Although the federal estate tax law is currently in congressional limbo, its still important to plan for your farms succession. For those who die in 2010, Congress has eliminated the federal estate taxjust for one year.
The federal TB program recently relaxed the rules for movement in a TB Modified Accredited Advanced Zone (MAAZ) to provide free-movement of unaffected cattle herds. Until this order was signed, a bovine TB test was required on all MAAZ cattle before crossing a federal zonal boundary, even if they were not near TB-infected wildlife.
The Choice-Select spread has been a leading indicator for decades, but a current analysis suggests it can mislead if taken at face value. A lot more commodity Choice came on just as the economy was closing the menu on middle-meat steaks cut from that commodity pool, which no longer represents much of an advantage over Select.
In a ruling last week, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Oliver Wanger, in Fresno, CA, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) restrictions on water pumping from the delta for irrigation and municipal water supplies was based on...
Proper livestock handling and animal care is a major industry topicand now livestock auction market personnel can fine-tune their handling skills, thanks to a new partnership between Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.
For cow/calf producers, survival and operational profitability are reliant upon efficiently producing uniform calves for target markets in an economical fashion. Doing so requires a clear management plan, set goals for the cow herd, proper bull selection, and a concise marketing strategy.
USDA released its first estimate for corn production for the coming year and showed that farmers are putting in a potentially record crop. The report, released last Tuesday, pegged the 2010 corn crop at 13.4 billion bushels, which would set a new record if realized. Initial estimated acreage was set
A calf belonging to a Wallowa County rancher has been verified as the first confirmed wolf kill in Oregon this year, as well as the first in Wallowa County since the predator’s reintroduction in Idaho more than 10 years ago. According to reports, the calf was part of a herd
In a bid to manage wolf population numbers and stem the tide of livestock predation, Montana and Idaho are considering quota increases of more than double last year’s wolf hunt for the upcoming 2010 season. Factors such as losses of livestock, falling numbers of big game animals
Nothing says summer like a thick, juicy burger on the grill. When it comes to grilling, burgers are Americans favorite choice. If you think you have a great burger recipe, the cattlemen and women in northwest Iowa want you to enter the Best Cheeseburger in Siouxland contest.
The Iowa Cattlemens Association (ICA) announced last week the hiring of Duane Gangwish as their new CEO. ICA President Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley, IA, said, Duane joins ICA with a broad knowledge of the cattle industry, possessing a deep understanding of environmental issues.
Don called Rob up one day and said, Hey Rob, Ive got this prolapsed cow over at the Double Adobe Ranch locked up in the corral and I was wondering if you could give me a hand? Sure, says Rob, just come on over and get me on your way.
If a cow aborts her calf, she loses her one chance to compensate for her yearly maintenance, not to mention the time and money invested in buying bulls, breeding, preg checking and all the necessary elements of her reproductive upkeep. And while a random 1 percent to 2 percent abortion rate
Several producer groups last week increased the pressure on Congress to get pending free trade agreements (FTA) ratified. There are three agreements hung up in Congress which, if enacted, could serve to benefit producers through greater market access in Panama, Columbia and
Ethanol subsidies have long been the subject of criticism from the livestock industry, but in recent months, the call to end government subsidies for the industry have been growing. Late last month, the American Meat Institute and others sent a letter
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced last week that it will implement additional beef safety measures designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses. The new process of control standards and goals are additions to a food safety program that already requires ground beef suppliers to test for E.
Cattle share this habitat with sage grouse, which are chicken-sized birds that are notorious for the showy commotion they create during mating season. But the sage grouse numbers have declined throughout their range, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has added the species as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protection.