The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Student-raised meat now served in university dining hall
    Meat raised by Montana State University students will soon be served at the university’s own tables.
  • NDSU research shedding light on cow pregnancy

    This research will help beef production be more efficient.


  • Beef Leaders: Invest in learning
    Spence likes to prompt people of all ages to think big about the future, posing the question: “What do you need to do that will make an impact 10 to 15 years from now?” 
  • Significant changes from CME
    Worthing, S.D. will see discount and are cash settled contracts in the future?
  • USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently determined that Brazil’s food safety system governing meat products remains equivalent to that of the United States and that fresh (chilled or frozen) beef can be safely imported from Brazil. 
  • Former Montana State University Beef Extension Specialist John Paterson recently collected comments from several industry experts asking them to describe a “profitable cow.” The specific question Paterson, who is currently Executive Director of Producer Education for NCBA, posed was this: “What do we expect of a cow in the future and what characteristics will she possess?”
  •  Troubles in brand country
    Nebraska Brand Committee, Executive Director under investigation
  • Gene editing may help combat deadly cattle disease
    A gene editing technology developed at Washington State University is being licensed to Genus plc, a global animal genetics company, to develop cattle that are more resistant to bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
  • Carinata: Compelling new crop
    It grows well in arid climates like the Western North and South Dakota, and the oil from carinata seeds can be used to make biobased fuels, such as diesel and jet fuel. But there’s also excitement for this new crop because it offers a new option for crop rotations and it has potential for livestock feed. 
  •  Climate Update: Wetter forecast likely
    The outlook for potentially wetter conditions could be good news for South Dakota farmers and ranchers and others in the region. “
  • Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet honors industry leaders
    The four honorees were Robert G. “Bob” Gottsch, Paul J. Brown,  Randy Blach, and Jim Allen.
  • Is a new formula needed?
    USDA beef yield grading system is antiquated
  • Six ranches awarded for stewardship efforts
    Stoney Creek Farm, Grant, Dawn and Karlie Breikreutz, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Cherry Creek Ranch, Lon and Vicki Reukauf, Terry, Mont. and Black Leg Ranch, Jerry and Renae Doan; Jeremy and Ashlee Doan; Jay and Kari Doan; Jayce Doan; Shanda and Don Morgan, McKenzie, N.D among winners.
  • Building a herd for the long haul
     In a typical cattle cycle, we expect that a cow should be able to turn a profit around 6 years of age. 
  • Western South Dakota GMO survey reveals insight
    But where do consumers stand on this issue of GMO labeling of food products? That was the question, a classmate and I wanted to explore for a FFA Agriscience project that we conducted in spring 2016.
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