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News
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Mexico is the second largest importer of U.S. beef and beef variety meats in volume (216,386 metric tons) and third largest by value ($925 million), according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Mexico is also one of our largest trading partners, as more than $1.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Animal welfare has grown from providing adequate food, water and shelter to also managing pain control before, during and after procedures and aging changes. Managing pain control during common procedures such as dehorning, branding, and castration, as well as treating chronic lameness and acute injuries, are rapidly becoming more prevalent.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Some trends in the cattle industry we can predict but others surprise us—like the magnitude of the upswing in cattle prices over the past few years. But when grain prices slumped in 2014 and cattle prices headed still higher, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that we starting adding days on feed (DOF) to feedlot cattle.


News
by WLJ
May 8, 2015
Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 mt. This was 9 percent lower than a year ago, but a 10 percent increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent from February.
News
by WLJ
May 8, 2015
The grazing season is most commonly thought of as grazing during a period of time while the base forage is actively growing. This works great for producers who are seasonal in nature, such as stocker operators who grow winter annual pasture then completely utilize the pasture with stocker calves.


Markets
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
“USDA’s monthly Cattle On Feed report was the same song and pretty much the same verse,” said Steve Meyer and Len Steiner of the CME Daily Livestock Report of the recent report. They summed up the performance as “Big feeder cattle, low placement numbers, even lower marketings and tight, tight inventories.


Markets
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
In 2013, steers made up 50.1 percent of the total cattle processed. For 2014, that number is 51.8 percent. Heifer slaughter declined very slightly, from 28.6 percent in 2013 to 28.2 percent in 2014. Cow slaughter declined most notably—18.1 percent compared to 19.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB262 on April 24, giving state approval to a negotiated water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in western Montana. He was joined at the signing by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent (R-MT), and leaders from the CSKT tribes.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, IA, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Farmers and ranchers are eager to use airborne drones to improve their businesses, but they need flexibility to use these tools to their full potential, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in comments...


Opinion
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Pain in the abdominal cavity (belly) is commonly termed in the horse world as “colic.” This pain can be caused from any organ within the abdominal cavity, but is often attributed to problems involving the intestinal tract. Horses experiencing colic will often paw at their abdomen, roll excessively on the ground, or decline food or water.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015. USDA Economic Research Service predicts fresh fruit prices will increase 2.5-3.5 percent and fresh vegetable prices 2-3 percent.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
If farmers would have adopted the practice even without financial incentive, however, the practices are not “additional,” and the payments provide income for farmers without improving environmental quality.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking comments on proposed listing activities on 10 species. Upon preliminary review, the USFWS has determined the proposed listing activities—ranging between new listings to one delisting—may be warranted.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
“Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City,” said Rebecca Christman, Ag United for South Dakota Outreach Director.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
The family consulted with Terry Mader, retired Nebraska Beef Extension Specialist, to develop a plan for dealing with the problem days: the hot, humid and still. He says shade is just one of the many management and facility options producers have to help their animals through those times.




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