The Cattle Business Weekly
  • More newborn calf tips
    Second in a two-part series on calf care in the first minutes after birth
  • Wall, S.D. school to begin new year serving local beef
    Ranchers Josh and Shasta Geigle of Wall were first to donate a portion of a heifer that was processed on Dec. 5 and will be served to students on Jan. 4, 2019. Josh says the program has been well-received by the community and school district so far and he looks forward to what it will mean to the children. 
  • Economy stimulating consumers to spend more for beef
    Referring to the latest quarterly domestic product report, UW Extension Marketing Specialist Bridger Feuz says the report has been positive the last several quarters because of a consistent economy and consistent moderate growth. Solid growth has stimulated consumer confidence in products like beef. 
  • Newborn calves: Do’s and don’ts
    It’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about your calving procedures. And, although most management practices related to calving are done with the best intentions, not all are helpful to the calf or the cow, says Amanda Fordyce, a technical calf consultant with Milk Products LLC
  • Farm Bill “Almost There”
    Texas Congressman K. Michael Conaway who chairs the House Agricultural Committee provided attendees at the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV, an update on the 2018 Farm Bill status on Monday, Dec. 3, and reported, “We are almost there.” 
  • G20 Summit brings about pause on China trade tariffs
    After weeks of speculating on what would take place at last week’s G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina where 20 of the world’s leading countries convened, it is being seen by the White House and others in the beef industry as a successful meeting in terms of re-establishing trade relations.
  • Beef production adjusted lower in 2018 and 2019
    The 2019 beef production forecast was lowered by 100 million pounds to 27.8 billion pounds. The adjustment reflects fewer-than-expected cattle placed in feedlots in third-quarter 2018, thereby reducing the expected number of fed cattle marketed and slaughtered in early 2019. 
  • Ranchers may see the greatest returns on moderate size cows
    Dr. David Lalman tells producers at the High Plains Nutrition Conference in Laramie, Wyo. substantial evidence exists indicating the environment is a limiting factor of calf weights at weaning. “But once the calves enter the feed yard, their rate of gain explodes. I think it can be attributed to more aggressive selection of growth over time,” he says. 
  • Part 2: Planned response for FMD
    Should FMD be identified in North America or the U.S., the Foreign Animal Disease Response and Preparedness Plan outlines a series of phases, with specific action steps within each phase – that will be followed for dealing with the outbreak. 
  • USDA, FDA will jointly oversee cell-cultured foods

    The area of “cellular agriculture” as the biotech field is calling it, has been a top concern for the livestock industry that has questioned the safety regulations and proper labeling of such products. Of biggest concern to many producer groups is the potential of lab-grown, cell-cultured protein to be labeled “meat”. 

  • Part 1: Preparing for FMD
    Jim Roth, DVM underscores that FMD does not pose a public health or food safety concern, but because the disease is highly contagious among cloven-hooved animals the economic impact could be staggering for the U.S. should an outbreak occur. The U.S. has a plan in place though in the event of an outbreak.
  • Food trends ahead
    Rabaey explains that the three things that keep consumers coming back to a product are still the same as in years past. Those are price, convenience and taste. However, he says there is a greater push for “better for you” products than in years past. General Mills has seen a 12 percent growth in their organic foods. The reason? Consumers tell the company they are concerned with pesticides and chemicals in their foods.
  • Barn Talk: Factors to consider for confinement facilities
    Beth Doran, an Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist has worked with producers to plan and procure hoop barn and monoslope facilities. She shares that producers cite several reasons for investing in a confinement barn. These include controlling manure runoff – and protecting water resources; improving animal comfort, improving animal performance, reducing animal sickness; and capturing more value from manure.
  • Saddle & Sirloin honors R.A. Brown

    Brown built R. A. Brown Ranch into one of the substantial ranches in the country that encompassed a Quarter Horse band, multiple seedstockbreeds, commercial cow-calf herds, stocker operations, cattle feeding, and farming. His livestock have made a significant impact on the world’s genetics.


  • 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

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