The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Will feedlot expansion in the Upper Midwest continue?
    Looking forward, the question becomes in what region will these additional calves be fed? A change in feedlot capacity by region that began during the severe drought during the early 2010s, which triggered a shift in cattle to the north, appears to still be in underway.
  • Land exchange concerns landowners, commissioners
    When land owner Martha Whitcher spoke to the Pennington County Commission April 21 about the proposed Cain Creek Land Exchange, she pulled no punches. 
    “Today it’s 2,500 acres. Tomorrow, it may be 3,000 acres. The day after that, it may be 10,000” she said. “Pennington County cannot handle any more land taken away from the tax rolls.”
  • Happenings in D.C.: Estate Tax and Trade Deals
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the estate tax, a long awaited measure for many farm organizations.
  • Snowpack melts early across the West
     West-wide snowpack is melting earlier than usual, according to data from the fourth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service 
    
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  • Looking forward, the question becomes in what region will these additional calves be fed? A change in feedlot capacity by region that began during the severe drought during the early 2010s, which triggered a shift in cattle to the north, appears to still be in underway. 
  • Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, Iowa, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.  
  • With 95% of the global population living outside of the U.S., there remains a vast market potential for American beef. Currently, beef checkoff funding supports promotion of U.S. beef in 80 countries – and international consumers are responding. In 2014, the value of U.S. beef exports reached nearly $6 billion – 15% ahead of the record pace set the year prior. 
  •  A man and wife will be tried together in a Nebraska courtroom, accused of fraudulently taking money from a farmer for an outbuilding that never was built. 
  • I once heard Bud Williams say, “Ranchers love their cows and hate their grass.” Bud thought they had it backwards. They should love their grass and hate their cattle. I know that Bud didn’t really hate cattle or think that anyone else ought to hate them, but his point was that for a livestock business to be profitable, it must be a grass business first. 
  •  The state of Wyoming is taking over care of the  historic LX Bar Ranch in Campbell County and will spend $280,000 to make repairs to buildings. 
  • Today, Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA’s “Waters of the United States” proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across the country.  
  • If you feel strongly about the future of the Angus breed and the Auxiliary’s mission, serving on the national level is a wonderful way to contribute, says Cortney Holshouser, Auxiliary advisor and past president. 

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