Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) each year, only 90 of the very best are at the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions held Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beef Palace Auction Arena.
As the rules were written in the interim stage, importing countries such as Canada and Mexico, who had filed complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claimed the rule created exclusionary trade barriers to foreign livestock and other ag products.
For the time being, Canada has said that it plans to put on hold its complaint against Country-of- Origin Labeling (COOL) which had been filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The announcement comes in the wake of USDA?s release of the final COOL rules.
Last Monday, USDA released their final crop reports for last year?s growing season and the result added a great deal of downward price pressure to grains. USDA increased ending production numbers for corn and soybean prices. The economic slowdown in the U.
Mexican officials have proposed a change in meat import regulations that could have a significant impact on trade with U.S. packing plants. According to the proposal, after Jan. 30, Mexico will no longer allow meat shipments from the U.S. in so-called combo bins, large totes containing as much as 2,000 pounds of meat each.
With tax season just around the corner, a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service publication has been revised to remind agriculture producers to be aware of various taxes that affect their operation.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHFWHC) will hold its third annual Trustees Gathering and Benefit in Helena on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Great Northern Best Western Hotel in Helena, MT. The trustees will meet at 1 p.m.
The relocation of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center from Plum Island, NY, to a mainland location appears to be a done deal, according to Kansas congressmen who say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has chosen Manhattan, KS, as the site for the new facility.
A portable test being developed by biodetection expert Stratophase could soon enable farmers and vets to accurately detect highly contagious diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB) and foot and mouth (FMD) in the field, reducing false alarms and containment time and enabling remedial action to be taken more quickly.
Michael MacNeil, U.S. Department of Agriculture animal genetics researcher, will be a featured speaker during the Jan. 28 Grass-N- Beef Research Review at North Dakota State University?s (NDSU) Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter, ND.
The top groups in the 2008 AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) ?blew the doors off? average quality grades, says program director Sara Snider. Three feedlots won more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for first through fifth place finishes during the inaugural year of the contest.
The grazing school is now accepting enrollment for two sessions, March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. ?Nitrogen costs may be back to 2005 levels, but practically everything else remains high, and this makes ranching, which is always a challenging business, even more challenging,? Rouquette said.
After record U.S. grain exports in 2008, organizations that focus on spurring the flow of U.S. grain abroad will be looking at a few more challenges this year, according to a grain industry official who spoke during the American Farm Bureau Federation?s 90th annual meeting.
Washington State University (WSU) Extension has published the 2009 Beef Management Calendar. The calendar is available for free in a digital format or in printed form for $5 from WSU Extension Publications. The calendar has been developed to assist livestock managers in formulating an overall management plan for beef operations.
The 2009 International Livestock Congress (ILC), held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, last week, provided industry representatives with insight into the global cattle and beef business.
Migrant or foreign labor is a must for the dairy industry and other parts of agriculture, and a reduction in the workforce could cost consumers considerably, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert said. Labor and immigration are tied together, and it includes both legal and illegal immigration, said Dr.
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America claimed victory recently over USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Service (APHIS-VS) after the agency retracted Memorandum No. 575.19 which was initially issued on Sept. 22, 2008.
It looked last week like the U.S. Senate might vote on the massive Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 by Jan. 11. The bill contains more than 150 public lands, water and resource bills and could have profound impacts on western resource users, particularly those who depend on public land grazing permits.