WLJ - Cattle and Beef Industry News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-cattle-and-beef-industry-news.html Sun, 04 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Moisture outlook looks better but drought remains https://wlj.net/article-26-moisture-outlook-looks-better-but-drought-remains.html Moisture outlook looks better but drought remains
The 2017 water year, as defined by the U.S. Geological survey, began Oct. 1 and while moisture in some areas is better than in the past, drought conditions remain persistent or likely in other areas. California is no exception to the sporadic moisture distribution with areas in the northern part of.


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Fences help protect hay from wildlife https://wlj.net/article-26-fences-help-protect-hay-from-wildlife.html Fences help protect hay from wildlife
In an effort to assist landowners, IDFG has for many years provided fencing materials with landowners providing labor to construct fences around stack yards. The 8-foothigh wire fences have proved effective in protecting stored forage that is intended for livestock.


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Selecting the right feeder design can reduce hay waste https://wlj.net/article-26-selecting-the-right-feeder-design-can-reduce-hay-waste.html Selecting the right feeder design can reduce hay waste
“With the markets where they are, livestock producers cannot afford to let any hay go to waste,” said Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “Depending on which form hay bales are delivered, the amount of waste will vary.


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Size matters when it it comes to forages fed to beef cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-size-matters-when-it-it-comes-to-forages-fed-to-beef-cattle.html Size matters when it it comes to forages fed to beef cattle
“Roughage has always been known to be an important part of a ruminant’s diet, but has been largely forgotten about in feedlot research,” she said. “Limited forage in a grain-based diet can result in metabolic disorders on the back end, which can cost the producer and the packer money.


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USDA announces rates on December CCC lending https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-announces-rates-on-december-ccc-lending.html USDA announces rates on December CCC lending
terms, up from 1.250 percent in November; • 1.75 percent with seven-year loan terms, up from 1.5 percent in November; • 2 percent with 10-year loan terms, up from 1.75 percent in November and; • 2 percent with 12-year loan terms, up from 1.75 percent in November.



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Iowa beef industry embarks on global trade mission to Asia https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-beef-industry-embarks-on-global-trade-mission-to-asia.html Iowa beef industry embarks on global trade mission to Asia
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) recently embarked on a trade mission trip to China and Japan in an effort to understand the market opportunities for U.S. beef in the two countries. Led by Gov.


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Beef cold storage myths and realities https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-cold-storage-myths-and-realities.html Beef cold storage myths and realities
Considerable ado has been made about large beef cold storage totals for the past year. This has resulted in questions, concerns and confusion among cattle producers and others about the implications of large cold storage holdings. I have gotten numerous questions about “huge supplies of beef in cold storage that would keep beef markets depressed.


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American Angus Association unveils its long-range plan https://wlj.net/article-26-american-angus-association-unveils-its-long-range-plan.html American Angus Association unveils its long-range plan
“As an association, we’ve been blessed with strong leadership that has had the resolve to plan for the future, to make the right decision at the right time,” Moczygemba told delegates and attendees. “Those landmark decisions ensured our breed was positioned for long-term growth.


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Prepare for the upcoming ’17 spring calving season https://wlj.net/article-26-prepare-for-the-upcoming-%25E2%2580%259917-spring-calving-season.html Prepare for the upcoming ’17 spring calving season
Someone once said, “Success occurs when opportunity meets with preparation.” Planning and preparing ahead for next spring’s calving season can help increase the chances of success. There are several key preparation steps that would be good to conduct in December to insure success in February, March, and April.


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FDA extends comment period on antibiotic use guidelines https://wlj.net/article-26-fda-extends-comment-period-on-antibiotic-use-guidelines.html FDA extends comment period on antibiotic use guidelines
As the VFD Jan. 1, 2017 implementation date grows ever closer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking ahead to other areas of concern relating to the use of “medically important antimicrobials” in food animals. “Medically important antimicrobials” are defined as those important for treating human disease.


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USDA proposes revisions to nutritional fact panel for meat and poultry products https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-proposes-revisions-to-nutritional-fact-panel-for-meat-and-poultry-products.html USDA proposes revisions to nutritional fact panel for meat and poultry products
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Dec. 1 proposed a critical step in ensuring that consumers have updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products, helping Americans make better informed decisions when purchasing meat and poultry products.


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Wyoming rancher to compete at national level https://wlj.net/article-26-wyoming-rancher-to-compete-at-national-level.html Wyoming rancher to compete at national level
Albany County, WY, rancher Stacy Berger discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet and earned $500 cash and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention Jan. 6-11 in Phoenix, AZ.


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Confirmed bovine TB cases in Canada are from one herd https://wlj.net/article-26-confirmed-bovine-tb-cases-in-canada-are-from-one-herd.html Confirmed bovine TB cases in Canada are from one herd
In late September, the United States Department of Agriculture notified the CFIA that a case of bovine TB had been detected in a cow from Alberta when it was slaughtered in the United States. The CFIA has initiated an investigation into the case and is working with provincial agriculture and health authorities.


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California ranchers, academics collaborate on foothill vaccine https://wlj.net/article-26-california-ranchers-academics-collaborate-on-foothill-vaccine.html California ranchers, academics collaborate on foothill vaccine
After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch to getting a vaccine that will protect cattle.


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Obituary https://wlj.net/article-26-obituary.html Obituary
Daniels was known for his singing, good humor, horsemanship, and award-winning Purebred Hereford Cattle. He was an active member in the LDS Church. He held several callings including Bishop from 1990- 1996 and working with Gloria in the Logan Temple for eight years....]]>
Saddle & Sirloin Club inducts Maynard Hogberg https://wlj.net/article-26-saddle-sirloin-club-inducts-maynard-hogberg.html Saddle & Sirloin Club inducts Maynard Hogberg
Maynard Hogberg of Ames, IA, was honored with a Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Nov. 13 by the Kentucky State Fair Board. This tradition has been going on for 113 years. It honors leaders who have demonstrated lifetime achievements and provided valuable service to animal agriculture....]]>
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program https://wlj.net/article-26-applications-available-for-conservation-stewardship-program.html Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers and will be accepted through Feb....]]>
Feedout project provides valuable information for livestock industry https://wlj.net/article-26-feedout-project-provides-valuable-information-for-livestock-industry.html Feedout project provides valuable information for livestock industry
The project allows producers to see what can happen if they keep and feed calves after weaning instead of selling them. Each producer may consign two or three calves to the project. Those calves are fed to market weight at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) feedlot, then harvested....]]>
Tips for successful weaning of foals https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-for-successful-weaning-of-foals.html Tips for successful weaning of foals
After 4 months of age, the foal’s nutritional requirements exceed that provided by the mare’s milk, and most foals are eating grain and forage on their own. Therefore, the first step in the weaning process should include ensuring the foal is eating a good quality hay and comfortable eating a well-balanced ration containing 14-16 percent protein, 0....]]>
AHA and NJHA launch 2017 Fed Steer Shootout https://wlj.net/article-26-aha-and-njha-launch-2017-fed-steer-shootout.html AHA and NJHA launch 2017 Fed Steer Shootout
The program is an opportunity for NJHA members to gain invaluable cattle-feeding industry education and experience. Participants will have the ability to estimate feedyard performance and carcass merit, and then compare the information to actual performance data....]]>
Integrating crops, grazing may improve soil, livestock health https://wlj.net/article-26-integrating-crops-grazing-may-improve-soil-livestock-health.html Integrating crops, grazing may improve soil, livestock health
Adding a cover crop to the rotation plan that livestock can graze can improve soil health and help protect the environment. That’s the premise behind a four-year, nearly $4 million USDA project, spearheaded by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Assistant Professor Sandeep Kumar of the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science....]]>
MSU Steer-A-Year class sells beef to student dining hall https://wlj.net/article-26-msu-steer-a-year-class-sells-beef-to-student-dining-hall.html MSU Steer-A-Year class sells beef to student dining hall
It is a first for the MSU Steer-A-Year program. “Our new development this year is there will be quality beef from steers raised and fed in our Steer-A-Year class for beef dishes served in the MSU Miller Dining Hall and at other university events,” said Hannah DelCurto Wyffels, instructor of the class and MSU’s Livestock Judging Team Coach....]]>
Organic board bans gene editing technology https://wlj.net/article-26-organic-board-bans-gene-editing-technology.html Organic board bans gene editing technology
Apparently not. To the potential disappointment of the scientific community, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously voted to approve a proposal on Nov. 18 that would, among other things, ban plants and animals produced using gene editing technology from being considered organic.


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Will midnight regulations see more sunshine? https://wlj.net/article-26-will-midnight-regulations-see-more-sunshine.html Will midnight regulations see more sunshine?
The darkest hour is just before dawn, the old saying goes, and it certainly appears to be true for Americans facing new regulations at the midnight hour of virtually every modern presidential term.


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Another step toward delisting grizzly bear, more to go https://wlj.net/article-26-another-step-toward-delisting-grizzly-bear-more-to-go.html Another step toward delisting grizzly bear, more to go
The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) took another step forward in an effort to remove grizzly bears from the federal endangered species list during a meeting in Cody, WY, Nov. 17-18. Members voted 18-1 with one abstention to approve a conservation strategy.


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Wildlife and the bottom line; it's complicated https://wlj.net/article-26-wildlife-and-the-bottom-line-its-complicated.html Wildlife and the bottom line; it's complicated
However, according to Jimmy Doyle, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Natural Resource Management Field Specialist, these incremental increases in production often come at the cost of increasingly expensive inputs and may jeopardize the long-term health of your natural resources....]]>
Preparing for a post-VFD industry https://wlj.net/article-26-preparing-for-a-post-vfd-industry.html Preparing for a post-VFD industry
Though not a central focus of the event, several speakers at the Northeastern Livestock Symposium talked about antibiotic use, effectiveness and availability in the industry. The event was held in Sterling, CO, last week, hosted by the Colorado Livestock Association.


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VFD implementation is fast approaching https://wlj.net/article-26-vfd-implementation-is-fast-approaching.html VFD implementation is fast approaching
New rules on how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals will be implemented Jan. 1, 2017. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began talking several years ago to develop a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to provide guidance and ensure the judicious use of these antimicrobials.


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OBITUARIES: Darwin Schweitzer and Rosalie Christine Munis https://wlj.net/article-26-obituaries-darwin-schweitzer-and-rosalie-christine-munis.html OBITUARIES: Darwin Schweitzer and Rosalie Christine Munis
Darwin Schweitzer passed away from a heart attack while doing something he loved; working outside. Eldest of six children born to Adam and Kay Schweitzer in Montana, Schweitzer grew up ranching and farming. He entered real estate early, selling a farm at age six.


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K-State launches VFD transition help site https://wlj.net/article-26-k-state-launches-vfd-transition-help-site.html K-State launches VFD transition help site
Antibiotics are critical tools for control of diseases in livestock. Antibiotic resistance threatens the use of antibiotics in livestock for two important reasons. If resistance develops, the antibiotic may not be effective in treating the disease....]]>