The Cattle Business Weekly
  • June 2019 Climate Outlook not what farmers hoped for
    “For the summer months of June, July and August, the continuation of this cooler and wetter pattern seems more likely across South Dakota,”  said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.
  • Belk named Animal Sciences department head for CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences
    Keith Belk, professor of meat safety and quality, and Ken and Myra Monfort Endowed Chair in Meat Science, has been named the new Animal Science department head at Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
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Buying Farm Equipment Online – How to Get Ahead
    Online auctions are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to live auctions. With a wider selection of equipment, the convenience brought by wireless technologies, and the minimal learning curve of online platforms, the new alternative is here to stay. So, how can buyers ensure that the equipment being exchanged is performing at the maximum level, bought for the best price, and causes the least headaches? Here are a few tips. 
  • On Pasture newsletter proves on point for livestock producers

    With an online archive of more than 2,000 grazing and livestock-related articles, “On Pasture” has filled a need and fueled excitement among livestock producers since being launched in March 2013. Six quick years later, today On Pasture boasts 114,000 readers checking out the articles each month. A driving force behind the effort has been Kathy Voth, current publisher and editor. Here, she highlights the history – and hopes for the future – for this venue that has created a unique, online community.


  • National Drought Monitor
    The primary concern on the High Plains centered on locally severe flooding in the Missouri River Basin, though localized dryness intensified in some western locales.
  • Education, change: beneficial discomforts

    Cargill nutritionist pushes producers to reach for more 


  • BLM and Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019
    he Federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month. This represents a decrease from the 2018 Federal grazing fee of $1.41 per AUM.
  • Taiwan rises to the top as a potential export market for Wyoming beef
     In October, the Wyoming Business Council was involved in shipping beef to Taiwan for a government reception in Taipei. The shipment consisted of ribs and loins to serve about 120 people. The country was pleased with the product, and have requested more Wyoming beef to be shipped by air.
  • Land values stubbornly stable as farmers keep buying
    Farm Credit Services of America, based in Omaha, Nebraska, reported its benchmark farm values down 1.4% in Iowa compared to six months ago, but up 0.7% compared to a year ago. In Nebraska, farmland values decreased a slim 1% in six months, barely changed from the 0.9% drop from a year ago. South Dakota’s farmland values slipped 0.6% compared to July and are down 2% compared to last January. Wyoming saw an increase of 3.1% in six months, similar to the 3.6% increase it saw a year ago.
  • Two heifers to be given away during Watertown Winter Farm Show
    Heifer Heist, as it has been dubbed, presents next generation producers, those 17 years and younger, with the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win a Red Angus Commercial Heifer from Namken Red Angus of Lake Norden. Current producers, those 18 years and older, can enter into a separate drawing to win a Black Angus Commercial Heifer from RBM Livestock of Florence. 
  • Today’s land market is holding its breath, uncertainties persist
    Farm and ranch land is the key financial bedrock for American agriculture as land makes up 82 percent of total assets for the industry. With today’s uncertainties in agriculture, everyone involved with owning, buying or selling ag land is holding their breath to see what will happen next with the market and prices.
  • Dan and Kate Warner named Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year
    Dan and Kate Warner of Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) Breeder of the Year for 2018 during the awards banquet held at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Rogue Pack of wolves takes down seventh cow
    Authorities say gray wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack has killed another cow at a northeastern Jackson County, Oregon ranch, marking the seventh confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late October.
  • American Simmental Association conducts carcass genotyping project
    The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently initiated a large genotyping project to collect more carcass records and genotypes on sire-identified terminal calves to improve progeny equivalents for carcass traits.
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