Representatives of Tyson Foods Inc. told investors at the BMO Capital Markets 2011 Farm to Market Conference that sales of chicken, beef and pork improved in the past two weeks as the weather turned warm. Donnie Smith, Tysons president and CEO, and Noel White, senior group vice president of Tyson Fresh Meats, were presenters at the conference.
The Hereford breed has lost a great friend with the passing, May 9, 2011, of Milton Costa, Circle C Ranch, Nampa, ID. Milton was 66 years of age and is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and sons Tyler, Sean and Brian.
International trade continues to grow and play an increasingly important role in the U.S. cattle and beef market. At a time when domestic beef demand is still struggling, demand for U.S. beef in export markets continues to grow. The most recent monthly trade data show that beef exports in March jumped 47 percent compared to one year ago.
Range scientists typically use a 1,000 pound cow with calf as the base definition of one animal unit and cattlemen often use 1,200 pounds to describe the mature body weight of their cows. However, the average mature weight of cows in the U.S. has changed in the last 20 years.
An uncollared young male wolf from the Imnaha pack was trapped and euthanized this week by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff. The action occurred on private property with livestock operations, where wolves had killed livestock in late April 2011.
According to the Texas Farm Bureau, escalating drug violence in Mexico is causing U.S. beef inspectors to move operations north of the Mexican border. In the past, inspections were completed before cattle crossed the border, but now the danger is too high for federal inspectors.
That is why, in general, producers do not want to deal with calving difficulties any more than is absolutely necessary, especially in first-calf heifers. As we continue with breeding season, are you sure you are using calving ease sires where they are needed? Are you using the right tools to select a calving ease sire?.
After corn is processed to make ethanol, whats left of the corn looks something like slightly dampened cornmeal, though a somewhat darker yellow, and not as finely ground. Known as wet distillers grains with solubles (WDGS), this byproduct is sometimes used as a cattle feed ingredient.
Despite demands to cut farm programs, the chairs of Senate and House agriculture committees say recent natural disasters around the country show the need for continuing strong support for farmers in the 2012 farm bill.
New Holland offers industryleading limited warranty New Holland has announced it is now backing its compact tractors with an industry-leading 5-year Boomer Guard limited warranty on all Boomer 30/35/40/50 deluxe compact tractors.
Sarah Paine Sal Forbes, 91, of Beckton Stock Farm just west of Sheridan, WY, died at her residence on March 28, 2011. Sal had deservedly earned a reputation as beef industry performance legend being one of the early proponents of performance testing.
Mark A. Anderson, Eaton, CO, has accepted the position of executive director for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). The associations board of directors offered him the job in April and he moved into the Centennial, CO, headquarters in early May.
The month of May is World Trade Month and National Beef Month. This combination spurred three letters from the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) to urge President Obama, members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to expedite the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
The number of cow/calf pairs placed on a pasture is often determined based on previous experience and/or conventional wisdom. One of the factors that can be easily overlooked in establishing stocking rates is cow weight.
Our world of electronic conveniences has now reached the cow pasture. In the not-so-distant future, landscapes may be dotted only with virtual fences and cattle may be herded with global positioning system (GPS) technology.
Exports of U.S. beef and pork continued on a recordsetting pace in March, with beef posting a 65 percent gain in value versus yearago levels and pork showing an impressive 40 percent increase, according to statistics compiled by the U.S.
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jerry Kozak said his group will continue to push its Foundation for the Future plan to revamp the dairy program in Congress, even though dairy processors and some left-leaning dairy and farm groups oppose it.
Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is happy to report that Gov. Dave Heineman signed the brand surcharge bill May 11, 2011. NC had been keeping a close eye on LB 181, which was a bill that would allow a surcharge to be implemented by the Nebraska Brand Committee in order to make up for traveling expenses incurred by inspectors.