Last week, a coalition of senators introduced a bill they say will bring fairness back to livestock markets and protect small ranchers in the U.S. The legislation, named the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act, introduced by Sens.
Richard Earl (Dick) Mahon Sr. passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, ID, on May 12, 2009. He was born on the Historic Mahon Ranch in Elk Grove, CA, on Jan. 12, 1926, to John William and Bertha Mae (Nelmes) Mahon. He graduated from Elk Grove Union High School and earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford University.
In a conference call reviewing earnings for JBS USA, CEO Wesley Batista said in order to improve his companys financial performance, his company will try to cut costs and expand its export business, of which Japan plays a crucial part. Batista expressed confidence that Japans age limit, which currently limits imports of U.
The Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Beef Team is pleased to announce the 2009 beef producer field day taking place on Friday, June 19. This years program will be held at the feedlot of Teague Diversified in Fort Morgan, CO, and will showcase a variety of topics pertinent to todays beef industry.
The economy is upsidedown, and so are determinants of carcass value. Whether these are shortlived aberrations or signs that long-held paradigms are shifting, the current landscape provides fodder for debate.
The Wisconsin-based conservation organization Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemens Association, the Colorado Cattlemens Agricultural Land Trust, and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., is proud to name John and Carolyn Dohertys Mesa de Maya Ranch as the winner of the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.
Mark your calendars now for the sixth annual Young Agriculture Leadership Conference (YALC) to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, MT. This conference targets agricultures next generation of leaders, ages 18-40, from across the state to gather the skills and experiences that they will need to be successful industry leaders.
Feeders bid on cattle by penciling out the highest price they can pay and still maintain a shot at profit. Packers need a certain number of cattle harvested through their plants, bought at a particular price, to stay afloat. That cost/sales formula follows beef as it continues toward consumers.
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Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows winter feeding costs and lowering the death loss among newborn calves. Both significantly affect the bottom line.
Stop trying to get maximum production. No more topping last years average daily gains. Enough with the peak efficiencies and quit angling for record marbling scores every time. Does that advice cause a pause? Reaching those goals takes years of focus, so it can be hard to let go, even if the long-term profitability of your farm or ranch depends on it.
Washington, D.C., is a busy place and the volume of legislation going through there is overwhelming.
Too much for my liking. The irony is that most of it is overwhelmingly stupid. It’s no secret that we live in a global economy; that’s just the way it is. Passing free trade agreements is
Fed cattle markets were looking steady to slightly higher last week as buyers came to the table looking to secure cattle to fill Memorial Day production needs. The demand has been on the increase from wholesale buyers to meet the holiday weekend sale needs.
Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill handed the governments lawyers a defeat last week in the case over grazing and energy development on 34 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ground in six western states. U.S.
Legislation to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana became law in April when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the time for bill signing to pass. Friday, May 1 was the deadline for the governor to veto the bill. Instead, he chose not to sign or veto the legislation.
A wolf captured near Baker City, OR, two weeks ago is thought to be one of two responsible for the first known case of livestock depredation by wolves since they first reappeared in the state 10 years ago. The capture of the 87-pound male was the culmination of an effort that began in mid-April when the U.
Total meat production will increase in 2009 and 2010, thanks in large part to higher poultry production, according to USDAs World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. USDA raised expected total meat production to 3.549 billion pounds from last months estimate of 3.
Last week, USDA increased its projections for the use of corn to make ethanol by 4.1 billion bushels for the 2009/10 marketing year. That marked a jump of 350 million bushels over projected use in 2008/09. In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, USDA also boosted its 2008/09 ethanol use forecast by 50 million bushels to 3.