When commodity prices are high and incomes are up, farmers often can borrow money to plant their spring crop with almost no questions asked by lenders. That is not the case this year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.
In the middle of the 20th century, the traditional method of raising and finishing cattle on the farm gave way to a newer concept of Midwest-based feedlots that could take advantage of low priced grain and improved transportation to finish and market beef in vast quantities.
When HBOs Temple Grandin aired Feb. 6, farmers and ranchers across the country tuned in to honor Temple Grandins work in improving the care of cattle. Grandin, living with autism, revolutionized livestock handling by tapping into her ability to see the world in a different way to develop a deeper understanding of animal behavior.
Cattlemen know marbling is important, and they keep hearing about ways to give it a head start. Early weaning onto a high-starch grain ration sounds promising, but could it be risky? The price of corn and potential for lighter carcass weights keep some producers from taking that route.
Kirk Hain, Seward, NE, was selected as the 2010 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO. Hain was selected for the award by his peersother Hereford herdsmen and breedersand was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan.
The cattle industry should be on the mend in 2010, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt. Available supplies of beef will drop in the U.S. as production declines and exports increase. Demand will be better at home as the U.S. economy continues to climb back from the depths of the recession, he said.
The Angus Foundation will offer two $5,000 scholarships given in memory of former American Angus Association Executive Vice President Richard Dick Spader. In addition, a number of $3,000 scholarships and $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
Oregons farmers and ranchers grossed $4.1 billion in sales last year, a 14.8 percent plunge from the prior year as prices weakened in key commodities, according to estimates in an Oregon State University (OSU) report.
President Barack Obama unveiled his budget for the 2011 fiscal year (FY) last week, including plans for the Agriculture Department. Obama has called for a freeze in discretionary spending for most government agencies, including USDA. However, his priorities
The grazing fee for federal lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for the coming year will be $1.35 per animal unit month and $1.35 per head month for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The grazing fee is unchanged for the third