As with the prior week, cash fed trade developed earlier than usual last week. A trickle of trade began Tuesday with Wednesday seeing the majority of trend-setting prices. Trade on Thursday was in clean-up mode as almost 70,000 head were confirmed sold week-to-date.
U.S. farmers and ranchers finally got a farm bill in 2014 after waiting years for an update on the 2008 version. The bill was passed with little fanfare—or booing—outside of the agricultural community, but there have been a steady stream of implementation dates and milestones since it was signed by the president.
Last Monday, the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Lori Chan, USDA Office of Inspector General, announced the indictment and charges against two co-owners and two employees of Rancho Feeding Corporation, the slaughter plant that resulted in 8.7 million pounds of recalled beef in February 2014.
PETA’s most recent video, taken at a small North Carolina dairy, shows Holstein cows walking through hockdeep liquid manure. The voiceover claims the cows are emaciated and forced to live in the squalid conditions, a detail that caught the attention of dairy farmer and active ag blogger, Carrie Mess, better known online as “Dairy Carrie.
As with July, the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed most things up from previous estimates. Production estimates for beef, the other major competing proteins, corn, and soybeans were all up for 2014, and up for most in 2015.
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.
of the NARMS report is to track the presence of four key bacteria in humans, animals for slaughter, and retail meat, as well as to track trends in the antibiotic-resistance of those bacteria. The report looks at Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus,.
Cash fed cattle trade took its own time in happening last week. By close of the markets on Thursday, 18,288 head had been confirmed sold over the course of the week—not exactly sluggish, but not overly speedy either. The bulk of that volume traded Thursday at $159-162 live and $253-255 dressed, steady to down $4 in both areas.
As a brief background, several Wyoming ranchers filed a trespass suit against WWP’s Wyoming Director Jonathan Ratner and 10 unnamed WWP interns/employees back in mid-June. The ranchers are the plaintiffs in the case, being represented in part by Karen Budd-Falen, Public Lands Attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices based in Cheyenne, WY.
It’s easy to think the world is coming down around your ears when attacks come from all directions, but agriculture is not alone. In this case, the infamous Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will impact more than cows and crops.
“I know everybody here really cares about their land, and everybody here is an environmental steward,” Nagle said, speaking to an audience of mostly stoic cattle producers. “Those are some of the same values we have at EPA.
“The biggest effect of heat stress is reduced reproduction,” he said of the range cow. “When body temperature is elevated, which happens when a cow or a bull can’t regulate its body temperature, that can damage the egg in the ovary, it can reduce symptoms of estrus, and it can it kill the really early embryo.
The listening sessions were the result of Chairman of the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee Robert Aderholt’s (R-AL4) response to Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack’s request to close the USSES by defunding it.
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers, reportedly flush with cattle sufficient for their reduced production rates, were content to let the cash market cool off. Analysts expected trade to be steady with the prior week’s $160-165 live and $255-262 dressed.
Two key cattle reports were released at the end of July: the biannual Cattle Inventory report and the monthly Cattle on Feed report. The reports were called bullish with both the Inventory report showing continued tightening of the cattle herd and the Cattle on Feed report showing decreased populations, placements, and marketing activity.
The famous list of unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” almost read “Life, Liberty and Property” based on the philosophical roots of the country. But that political and legal heritage is being drawn into question as the Western Watersheds Project has upped the ante in an ongoing trespass lawsuit.
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.