The Cattle Business Weekly
  • 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.
Census data shows  81 percent of cattle operations are less than 100 head
    According to the census numbers there were a total of 882,692 cattle/calf operations. Of this total, 717,635 operations or 81 percent of the total, had fewer than 100 head of cattle.
  • On Earth Day: Hat’s off to these dedicated conservationists
    Over the past year, I had the pleasure of visiting with several North Dakota producers about their conservation efforts. They definitely have some ideas – and enthusiasm – worth sharing. May you be inspired to follow their lead and find ways to continue enhancing your conservation efforts.
  • 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.
  • A flood of numbers: Damages from bomb cyclone continue to climb
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has warned this spring could be an “unprecedented flood season” as it forecasts heavy spring rains, and cites flooding conditions already seen along major river basins. 
  • Traceability: 3 States testing pilot projects
    A traceability program for U.S. cattle, primarily to track cattle in the event of a disease outbreak, has been talked about for decades. Now, three states, Kansas, Texas and Florida, are each testing different pilot projects designed to track cattle from the point of commerce.
  • 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
  • Internet coverage, reliability in rural areas hinders development

    Shirley Wetz raises horses, cattle and sheep with her husband, LeRoy, along the banks of the Belle Fourche River 30 miles east of Sturgis. Their nearest neighbor is three and a half miles up the road. To hear Shirley describe it, getting reliable Internet service and cellphone coverage was as tough as drilling the 120-year-old family homestead’s first well.

  • 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. 
  • Don’t ignore recordkeeping
    As farm bankruptcies rise, paying attention to financial metrics critically important
  • ‘This will test our Nebraska grit’
    Governor Ricketts and USDA Under Secretary Ibach meet with ag leaders regarding Nebraska flooding
  • What impact would a meat tax have on the market?
    Over time, animal activists and environmentalists have made calls to put a tax on meat. What effect would that have? To find out, we estimated the impacts that a retail-level greenhouse gas (GHG) tax on meat would have on livestock and grain markets.
  • Seedstock Marketing Perspective
    A cattle producer and auctioneer tell what’s needed to standout and stay in business.
  • 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.
  • U.S. beef trade opportunities - and challenges
    An additional 15,000 metric tons of beef trade/year, making South Korea the second greatest export market for U.S. beef representing $1.4 billion.
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