The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Heavy rains flood South Dakota cattle country
    The national drought monitor released May 21 shows every part of the state of South Dakota out of drought. This comes as no surprise to its farmers and ranchers who have been dealing with large snow totals and continuous rain since February. 
  • Good news for beef
    Japan drops restrictions on beef products, USMCA one step closer to done
  • Ag Credit Conditions Deteriorate Steadily
    With low income weighing on farm finances, the pace of decline in farm loan repayment rates increased slightly. In addition, carry-over debt increased again for many borrowers and bankers continued to restructure debt and deny a modest amount of new loan requests due to cash flow shortages. 
  • Iowa’s Best Burger is at the Wood Iron Grille
    This is the 10th year for the annual Best Burger contest sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council, through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. 
  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with North Dakota leaders, farmers

    With trade issues and harsh weather hitting farmers, it’s been a challenging year for North Dakota producers.

    “It’s tough here in North Dakota, it’s tough across the U.S. I hear the answer is trade, trade, trade. We’re blessed to be in a country where we can outproduce ourselves, and we can export and depend on export for profitability,” Perdue said.

  • U.S. gains new market access in Tunisia
    And begins negotiations with Japan, wins WTO dispute with China
  • Winter refuses to leave, South Dakota hit with another round of deep snow
    Three days after the storm and further to the east at Rockham, S.D. Mark Baxter, of Baxter Angus, was busy trying to figure out how to get feed to his cattle on Monday, April 15.
  • DemKota begins producing the Certified Angus Beef  ® brand
    “We’re excited about focusing on more of a relationship with our local feeders, and truly getting this plant to meet the goals those initial investors envisioned,” says Todd Landfried. The vice president of branded/export sales and marketing for DemKota notes the plant was built on hopes of supporting the state’s feeding industry and its cow-calf suppliers.
  • Sales Postponed Due to Weather
    Due to impending bad weather, the following sales have rescheduled. 
    • Pass Creek Ranch rescheduled to Tuesday, April 16, at the Ranch, Wyola, MT
    • Prairie Valley Farm Charolais has postponed until April 16, 1:00 pm, Platte Livestock Auction, Platte, SD
    • Peterson’s L7 Bar Limousin rescheduled to Wednesday, April 17, 1:00 pm at the Ranch, Pukwana, SD
    • Reich Charolais rescheduled to Thursday, April 18, 1:00 pm, Belle Fourche Livestock, Belle Fourche, SD
    • Justin Holt Cattle has rescheduled to Thursday, April 18, 1:00 pm Aberdeen Livestock 'West Barn', Aberdeen, SD
    • Cotton Angus Ranch rescheduled to Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm, Madison Livestock, Madison, SD
    • Sonstegard Cattle Co. has rescheduled their sale for Monday, April 22 at 6 pm at the Ranch, Montevideo, MN
    NEW DATE  & LOCATION Tricky Herefords's Annual Bull Sale has be rescheduled again for Thursday, April 25, 2019, 3 the Firehall in Winfred, SD (350 Main St.)
    • Grills Red Western Red Angus Bull Sale has postponed until April 26, 12:00 pm, Crawford Livestock, Crawford, NE
  • Research Roundup:  Curbing cattle methane, livestock monitoring, & FDA funding
    Beef cattle nutritionists at Texas Tech are in their second year of research into a project aimed at curbing cattle methane production. While curbing methane seems like a very “green” thing to do researchers are saying it makes sense on the production end as well. 
  • ‘This will test our Nebraska grit’
    Governor Ricketts and USDA Under Secretary Ibach meet with ag leaders regarding Nebraska flooding
  • 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.
  • 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.
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