Is fertilizer too high to buy? As we write this in mid-2008, fertilizer prices have reached all-time highs. Who would have believed even a few months ago that any kind of fertilizer would be priced at over $1,000 per ton?
Cattle feeders and packers are learning how to live with market volatility of historic proportions. It wasn’t so many years ago that most commodity futures prices were only allowed to rise or fall by a maximum 150 points per trading session. Any moves up or down the limit in the futures market caused shockwaves throughout the cash markets for livestock and meat.
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer on Thursday announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam.
As the investigation continued, two additional affected dairy herds were identified, both containing a single infected animal. These findings mean that California no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free status.
Legislation which threatens the ability of American horse owners to freely move their livestock and market them as they see fit has recently made progress in Washington, D.C. The bill, titled the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (or H.R. 6598), passed by a voice vote in the Sept.
Packers realized they were offered an easy way of dealing with the new label requirements. As one would expect, packers have taken the path of least resistance and plan to use the catch-all label, Product of Canada, Mexico and USA. Well call it the North American label.
The market talk was casual until the producer leaned over and said, We just marketed a 90.8 percent calf crop with an average weight of 560 pounds at 189 days of age. The room grew quiet. Are you sure? a neighbor asked. Yep, but I was just average. Maybe someday I can manage my way to the upper third, the rancher replied.
The fourth component is meticulously touched by Knight, If USDA decides to make all or parts of the NAIS mandatory, APHIS [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] will follow the normal rulemaking process. With rules, laws, inspections, taxes, regulations, or licensing comes next, the fourth component .
Exports of beef and beef variety meats from Colorado surged 81 percent in the first half of 2008 as compared to the same period of 2007. At $241 million, the January to June 2008 level is the highest since 2003 and is the highest level on record.
Cattle producers can accomplish significant genetic improvement in a short period when using effective selection tools, such as expected progeny differences (EPDs), to deal with moderately heritable traits. The Limousin breeds phenotypic trends in scrotal circumference (SC), docility and carcass traits illustrate that fact.
One of the advantages of fall-calving compared to spring (late winter) calving is the pleasant weather that the cow/calf operator finds at 2:00 AM when he or she goes out to check the heifers. The downside of fall calving is the fact that these cows and heifers are not being fed from the truck or hay feeder.
Two beef producers from Nebraska and Iowa took part in a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) U.S. Beef Checkoff-sponsored promotion, made possible through the financial support of the Nebraska Beef Council and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, that helped boost weekend sales of U.
This years tour includes areas we havent visited on All Breeds Cattle Tours in the past, said North Dakota Stockmens Association Member Services Director Tracey Koester, the tour coordinator. Were glad to add some great new stops and beautiful scenery along the way.
Every year, funds raised at the Citizen of the West dinner contribute to the education of future agricultural leaders. With more than 1,000 scholarships awarded since 1983, the National Western Scholarship Trust is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs available to youth interested in pursuing degrees in agriculture or rural medicine.
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) regrets to report the early departure of great industry allies, Meg Smith and George Hammond, from the Montana Board of Livestock (MBOL). Smith and Hammond have spent 11-and-a-half years on the board, originally appointed by Gov.
The American Angus Association salutes Clarence Frey, Mulhall, OK, for his continued ownership and production of Angus cattle for more than 50 years. Frey will receive a certificate signed by the associations president to honor this Historic Angus Herd achievement.
The Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) recently hosted its fifth annual meeting in Colville, WA. Participants heard from several speakers including U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) Region I Director Lee Engelhardt and USCA Director of Government Affairs Jess Peterson.
USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reserving the use of animal identification numbers with the 840 prefix to only animals born in the U.S. The number 840 is the U.S. country code and appears at the beginning of all animal identification numbers issued in this country.
Now that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been implemented in the U.S. after years of discussion, it seems that the only challengers to the law don?t exist within U.S. borders. On Monday, Dec. 1, the Canadian government filed a complaint against the U.