Can you think of an investment that returns your money at an 11 to 1 ratio? I can, and it’s our beef checkoff! Did you know that in the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr.
“Establishing forage requires planning and great attention to detail,” said Keith Johnson. “If all elements are considered, your efforts can result in a great forage stand that will provide healthy, sustainable and cost-effective feed for livestock in all seasons.
The balances of beef in 2015 changed quite a bit in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. USDA raised its predictions on beef production by 150 million pounds (mp) to 24.28 billion pounds (bp) mostly on increased cow slaughter and heavier carcass weights.
The Mexican cattle and beef industry is always dynamic and continues to evolve. The industry has faced challenges in recent years with declining cattle inventories while attempting to maintain domestic production and cattle exports; all while beef exports have increased sharply.
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with the USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), announced changes to live cattle trade with Mexico. Under the new agreements, live slaughter cattle can be exported to Mexico.
Scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation with colleagues from Germany and Spain have made a discovery that will change the way researchers view messenger RNA (mRNA) and, in the future, could potentially aid the development of more efficient crop plants.
The Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposal April 16 to amend its regulations governing certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program.
After much political maneuvering, Montana SB262— the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact bill—received a nod of approval on the second reading in the Montana House of Representatives April 15 and was scheduled for a third and possible vote as of press time last Thursday.
This all makes sense since beef cattle prices are still at levels many of us never dreamed of seeing. The difference from 2013-2014 raised nearly $100/cwt. in most weight classes, and the added capital has had a very interesting effect on the bull buyers in this industry.
A checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training prepares a producer for certification or recertification, but beyond that, why is producer involvement in this program so important? There are several benefits to both the producer and to our industry as a whole.
The American public has the potential for having the highest quality of life in the world. A major reason for this is due to the Green Revolution that began in the 1950s which involved the introduction of genetically superior, disease-resistant...
While still impacted by severe congestion in the West Coast ports, February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb bounced back to some degree from the totals posted in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
While beef cattle producers have a wide range of criteria when purchasing a herd sire based on their production goals and the size of their herd, price and calving ease usually become high priorities, said John Grimes, Beef Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality.
The spring growing season is at hand, and it is time to develop management plans for warm season pastures. Developing a pasture management plan ensures the most optimal outcome for this growing season. The following is a list of considerations pertaining to pasture management to assist in developing a management plan.
The North American cattle and beef market is a complex set of cattle and beef flows among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. These trade flows played a role in the unprecedented production and prices that occurred in 2014 and will play a role in 2015 and beyond.