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Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting a forum on Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) for beef producers and animal health officials in conjunction with the NIAA Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016. The forum, “BVD: An Industry Prevention Strategies & Solutions Forum,” will be April 7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Your response puts you on a slippery slope. You want to appear responsive to customers’ needs, yet over-committing to something you can’t provide only will damage your reputation.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Your consumers receive hundreds of messages daily through social media, the nightly news, and even your local newspaper. Headlines like, “Protein is making a comeback” or “Human nutrition benefits from beef,” are some of the positive messages you might have seen in the past few months.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
B ec o mi n g Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


Cattle and Beef Markets
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Last Tuesday, the CME Group announced it will be reducing the trading hours of the live and feeder cattle contracts. Starting Monday, Feb. 29, the trading hours for the Globex futures will return to 8:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., CT, Monday through Friday. The open outcry options will range from 8:30 a.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
They say everything’s bigger in Texas; the sky, the land, and life in general. It should come as no surprise then that Texas contains one of the country’s—and even the continent’s—biggest ranches. At almost 800 square miles, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is roughly half the size of the State of Rhode Island and has remained under one family for 167 years.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Nitrate poisoning and toxicity can occur when ruminants ingest excessive nitrate content in affected forages and water supplies. Nitrate is an organic compound that when ingested in normal amounts is converted to ammonia and then to protein in the rumen via bacterial metabolism.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Also seated on the executive committee were Vice Chairman Brian DeFreese, West Point, IN, and Treasurer Tim Smith, Giddings, TX. Rounding out ASA’s five-member executive committee are Fred Schuetze, Granbury, TX; and Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, NC..


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Ammon Bundy and 15 fellow protestors were indicted last week for their armed occupation of vacant federal buildings on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during most of January. The indictment states they were preventing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) employees from discharging their duties by using “force, intimidation, and threats…”.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Jesse “Babe” Amaral Jr., former owner of the Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in Petaluma, CA, whose sale of meat from condemned and uninspected cattle led to a nationwide food recall two years ago, was sentenced last week to one year in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.




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