Verde Farms, based in Boston, MA, and a provider of 100 percent grass-fed and free-range beef, recently announced it has acquired Estancia Beef, the import division of El Raigon Natural Beef based in Petaluma, CA. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
President Donald Trump nominated long-time Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the U.S. ambassador to China and it was expected that the Senate would vote to confirm him last week. According to reports, the Senate is likely to confirm Branstad due in part to his long-standing relationship with China and agricultural acumen.
Late on the evening of Thursday, May 11, the Department of Commerce released an announcement that China will open to U.S. beef no later than July 16, 2017. The next day was flooded with announcements of appreciation and excited projections of the future.
Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers who routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 5 that the state will receive an additional $3.7 million from the USDA to fight the spread of cattle fever ticks in South Texas. The increased funding, which came at Abbott’s request, will be added to the existing budget of $8.
Animal and economic losses can be catastrophic. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation estimated losses in that state from a 2015 avian flu outbreak at $1.2 billion, including 8,400 lost jobs. Some economists estimated the loss at triple that. “These are big dollars,” Massey says.
The Department of Interior has begun its review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. On Friday, May 5, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a list of 27 monuments designated or expanded since 1996 that he will be reviewing.
Last Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and farm worker advocates held a press conference on a reintroduced immigration bill. S. 1034 would protect undocumented farm workers from deportation and effectively create a pathway to citizenship. Supporters argued that such a system is necessary to protect the nation’s food security.
In addition to the most obvious losses—condemned livers, resulting in about $10-16 per head lost export value—Rusche explained that other profit robbers can include: • Poorer feedlot performance and efficiency; • Reduced carcass weights and increased trimming losses; and • Reduced output and capacity at the packing plant.
It is “calf-working time” in Oklahoma, and other parts of the country which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or—if one does not exist—develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations.
These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by 4-6 percent. This can result in an additional 15-30 pounds of weaning weight, which equates to approximately $20-$40 in returns per head. With the cost of a calfhood implant (Ralgro, Synovex C, Component E-C) being less than $1.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a repeal and replace of the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule by sending a proposed rewrite to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week, according to a posting on the OMB website.
The NILE Merit Heifer Program is a “live animal” scholarship that strives to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to participants chosen based on merit, future goals, and ability to care for the animal. Any youth ages 12-16, who is a 4-H or FFA member, may apply.
São Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA received a shipment of imported fresh beef from the United States for the first time since the market was closed in 2003, according to a Reuters report. The product is a more marbled version of the cut known as “picanha,” which also is referred to as top sirloin cap.
Helping ranchers who use federal grazing permits understand their procedural and substantive rights was the focus of a recent seminar conducted by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Public Lands Council. The meeting was hosted by Colorado’s Delta County Livestock Association and the Mesa County Cattlemen’s Association.