The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Exports will likely fall 4.8 percent to 2.5 billion pounds this year, USDA said during its annual Agriculture Outlook Forum. 
  • The beef industry was quick to express their concern over some of the recommendations within the report. Namely, lean meat was not included in the recommendations as part of a “healthy dietary pattern.” 
  • Confined cow-calf production is an avenue to enable young producers entry into the industry. It is also a means in which land-locked corn belt row crop producers can expand their revenue stream, allowing young family members to return to the farm. 
  • New ag challenge: Port delays
    Cargill testified at the hearing the worker walk-outs are costing the meat and poultry industry over $40 million per week and jeopardizing relationships with international customers.  
  •  Ron Plain, professor of agricultural economics and extension economist at the University of Missouri, gives insight to his predictions of the beef industry’s future and also his opinions on consumer trends. 
  • This ends the lawsuit, American Meat Institute (AMI) et al. v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et al., originally filed in July 2013 by domestic and international meatpackers and trade groups that sought to strike-down the labeling law that requires a label identifying where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. 
  • Learn more about the family behind FarmTable Delivery, a company whose sole purpose is to help farmers market and deliver their products to local markets. 
  • Improved moisture in a significant portion of cow country, lower feed costs and record-high calf prices favor expansion of the U.S. cow herd. Cattle-industry and market analyst Kevin Good painted a relatively rosy picture for cow-calf producers during the CattleFax Outlook Seminar Feb. 5 at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas. However, Good said, the picture isn’t so pretty for cattle feeders. 
  • Researchers at Colorado State University are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance – an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health – by tracking the genetic footprints of drug-resistant bacteria. 
  • The newest generations of beef producers face a future of great potential, though not without its responsibilities. 
  • Lack of communication, and lack of family planning to transfer generational wealth and responsibility before a patriarch passes, is often the dagger to the family wealth’s heart. A trust document does not a good manager make – meaning, you can’t train your children from a paper document. 
  • What if a bull’s semen supply was everlasting even after his death? This is a question that has intrigued Caires ever since he was a young boy growing up on his family’s cattle ranch on the Hawaiian island of Maui and something he tries to answer today in his research. 
  • Started in 1959 by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee, the first Stock Show (then named Black Hills Winter Show) was held in the Soule Building at the Central States Fairgrounds. A total of 3 breeds of cattle were shown, today there are 9 breeds shown with cattlemen and women coming from throughout the U.S. to show or sell them. Through the years the vendor show has grown, and equine events and rodeos have been added, making the 10-day stock show one of the biggest ag events in the region. In a 2012 economic survey it was found the Stock Show has an economic impact of $21.9 Million. 
  • Of the findings, Aaron Putze says it is a good indication that farmers and foodservice partners who have formed the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) are “moving the needle” of consumer trust and confidence in a real and positive way. 
  • A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country. 
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