Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), is the 2016 Mansfield Award recipient. The award is presented in honor of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Michael J.
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive on Oct. 14 in an effort to further normalize relations with Cuba. A press release from the White House said, “This directive takes a comprehensive approach to promote engagement with the Cuban government and people, and make our opening to Cuba irreversible.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent a letter to livestock industry groups. It indicated the USDA will move forward with a trio of proposed rules to the Packer and Stockyards Act (PSA). The rules were proposed in part back in 2010.
Treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend Dale Lasater died suddenly on Oct. 15 following a tragic horse accident on the Dale Lasater Ranch (formerly The Lasater Ranch) at Matheson, CO. He was a well-known Colorado cattle rancher and conservationist.
Landowners and forage producers with livestock should take note of the Nov. 15 deadline to purchase or change Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) insurance for the 2017 calendar year. The insurance is available in all 48 contiguous states through USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).
As spring beef calves are beginning to be weaned, it is the producer’s responsibility to help make that transition as smooth as possible. Improper weaning can result in poor growth, which may stay with the animal through its life, according to Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Scientist Justin Waggoner.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1960 into law on Sept. 28. The bill, offered by Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and backed by California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), brings necessary reforms to the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program administered by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
By determining the hay supply’s crude protein content and total digestible nutrients (TDN), which is the measurement of available energy in the forage, producers can determine whether supplemental feed will be necessary, Banta said. Knowing what type and how much supplemental feed is needed can save producers money long term.
Smith served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the service, he enrolled in college, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In an advance copy of the document submitted to the Federal Register, FSIS announced its intent to hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and other persons not employed by an official establishment responsible if they commit acts involving...
There’s a truism in life that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Physics brings us another consideration, however; measuring an outcome can change it. This dynamic seems to apply in the cattle and beef markets and USDA’s Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program, often called “Mandatory Price Reporting” in the cattle industry.
Instead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) put regulations in place on federal land meant to alleviate the threats to the bird. But a new industry report released last Tuesday suggests the regulations are biased against livestock grazing, and could do more harm than good.
Lowell Minert—lifelong Angus breeder, cattleman, husband, father, and grandfather—left this world on Sept. 29, 2016. He was born on April 13, 1940 to Berniece (Walker) and Emery Minert, and married Carrol Roseberry on June 24, 1962. Together, they raised three children and were blessed with seven grandchildren.
He explained that creek water, in addition to being cold because it is generally snow melt/snow runoff, is coldest because of its exposure to the air. Keeping things—water, pipes, or stock tanks—in the ground helps keep them insulated and warmer than things exposed to the air.
Forage production for grazing and haying is an important part of livestock production and can be done effectively on the plains as well as in mountainous areas. However, there are some special considerations producers at high elevations must take into account whether grazing or haying.
NSIP record-keeping methods are being used extensively in other major sheep producing countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, he said. And there are a few breed groups in the U.S. that are using the technology to good advantage to make significant gains in the genetic potential of their sheep.