The Cattle Business Weekly
  • 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. 
  • The U.S. House has passed a bill to stop the Presidents power of executive actions on immigration, but the bill is viewed as largely symbolic. The vote was 219 to 197 and included House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, a democrat, voting yes, according to the Hagstrom Report.  
  •  All cattle moving interstate for exhibition or show events, such as the National Western Stock Show, are required to have individual identification ear tags present in the ear.  
  • An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing Nov. 21. 
  • The nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, the National Consumers League, is calling for a ban on the use of child labor in American tobacco fields. According to a Human Rights Watch report published earlier this year, children as young as 12 years old are being permitted to work in the fields in tobacco-producing states including North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, being exposed to dangerous levels of nicotine and the resulting acute nicotine poisoning. 
  • Global Meat News reports that Bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been discovered in Portugal, marking the country’s first case of the disease since June 2012.  
  • Livestock producers have until March 11, 2015 to use up their supplies of Radio Frequency Identification tags with the 900 prefix.
    In early 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. The rule became effective in March of 2013. 
  • Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef.  All products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall. 
  • David G. Safty, county executive director of the Stanton County Farm Service Agency (FSA in) in Nebraska, announced that cost-share assistance is available for producers who suffered damage to fencing due to the June 16 tornado storms in Stanton County. The deadline to apply for Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) cost-share assistance is Nov. 26. 
  • Jan. 21 in White River, S.D. is the 36th Annual Ranchers Workshop.  The day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes around 3 p.m. A trade show along with speakers will be available throughout the day. 
  • 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. 
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