WLJ - Cattle and Beef Industry News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-cattle-and-beef-industry-news.html Tue, 21 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Damage at Oroville Dam prompts disaster declaration https://wlj.net/article-26-damage-at-oroville-dam-prompts-disaster-declaration.html Damage at Oroville Dam prompts disaster declaration
Erosion at an auxiliary spillway of the Oroville Dam in Northern California prompted emergency evacuations last week as the risk of flooding in areas below the dam grew. As of press time residents were being allowed to return to their homes, but the situation was declared a disaster on Feb.


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Senate committee talks ESA “modernization” https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-committee-talks-esa-%25E2%2580%259Cmodernization%25E2%2580%259D.html Senate committee talks ESA “modernization”
Could the last election’s shakeup in Washington, D.C. mean a makeover for the Endangered Species Act (ESA)? On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing to discuss ESA weaknesses and possible areas for improvement.


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FDA moves to regulate gene editing as a drug https://wlj.net/article-26-fda-moves-to-regulate-gene-editing-as-a-drug.html FDA moves to regulate gene editing as a drug
In late January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Draft Guidance for Industry #187: Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals.


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Grandin named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame https://wlj.net/article-26-grandin-named-to-the-national-women%25E2%2580%2599s-hall-of-fame.html Grandin named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame
“We are pleased to add 10 American women to the ranks of inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history,” said Betty Bayer, the Hall’s Co-President and Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges....]]>
Value of gain useful to cattle producers https://wlj.net/article-26-value-of-gain-useful-to-cattle-producers.html Value of gain useful to cattle producers
VOG can be defined in multiple ways. Some have defined it as the difference in the value (weight × price) from the beginning of a growing period to the end of the growing period divided by the pounds gained. Another way to define it is as the amount of money the market is willing to pay for the next pound of weight a calf or yearling gains....]]>
NDA announces new Animal Industry Division Administrator https://wlj.net/article-26-nda-announces-new-animal-industry-division-administrator.html NDA announces new Animal Industry Division Administrator
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently announced Doug Farris as its new Animal Industry Division Administrator....]]>
When bull buying, focus on value; not just price https://wlj.net/article-26-when-bull-buying-focus-on-value-not-just-price.html When bull buying, focus on value; not just price
The year 2017 is shaping up to be another year of tight margins for cattle producers. As much as ranchers would like to limit expenses during market downturns, some expenditures can’t be postponed. Bulls fall into this category. The necessity of having an adequate number of bulls goes without saying....]]>
Economists highlight struggling farm economy https://wlj.net/article-26-economists-highlight-struggling-farm-economy.html Economists highlight struggling farm economy
Economists from USDA, the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri all said farm finances look to dip in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. Farmers are struggling, but not as bad as the 1980s yet and low prices are buoyed by higher yields....]]>
Feeding cattle candy saves producers cash https://wlj.net/article-26-feeding-cattle-candy-saves-producers-cash.html Feeding cattle candy saves producers cash
News circulated early in 2017 about a truck hauling Skittles to a producer in Wisconsin, where it was to be mixed into feed for cattle. Social media was abuzz with the strange thought of cattle tasting the rainbow. Apparently, however, the novelty of this story is not so unique....]]>
EPA defends Renewable Fuel Standard implementation https://wlj.net/article-26-epa-defends-renewable-fuel-standard-implementation.html EPA defends Renewable Fuel Standard implementation
In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is implemented, attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contend in a legal brief filed last Tuesday the agency followed the law....]]>
“If DNA is a drug, then all life on Earth is high” https://wlj.net/article-26-%25E2%2580%259Cif-dna-is-a-drug-then-all-life-on-earth-is-high%25E2%2580%259D.html “If DNA is a drug, then all life on Earth is high”
Draft Guidance for Industry 187 has genetic scientists concerned for the future of gene editing in agriculture. In classifying the results of gene-edited animals as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, the draft guidance could—if finalized—require researchers to jump through onerous regulatory hoops and kill the technology....]]>
Tax filing deadline is March 1 https://wlj.net/article-26-tax-filing-deadline-is-march-1.html Tax filing deadline is March 1
• The 179 expense election is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollar-for-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2,010,000....]]>
Researchers claim they have engineered TB-resistant cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-researchers-claim-they-have-engineered-tb-resistant-cattle.html Researchers claim they have engineered TB-resistant cattle
A total of 10 researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Northwest A&F Univeristy in Yanling, Shaanxi Province, China were listed as authors in a article published Genome Biology on Feb. 1, 2017....]]>
How to prioritize pasture https://wlj.net/article-26-how-to-prioritize-pasture.html How to prioritize pasture
When economic times necessitate “tightening of the purse strings,” so to speak, too often livestock producers cut back severely on pasture management and associated expenses. This often leads to the deterioration of pasture resources, the basis of the food source required to sustain the livestock we strive to produce....]]>
Fewer grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2016 https://wlj.net/article-26-fewer-grain-dust-explosions-reported-nationwide-in-2016.html Fewer grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2016
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....]]>
Look at cattle price trends in developing market plan https://wlj.net/article-26-look-at-cattle-price-trends-in-developing-market-plan.html Look at cattle price trends in developing market plan
When developing a cattle marketing strategy for 2017, producers should consider basis as well as the multitude of factors which contributed to the continued price decline, said Matthew Diersen, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Risk/ Business Management Specialist....]]>
Basic dental care for horses https://wlj.net/article-26-basic-dental-care-for-horses.html Basic dental care for horses
Dental checkups are essential for horses. As a horse becomes older, the shape and angle of its teeth begin to change and some problems may occur. Knowing what problem signs to look for will help prevent further dental problems....]]>
EVA is common cause of economic loss in equine breeding https://wlj.net/article-26-eva-is-common-cause-of-economic-loss-in-equine-breeding.html EVA is common cause of economic loss in equine breeding
Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a viral infection of horses caused by the equine arteritis virus. EVA leads to respiratory illness, inflammation, bleeding, and abortion in pregnant mares, creating significant economic losses to the equine industry. The disease is caused by an enveloped RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus, which infects equine species....]]>
Keep watch of young cows during calving https://wlj.net/article-26-keep-watch-of-young-cows-during-calving.html Keep watch of young cows during calving
Hopefully, first-calf heifers are the first females to start calving in the ranch. Breeding programs set up this way have advantages over calving all cows at once....]]>
House Agriculture subcommittee assignments announced https://wlj.net/article-26-house-agriculture-subcommittee-assignments-announced.html House Agriculture subcommittee assignments announced
“From promoting a strong farm safety net to rolling back burdensome regulations on our producers, our subcommittees will play an integral role as this committee goes to work this Congress....]]>
Red meat exports see strong finish for 2016 https://wlj.net/article-26-red-meat-exports-see-strong-finish-for-2016.html Red meat exports see strong finish for 2016
Beef exports increased 11 percent in volume (1.19 million metric tons; mt) and 1 percent in value ($6.34 billion) from 2015. December exports totaled 116,847 mt, up 24 percent year-overyear. This was the largest monthly volume since July 2013 and the largest ever for December....]]>
Dressed weights increased over 9 percent since 2011 https://wlj.net/article-26-dressed-weights-increased-over-9-percent-since-2011.html Dressed weights increased over 9 percent since 2011
However, the rate of increase slowed in 2016, with all cattle dressed weights through November averaging about the same as year-earlier weights for the same period. Heifer weights increased during this period, but steer weights and cow weights were lower....]]>
Top 10 ways to make cow herds more profitable https://wlj.net/article-26-top-10-ways-to-make-cow-herds-more-profitable.html Top 10 ways to make cow herds more profitable
It has been well-documented in popular press and repeatedly confirmed at sale barns and coffee shops that the current calf market is about one-half of where it was just two-anda-half years ago. The shortterm projections for both the cattle market and weather are not favorable for ranchers....]]>
Producer sentiment skyrockets again https://wlj.net/article-26-producer-sentiment-skyrockets-again.html Producer sentiment skyrockets again
Producer sentiment about the agricultural economy skyrocketed to an all-time high in January, jumping from 132 to 153, according to the latest reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Chart provided by Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer/David Widmar....]]>
NRDC sues Trump on executive order https://wlj.net/article-26-nrdc-sues-trump-on-executive-order.html NRDC sues Trump on executive order
Attempts by President Donald Trump to scale back government regulations through an executive order signed Jan. 30 has hit a roadblock, as the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and two other interest groups sued the administration on Wednesday, Feb....]]>
Scientists weigh in on “the next frontier” for quality research https://wlj.net/article-26-scientists-weigh-in-on-%25E2%2580%259Cthe-next-frontier%25E2%2580%259D-for-quality-research.html Scientists weigh in on “the next frontier” for quality research
“Beef flavor is very complex. It’s not one attribute, but many, many flavor notes,” said Bridget Wasser, Executive Director of Meat Science for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “There are a lot of things that can go right and there are a lot of things that can potentially go wrong....]]>
How to manage feed bunk https://wlj.net/article-26-how-to-manage-feed-bunk.html How to manage feed bunk
In truth, feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgment as science. Judgment is required to balance between over- and under-feeding. Under-feeding limits performance and possibly quality grade. Feeding too much increases feed waste and more importantly can trigger acidosis, poor performance and increased death loss....]]>
Now through summer is mud season https://wlj.net/article-26-now-through-summer-is-mud-season.html Now through summer is mud season
Even with little winter snow cover to melt, the forecast still looks muddy for cattle producers this spring. Most areas in Iowa and other areas of cattle country had significant rain in the late fall and early winter before the ground froze....]]>
Angus Association partners with universities to assess foot scores https://wlj.net/article-26-angus-association-partners-with-universities-to-assess-foot-scores.html Angus Association partners with universities to assess foot scores
The American Angus Association recently announced its collaboration with participating universities to assess foot structure on behalf of breeders who seek help in assessing their herds. The new service allows animal science students and judging team participants to collect foot scores as they visit Angus operations....]]>
Red River boundary line closer to being resolved https://wlj.net/article-26-red-river-boundary-line-closer-to-being-resolved.html Red River boundary line closer to being resolved
A bill intended to establish a fair and balanced process to conduct an accurate survey of land along the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma received House approval last week. Introduced by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX13) as the Red River Gradient Boundary Act (H....]]>