The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Calif. voters say yes to cage-free animals

    California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure Nov. 6 requiring that all eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens by 2022. Proposition 12 also bans the sale of pork and veal in California from farm animals raised in cages that don’t meet the new minimum size requirements

  • Global ag news: A roundup of foreign happenings in the world of agriculture

    E.U. to curb use of antibiotics on farm animals; Quebec to be compensated for losses from USMCA deal; Global food prices dip in October

  • Secretary of Ag visits Poet, Lennox, S.D. farm
    Following the tour of POET, Perdue, Rounds and Noem, along with South Dakota Sen. John Thune met with producers and representatives from agricultural organizations at the Poppens farm near Lennox. They answered questions about trade, financial issues farmers face, labeling lab-grown protein, new biotechnology rules, traceability and restructuring parts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • South Dakotans testify in D.C. for truthful labeling of meat
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is deciding whether or not lab-cultured tissue should be labeled as meat.
    Many do not support labeling foods produced using animal cell culture technology as meat. And, for good reason, says Eric Sumption, a Frederick, S.D. cattle producer who traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify on behalf of his family’s cow/calf and feedlot operation.
  • Cattle theft and prevention go high-tech
    Livestock theft is one of the oldest crimes in South Dakota, but the ways thieves operate and the methods ranchers and authorities use to catch them have both evolved into a high-tech battle of wits.
  • Expectations for 2019 cattle inventory
    Using the relationship between heifer and beef cow slaughter, we estimate that annual slaughter levels would need to be 15 percent above a year ago in order for the beef cow inventory number on January 1 to be 1 percent below the 31.7 million estimated on January 1, 2018. 
  • Canada signs on to trade agreement, NAFTA replaced
    Replacing NAFTA will be the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has a figure of $1.2 trillion in trade attached to it.
  • El Nino conditions forecast for fall-winter
    Current outlooks by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) call for this warm pool to continue through winter, with a peak warmth occurring before the end of the year.
  •  Beef Bucks, Inc. named Friend of the Beef Industry
    Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers.
  • Farm bill deadline looms
    The race is on. The current farm bill expires Sept. 30 and with less than seven legislative working days left before deadline, lawmakers are skeptical a compromise will be met between the House and Senate but leadership is meeting again today, Sept. 12 to see if a deal can be struck.
  • Charolais cattle find top honors at SD State Fair
    The culmination of a week’s worth of open beef cattle shows happened Sunday, Sept. 2 in the Open Class Beef Barn at the South Dakota State Fair. Held every year, the Supreme Row selection is one of the most anticipated and sought after titles of the fair.
  • Trump, Mexico come to an agreement
    he agreement also updates provisions surrounding the digital economy, automobiles, agriculture and labor unions. American companies will still be allowed to operate in Mexico and Canada without tariffs.
  • Cooler October expected
    While September’s forecast shows warm temperatures, October is expected to be near to slightly cooler than average from the Northern Plains to northern New England.
  • Burger battle in biker town
    Bikers to the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were treated to a beef burger battle last week while in Sturgis, S.D. Named as the official meat of the rally, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council ceased open the opportunity to have a beef cooking showdown.
  • Environmental Stewardship Awards: SD, MT, MN operations honored
    This year’s finalists are Birdcall and Clark Ranch of Henrietta, Texas, Thunder View Farms of Grahamsville, N.Y., Haleakala Ranch of Makawao, Hawaii, The Hahn Ranch of Townsend, Mont., Moes Feedlot of Watertown, S.D., and Landuyt Land and Livestock of Walnut Grove, Minn. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans in January.
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