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News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2016-2017 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF).


News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.


News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
The National FFA Organization announced Dec. 17 that W. Dwight Armstrong, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will retire effective June 30, 2016.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
Bringing in a new year always causes a time of reflection, and it’s quite amazing to realize what took place that impacted the beef industry in a short 12 months. There is a variety of issues to ponder about 2015, but I hold steadfast in my optimism and look for continued positive movement in the coming year from many aspects.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.


Markets
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
“The report is kind of friendly across the board with total on-feed numbers coming down,” noted Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. He also pointed out that “There was one extra slaughter day this year compared to last year, helping to give the better marketing number.


News
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
Shane Bedwell has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director of Breed Improvement of the American Hereford Association (AHA). In this role, he will lead the AHA performance department and oversee the National Reference Sire Program and Whole Herd Total Performance Records program.


Opinion
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
has exposed weakness in sectors and the cattle industry as a whole. Vertical integration is a process that continues to streamline the efficiency of beef production from birth to plate.


News
by WLJ
Dec 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule last week to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.

News
by WLJ
Dec 18, 2015
“Rich is a dedicated family man, an active member in the Denver community, and a true ambassador of our western lifestyle as evident in his family’s love for horses,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “We are honored to have a Denver legend and passionate Stock Show sup porter.



News
by WLJ
Dec 18, 2015
Thursday, Jan. 7 8:00 a.m., Angus “Yards” Cattle Arrival, Stockyards 8:00 a.m., Wool Show Judging, Stadium Hall 1 9:00 a.m., Shorn Fleece/Fiber Show (Alpaca & Llama), Stadium Hall 1 12:00 p.m., Catch-A-Calf Arrival, Cattle Barn, 12:00 p.m., Kick-Off Parade, Downtown Denver 12:00 p.

All News
by WLJ
Dec 18, 2015
Winter pasture (wheat, rye, barley, etc.) can be a valuable asset for many cattle operations. It is often the most cost-effective way to put weight on stocker cattle or condition on developing heifers. I previously have written on winter pasture establishment (find the articles at bit.



Markets
by WLJ
Dec 11, 2015
Due to the slower pace of fed cattle marketings seen in recent months, the estimated beef production for 2015 declined 50 million pounds (mp) to 23.73 billion pounds (bp). Reduced placements of light cattle late in 2015 are also expected to reduce the estimated 2016 production to 24.


News
by WLJ
Dec 11, 2015
Farmers and ranchers were reminded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) opened last week, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016.


News
by WLJ
Dec 11, 2015
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) participated in an Iowa meat trade mission trip to meat retailers and packers in China and Japan from Nov. 14-17. IBIC representatives included Executive Director Chris Freland and beef producer Jenni Peters, Bellevue, IA.


News
by WLJ
Dec 11, 2015
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized six individuals who joined the organization in 1965 for 50 years of continuous membership during the KLA Convention Dec. 2. The group currently has 98 members who have been members a half-century or longer.


News
by WLJ
Dec 11, 2015
Most instances of poor reproductive performance in a herd are due to inadequate nutrition. Body condition score (BCS) is a proven tool to determine nutritional status of an animal. The Beef Improvement Federation emphasizes that, “Current body condition influences subsequent growth, reproduction, milk production and life span.


News
by WLJ
Dec 4, 2015
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced the launch of its new consumer website, TheMeatWeEat.com on Nov. 23. This innovative site was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.


News
by WLJ
Dec 4, 2015
Wright was appointed to the WBC in 2012 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as a representative of range cattle producers and was reappointed to a second term in 2015. Wright also serves as one of Wyoming’s three directors to the Federation of State Beef Councils.




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