Increased replacementheifer inventories may not be sufficient for cow herd expansion in the face of the large numbers of cows being slaughtered. La Ni a remains in place and could adversely affect any expansion plans.
“CRP is a program that began in 1985 that takes land out of crop production and puts it into perennial grassland in order to conserve soil and reduce surface water runoff,” said K-State range scientist Keith Harmoney.
Although disease prevention programs may appear to be a costly investment initially, a good program will ultimately be more cost effective than treating a disease outbreak. For example, treating an outbreak of respiratory disease costs considerably more than proper management of calves at weaning or receiving.
Beginning March 1, consumers now have convenient access to important nutritional information about the raw meat and poultry products they most frequently purchase, US- DA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.
Recently, Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University, Dickinson Extension Research Center (DREC), spoke at the American Lowline Annual Meeting during the National Western Stock Show. DREC has used Lowline cattle as a part of their crossbreeding system in their commercial cow herd.
That’s the assessment of U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng after his participation in the U.S./ China High-Level Agricultural Symposium in Des Moines, IA. It was part of a five-day U.S. tour by Chinese Vice President President Xi Jinping, who is positioned to be the next leader of China.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3.7 million to Alan Knapp, a biology professor and senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU and principal investigator on the project.
Scharff’s new analysis, “Economic Burden from Health Losses Due to Foodborne Illness in the United States,” offers two economic cost estimates. Scharff arrived at the $77.7 billion figure by including values for medical costs, productivity losses, mortality and pain and suffering.
Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, a Purdue farm safety specialist advises.
U.S. beef exports in 2011 posted a 21 percent yearover-year increase. Beef exports for 2012 are forecast at 2.76 billion pounds, fractionally below 2011 levels. U.S. beef imports were 10 percent lower than yearearlier levels; the U.S. remained a net exporter. Beef imports for 2012 are forecast at 2.
This new white paper, titled “Does your vaccination protocol compromise newborn health?” was launched as part of a continued effort to answer questions related to calf health and immunity and to educate the dairy industry about immune function in calves.
Ethanol and farm groups praised an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision Feb. 17 to approve a higher level blend of ethanol known as E15, but the Environmental Working Group announced a campaign to discourage consumers from using it, and an Agriculture Department economist said he did not think it will win acceptance soon.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) hosted cattle industry leaders Feb. 28-29 for its annual County Leadership Conference. Attendees learned about the day-to-day operations of MCA, Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
Fostering baby calves within a single herd is the best option because bringing new calves in from an outside herd carries the risk of introducing disease, said South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly during a recent iGrow Radio Network interview.
“The advancement of technology to support the development of crop varieties is essential to the health and prosperity of the state, nation and the world,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “This multi-year agreement is fundamental to that goal.
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.
The move will help pave the way for both countries to boost their economic and political ties, according to reports. South Korea’s parliament approved the free trade pact in November of last year despite vehement protests from opposition lawmakers. The deal was signed in July 2007 and approved by Congress in October 2011.
Delegates from China met with U.S. agricultural representatives in Iowa to discuss trade agreements and agricultural cooperation at a firstever symposium. Chinese officials toured farms and signed a five-year agreement to direct conversations on agricultural topics.