WLJ - Cattle and Beef Industry News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-cattle-and-beef-industry-news.html Mon, 24 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Taking the next step to 'the new NAFTA' https://wlj.net/article-26-taking-the-next-step-to-the-new-nafta.html Taking the next step to 'the new NAFTA'
Last Monday saw the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) release the goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As with previous installments of the NAFTA renegotiation effort, agriculture and its interests received top billing....]]>
USDA: Atypical BSE found in Alabama, U.S. beef remains safe https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-atypical-bse-found-in-alabama-us-beef-remains-safe.html USDA: Atypical BSE found in Alabama, U.S. beef remains safe
On July 18, the USDA announced that an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in an 11-year-old cow in Alabama. The animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U....]]>
Beef Bits: July 24 https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits-july-24.html Beef Bits: July 24
Oklahoma beef producers will have the chance to vote on a state-specific beef checkoff in November. Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reese authorized a referendum after verifying that enough signatures were gathered to hold the vote. The signature petitions were submitted on behalf of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association....]]>
ESA bills focus of hearing https://wlj.net/article-26-esa-bills-focus-of-hearing.html ESA bills focus of hearing
In the ongoing saga over changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on five different bills last week that could change the look of the ESA.


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PRNS suit ends with settlement https://wlj.net/article-26-prns-suit-ends-with-settlement.html PRNS suit ends with settlement
A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses....]]>
Beef Bits, July 17 https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits-july-17.html Beef Bits, July 17
Utah’s “ag gag” law was ruled unconstitutional in a July 7 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. The Utah law, which prohibits unauthorized filming of agricultural operations, violates free speech, according to Shelby’s decision, which sides with animal rights groups....]]>
Educate yourself before using 'ugly' feeds https://wlj.net/article-26-educate-yourself-before-using-ugly-feeds.html Educate yourself before using 'ugly' feeds
Relying on book values can be extremely risky, especially during challenging growing conditions. Plants under drought stress mature more quickly than normal, resulting in more rapid declines in hay quality. The same scenario can play out when salvaging a small grain crop for forage.


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NAHMS to conduct survey on beef cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-nahms-to-conduct-survey-on-beef-cattle.html NAHMS to conduct survey on beef cattle
This will be the fourth NAHMS cow-calf study of the beef industry. The study will involve producers in more than 20 states representing more than 70 percent of beef cows and beef cow operations in the United States. The study will involve interviews with producers to ask about health and management of their cattle....]]>
Legal Ledger, July 17 https://wlj.net/article-26-legal-ledger-july-17.html Legal Ledger, July 17
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3131 at the end of June which would amend the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, it would amend the section (16 U.S. Code Section 1540 (g)) that deals with citizen suits.


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Pest plague strikes the Northwest https://wlj.net/article-26-pest-plague-strikes-the-northwest.html Pest plague strikes the Northwest
Mormon crickets—insects that can grow to almost 3 inches long—have been observed in Idaho and Oregon recently. Earlier in the year, pockets of infestations were noted in Arizona, Nebraska, and South Dakota according to USDA. The large insects travel in massive bands and can destroy large swaths of crops.


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Supermarket shoppers have highest healthy basket scores https://wlj.net/article-26-supermarket-shoppers-have-highest-healthy-basket-scores.html Supermarket shoppers have highest healthy basket scores
Over the past two decades, some store formats—including supercenters, dollar stores and warehouse club stores—have increased their share of Americans’ spending on “at-home food”—food and beverages purchased from retail stores. Shifts between store formats could have implications for shopping patterns....]]>
Testing livestock water critical during drought https://wlj.net/article-26-testing-livestock-water-critical-during-drought.html Testing livestock water critical during drought
“Because the majority of the state is experiencing some level of drought, we recommend that livestock producers test water quality prior to livestock turnout,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says....]]>
CO, NE reach livestock commuter deal https://wlj.net/article-26-co-ne-reach-livestock-commuter-deal.html CO, NE reach livestock commuter deal
Last Monday, the Colorado and Nebraska Departments of Agriculture jointly announced that a livestock commuter agreement had been reached between the two states. Such agreements allow covered livestock herds to be moved between agreeing states “in the course of normal livestock management operations,” according to federal code....]]>
CA verifies second wolf pack https://wlj.net/article-26-ca-verifies-second-wolf-pack.html CA verifies second wolf pack
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest.


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Angus enhances its genetic analysis https://wlj.net/article-26-angus-enhances-its-genetic-analysis.html Angus enhances its genetic analysis
The American Angus Association has made a quantum leap forward in its genetic analysis moving to the “One Step” model for the calculation of expected progeny differences (EPDs). This will greatly improve the amount of information garnered from genomics.


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Ag groups fear steel tariffs - Trump administration action could spark a trade war https://wlj.net/article-26-ag-groups-fear-steel-tariffs.html Ag groups fear steel tariffs - Trump administration action could spark a trade war
Farm groups are cautioning the Trump administration not to open a “Pandora’s Box” by claiming restrictions on steel and aluminum are needed to protect “national security.” Eighteen agricu...]]>
Donate feed to ranchers in need - Extension tool helps ranchers help eachother https://wlj.net/article-26-donate-feed-to-ranchers-in-need.html Donate feed to ranchers in need - Extension tool helps ranchers help eachother
 An update to North Dakota State University’s (NDSU’s) FeedList allows farmers and ranchers in other areas to donate feedstuffs easily to North Dakota ranchers who are short of pasture, hay, ...]]>
Don’t let breeding success dry up - Strategies to combat drought’s impact on conception https://wlj.net/article-26-don%25E2%2580%2599t-let-breeding-success-dry-up.html Don’t let breeding success dry up - Strategies to combat drought’s impact on conception
After surviving a busy calving season, producers are often ready to put the feed wagon away for a few months and turn pairs out to pasture. Dry conditions in the Northern Plains however, may have prod...]]>
Satellites may help producers measure sub-surface moisture https://wlj.net/article-26-satellites-may-help-producers-measure-sub-surface-moisture.html Satellites may help producers measure sub-surface moisture
Agricultural producers could, in the future, make use of better forecasts to more efficiently irrigate their fields using a Purdue University-developed technology that could more accurately sense soil moisture below the surface through measuring the reflections of communication satellite signals....]]>
2017 Could be a record-setting fire year https://wlj.net/article-26-2017-could-be-a-record-setting-fire-year.html 2017 Could be a record-setting fire year
As of printing, the largest uncontained fires were the Brianhead fire in Utah (67,430 acres, 75 percent contained), the Truckee fire in Nevada (47,000 acres, 20 percent contained), and the Frye fire in Arizona (46,700 acres, 51 percent contained).....]]>
EPA changing course to curb sue-and-settle https://wlj.net/article-26-epa-changing-course-to-curb-sue-and-settle.html EPA changing course to curb sue-and-settle
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008....]]>
Study lists summertime water needs for the cow herd https://wlj.net/article-26-study-lists-summertime-water-needs-for-the-cow-herd.html Study lists summertime water needs for the cow herd
During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions....]]>
Legal Ledger: July 10 https://wlj.net/article-26-legal-ledger-july-10.html Legal Ledger: July 10
On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement that the Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears will be removed from the endangered species list, the Western Watershed Project (WWP) announced its intent to sue the service....]]>
Drought conditions building https://wlj.net/article-26-drought-conditions-building.html Drought conditions building
Anyone watching the U.S. Drought Monitor lately has noticed a distinct lack of red. Acres impacted by drought this year are half of what they were last year, and severity is down considerably. All around very good. But what changed, and what is to come?.


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WGA outlines ESA recommendations https://wlj.net/article-26-wga-outlines-esa-recommendations.html WGA outlines ESA recommendations
WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was joined by fellow western governors Dennis Daugaard, SD; Matt Mead, WY; Brian Sandoval, NV; Gary Herbert, UT; David Ige, HI; Doug Burgum, ND; John Hickenlooper, CO; Butch Otter, ID; and Ralph Torres, Northern Mariana Islands....]]>
Group offers recipe for cooperative marketing https://wlj.net/article-26-group-offers-recipe-for-cooperative-marketing.html Group offers recipe for cooperative marketing
The Western Indiana Marketing Group represents 13 producers that pool their cattle to maximize their marketing potential. Their program has been wildly successful, marketing five loads of feeders this past year on Superior Video Auction at the top of the market.


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Beef Bits: July 10 https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits-july-10.html Beef Bits: July 10
Lance Pekus, a rancher from Salmon, ID, was featured in the July 3 episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warriors, setting the best time of the night’s contest. He completed the obstacle course in just over two minutes, officially 2:10:13. The winning time qualifies him to compete in the Kansas City finals, which air Aug....]]>
Plan now and be prepared for the next drought https://wlj.net/article-26-plan-now-and-be-prepared-for-the-next-drought.html Plan now and be prepared for the next drought
Early weaning is always listed as an option in drought management strategies. This does reduce grazing pressure if the calves are sold or confined in a drylot area. Depending on the severity of the drought and the available forage a producer has, this may or may not be a sufficient strategy....]]>
California enjoys drought reprieve https://wlj.net/article-26-california-enjoys-drought-reprieve.html California enjoys drought reprieve
“The water year starts on Oct. 1 and basically covers the entire season that [California] typically accumulates snow. Through that time period, California in particular and much of the West was really wet,” Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, explained to WLJ....]]>
Drought increases cyanobacterial poisoning risk to livestock, wildlife https://wlj.net/article-26-drought-increases-cyanobacterial-poisoning-risk-to-livestock-wildlife.html Drought increases cyanobacterial poisoning risk to livestock, wildlife
“Although cyanobacteria typically are a concern beginning in mid-July, drought conditions have facilitated the growth of algae blooms,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist Miranda Meehan says....]]>