Placements of cattle into feedlots surged more than expected during August, according to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency reported that placements last month rose 7.1 percent from August 2009 levels to hit 2.27 million head.
Officials from Japan and the U.S. met in San Francisco last week for two days of much-anticipated discussion about American beef safety, but the talks ended without any change to Japans strict laws barring meat from older American cows. Japanese import regulations toward U.
A positive fluctuation in the cattle market set the pace for the Great State Feedout (GSF) program implemented by the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) this past year. The GSF is designed to help members of ASA profit through retained ownership of steer progeny.
Nearly eight weeks after Judge Donald Molloy issued a decision in Missoula, MT, returning northern gray wolves to the endangered species list, ranchers and sportsmen in the Northwest remain unsure as to how the increasing wolf population will be handled under federal control.
Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available.
The North Dakota Stockmens Association (NDSA) will recognize Effertz Key Ranch of Velva, ND, and the Gerald Pat and Loretta Effertz family as North Dakotas Ranchers of the Year during the associations annual convention and trade show Sept. 23-25 at the Holiday Inn in Minot, ND.
One minute past midnight, Dec. 31, 2010, the amount of taxes your heirs will pay goes from zero to a top rate of 55 percent. Would that be enough of a tax bill to drop the ax on the farm as family members are forced to sell a lifetime of work off in pieces to pay Uncle Sam?.
Free webinars: Four cattle lectures, two for horse owners, one soil seminar and one human health-focused webinars are scheduled over the next few months. Join industry leaders live from the comfort of your own home as they present information and answer questions from all over the country.
All individuals interested in converting Utah junipers, pinyon pines, and other woody biomass into a usable product should mark their calendars for Oct. 18, 2010. The equipment demonstrations will provide landowners, contractors, agency personnel and biomass purchasers the opportunity to view the material as it is changed into a transportable product.
The Public Lands Councils (PLC) 2010 meeting was attended by public lands ranchers from across the West who gathered to hear updates, share ideas, and listen to agency and political representatives. Held in Pendleton, OR, Sept.
Two good tips for preventing Johnes disease on dairy farms: Use stainless steel water troughs and add chlorine to the water. Thats according to Kim Cook, an Agricultural Research Service microbiologist at the agencys Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, KY.
Producers need to watch for it, said K-State Research and Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis. It occurs almost exclusively in adult cattlenot calves. The most frequent observation is sudden death, even though it actually takes a few days from the time signs first appear until death occurs.
Beef producers in the northern Plains have transformed old-style, low-performance cattle into high-performance, fast-growing meat animals with improved genetic potential and increased nutrient demands.
National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the approval of The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 (S. 3656) Sept. 15, 2010, by the U.S. House of Representatives will continue to encourage transparency in the marketplace.
A producer-led Federation Structure Working Group, appointed by Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation) Chairman Scott George and Vice Chairman David Dick, met in Denver, CO, Aug. 30-31. The group consists of seven regional vice presidents, Federation directors and beef council executives from 10 states.
The index aims to take the pulse of the agricultural economy. Its based on a survey of 500 producers picked at random to reflect the demographic makeup of the 2007 USDA Ag Census. The survey is conducted three times a yearbefore planting, before harvest, and at years end.
As an animal is harvested, its body draws on stored reserves of energy (sugar) to create lactic acid in the muscles, he explains. That slight decline in alkalinity (decrease in pH) sets up the meat to react with oxygen to show the bright, cherry-red color beef consumers are accustomed to.