The California Livestock Man of the Year award was presented to William F. Borror of Tehama Angus Ranch, Gerber, CA, during the Jr. Grand National Livestock Show held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack sat down last Wednesday to listen to opinions from livestock and meat industry representatives on what direction they believe the government should take in improving its animal identification and tracking program.
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South Korea has reclaimed its position as the No. 3 market for U.S. beef after lifting a five-year ban put in place following the first case of mad cow disease in the U.S. in 2003. Industry sources expect sales to South Korea to continue rising in coming months amid some stability in the currency markets and as the cookout season begins.
More than 150 ag groups, manufacturing firms, and other industrial producers are pressuring the U.S. government to end the trade dispute with Mexico quickly. There have been several trade issues with Mexico over the past several months as the U.S. has implemented policies which Mexican officials view as protectionist.
Active trade in the north got going on Wednesday last week as packers paid $2-3 more for close to 40,000 head of dressed cattle at prices in the $136-138 range with most of the trade at $137. Southern Plains trade hadnt developed by midday last Thursday as feedlots were passing on the packers $86 offer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would delay the implementation of the new ruminant feed ban restrictions. The regulations, which are meant to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), were set to go into effect April 27, however, now they will not be put into effect until June 26, allowing ranchers and deadstock companies more time to comply.
The U.S. Senate voted April 3 on an amendment to the budget which could allow significant reductions in estate taxes for farmers and ranchers. The Senate voted 51 to 48 to pass the amendment. The proposal will be included in the full budget which will be reconciled with a similar version passed by the House of Representatives in the near future.
Canadian producers are pressing the government to seek trade sanctions against South Korea if the country does not quickly end its ban on Canadian beef. Gerry Ritz, Canadas minister of agriculture, said he will consider filing a trade action with the World Trade Organization after receiving no response from officials whom he visited last month.
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, is now accepting entries for their 52nd Annual Cal Poly Bull Test. Last years test consisted of 271 bulls from top seedstock producers in the West and 103 bulls qualified for the sale with an average price of $2,568. This years delivery dates for bulls are May 9 and 10 at Cal Polys Beef Center.
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is currently seeking applications for the 20th Annual Montana Environmental Stewardship Award. The Montana Environmental Stewardship Award is designed to recognize cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment while enhancing productivity and profitability.
The new executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is Tom McDonnell. McDonnell became ICAs chief operating officer on April 1, 2009, mov ing to Boise, ID, from Chugwater, WY, where he owned a purebred cow/calf operation and also served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry Association, USDA, and several universities.
While the sluggish U.S. economy places downward pressure on middle meat prices, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has been undertaking efforts to promote an expanded range of beef cuts in targeted overseas markets to help maximize the cutout value for producers.
When every dollar counts, cow/calf producers take stock of what they have to offer. They look for ways to add value to their calves. For more than 21,000 of those calves, the owners decided the best way to add value was simply to document it.
Through a collaboration of 830 veterinarians, animal health suppliers, and Pfizer Animal Health, nearly $500,000 has been donated to local FFA chapters across the country. Through purchases of Pfizer Animal Healths vaccines, veterinarians and animal health suppliers were able to donate to a local FFA chapter of their choice.
Nominees must meet the following requirements to become designated as a Colorado Centennial Farm: Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years; Each property must still be a working farm or...
John Braly, vice president, North American Business Development and Sales, Destron Fearing, and Glenn Fischer, senior vice president of Allflex USA Inc., were elected to serve threeyear terms on the board of directors of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA).
It was supposed to start the first week of April, but this years grilling season has been delayed until May. The weather just hasnt cooperated with prospects for an active grilling weekend, market analysts said. Cold, even snowy conditions have kept people indoors and away from the grills.