The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Congress passes key provisions in Grazing Improvement Act
    On Dec. 12, Congress showed their support of productive western rangelands by passing necessary provisions of the Grazing Improvement Act, amending the grazing section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act for the first time in many years. Championed by Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Labrador (R-Idaho), the provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act with a strong bipartisan majority vote, 89 to 11.
  • Another year of tight beef supplies, record prices
    CattleFax is projecting the U.S. average for a 550-pound steer in 2015 will be $2.40-$2.60/cwt. 
    “That number could go higher, especially here (in the northern states), but that is what we are estimating the national average* will be,” says Troy Applehans.
  • UW seeks better brucellosis control
    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists at the University of Wyoming are hopeful their brucellosis studies may produce a better vaccine for livestock and are studying whether a change in vaccination procedures could offer better control.
  • Immigration Reform
    It is known that southern states employee the bulk of immigrant farm laborers. Louisiana has the second highest number of migrant farm workers, accounting for nearly 7,000 workers. They are second to California who outpaces all states with big numbers – 700,000 workers – that are used to harvest fruits, vegetables and other crops according to the Labor Department.
    In recent years, these states have had a problem getting their crops harvested because of the shortage of local labor and legal immigrant workers. 
    
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  • On Dec. 12, Congress showed their support of productive western rangelands by passing necessary provisions of the Grazing Improvement Act, amending the grazing section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act for the first time in many years. Championed by Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Labrador (R-Idaho), the provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act with a strong bipartisan majority vote, 89 to 11. 
  • A model developed by a Kansas State University epidemiologist and one of his former graduate student evaluates the impact and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock.
     
     
  • Momentum was the theme for 2014 as the year kicked off with Congress passing a much-awaited Farm Bill, and the year picked up steam on through to December – capturing record cattle prices along the way. Following, we put our annual spotlight on several of the good things happening within the beef industry: 
  • The Ode family of Brandon, South Dakota, received Ag United’s first “Agvocate of the Year” award at the annual luncheon.  The Ode family owns and operates Royalwood Farms just outside of Brandon.   
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation this week commemorated the first official retail sale in the world of a Kubota Round Baler from the floor of the Tulsa Farm Show. The company introduced the second phase of its Kubota-branded Hay Tools, including round balers, bale wrappers, and disc mower conditioners, during its National Dealer Meeting this October. 
  • The 2015 Northern States Beef Conference will be held on January 5 and 6 at the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton, Minn. This conference is a joint effort between SDSU Extension, the University of Minnesota Beef Team and North Dakota State University. 
  • February 27, 2015 is the first sign up deadline for the 2014 Farm Bill. To answer producer questions on farm bill choices and requirements, S.D. Farm Service Agency (FSA) and SDSU Extension are hosting informational meetings. 
  • The Department of Livestock said Friday that the animal was identified during testing by a rancher whose cattle graze inside a designated disease surveillance area around Yellowstone National Park. 
 
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