The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Dogs and kids help grant wishes for SD kids
    The association’s annual dog trials will be held September 2 and 3 during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, S.D. While handlers and their dogs will compete for payouts in three classes, association members believe new features at the free events will encourage more fairgoers to take part. 
  • Records broken at Governor’s Charity Steer Show
    Records were broken at the 33rd annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show, which raised $224,584 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.  This year’s event featured the second-highest selling auction, including the highest selling steer to date at $31,000.  
  • A new technique developed by a Kansas State University researcher helps estimate the movement of beef cattle to determine the risk of disease. 
  • As the herd rebuilds, and rebuilds quickly, we’re going to see the process happen in two phases and in different geographies than we would have a few years ago. 
  • Tyson to stop beef production at Iowa plant
     The company will permanently cease beef operations at its plant in Denison, Iowa, to better align its overall production capacity with current cattle supplies.  
  • Get your house in order
    Marcus Brix says CattleFax believes the cattle market has hit its cycle peak and will now go into a gradual decline.  
  • Culinary view of ‘True Beef’ industry in new film
    The idea for a film about the beef industry came from Austin, Texas Chef Mike Erickson, who has done everything from opening restaurants to teaching culinary arts for 12 years at the college and high school level. 
  • Study: Great Plains ag greenhouse gas could be eliminated
    Researchers from the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University and their partners have completed a historical analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. Great Plains that demonstrates the potential to completely eliminate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from the region. 
  • Work progresses on SDSU’s cow calf unit
    The new facility is expected to be completed on the 320-acre site, located north of the SDSU campus, by December 2015.  
  • Sending weaned calves to the feedlot, whether for backgrounding or developing breeding stock, can be a stressful experience – for both calves and producers. As a producer and custom feeder, Marty Shepard understands both sides of the equation and shares his experiences to help ensure a successful feedlot outcome.  
  • Montana Running Ranchers take beef message on 200-mile relay
    Twelve members of the Montana Running Ranchers relay team took part in the Ragnar Relay Series Northwest Passage race. The team finished the race in just under 27 hours, placing 26th in the division, out of 354 teams. 
  • Severe congestion in the West Coast ports – the result of a prolonged labor impasse – impacted first-quarter results. 
  • To bring expenditures under control, carefully analyze each part of the operation to determine areas for improvement.  
  • El Nino may intensify into strongest in 50 years

    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. 
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