The Cattle Business Weekly

  • This winter’s El Niño could be one of the strongest in the past 50 years, leading to a return of meaningful but not necessarily drought-busting rain in California.
    “El Niño has steadily strengthened over the past month and is now approaching strong category strength,” stated AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. 
  • “In today’s differentiated market, producers who are only paying attention to the Choice/Select spread are missing some of the more significant signals,” says Mark McCully, vice president of production for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. 
  • Technology continues to enhance beef cattle production efforts. For instance, Alberta-based GrowSafe Systems Ltd. has been providing automated systems for measuring feed intake of individual cattle within a pen for 15 years. 
  •  BLM renews wild horse efforts
    The Bureau of Land Management announced earlier this month that it will initiate 21 research projects aimed at developing new tools for managing healthy horses and burros on healthy rangelands. 
  • Ranches from the region awarded for stewardship efforts

    Winning honors were Maggie Creek Ranch of Nevada; Kopriva Angus of South Dakota; American Fork Ranch of Mont.; 6666 Ranch of Texas; Valley View Farms of Virginia;  Rowe Ranch of Iowa; Bull Hammock Ranch of Florida.

  • A genetic trait that can help cattle producers increase efficiency and improve the bottom line is worth selecting for, according to Kelli Retallick of Kansas State University. 
  • House votes “Stop”
    The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee approved an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that would ban the importation of Brazilian and Argentine Beef until the United States Department of Agriculture evaluates the potential risk of foot and mouth disease to the US Cattle industry caused by these imports.   
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that 14.3 percent (17.5 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2013. The latest Food and Agriculture Organization estimates indicate that globally, about 795 million people were chronically undernourished in 2012-14. 
  • Tougher prices, need for technology among realities
  • A  February 2017 trial date for the lawsuit brought by Beef Products, Inc. against ABC TV and journalist Diane Sawyer is still literally years away but witnesses and experts continue to be subpoenaed.  
  • “Cattle must fit the environment. I’m unaware of an instance where it is cost-effective to make the environment fit the cattle,” stated Ken Stewart of Okeechobee, Fla. “I believe in raising your own replacement females. If you’re going to buy them, purchase heifers from a single source — one where you have the ability to evaluate the cow herd and know they would work in your own environment.” 
  • A federal judge last week ruled that a Maui County, Hawaii, ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and, therefore, is invalid. 
  • Chief Ag Negotiator Darci Vetter with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office says with the passage of TPA she’ll be able to get back to the table in the coming weeks with all the countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership talks to push the deal over the finish line. 
  • The beef industry has improved environmental impact by 5% and social impact by 7% in the last six years. These improvements have resulted from innovations within the food system through crop yields, machinery and irrigation technology, manure management, precision farming, animal performance, biogas capture, closed-loop water cooling systems, waste-water recycling and “right-size” packaging. 
  •  USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack finalized two rules on Monday that will increase imports of fresh beef from 14 states in Brazil and from Northern Argentina into the United States.  The Secretary's rule would allow imports from South American regions known to have endemic Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and will likely lower cattle prices in the United States according to the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.


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