WLJ - Cattle and Beef Industry News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-cattle-and-beef-industry-news.html Fri, 28 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Senate confirms Perdue https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-confirms-perdue.html Senate confirms Perdue

After the swearing-in ceremony, Perdue made his way to the USDA’s headquarters where he addressed employees. Later in the day he participated in an agricultural roundtable discussion and was on hand as President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) “promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America.



...]]>
Trump orders review of monuments https://wlj.net/article-26-trump-orders-review-of-monuments.html Trump orders review of monuments

“The previous administration used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control—have you heard about that?—eliminating the ability of the people who actually live in those states to decide how best to use that land,” Trump continued.



...]]>
Calving time also can mean scours time https://wlj.net/article-26-calving-time-also-can-mean-scours-time.html Calving time also can mean scours time
“Calves running, nursing and sleeping are signs of healthy calves,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension’s area Livestock Systems Specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “A calf that isn’t joining the herd is a sure sign that something isn’t right....]]>
Lawmakers want farm bill passed in 2017; costs will be a struggle https://wlj.net/article-26-lawmakers-want-farm-bill-passed-in-2017-costs-will-be-a-struggle.html Lawmakers want farm bill passed in 2017; costs will be a struggle
If for some reason a new farm bill isn’t completed in 2017, leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees said last Tuesday that they are hopeful they can at least help farm bill programs for dairy and cotton through the current budget appropriations process....]]>
Storing and using sugar beets unfit for humans; ok for cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-storing-and-using-sugar-beets-unfit-for-humans-ok-for-cattle.html Storing and using sugar beets unfit for humans; ok for cattle
Some years weather conditions cause sugar beets intended to be processed for human consumption to start to deteriorate. When this happens, the beets are no longer acceptable for human consumption and may become available for beef cattle diets at a fraction of the cost of other energy feed sources....]]>
K-State center offers animal disease response training https://wlj.net/article-26-k-state-center-offers-animal-disease-response-training.html K-State center offers animal disease response training
The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center conducted animal disease response training sessions in Nebraska in April and is offering two sessions in Kansas in May. The training will be offered in Manhattan on May 9 and in Ottawa on May 11. Registration is available at k- state....]]>
Trump outlines 2017 tax reform package for nation https://wlj.net/article-26-trump-outlines-2017-tax-reform-package-for-nation.html Trump outlines 2017 tax reform package for nation
“Permanent repeal of the death tax has been a priority for cattlemen and women for decades,” said Beck. “Since the death tax was implemented nearly a century ago it has not only failed to meet the misguided goals set by Congress, but....]]>
Ag contributed $992B to U.S. economy in 2015 https://wlj.net/article-26-ag-contributed-%2524992b-to-us-economy-in-2015.html Ag contributed $992B to U.S. economy in 2015
The output of America’s farms contributed $136.7 billion of this sum—about 1 percent of GDP. The overall contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP is larger than this because related sectors rely on agricultural inputs like food and materials used in textile production in order to contribute added value to the economy....]]>
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association names 2017 ESAP winner https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-cattlemen%25E2%2580%2599s-association-names-2017-esap-winner.html Iowa Cattlemen’s Association names 2017 ESAP winner
The Smith family of Nemaha, IA, were named 2017 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Awards Program Winners by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Pictured (from left) are Skylar, Etta, Seth, Levi, Lane and Lynn Smith. Photo courtesy of Iowa Cattlemen’s Association....]]>
Food spending accounts for 12.5 percent of U.S. households’ budgets https://wlj.net/article-26-food-spending-accounts-for-125-percent-of-us-households%25E2%2580%2599-budgets.html Food spending accounts for 12.5 percent of U.S. households’ budgets
Breaking down food spending further, 7.2 percent of expenditures were spent at the grocery store and 5.4 percent at restaurants. Price changes for the items in the different budget categories relative to each other play a role in the categories’ shares of annual household consumer expenditures....]]>
High-tech tool reveals secrets in soil for healthier wheat https://wlj.net/article-26-high-tech-tool-reveals-secrets-in-soil-for-healthier-wheat.html High-tech tool reveals secrets in soil for healthier wheat
On March 21, researchers in the Wheat Health Genetics and Quality Research Unit cut the ribbon for a new, advanced mass spectrometry system....]]>
Fed cattle market advances to new seasonal levels this week https://wlj.net/article-26-fed-cattle-market-advances-to-new-seasonal-levels-this-week.html Fed cattle market advances to new seasonal levels this week
The fed cattle market pushed to new seasonal highs the week of April 17, over $130/cwt. Fed prices have continued to pleasantly surprise with a stronger than expected first quarter that has extended through much of April. Fed prices have been supported by strong boxed beef prices....]]>
Beef cattle implants: facts, safety, economics and sustainability https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-cattle-implants-facts-safety-economics-and-sustainability.html Beef cattle implants: facts, safety, economics and sustainability
Cattle produces have utilized all forms of technology to increase production and reduce costs. Most producers are very good at what they do, yet several still aren’t using the highest return on investment technology available in the industry—beef cattle implants....]]>
Court overturns restraining order on Mexican wolf releases https://wlj.net/article-26-court-overturns-restraining-order-on-mexican-wolf-releases.html Court overturns restraining order on Mexican wolf releases

But the federal-statebalance argument over the struggling wolf program is far from over. The ruling is just one step in an ongoing case filed last June by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) against USFWS.





...]]>
Proper injection site tips for working calves https://wlj.net/article-26-proper-injection-site-tips-for-working-calves.html Proper injection site tips for working calves

The month of May is traditionally the time when “spring round-ups” take place. This is the time that large and small cow-calf operations schedule the “working” of the calves. As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time to castrate the male calves and immunize all of the calves to protect them against blackleg.



...]]>
Drought status lifted in CA https://wlj.net/article-26-drought-status-lifted-in-ca.html Drought status lifted in CA
Brown’s announcement was followed a few days later by a notice from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that the State Water Project (SWP) would supply 100 percent of the contract for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and 85 percent of requests for other contractors.


...]]>
Cooperation on public land debate https://wlj.net/article-26-cooperation-on-public-land-debate.html Cooperation on public land debate
In 1967, Ringo Starr of the Beatles asked, “Does it worry you to be alone?” Western ranchers on public lands can feel very alone when disagreeing with federal agencies. But ranchers could benefit from Starr’s suggestion and try with a little help from their friends.


...]]>
Ranch camp offers hands-on management https://wlj.net/article-26-ranch-camp-offers-hands-on-management.html Ranch camp offers hands-on management
The New Mexico Youth Ranch Camp (NMYRC) is a “one-of-a-kind hands-on” learning event held on the historic working ranch, the CS Ranch in northeastern New Mexico.


...]]>
OBITUARIES: Jack Jacobson and TV Jones https://wlj.net/article-26-obituaries-jack-jacobson-and-tv-jones.html OBITUARIES: Jack Jacobson and TV Jones
Jacobson was a pioneer in the meat packing industry and opened National Beef in Liberal, KS, in 1968. For the past four years, he has been actively working with Dr. Barry Booth at veteran’s events, especially talking with school children about World War II....]]>
Beef Bits https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits.html Beef Bits
Cattle and deer that share salt might also share tuberculosis, according to research by John Kaneene, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., the lead researcher of a study by Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health....]]>
Colorado Leopold Conservation Award recipient chosen https://wlj.net/article-26-colorado-leopold-conservation-award-recipient-chosen.html Colorado Leopold Conservation Award recipient chosen
Rancho Largo, of Fowler, CO, co-owned and managed by Grady Grissom, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award. The $10,000 award and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold will be presented to Grissom at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association annual convention in June....]]>
Comparing weaning dates for fall-calving cows https://wlj.net/article-26-comparing-weaning-dates-for-fall-calving-cows.html Comparing weaning dates for fall-calving cows
Producers with fall-calving herds have traditionally weaned the calves at 9 to 10 months of age. When forage growth is limited due to drought, questions arise about the feasibility of weaning the calves at an earlier date. The effect on the cow as well as weaning weight of the calf must be considered when the impact of the weaning date is considered....]]>
Successful agriculture sustains civilization https://wlj.net/article-26-successful-agriculture-sustains-civilization.html Successful agriculture sustains civilization
A.G. Kawamura wants to start a new dialogue about agriculture. The former California secretary of agriculture said it’s time for everyone to recognize that the clock is ticking and that people need to become more resilient when it comes to water and food security....]]>
Legal Ledger https://wlj.net/article-26-legal-ledger.html Legal Ledger
executive order that, among other things, directed the executive branch to “maximize… the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States” when it comes to federal procurement. “Goods and materials” generally refer to manufactured goods, and materials including iron and steel....]]>
Bid Price Estimator helps beef producers make sound decisions https://wlj.net/article-26-bid-price-estimator-helps-beef-producers-make-sound-decisions.html Bid Price Estimator helps beef producers make sound decisions
“What we’ve done to it is add calf and reproductive management factors,” he said. “The tool is primarily used to let producers evaluate what they can afford to pay for a cow or heifer to replace in the herd before going out and bidding on cattle....]]>
Are you feeling handy? Try building it yourself! https://wlj.net/article-26-are-you-feeling-handy-try-building-it-yourself_.html Are you feeling handy? Try building it yourself!
Did you know the some Cooperative Extension programs at land-grant universities offer blueprints to build your own livestock equipment? Plans for anything from calf creep feeders, to alleys and chutes, to pens, stalls, and corrals can be found on numerous Extension sites....]]>
Adding animals to the herd made easy https://wlj.net/article-26-adding-animals-to-the-herd-made-easy.html Adding animals to the herd made easy
Once you have completed the quarantine period and none of the animals have exhibited any signs or symptoms of illness or disease, it is safe to integrate them into the rest of the herd. — Katie Ockert, MSU Extension....]]>
Tips for tough times in farming https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-for-tough-times-in-farming.html Tips for tough times in farming
For many farms, across all of agriculture, the returns are poor relative to the cost of production. The result is great stress among many farm families. During times like this, it is easy to lose perspective, have difficulty making decisions and to be discouraged....]]>
Mineral supplements can help prevent grass tetany https://wlj.net/article-26-mineral-supplements-can-help-prevent-grass-tetany.html Mineral supplements can help prevent grass tetany
The grass is turning green across the Midwest and the annual surge of cool season grass growth is just around the corner. Cattle grazing the lush new growth of spring can be at risk for grass tetany. Begin offering high magnesium mineral supplements now to prevent grass tetany this spring....]]>
Colorado senator proposes moving BLM offices to the West https://wlj.net/article-26-colorado-senator-proposes-moving-blm-offices-to-the-west.html Colorado senator proposes moving BLM offices to the West
The idea of moving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices out of Washington, D.C. to a western state is appealing to those who are impacted by regulations of the agency. Colorado’s Republican Sen. Corey Gardner is working to draft legislation to make that move happen....]]>