Overall, meat (beef, pork, chicken, and turkey) production was estimated up compared to the prior month’s report—mostly on declines from beef—while imports were expected to be up and exports were projected to be down. All of this results in a higher-than-anticipated domestic meat supply, upping the per capita availability.
It’s nothing new that consumers are both increasingly interested in how their food is raised and disconnected with the realities of production agriculture. A good number of certifications and assurance programs have arisen to meet this growing trend in consumer interest.
February’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA, turned up some potentially helpful new equipment offerings to the world of agriculture. Every year, 10 new products receive one of agricultural equipment’s top honors, the Top 10 New Product Award. Below are four of the 2013 award winners that made WLJ´s.
It’s not news that hay has been expensive and hard to find lately. And there’s also the fact that current economic difficulties require improved efficiency to keep an operation going strong. But something that’s not so obvious is the simple fact that how.
A refreshing bit of budgetary activity took place at the end of last month. Both the Senate and the House passed a budget for 2014! And as Congress gets back to work—the Senate today, the House tomorrow—each branch has the other’s budget to consider.
The most recent Crop Progress report came out Monday, April 1. The report—the first of this year—showed sorghum plantings as of March 31 in line with the recent past and oat plantings were below last year but on par with the fouryear average.
The most recent Cattle on Feed report was released Friday, March 22 by USDA. The report covered the number of cattle on feed as of March 1 in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity, as well as the number placed on feed in, and marketed from, such feedlots during the course of February.
The USDA Cold Storage report came out Friday, March 22 and reported on the red meat and poultry in cold storage for February. Overall red meat in cold storage was up 3 percent in February 2013 versus February 2012 with 1.15 billion pounds. This represented 52.
On Friday, March 25, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) happily announced the acquisition of over 1,000 acres of northern California by one of its satellite groups, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT).
This move has been a long time in coming, with Prime Minster Shinzo’s predecessor—Yoshihiko Noda—having begun informal talks with the U.S. in 2011. The potential of Japan’s entry into the group could open up massive trade opportunities via reduced trade barriers on key agricultural commodities, beef in particular.
Senator John Cornyn (R- TX) submitted Senate Bill 19 (S. 19) which seeks to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The overall goal is to put an end to what has been called the “sue and settle” cycle used by environmental groups to extract huge sums of money from federal agencies—and thereby taxpayers—in the form of covered legal fees.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released Friday, March 8. The report held few surprises in red meat and crops, but poultry changes—particularly of broilers and turkey— drew attention.
Tail paint and stick-on detectors; these and others are the trappings of heat detection, a necessary evil if one wants to reap the benefits of artificial insemination (AI). But the effort of watching for the tell-tale signs of a cow in heat is often beyond the constraints of most commercial cattlemen.
House Joint Resolutions 7 and 11 (HJR 7&11)—a wonderfully concise piece of legislation—proposes to change the state’s constitution to guarantee and safeguard the ability of farmers and ranchers to use modern practices.
As consumers at home and abroad get more interested in their food, production technologies get more attention and scrutiny from all angles. None is so frequent in the mainstream media today, or possibly as valuable to the beef industry, as beta agonists.
Arizona cattlemen who have been grazing their cattle on the federal public and state trust lands have had frequent issues with off-road vehicle (ORV) riders. The issue is quickly complicated when ORV riders engage in illegal riding and other illegal activity which a growing number of people claim goes hand in hand with the activity.
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Feb. 22. It detailed the number of cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity as of Feb. 1 and the number of cattle placed on feed and marketed from such feedlots during the month of January.
On the heels of Rocky and Q—the winter storms, that is—the issue of winter hay feeding is a key concern. Though for some, winter always means feeding hay, the unusual and sudden levels of snow many parts of cattle country got last week and the week before have potentially intensified that need.
Feb. 21, the city council of St. George, UT, helped reignite a long-running conflict between the state and the federal government over land ownership. The city council members voiced their support for a nearly year-old Utah House Bill 148 by passing a resolution in support of the law which was signed by Gov.