The Forest Service decided to borrow another $250 million from the forest management program to battle the wildfires, bringing a total of $700 million in funds that were destined for other Forest Service projects.
Fall is just around the corner and there’s still some 2015 left to go, but it’s never too early to dust off the economic crystal balls. Considering the way the market has behaved this and last year, cow/ calf producers and cattle feeders need to consider what 2016 has in store for feeder cattle.
The cash fed trade was reluctant to stir last week, but by last Thursday it had been coerced to complete something like a third of the week’s total trade if past weeks are any indication. About 14,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week, most of them on Thursday, at $139-142 live and $218-222 dressed.
Economic headwinds continued to slow U.S. beef and pork exports in July, according to data released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). For U.S. beef, July exports totaled 91,955 metric tons (mt), down 10 percent from a year ago and the smallest volume since 2010.
Households with commercial farms—operations which earn at least $350,000 in gross cash farm income—derive roughly three-fourths of their income from farming. Conversely, off-farm income contributes substantially to the total income of many farm households, especially those with smaller farms or a primary occupation other than farming.
The cattle and beef industry is hugely segmented compared to other proteins, yet the economic ties that bind those segments are strong. However, relative to the perspective of the cattle producer, the most powerful of those economic ties comes at the end of the chain.
Many ranchers, farmers and landowners have already implemented conservation measures to enhance and protect wildlife and the environment. However, they now may have added incentive in some states through habitat exchange programs that provide financial compensation for measurable conservation practices.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced legislation through S.1140 earlier this year that would require the secretary of the Army and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term “Waters of the United States.
Checking whether cows are pregnant and culling the non-pregnant females before the winter feeding period can save producers 60-70 percent of their yearly beef cow maintenance expenses, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service livestock experts.
It’s time for college students to step up and share their passion for agriculture. This fall, the Animal Agriculture Alliance will launch its 7th annual College Aggies Online (CAO) Scholarship Program to help college students with a passion for agriculture become confident, positive and proactive communicators.
Therefore, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably. Selling cull cows when they will return the most income to the rancher requires knowledge about cull cow health and body condition.
At the recent annual meeting of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-
CALF) in Denver, Mike Calicrate of Ranch Foods Direct and Calicrate
Banders described his mobile slaughter unit to the crowd. Along with
being an efficient use of resources, he described it as an opportunity
for ranchers to break away from larger fixed-facility processing plants
and really find out what value the market places on beef.
Are your employees Beef Quality Assurance animal care and handling certified? How are you ensuring an adequate supply of water for your cattle? Do you have a grazing land management plan in place? Answers to these and numerous additional questions...
Beef production for the year to date in 2015 is down 4.4 percent. This follows last year’s 5.7 percent year-overyear decrease in beef production from 2013. Total cattle slaughter so far this year is down 6.6 percent from one year ago and follows the 7.1 percent annual decrease in 2014 from 2013.
Cattle line up for a meal at the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center. The center will host a field day on Sept. 28 to share findings on studies that include healthy handling of cattle at feedlots. NMSU photo by Jane Moorman..
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show internships. Interested college juniors and above are encouraged to apply to be a part of the cattle industry’s largest event.
The cattle markets have been adjusting over the past several weeks. Calf sellers were looking pretty good in early summer but cattle feeders finally realized that they just can’t spend as much for yearlings as they did a year ago. The August futures market was keeping a bit of a floor CROW.
Crops that were not a success went to the cows, or maybe the sheep. Yes, cows and sheep were prevalent, along with hogs and chickens. Today, Roundup herbicide and anhydrous ammonia fertilizer are utilized extensively throughout agriculture, and calves are weighing in at more than 600 pounds after seven months of grazing.
Sometimes you are reading emails, see something you realize is not spam—and your only reaction is “wow!” Such was mine as I looked at qualifying numbers for the Certified Angus Beef brand for the months of June and July and saw 30.1 percent for both months.