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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 9, 2007
A survey of approximately 9,400 livestock producers conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin to determine whether they used ethanol co-products as a part of their feed rations in 2006, determined that approximately half of those questioned used some form of co-product in their livestock ration. Among dairy operations, 38 percent indicated that they fed co-products during 2006 and another 22 percent considered doing so. Among cattle on feed operations, 36 percent fed co-products and 34 percent more considered it.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 9, 2007
The fever tick quarantine zone in Starr County, TX, has been expanded temporarily due to the threat of fever ticks beyond the permanent “quarantine zone” that runs along the Rio Grande. Effective July 3, livestock cannot be moved from the expanded preventive quarantine area until the animals are manually inspected for fever ticks, dipped and permitted for movement by personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fever Tick Force or the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). Fever ticks are capable of carrying and transmitting a protozoa—or tiny animal parasite—that causes the deadly livestock disease “Texas Fever.” The temporary preventive quarantined
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 Memorial day weekend was a big disappointment from a beef sales perspective, and the fallout pressured fed cattle prices downward $2-4. The boxed beef cutout was under serious pressure on the Friday prior to the popular grilling weekend, being down nearly $5 for that day. Following
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 The list of stakeholders invited to attend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's June 9 roundtable to discuss the safety of U.S. and Canadian beef and cattle in the debate over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is large enough to present a full agenda, said Jim Rogers, spokesman for USDA's
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 — Seasonal slaughter trends cited. BSE testing figures for last month were the smallest in seven months, with the number of weekly tests being about 25 percent below the previous few months. Officials with the stepped-up federal BSE surveillance program said the decline was simply a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 — House report cites program shortfalls. Following on the heels of a Republican–authorized staff report stating that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not working, bills restructuring the law are expected to be introduced into the U.S. House and Senate this summer.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 — Cow hay prices to soften. — Higher quality forage to remain high. Average to good quality “cow hay” is expected to be much more readily available later this year and a little cheaper to buy, compared to the previous couple of years, thanks to a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 Dear Editor, In 1883 The National Cattle Growers Association was formed in Chicago. From that time on there has been an on going battle between cattleman, cattle feeders and meat packers. There always was a group whom I refer to as “that damn bunch” who
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 — Two states affected, others being probed. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has expanded the ban on live cattle imports from Mexico to two states, with several other states under review for adhering to appropriate TB eradication protocol. Last Wednesday APHIS announced that cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
6, 2005 USDA and U.S. beef packing industry officials indicated last week that they are hopeful that South Korea, the third largest pre-BSE export market for U.S. beef, could be reopened to U.S. beef before the end of June. However, Korean officials said that while an agreement may be made this month,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
13, 2005 For the first time this year the Livestock Marketing Association’s annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship can be accessed via the Internet. The 42nd version of this annual event will be broadcast live at www.lmaauctions.com on July 18. The day-long event will begin at 7:30 a.m., central time,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
13, 2005 Integrated beef certification granted Three packers were recently granted Quality System Assessment (QSA) certification by USDA, which means they have “ranch-to-plate” monitoring systems in place that will give them a head start once the largest overseas beef export markets reopen their borders, particularly Japan and South
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
13, 2005 — ‘Immediate’ implementation voted against. The rift between country-of-origin labeling (COOL) proponents and opponents widened to cavernous proportion last week after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of continuing to delay the implementation of a mandatory labeling program.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
13, 2005 A promising pre-harvest, live animal pathogen reduction technology could receive a stronger look from government regulatory and meat industry officials after scientists have found that it doesn’t jeopardize the health of consumers because of potential residue fears. Efforts to reduce deadly pathogens in meat have most
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
13, 2005 The earlier-than-normal outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the Southwest has grown to include 29 confirmed cases in horses from 23 premises in six counties representing three states, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as of June 6. The counties infected with the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2007
20, 2005 ConAgra’s Q4 earnings to slump ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, said earnings for its fiscal 2005 fourth quarter will be lower than expected primarily due to continued weak profitability in the company’s packaged meats operations. Those operations continue to be negatively impacted by high protein input costs coupled with inadequate pricing management, the company said. The company recently made several significant personnel changes in its packaged meats operations and expects those changes, along with better pricing management, aggressive cost-savings initiatives, and SKU rationalization, to improve the packaged meat operations over time. The company plans to cut about 1,000 jobs from its


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