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by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
For some, this time of the year is just “another day at the office,” because they have taken the necessary steps to ensure as few problems as possible. For others, this list may help to reduce problems that might occur. As we strive to improve the beef operation over time, it’s never too early to be thinking about the next calving season.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
The FAA last month published proposed regulations that would govern the use of small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in agriculture and other enterprises, said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University (OSU) Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law Field Specialist.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
January exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb were down sharply from a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Shipping delays caused by the West Coast labor dispute combined with a number of economic factors to drive export volumes for beef and pork to four-year lows.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
The resulting paper, “Changes in the Ground Beef Market and What it Means for Cattle Producers,” was authored by Nevil Speer while a professor at Western Kentucky University; Tom Brink, the founder and President of Top Dollar Angus; and Mark McCully, Vice President of Production for the Certified Angus Beef brand.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
For the breeding soundness evaluation to be successful, bulls should be evaluated 30 to 60 days before the start of breeding. It is important to allow sufficient time to replace questionable bulls. Bulls could also be evaluated at the end of breeding to determine if their fertility decreased.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
That’s one way to read results from a 16-year comparative calf price study by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). The fall 2014 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) report compares auction prices for nearly 14,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics at 10 markets from California to Kentucky and North Dakota to New Mexico.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
A seed herd of purebred American bison—offspring of the iconic native species in Yellowstone National Park— will be reintroduced this fall to a natural area at the hinge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains after an agreement was finalized last week between Colorado State University (CSU) and three government agencies.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
“With bull sales underway and 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season—especially if you will be using synchronization,” Salverson said. “Depending on which protocol is selected, it could be more than 39 days from start of the program to artificial insemination.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
“It takes a community” like the one involved through the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to ensure adequate water quantity and quality to meet current and future needs, said Ward Ling, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who coordinates the partnership.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
“By working with that forester, you know what trees need to come out and how much timber is going to come out, and you can do what we call competitive bid,” Stelzer says. “You invite buyers to come in and then buyers will compete against each other. You will always get a better price by doing a competitive, sealed bid process.
News
by WLJ
Mar 13, 2015
USDA first announced new rules for animal disease traceability in March 2013, which included a two-year transition period to adopt official ear-tag criteria. Each state was charged with reviewing policies and, if necessary, revising them to meet national standards.
Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.


Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year-over-year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and an 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.
Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
The tour started with an overview of USMEF’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market access issues that impact U.S. meat exports into the region. This was followed by a briefing from the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, which focused on the business climate in China for


Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
Lower projected farm asset growth is primarily driven by decreases in financial assets and a small drop in farm real estate value. These declines reflect lower forecast net cash income for 2014-15, along with expectations of slightly higher interest rates.


Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
The largest importer of U.S. beef told Iowa producers that they expect reliable access to a steady supply of high quality U.S. beef. The issue came up at every importer meeting held during a recent Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Japan. Iowa beef producers Steve Rehder, Hawarden, and Connie Richards, Tingley, were on the mission during February.


Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.
Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year-over-year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and an 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.
Markets
by WLJ
Mar 6, 2015
The tour started with an overview of USMEF’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market access issues that impact U.S. meat exports into the region. This was followed by a briefing from the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, which focused on the business climate in China for U.


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