The site selection process for a $500 million livestock and zoonotic (diseases that can transfer between animals and humans) research center came to a close on Jan. 16 when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its official Record of Decision selecting the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, as the labs future site.
From spending a week working cattle on a ranch to getting lost in a corn maze, agritourism activities are popping up across the state. To help farmers and ranchers learn more about agritourism, a workshop is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2009, in Byers, CO.
In an effort to comply with the recently enacted Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), livestock producers, particularly feedlots and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) went to work last week. However, compliance was found to be nearly impossible after the U.
Reserve Grand Champion Bull - William Wilson, Cloverdale, IN Grand Champion Heifer - Calli Bayer, Ringle, WI Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Zane Barragree, Absarokee, MT Grand Champion Spring Bull Calf - Gary Dameron, Lexington, IL Reserve Grand...
Shortly after President Barack Obama was sworn into office last Tuesday, his staff issued a memo halting any Bush administration regulations which had been working their way through the implementation process.
Feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industry will learn the latest on feedlot management at the 2009 Nebraska Beef Feedlot Roundtable Feb. 10- 12 in Norfolk, Lexington or Bridgeport. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension meeting will be offered Feb.
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.