The Cattle Business Weekly
  • 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. 
  • ‘Prayer And Work’ go hand in hand at this Colorado ranch
    Just five miles south of the Colorado-Wyoming border you’ll find one of these places. Idyllic red farm buildings sit in the shadow of the main abbey, all tucked in a stony valley. At the Abbey of St. Walburga, cattle, water buffalo and llamas graze on grass under the watchful eye of Benedictine nuns. 
  • Patrick Westhoff gave attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention held Jan. 9-13 in San Diego a glimpse into how this year’s bumper crop and low prices will impact farmers and ranchers as they head into 2015.
    On a macro level, China will continue to be a significant source of demand growth, but Westhoff noted that the anticipated gross domestic product increase of the world’s most populous country is waning. 
  • U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas took the helm of the Senate’s agriculture committee last week. That makes him the first member of Congress to hold the top agriculture post in both the U.S. House of Representatives and now in the U.S. Senate. 
  • Being debated for over half a decade now is the  $5.4 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline project known as Keystone XL. 
  • What technologies is the beef industry not using to the fullest extent to improve production efficiency? 
  • Finding ways to safeguard beef production in changing climate
    The goal of Kansas State University research is to increase the resiliency of beef cattle operations on grazing lands and wheat pasture so producers can better sustain future productivity through potential climate changes 
  • U.S. beef production is expected to decline from 24.46 billion pounds in 2014 to 23.67 billion pounds in 2015. Exports are expected to decline from 2.6 to 2.5 billion pounds while imports decline from 2.8 to 2.7 billion pounds.  
  • Perspectives on sustainability from all sectors of the supply chain are vital in the overall understanding of the issue. KRIRM hosted beef industry experts, as well as beef retailers, during the two-day symposium in late October that successfully defined sustainability and how the beef industry should respond to the demands of beef retailers and consumers. 
  • On behalf of the cattlemen and cattlewomen of Minnesota, The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association (MSCA) is urging the Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel to immediately appeal the decision of US District Judge Beryl A. Howell that vacated the US Department of Interior’s action that delisted the wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. 
  • In effective January 1, 2015, fees through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Division will increase. The fee increase includes cattle, horse, and sheep inspection; licenses and permits; brand registration fees/estray fees; brand assessment fees; and cancelled brand reinstatement fees. 
  • Since 2007, students at the Nebraska College of Agriculture in Curtis have had the chance to learn hands-on cattle production, beef science, and agribusiness planning through a specialty program called the 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage.  
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