. It honors leaders who have demonstrated lifetime achievements and provided valuable service to animal agriculture.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers and will be accepted through Feb.