The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Angus bull FINAL ANSWER passes
    Born on February 22, 2000, he sold in the 2001 Martin and Angie Schaff Complete Retirement Dispersal to Alta Genetics and Baker LeMar Angus, South Dakota. Genex acquired FINAL ANSWER with the purchase of the Alta beef program in 2002. Since then, he has become the highest selling beef sire in the history of Genex. 
  • There were 229,237 farms with 55.3 million irrigated acres in the United Sates, according to the 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey results, published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.  
  • A federal judge said that Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.  
  • This research was motivated by October 2013’s blizzard, explains Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist. “The blizzard will forever be remembered as the devastating natural disaster which caused extraordinary losses to western South Dakota’s agricultural industry,” Edwards said, referencing the estimated 45,000 animals which perished in the storm, including; cattle, sheep, horses and bison.
     Edwards worked with a team to design a study which would determine if any link can be made between this, early-season blizzard and human-caused climate change. 
  • The 2014 Ag Horizons Conference will be December 2 and 3 in Pierre.  
  • Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Obama's oversight of the project.  
  • Nebraska Cattlemen announced Shannon Kingery of Lincoln was hired as Director of Communications. Kingery began the position October 27, 2014 and is responsible for internal and external communications, including media relations. She previously served four years as Director of Communications for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. 
  • Sustainable Whole Farm/Ranch Planning with Holistic Management  Workshops are to be held in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls in January. 
    Randy Holmquist who is certified in holistic management will be the instructor for the workshops. 
  • Producers with apiculture, perennial forage, Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) including Native grass, fall wheat (Hard Red Winter Wheat - HRW) and all other fall-seeded small grains must submit a 2015 acreage report for those crops by Nov. 17. This is also the same date for these crops to be reported to your crop insurance agent when carrying federal crop insurance. 
  •  Based on feedback from stakeholders, the United States and Canada earlier this year agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale meat cuts by adopting the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS) as the standard meat nomenclature. 
  • Workshops covering issues affecting profitability of livestock producers are part of the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Torrington 
  • The deadline has been moved to Nov. 15, 2014 to enter the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Commercial Heifer Show & Sale during the 2015 Black Hills Stock Show®. The earlier entry deadline allows for the cataloging of the entries in the official Black Hills Stock Show Livestock Guide. 
  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said last week the final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership won’t be made at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit this month in Beijing. 
  • Senators John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar announced Oct. 30 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) will extend the comment period for its proposed rule for importing Argentine beef through December 29, 2014.  
  • Certified Hereford Beef LLC experienced a record year of growth during fiscal year 2014 with 50.2 million lb. of product sold- a 2% increase compared to the previous year's total. Since 2008, CHB LLC has increased beef sales by 43%. 
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