As the snow melts away from Winter Storm Goliath and cattle are gathered back into pens and pastures, cow/ calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
Bill Rogers, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research professor in the department of ecosystem science and management in College Station, as fire has historically played an important role in achieving land management objectives, and eliminating its use could have detrimental effects.
When winter storm Goliath tore through Texas in late December, it brought more than heavy snow, ice and wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. It brought the death of an estimated 23,000 dairy cows and other livestock, as well as a great deal of personal and financial devastation to many people.
“What a tremendous show of support by the Denver metro community and stock show fans throughout the region on this, the 110th opening day of stock show,” states Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show..
Jay Romine of Mt. Washington, KY, was named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Midwestern Regional Qualifying Event. Keoco Auction Company, LLC hosted the final of three WLAC qualifying events last Monday.
An Oregon environmental group, WaterWatch of Oregon, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and three irrigation districts in Oregon claiming harm to the Oregon spotted frog.
The Red Angus Association of America recently acquired a major share in Top Dollar Angus, Inc. RAAA President Kim Ford made the announcement at BrainTrust during the Red Angus activities held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show last week.
Rod Snyder, President of Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Washington, D.C., was the keynote luncheon speaker at the 54th Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco, TX. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin.
The Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) recently signed its winter bison management plan, which includes the culling of 600-900 bison. The Yellowstone National Park herd was estimated to be 4,900 animals as of summer of 2015. As winter progresses, the animals tend to migrate to lower elevations out of the park in search of food.
One of the more lively discussions was about source verification, which is absolutely needed for the U.S. to sell beef to China—a country that provides a huge consumer market for beef and will be needed to maintain profitable live cattle prices at the upper end of the trading spectrum.
The USDA is forecasting net farm income in 2015 to be $55.9 billion, a 38.2 percent drop from the previous year. This is the single largest year-over-year drop in net farm income since 1983. Back in 2013, net farm income was a record $123.3 billion. The 2015 forecast is 55 percent lower than in 2013.
The New Year is an opportunity to think about your business. But that is a broad prospect, and therefore, somewhat daunting. Michigan State University Extension has a way to better define that; think about just three things. Let’s start with the first, think about one thing from the past year.
Live cattle futures were trading fairly sideways last week after the prior week’s rally. But then Thursday trade, which opened in the U.S. following another day of the Chinese stock exchange trading locked down after mere minutes of opening, saw limit-down trade in almost all contracts on the board.
A remote corner of eastern Oregon has made global headlines this week. Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond went back to prison last Monday— but that’s not likely what caught the imagination of reporters worldwide. Armed protesters professing support for the Hammonds overtook a federal building on Saturday, Jan.
Cattle producers in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma braced for the Dec. 26-27 winter storm dubbed Goliath, but the fierce impact was more than they expected. Dairy producers were especially hard hit with losses estimated at 30,000 head. Although not as severely, feedlots and cow/ calf producers were also impacted with losses in still being counted.
Of all the portions of the country, the Southwest tends to have the lowest pasture and overall farm real estate value (a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms). But with low prices comes the potential for opportunity..