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2012 January 27
Animal health officials in Europe are scrambling for answers after a previously unknown virus cropped up in Germany this November. Provisionally called “Schmallenberg virus” after the German town in which it was first identified, the virus has also been found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and most recently in Great Britain.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Beef exports performed well in November, according to statistics released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), reaching 105,268 metric tons valued at $456.25 million. This was steady with the October 2011 volume and up slightly in value.
2012 January 20
Congress passed the two-year tax package, known as the Reid- McConnell Tax Package, at the end of the 2010 session, which, in addition to preventing the estate tax from reverting to pre-2001 levels of a 55 percent tax with a $1 million exemption, the tax package addressed a variety of other expiring tax issues that would have affected U.
2012 January 20
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for the authority to consolidate several federal agencies dealing with trade and business development, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which negotiates agreements covering exports of beef, pork and poultry.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
The basic supply and demand rules seemed to be off last week. Beef is typically pulled by demand, and buyers compete with each other, pushing boxed prices higher and sending packers looking for cattle, creating a demand-driven rally, but packers...
by WLJ
2012 January 20
The high price of beef is driving some to turn to an old-time crime—cattle rustling. In Cookeville, TN, several instances of livestock theft have left a couple producers with tens of thousands of dollars in losses. In Greene County, MO, one rancher lost 19 calves, estimated at 600 pounds each, and a trailer to thieves in one night.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized six U.S. cattle operations in August for their commitment to sustaining their family operations by conserving land, resources and wildlife.
2012 January 20
Winter feeding and the headache of procuring hay is here. And if you’re looking for hay in the droughtstricken Southwest, it’s probably more like a migraine. With the hardships faced by many states in the western half of the country and the increased demand for hay during the winter months, resources are stretched thin and costs are up accordingly.
2012 January 20
Dozens of Yavapai County ranch families filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Tax Court seeking relief for illegallycollected property taxes and flawed property valuations that were made by the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office on their respective agricultural properties.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
“When the blizzard hits or the wind chills are below zero, tempers might flare, but that won’t thaw water or get the tractor started to feed cows,” he said. “A little planning when the weather is mild could make things go a lot easier for both producers and the livestock.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24, will present 25 breakout sessions, including the international trade-focused sessions: “Export Opportunities and Competition in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) Countries” and “Trends in Agricultural Development & Trade in the Americas.
2012 January 20
The Red Angus bull was donated by Cross Diamond Cattle Co. with all of his Dec. 12 sale proceeds going to the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB). AABB is an organization dedicated to honoring American military service members by, among other things, serving them American beef prior to deployment and upon return home.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
“I recall my days in the military when something good to eat was not readily available,” Huggins said. “There were times when every soldier would have welcomed good meals or even snacks. These beef sticks sent to the troops would be placed in their backpacks to eat while on patrols in the region, which could last from one to five days.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
One of the main challenges to beef producers in the western U.S. is to develop a cost-effective winter feeding program while still maintaining acceptable levels of beef cattle production. Many producers in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West feed between 2 and 4 tons of hay to their mature cows during the winter feeding period.
by WLJ
2012 January 20
Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Red Bluff buyers and consignors dinner, the first copy of Ellington Peek’s book, “When to Buy…When to Sell,” will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Andy Peek Scholarship Fund. Peek will also be available for book sign ings.
2012 January 20
In making the announcement, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials noted this was the first time US- DA has offered funding specifically for water-quality trading programs. The program offers Conservation Innovation Grants of up to $2 million for an individual project.


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