Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) each year, only 90 of the very best are at the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions held Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beef Palace Auction Arena.
Cattle processing has been a bit short of expectations so far this year. Two weeks ago, packers processed only 608,000 head and last week, it looked like it would be somewhere around 620,000 head. The reduced production is almost always an effort to raise boxed beef values and improve margins and it generally works.
These are penny-pinching times. Thermostats and consumer spending are down. People are traveling less and doing without frills. Cattlemen often embrace this conservative spirit, even in the good years. We know that the cattle cycle turns, and favorable prices can only last so long.
Last week, the report card on bull S48 was to keep him for the 2009 breeding season. This periodic review is used on all bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout a bulls life. The first evaluation of older bulls is for soundness, because putting resources into a bull that has limited breeding capacity is impractical.
Our input has been well received, and we are pleased with the dialogue to date. As the oldest and largest national association representing beef producers, NCBA has worked with seven Democrat and 12 Republican administrations since 1898. With each new administration, we face new challenges.
The coffee chat is filled with many opinions about how to buy bulls. The art of buying a bull requires an open mind, homework, and a vision for the future of a producer?s cowherd. For example, we turn to the nutritionists if we want to get a better understanding on how cattle can utilize peas in rations.
Checkoff investments have been helping the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) promote U.S. beef with South Korean butcher shops and neighborhood restaurants since early September. Meanwhile, South Korea?s three major discount retailers?E-Mart, Home Plus and Lotte Mart?resumed sales of U.
Washington state Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, died Dec. 25, about a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. A farmer and rancher from the Franklin County town of Mesa, WA, Hailey was elected on his second try in 2006, narrowly beating fellow Republican Joe Schmick in the Republican primary.
When USDA graders stamp carcasses, they estimate the eating experience for consumers and provide report cards for producers. They also measure cutability, or red meat yield. Most carcasses are graded, but very few qualify for the top of the USDA pyramid.
Cornbelt agriculture has benefited from the ethanol market that will consume an estimated 3.7 billion bushels of corn this marketing year and has created a premium pricing environment for the corn grower. 2009 will produce an estimated 11 billion gallons of ethanol en route to the 2015 mandate of 15 billion gallons.
A three-year wintering investigation was conducted at Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota to determine the effect of hay feeding methods on cow wintering cost. The average amount of hay wasted needs to be calculated when determining how much hay to provide to cows every day or when making forage purchases.
Longtime family feeding operation Curtis Custom Feeders, located in Connell, WA, is challenging the current economic climate. Jeff Curtis, owner and president, has hired Robert H. ?Bob? Lundgren, DVM as the feedlot general manager. Lundgren, well known as manager of McGregor Feedlot and owner of Lundgren, Inc.
As the rules were written in the interim stage, importing countries such as Canada and Mexico, who had filed complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claimed the rule created exclusionary trade barriers to foreign livestock and other ag products.
For the time being, Canada has said that it plans to put on hold its complaint against Country-of- Origin Labeling (COOL) which had been filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The announcement comes in the wake of USDA?s release of the final COOL rules.
Last Monday, USDA released their final crop reports for last year?s growing season and the result added a great deal of downward price pressure to grains. USDA increased ending production numbers for corn and soybean prices. The economic slowdown in the U.
Mexican officials have proposed a change in meat import regulations that could have a significant impact on trade with U.S. packing plants. According to the proposal, after Jan. 30, Mexico will no longer allow meat shipments from the U.S. in so-called combo bins, large totes containing as much as 2,000 pounds of meat each.
With tax season just around the corner, a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service publication has been revised to remind agriculture producers to be aware of various taxes that affect their operation.