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.
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.
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.
According to the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, estimated beef production for 2015 was lowered by 10 million pounds (mp) to 23.76 billion pounds (bp). This number is likely to shift slightly for the next few months as 2015 data is completed and assessed, but large changes are not likely.
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.
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.
A preliminary injunction filed Feb. 9 in federal court by two environmental groups seeks to disrupt the water supplies of thousands of families throughout Ore gon’s Deschutes Basin, including families in the communities of Bend, Madras, Redmond and Tumalo.
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.
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..
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…”.
Farmers and ranchers are invited to share their stories about advocating for agriculture with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as part of the organization’s just-launched #iAdvocate campaign. Ten lucky contest winners will each receive a $100 Farm Bureau Bank gift card.
Of all the components of soil, organic matter is probably the most important and most misunderstood. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water in the soil, aids in reducing compaction and surface crusting, and increases water infiltration into the soil.
WR Reserve, a beef processing company in Hastings, NE, will send the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since that country placed a ban on U.S. beef imports in 2003. Israel is one of the last countries to open its doors to U.
Finicum was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, OR. He was fatally shot on Jan. 26 by law enforcement as he and fellow occupiers traveled to the nearby town of John Day to talk to residents about the U.S. Constitution.
The remaining four occupiers of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to FBI Thursday, Feb. 11. FBI and state police had cordoned off the refuge since the arrest of 12 other occupiers and the killing of one occupier on Jan. 26.
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.
Cody Norton, a Senior Beef Pricing Analyst for JBS Swift, has been awarded the Max Deets Leadership Award for 2016 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the cattle industry.