The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Nebraska flood: One of many
    The Blooms, who have been farming and ranching in the Scotia area for at least three generations, have not had to evacuate, but they are dealing with a big loss. At least 32 newborn calves have been lost and possibly more will fall to the stress of the storm.
  • South Dakota posts the largest gain in calf numbers
    South Dakota posted the largest year-over-year gain (up 202,000 calves), followed by Oklahoma (up 189,000) from 2008-2018.
  • Sales Postponed Due to Weather

    Due to the excessive snow, Thorstenson Herefords has rescheduled its sale for Friday, May 3, 2019 1:00 PM CDT At the Ranch, Selby, SD

    DBL Inc. has postponed their 8th Annual Bull & Female Sale due to flooding. Their new sale date is April 18, 2019, at the Bull Lodge, Fullerton, NE

    Wulf Cattle Opportunity Sale originally planned for Tuesday, March 19th has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, April 16th.  Cattle viewing and the sale seminar will be held on Monday, April 15th. 

    3C/NLC will host its sale on March 22, 1 p.m. at the ranch, Wessington, S.d.

    Due to weather Zeisler Charolais has postponed their sale to Friday, March 22, 2019, 1 pm CST at the Ranch, Butte, NE

    Mogck Angus Farms has postponed their 31st Annual Production Sale to Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1 pm at the Farm in Tripp, SD
    Effertz Key Ranch has postponed their annual sale originally scheduled for this Thursday until Saturday, March 30, at Rugby Livestock, Rugby, ND.

    Lensegrav Ranch has postponed their Hybrid Vigor Bull Sale until Saturday, March 16, 1:30 p.m. at Faith Livestock, Faith, SD


  • South Dakota lawmakers say meat is “meat” not lab-grown protein
    The bill reserves the term, “meat,” to be used only for protein harvested from animal carcasses, by amending the adulterated and misbranded food chapter of the South Dakota Codified Law code section 39 - 4 to further define the term “meat.” 
  • Record meat production on tap for 2019
    USDA is forecasting record milk and animal protein production. USDA also predicts soybean plantings will decline this year as corn plantings increase. Corn plantings for the year are predicted at 92 million acres, up 3.3 percent from 2018, and soybean plantings are predicted at 85 million acres, down 4.7 percent from last year.
  • Sales Postponed
    Due to winter weather conditions, these cattle production sales have been moved to different dates.
  • Foreclosure case could involve more than 31,000 head of cattle
    The case was brought by First Dakota National Bank against Robert and Becky Blom, of Corsica, S.D. on Feb. 8. The bank’s complaint asserts that the Bloms had overdrawn their account by more than $1 million and that, in combination with Robert Blom’s incapacitation following a car crash last week, was enough for the bank to consider itself insecure.
  • Charolais, Red Angus take BHSS supreme honors

    Black Hills Stock Show Supreme Champion Bull was the Charolais from the Thomas Ranch of Harrold, S.D. TR MR OUTSIDER 7789E ET is an August 2017 son of M&M OUTSIDER 4003 PLD and TR MS WYOMING WIND 5604R. He sold to Joel Deering, Cheyenne Charolais of Wasta, S.D. for $10,500. 

    BHSS Supreme Champion Female was the Red Angus from Weber Land & Cattle and Allyson Beninga, Lake Benton, MN. WEBR EXPECTATION 7104 is an April 2017 daughter of PZC TMAS FIREBOLT 3397A and BRRA EXPECTATION 2008. She sold to Windy Creek Cattle Co, Spencer, SD for $16,000. She was also the highest selling female of the stock show. 

  • Charolais, Simmental win Sioux Empire Livestock Show Supreme Row
    The Charolais, JORGE 8811 ET, was named Supreme Row Bull. Consigned by McKenzye Gunderson, Parker, S.D., he was sired by TR PZC MR TURTON 0794 ET and out of WCR MS DESIGN 7371 P. He sold for $3,500 to Jaden Kellogg, St. Lawrence, S.D.
  • Over 35 years of auctioneering cattle at the Black Hills Stock Show
    Sonny Booth is a mainstay of the Limousin, Chi and Simmental sales
  • Trump reassures farmers on trade

    At the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention President Trump gave the closing session remarks on Monday.

    Regarding trade tariffs and wars, he reassured farmers in attendance that his administration is working on “Trade deals that get you so much business you’re not even going to believe it. Your problem will be ‘What do we do? We need more acreage immediately.’ We are doing somethings with trade that are going to have a tremendous impact,” Trump said.

  • Holidays support strong beef retail numbers
    The beef cutout outperformed the pork cutout towards the end of December and we think this is due, in part, on stronger beef demand at retail. Seasonally beef demand gets better in December as foodservice business gets a bump from Christmas parties and year end celebrations. This year, however, it appears that retailers also increased their beef features, helping support wholesale beef prices despite some of the largest slaughter weeks of the year
  • Beef industry finds ways to tackle challenges ahead
    By 2050, economic projections indicate farmers and ranchers will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed the growing population of the world. “For the meat industry, it is good news because estimations for how much protein will be needed is astounding,” says Kim Stackhouse of JBS USA. The projections are 40 million metric tons of beef and 100 million metric tons of chicken. 
  • Farm Bill has been signed by Trump
    President Donald J. Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 on Dec. 20, 2018.  Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue said it was a “Great day for agriculture.”
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