The Cattle Business Weekly
  •  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.
  • Brand the Barn
    Certified Angus Beef’s Brand the Barn tour was in Raymond, S.D. on July 26 to paint the Hurlbut Cattle barn.
  • Solution remains elusive for landowners undergoing cheatgrass assault
    Fearsome cheatgrass taking over land can generate enough horror to reach for silver bullets.
    But there are no silver bullets for cheatgrass, University of Wyoming Extension specialist Dan Tekiela told those attending the July 11 cheatgrass management field day in Sybille Canyon.
  • Daugaard hosts last Gov’s Ag Summit
    This marks Gov. Daugaard’s final Ag Summit. He has spent much of his eight-year term courting agribusinesses and ag production to the state, which he told Ag Summit attendees has helped make every one in five workers have a direct or related job in agriculture.
  • Hines tells ranchers cow-calf business needs overhaul
    Producers have been told that milk is important for weaning weight, and they should breed the cows to give more milk, Hines says. “We’ve already noted that energy to produce milk is negative for the cow-calf sector,” he explains.
  • Recent rains quench southern Nebraska’s thirst
    After the coldest April on record, according to the National Weather Service, May was named as the warmest on record. By mid-June, the continued days on end of near 100-degree heat without any rain quickly burned up the stunted cool-season grass. Many farmers were wondering if the region would repeat the summer of 2012, a fiercely hot drought.
  • BIF marks 50th anniversary: Van Newkirk, Woolfolk receive producer awards
    The Beef Improvement Federation hosted its 50th convention in Loveland, Colo. June 20-23. The event is routinely a place for cattle producers, animal scientists and breed associations to come together to talk about the latest in cattle genetics and breed improvement.
  • Ag news coming out of Washington, D.C.
    Here is a brief run down on what has been happening in the nation’s capital city.
  • Branding, barbed wire and blockchain

    Today at the Campstool Ranch, in addition to the same hot-iron “DD” brand that generations of cows before them have received, these calves will come away with an extra piece of ear jewelry: a computerized blockchain tag that could revolutionize how ranchers keep records. 

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