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.
Environmental activist groups Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians won a lawsuit last week against the Bureau of Land Management which will have a significant impact on public land ranchers. The suit stems from a 2007 Freedom of Information Act which the two environmental groups submitted to gain access to private
The health of the nation’s livestock is at risk because of weaknesses in the U.S. system for quarantining imported animals, according to a report issued last week by USDA’s Inspector General (IG). The IG’s audit found problems with 53 of the 131 shipments selected for review at
It has come to our attention that a renewal subscription scam is being sent to Western Livestock Journal subscribers. The company which is fraudulently soliciting renewals is going by Publishers, Magazine, Circulation Billing Services, or similar names, and located in Reno, NV. They are not authorized to handle our renewal efforts
South Dakotans are learning that having the same goal doesn’t automatically put everyone on the same side. The goal at issue is to protect a unique area of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, has proposed designating about 48,000 acres of the area as wilderness. The bill under consideration
The U.S. Senate last week failed twice to block the implementation of a 1099 filing requirement which will force small businesses to report any transactions with a single vendor totaling more than $600 in a single year. The reporting requirement was enacted as part of the massive health care overhaul and is set to go into effect starting Jan.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last Tuesday announced that USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, while providing payments to property owners.
July values for U.S. beef and pork exports dipped slightly from the totals achieved in June, but both exceeded year-ago levels with beef posting close to a 40 percent jump over 2009 levels. Based on statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), beef export value surged to $366.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed U.S. cattle producers from across the country in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday as part of the 2010 National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference. Vilsack reinforced the importance of U.
Hereford breeders continued to experience an increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2010 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. The association experienced an increase in registrations and membership as production sale prices increased for both bulls and females.
Beginning this fall, Angus breeders will have access to the industrys latest advancement in selecting animals for feed efficiencythe residual average daily gain (RADG) expected progeny difference (EPD).
An open ranch bronc ride competition that began in 2006 as a tribute to honor the memory of a young West Texas cowboy, Tom Butler of Guthrie, TX, has become an annual event with spectator attendance growing from 500 the first year to 1,700 within four years.
Karey Lynn McPhee, daughter of Mike and Pam McPhee of Linden, CA, was married to C.R. Moore III, son of Cliff and Cathy Moore of Frankston, TX, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Dublin, TX. A reception followed at the Bella Vita Ranch in Lingleville, TX.
The sale and purchase of the Bell Ranch located in northeastern New Mexico was closed on Aug. 17, 2010. This singular offering was comprised of 290,100 acres of contiguous deeded land, most of which is situated in San Miguel County about 40 miles north of Tucumcari, NM, and 150 miles east of Santa Fe, NM.