Will Epperly, Dunlap, IA, was named Champion at the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Western Regional Qualifying Event. Lewiston Livestock Market, Lewiston, ID, hosted the first of three WLAC qualifying events.
It has been easy to observe the loss of speculative longs in the cattle futures. Futures prices have been volatile and the actual contract construction is flawed and left wanting in order to be an effective tool for use by the industry. Navigating through daily swings can be nerve racking.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed the EIA-positive horse in a Sept. 3 statement and said the 13-yearold Quarter Horse gelding located in McCurtain County was euthanized. Past EIA test history for this horse is unknown. The first reported EIA case for 2016 was in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Atoka County on Sept.
Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Fall expected progeny differences (EPDs) that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.
Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA testing is performed. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) results are used by Livestock Genetic Services, in combination with traditional performance data, to perform the genetic evaluation on over 1.
In a pure and perfect free market, prices for our cattle and calves are determined by the supply of cattle, the value of the beef and byproducts, less the incremental or remaining costs to grow, finish, and transform our cattle into the end products. Prices are also influenced by forward expectations for those values.
The National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle is primarily focused on genomics, with one of the goals being to identify genes associated with differences in feed efficiency in beef cattle.
A group of nine U.S. health systems, supported by a network of thousands of health care facilities across the U.S., are calling on food producers and manufacturers to meet the growing demand for sustainable meat and poultry within health care, according to a press release from Health Care Without Harm (HCWH).
A number of environmental groups recently filed for a preliminary injunction to block the National Park Service (NPS) from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses...
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) partnered with other agriculture associations, government officials, regulatory agencies, public safety officials, agricultural producers and many others to test the Texas Panhandle area’s preparedness for a potential future foreign animal disease outbreak.
The Atlanta court heard oral arguments in July in a case challenging the WOTUS rule. In that case, 11 states—Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida—asked the court to overturn the Sixth Circuit on the question of jurisdiction.
Though some states attempted to get such initiatives on their ballots this year, none have successfully made it, and most have been rejected. This year, the confirmed state ballot initiatives dealing with energy have been directly energy-focused.
A Nebraska trade delegation, led by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, participated in an official ceremony on Aug. 17 in Taipei, Taiwan to sign letters of intent to purchase more than $400 million in Nebraska agricultural products.
Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will speak at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), on Sept. 13 as a guest of the developing Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Ishige will address the progress made toward Asia-Pacific economic integration and the role of the U.
The concept is simple and the analysis is the same regardless of the sector of the beef industry; beef producers are margin operators. Similar to other manufacturing businesses, you have inputs and outputs. You have fixed costs and variable costs.
By now, you have certainly heard that changing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations (VFD, Guidance 209 and 213) will change the way we use antibiotics in the near future. But what does that mean for your ranch or feedyard and what do you need to do about it? The short answer is to get to know your veterinarian, and make it official.
Projected production for 2016 rose slightly to 25.03 billion pounds and rose to 25.86 billion pounds for 2017. The report credited the increase for 2016 on higher-than-projected third-quarter slaughter which is currently underway. The increases made to the 2017 production estimates were credited to the projected decline in feed prices.
A new article authored by agronomy and horticulture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates that the expansion of eastern redcedar into grasslands reduces grazing capacity and therefore could reduce funding available for public school education in Nebraska.
Before they left for recess, the House saw a short bill introduced that would bring one of the oldest mainstays of ranching law into the modern world. H.R. 5883— introduced by Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7)—would change the nearly century-old Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 to account for new technology such as online cattle auctions.
Laura Rowe, and Justin and Corinne Rowe hosted a Japanese food service group on their family beef farm near Minburn, IA, in July to share their story of beef farming in Iowa. The group took great interest in learning about the six generation family farm.