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by WLJ
2016 January 29
Animal disease epidemics are a significant concern to the animal agriculture industry. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will facilitate a discussion on this crucial topic, at the next Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO..

by WLJ
2016 January 29
The small animals were no small feat either. The auction started with a bang when the Grand Champion Lamb sold for $50,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $10,000. The Grand Champion Goat sold for a recordbreaking $40,000, more than doubling last year’s bid of $16,000.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
Recent price shock in the market and insights about the turbulence ahead were explained last week to more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Diego, CA.

by USDA
2016 January 29
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea recently announced changes to the department that include Chief Veterinary Officer and Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services, Dr. John Clifford, moving to another department.

by WLJ
2016 January 29
In December 2015, the all-fresh retail beef value came in at $5.89/lb., lower than in December 2014 when the price was $5.98/lb. This was the first time this happened in 2015. Pork and broilers also had this experience, however. The average retail price of beef still was more than average retail price of pork and broilers combined with pork averaging $3.

2016 January 22
The latest international trade data for November confirms that the trade picture for beef and cattle is recovering from the dramatic changes in recent months. A variety of factors contributed to the adjustments in beef and cattle imports and exports late in 2015.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
“Thanks to existing free trade agreements, the United States enjoys strong trading relationships with both Chile and Peru,” said Vilsack. “In addition, both nations are part of the Trans- Pacific Partnership, which, if implemented, will boost the Chilean and Peruvian economies and tighten integration with the U.


2016 January 22
Banta said time of year can also affect prices paid. Spring typically brings some of the higher prices for weaned calves and cull cows, while fall will bring the lowest since many cattle operations are selling at this time. — Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


by DTN
2016 January 22
Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay said that Canada opposes the U.S. Agriculture Department’s plan to set up standards for a voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for beef and pork, but the subject did not come up when MacAulay met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently.


by USDA
2016 January 22
While Americans are consuming more vegetables, dairy products, and fruit than in 1970, the average U.S. diet still falls short of federal recommendations for these major food groups, as provided in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released Jan.


by USDA
2016 January 22
The Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program’s Quality and Assessment Division (QAD) provides verification services to the meat, poultry, and egg industries. AMS published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 11 to withdraw the United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
The Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) provides a learning experience for American Angus Association members looking into the entire beef supply chain, while enhancing participant knowledge of the association and strengthening leadership skills.


2016 January 22
Last Tuesday, Obama used his veto power on S.J. Resolution 22, the bill which would have blocked the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s ) new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Obama called WOTUS “critical” to the protection of.