A.J. Smith Jr., the 24-year editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, knew of and was known by thousands of cattle producers in Oklahoma as well as other states. Saturday, July 25, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association state convention in Midwest City, OK, and died.
A study of prices received on calves sold through seven video auction sales in 2008 reveals that cattle producers received the highest premiums since 1995 on VAC45 and VAC PreCon calves, and the second highest premium on VAC34 calves. Fourteen years of Pfizer Animal Health price data shows an increasing value for preconditioned calves.
A new yeast that makes ethanol from both five-carbon and six-carbon sugars without needing oxygen has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. This could be an important breakthrough in industrial ethanol production because its difficult to control oxygen levels as yeasts ferment sugars into ethanol.
Paul Ramirez of Tucson, AZ, displayed the fastest, most persuasive chant in the West, winning the 21st International Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Calgary Stampedes Livestock Show and Rodeo. It was Ramirezs fifth time competing for a shot at the title.
Members of the National C a t t l emens Beef Association (NCBA) approved a number of policy resolutions and directives to further critical industry priorities. The resolutions were passed by vote during the membership meeting at the culmination of the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference.
"We believe in the success of a strong state and national partnership resulting in increased consumer demand for beef and higher consumer confidence. We believe in producer control of checkoff funds through the Qualified State Beef Councils, which are the foundation of the beef checkoff.
Seven beef farms and ranches, representing a wide range of sizes and types of businesses, were selected as regional winners of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award. For almost two decades, the beef industry has recognized outstanding commitment and leadership in conservation.
After the removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List last spring, wolf management has shifted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to the various states where wolves have been delisted.
In what could be a devastating blow to production agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed its stance on the use of antibiotics as a means of increasing feed efficiency and boosting growth in animal feeding operations.
A bill to limit the use of corn and other grains in the production of fuel was introduced last week to the applause of animal producers who have long requested a level playing field for the ethanol industry. The bill, The Affordable Food and Fuel for America Act,.
Wyoming beef producers Spencer Ellis, Lovell, WY, and Judy West, Chugwater, WY, were named to leadership positions at the June 5, 2009, Wyoming Beef Council (WBC) meeting in Gillette, WY. The volunteer leaders will help shape the direction and outline priorities for the investment of Wyomings beef checkoff in fiscal year 2010.
Last week, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), Montana Public Lands Council, Montana Association of Grazing Districts, and the national Public Lands Council denounced an effort by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to buy out ranchers grazing leases on the Charles M.