Last week, packers and feedlots had a standoff on cash fed trade. Early week indications suggested futures prices would decline sharply—mostly due to concerns over poor seasonal demand and declining wholesale beef prices—prompting packers to hold off and possibly buy fewer cattle.
April exports of U.S. pork reached the largest monthly volume in more than a year, while U.S. beef exports remained on a record value pace through April, according to data released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) last week.
For too many, planning means a focus on next week’s activities. However, when it comes to income taxes, the perspective needs to be long-term. Today’s tax rate system is insanely complex (by design, but that’s a topic for another day). The hazard is not merely a more steeply graduated rate system; it’s also the layering of additional taxes (the 3.
“Net Return” is the gross return of CDs or the S&P 500 adjusted for inflation. While stocks incur more risk, CDs offer a fixed rate of return, and the interest and principal on CDs will generally be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000.
The federal land management agencies have finalized new regulations on millions of acres across 10 states—all with the alleged purpose of preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from listing the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
When it comes to pest control, breeding for resistance is a very long-range solution. But what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in that it does not spur pesticide resistance among the target pests. As consumers get more concerned about how food animals are raised and treated, non-chemical controls for pests are worth investigating.
The program started at Glenn and Bev Rowe’s farm near Lorimor, IA. The Rowes are the 2015 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners. After a group meet-and-greet and burgers grilled by the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association, participants sat in on a session about ag professionalism led by Trainer Jodie Beach.
The American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) 2015 Photo Contest is underway and is open to all who wish to enter. The only rule is that the photographs entered in the contest must include sheep or lambs raised in the U.S. Entries must be postmarked by Aug.
The Texas Department of Agriculture recently hosted a delegation of agriculture leaders from Ecuador and the United States to facilitate the trade of cattle between the two nations. Ultimately, the meeting has led to the sale of Brahman cattle from Texas ranches to Ecuadorian producers.
“These welfare food labels may be confusing and sometimes a bit misleading,” Carroll said. “However, if producers take the time to read through the cattle care standards they may find that there are additional opportunities to sell their animals in a growing, consumer-driven market without much change to the way they already operate.
The USDA recently reported preliminary results of the Bee Informed National Management Survey. The survey reported 42 percent total reported annual honey bee hive loss for 2014-2015. This is greater than the losses reported in 2013-2014.
Spring rains have filled the ponds and now the summer grass is ready to start growing vigorously. As the temperatures heat up, cattle will start to congregate around or in the ponds or other standing water. One of the challenges that cattle producers may face this summer is the occasional lame cow or yearling.
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced last week that the WTO’s appellate body has ruled India is discriminating against U.S. poultry, eggs and live pigs to protect its own domestic products. India had argued an outright ban on U.S. poultry meat, eggs and swine was needed to protect the country from avian influenza.
The vaccines currently available aren’t effective enough, the department stated. The one vaccine currently tested offers 60 percent effectiveness in chickens, leaving four in 10 birds unprotected. That would translate into having to euthanize a flock regardless of the vaccine usage.
Niman discussed the basics of the ecological needs of a grassland landscape; grasslands evolved with massive herds of grazing animals, meaning they not only can tolerate, but require, grazing animals. Not only do grazing animals need grass, but grass needs grazers.