Grim financials for dairy and pork producers were casting a pall over proceedings of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in San Antonio, TX, last week. For the first time in 25 years, sessions were concentrating on topics such as organizing loan workouts, handling bankruptcies, and stresstesting loan portfolios.
Superior Livestock Auction, Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI, LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestockthe largest livestock auction company in the U.
That paper, written by Larry Corah and Mark Mc- Cully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), examines the factors that have driven quality grades up, ending a 30-year decline. By this summer, 60.1 percent of cattle in the nations harvest mix were grading Choice, a 7.
The pace of corn harvest improved last week as drier weather has allowed farmers in some states to get back to the business of harvest. However, the progress still lags behind previous years and there is a chance that additional weather delays in the week ahead could further delay completion.
The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge lies in remote northwestern Nevada, a sprawling expanse of over half a million acres of high desert landscape. Flat-topped mesas rise precipitously off the sagebrush flats, and jagged rimrock punctuates the horizon.
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.
Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting.
Today, most dairymen and stockmen realize that cattle have established requirements for several mineral elements. Animals require these minerals because each element participates in one or more of the chemical functions that keep the body operating and producing normally.
Body condition scoring uses a numerical value to estimate energy on fat reserves. The values range from 1 to 9. Cows in the lower numbers have less energy stores and are considered skinny. Cows with BCS scores of 4, 5 or 6 are average, and the cows in 7, 8 and 9 range can be easily recognized as fat.
Maintaining our cows through the various stages of pregnancy, especially through the winter months, has some unique challenges, especially when feeding low quality forages. A forage is considered low in quality when it has digestible energy of less than 1 Mcal/lb.
For producers on a fall weaning schedule, October and November are typically when cow productivity is reevaluated and cull cows are pulled from the herd. For some producers, marketing culls involves little more than hauling them to the sale as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision