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by WLJ
2017 February 10
All of the cattle that reacted to the initial screening test were subjected to enhanced post-mortem examinations that included more detailed inspection for the presence of lesions related to bovine tuberculosis. However, the number of infected cattle remains at six, and all of these six cattle were from the same farming operation.
2017 February 10
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the final rule amending the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices on Jan. 19. The rule adds animal welfare provisions to the organic standards dictating how farmers must raise livestock and poultry, including during transport and slaughter.
by DTN
2017 February 10
After telling the crop insurance industry that he wouldn’t be in Congress if crop insurance had existed when he tried to farm, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7), said he doesn’t think the 2018 farm bill should be as hard as some in the past.
2017 February 10
Every kind of group tied to agriculture and nutrition is ramping up for Congress to craft a farm bill during the current Congress even though the 2014 farm bill does not expire until the end of the 2018 crop year—Sept. 30, 2019, for fall-harvested crops.
2017 February 10
The current TB program—evaluating risk on farms, monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the zone, testing herds, buying cattle that react on a test to slaughter and find out if they are infected—is costly. Yet even with that expense, there are still one to four new infected herds identified every year in Michigan alone.
2017 February 10
We know for sure that deer can become infected with TB and are able to pass that infection to others. While many question the role of small animals (opossums, raccoons, etc.), it has never been shown that they can transmit the disease. Focus on what is known—deer can carry and spread the disease.
2017 February 10
When you walk through the tradeshow and livestock on display, you catch a real glimpse of modern technology and trends. But as you enter any building you’ll see pictures taken among the 76-year history and the humility that it brings to see what has transpired in those fairgrounds really brings home what Red Bluff truly encompasses.
by WLJ
2017 February 10
When the season’s first calves arrive, you begin to see results of your genetic decisions, perhaps eager for more or thinking about what a new bull could bring. Poring through bull catalogs and looking at expected progeny differences (EPDs), keep in mind that the environment affects what your calves are now and what they will become.
2017 February 10
By last Thursday, over 82,600 head of cattle had been confirmed sold on the cash fed market. Prices had improved somewhat since the prior week, with live cattle selling between $118-20 (compared to $116-119) and $189-191 dressed, which was mostly steady with the prior week.


2017 February 10
Livestock producers found some reason to smile over government regulations in late January as the Department of Interior announced a reduction in 2017 grazing fees. The new fee will be $1.87 per animal unit month (AUM), or head per month (HM), on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.


by WLJ
2017 February 10
Gates graduated from New Mexico State University in December 1971 with a degree in Ag Biology. She and Richard married in the Episcopal Church in La Union, NM, on Jan. 29, 1972 and lived at the Espejo Ranch in Webb and Dimmit County, TX, for many years before moving to a new ranch in Marfa, TX, in 1989.
by WLJ
2017 February 10
Last Tuesday, the House passed a short, targeted bill that aims to get rid of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) “Planning 2.0.” The effort—as well as a companion bill introduced in the Senate— is being undertaken under the Congressional Review Act.
by WLJ
2017 February 10
After completing the prestigious Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University in 1973, Bonds earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree there two years later. He became active in beef industry circles, serving as President of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association from 2013 to 2016.
2017 February 10
Initially, the number of entries for the bulls was higher than the normal average, but this winter hasn’t been easy on anything. Many bulls stayed home for various reasons, and nearly 100 head fewer went through the ring. The opening day of shows is the range—ready show, where loose bulls are shown and exhibited.
by WLJ
2017 February 10
“We normally background our steers and sell them as feeders,” said Yackley. “But we were curious to see what was under the hide of these Red Angus cattle, so we decided to finish some of last year’s steer crop. The first group to go were out of our 2-year-old heifers and were bred AI [artificial insemination] to one Red Angus sire.


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