The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Investigating the cattle price collapse
    In 2015 cattle prices took a drop from the highs seen in 2014. While many experts had predicted a leveling off, producers and feeders were not prepared for what occurred – a 15.1 percent drop in fed cattle prices that sent shock waves through all sectors.
  • Farm Mom of the Year Regional Winners
    Several agricultural women from the area named.
  • To improve profitability there are several strategies to evaluate; topping the list: Know your forage crop options and your animal nutritional needs. 
  • Active weather pattern ahead before warmer conditions return
     The outlook for precipitation shows equal chances of below average, near average and above average rainfall for May through July. 
  • Reviewing the budget key to staying afloat as crop prices decline
    “Everyone that grew a corn crop, a wheat crop or a calf crop made a lot of money the last five years,” says Stephen Koontz of CSU. “Hopefully, they saved some of that money and put it in the bank.”
  • Break into the beef business
     “What advice would you give young producers looking to get started in the cattle business?”
  • Ag News Roundup
    China’s ag subsidies, Iowa water issues and U.S. ag spending among this week’s news worthy headlines
     
  • Proposed farming complex would aid veterans
    As Gary LaGrange thought about the needs of the 800,000 soldiers who will be transitioning from the military to civilian life, he learned about the need for new farmers. 
  • For the U.S. beef industry to remain competitive in the future, Close said Rabobank offers three recommendations – a) focus on enhancing U.S. export opportunities; b) producing beef that meets emerging consumer preferences; and c) implementing programs such as a voluntary, industry-driven cattle and beef traceability program.
  •  Mexican beef exports continue to grow
    Total beef exports began increasing in 2009 and have increased from about 28 thousand metric tons in 2008 to over 161 thousand metric tons in 2015, a nearly six-fold increase
  • When ranchers walk through their freshly weaned calves, they have to wonder if they are producing top quality calves that will earn them top dollar from a feedyard.
  • Demand boost needed, as well as  advocacy for technology
  • Globally, about 18 million farmers grow 448 million acres of genetically modified crops. We tend to think of biotechnology and use of genetically engineered crops as a First World technology, but 16.5 million farmers in developing countries grow GMO crops.
  • Animal welfare scholar Bernard Rollin lauded with lifetime achievement award
    “I’ve lectured to about 25,000 cowboys,” Rollin said. “I get reports back: ‘I can’t stand the SOB, but he makes me think.’ 
  • 93rd Little International held at SDSU
    This is the 93rd year for the agricultural exposition that hosts college and high school youth in taking part in fitting, showmanship and judging competitions. 
     
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