The Cattle Business Weekly
  • NDSA presented the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award to Robert and Holly Brooks of Rhame, N.D. and long-time ranchers Arlyn and Sourey Schmidt of the 7N Ranch as the Rancher of the Year.
  • Chinese key to cattle market prospects
    The coming months hold concerns though, because unlike the stock market, commodities have seen little or no upswing. Ag Resource Company president Dan Basse suggested what to monitor.
  • In the Cattle Markets: Seasonality of feeder futures
    As it is approaching the time of year for potentially backgrounding calves in the Northern Plains, the focus will be on the March feeder cattle futures. Thus, someone with calves may be following the March price and trying to decide if and when to hedge.
  • Beef checkoff court case being expanded
    Could impact 13 states, including South Dakota;
    Both sides share viewpoints in a CBW exclusive
  • Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Watertown, S.D. Sept. 12
    The symposium is a one-day event that focuses on providing beef producers with the tools and knowledge they need to improve their management skills and take their farm or ranch to the next level of production and profitability.
  •  Custom Genetics Solutions bull stud readies for next busy season
    There isn’t much time in between busy seasons for the staff at Custom Genetics Solution. Frank Jackson, general manager at CGS, says the first Spring collection season was very busy and went well.  “It exceeded expectations actually,” Jackson says. And now they are getting ready for the next busy season as bulls come off pasture.
  • Kansas, Colorado reach agreement on Republican River water usage
    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper agreed that “This settlement provides funds that could be used in the Republican River Basin within Kansas and Colorado and creates additional opportunities for cooperative water management between the States.”
  • Global conference on sustainable beef coming to Ireland
    The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) is proud to announce the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef (GCSB) will be held in Kilkenny, Ireland at the Lyrath Estate, October 9-12, 2018.
  • Inventory report: Cattle herd expansion slows
    USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says, “We are seeing producers  retain fewer heifers for replacement.” And so this brings analysts to believe the U.S. cattle herd expansion has certainly slowed.
  • Four major food companies launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
    The four founding member companies have already made broad updates to their portfolios in recent years, collectively and voluntarily advancing issues like sodium reduction, responsible marketing and transparency, and reducing their impact on the planet, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Crop progress and pasture conditions
    Reports for South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
  • Kansas announces Cattle Trace Pilot Program for Disease Traceability
    Cattle Trace is a public-private partnership which will develop and test a purpose-built cattle disease traceability infrastructure in Kansas that will guide discussion and development of traceability on a national scale.
  • BIF selects new board, officer
    Lee Leachman, Fort Collins, Colorado, was introduced as the 2018-19 BIF president during the Friday luncheon. Tommy Clark, Culpeper, Va., is the new vice president.
  • South Dakota ranchers visit with New Yorkers about beef
    The New York Beef Council hosted more than 60 guests over the course of three “Meat Your Beef” tours that spanned the state. These educational tours were made possible through continued support and funding from the South Dakota Beef Industry Council. And one of South Dakota’s cattle ranching families was there to interact and discuss beef along the way.
  • Uncertainty of summer climate outlook
     Emerging drought in the northeast and east central has been relatively local, and has not been widespread. This has been a contrast to excessive wet conditions in the southeast, where flooding is again impacting the area this week.
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