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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Insights into alternative proteins
    Advice in how to counter negative comments – or fake news – targeting traditional ag
  • 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


  • U.S. cattle inventory up slightly
    All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2019 totaled 94.8 million head, slightly above the 94.3 million head on January 1, 2018.
  • Finding and keeping good farm labor
    Before you start seeking out that perfect employee, you need to know what that perfect employee looks like. A good first step is to develop an outline of what the job position will entail.
  • 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.” 
  • Grow Yards: Opportunity for industry  efficiency and for added revenue stream
    Grow yards (or backgrounding yards) are assisting cattle with a more seamless transition to the feedlot and finishing phase and thus requiring less labor needs at the feedyard
  • Climate Outlook: Cool temperatures will linger into spring
    The unusually cold temperatures that have held their grip over South Dakota are expected to continue into March, according to the latest climate outlook released February 21, 2019.
  • 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.
  • South Dakota pulls out of drought status
    Significant dryness now exists only on time scales exceeding one year. For these reasons, all abnormal dryness was removed from South Dakota and southwestern North Dakota.
  • 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.
  • 4 highlights heard at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention
    Discussed was today's quality of cattle, traceability projects in three states, Korea's beef success story and trends in regionally inspired flavors.
  • Preparing for the changing  U.S. beef industry
    The U.S. beef industry is facing greater expectations from consumers for the future, but if we can meet and exceed those expectations there are also bigger opportunities to be gained. 
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