The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Congratulations to SDCA President, Todd Wilkinson, DeSmet, and Vice-President, Larry Stomprud, Mud Butte.  Corey Eberhart, Java, was elected to a second term as Secretary-Treasurer and Cory Eich, Canova, is the Immediate Past President. 
  •  Farmers and Ranchers for Montana (FARM), a new grassroots coalition launched with hundreds of members across the state, with the goal of educating Montanans about a revised water compact. 
  • Elections were held during the MSCA annual meeting yielded changes in the executive board. These changes include the advancement of Tim Nolte of Sebeka to President, Krist Wollum of Porter to president-elect and Mike Landuyt of Walnut Grove to vice president. During Advisory council meetings, Grand Breitkreutz of Redwood Falls was elected as chair of the cow-calf council and Richard (Dick) Pesek of Tauton was elected as chair of the feeder council. 
  • Industry Service Awards were presented to feedyard owner Anne Burkholder of Cozad, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Sr. Vice President of Government Relations Colin Woodall of Washington, D.C. and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. Homer Buell of Rose, Nebraska was presented the 2014 Hall of Fame Award.  
  •  The specific counties involved are eastern Knox, Antelope, Pierce, Boone, Nance, Merrick, Hall, Adams, Webster, and Furnas. 
  • National Drought Summary
    Despite a mostly dry, warmer week, the drought depiction over the central Plains remained unchanged. Long-term drought remained entrenched over the central High Plains, where precipitation dating back 36 months has tallied 60 to 75 percent of normal. 
  • The concept of quick-and-easy that comes with value-added products may call to mind lower quality beef, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Darren Dies talks about the customer-focused innovation behind his award-winning W&G Marketing, Ames, Iowa, a licensed Certified Angus Beef ® brand processor for 17 years.  
  • To help North Dakota farm and ranch families start their succession planning process, the North Dakota State University Extension Service has developed an interactive program, Design Your Succession Plan. This program will provide tools and resources for North Dakota producers who want to begin the succession planning process. Participants will have an opportunity to open the lines of communication with family to create a shared vision, and learn to choose and work with professionals such as attorneys, accountants, lenders, insurance agents and tax experts to construct a plan and documents that put the family’s vision into action. 
  • No matter how complex the gamut of information on breeding decisions available to producers, a simple and timely review of the basics can often help provide better understanding of the tools and processes. That’s why the Iowa Beef Center has posted four new videos on a new webpage devoted to genetic selection topics, including expected progeny differences (EPDs). 
  •  Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproduction specialist Rick Funston has been honored for his beef and heifer management work.
    Funston won the 2014 Regional Excellence in Extension award for the North Central Region from Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 
  • To help producers explore alternatives that would allow them to maintain or grow their cowherds in cases where pasture acres are a limiting factor, SDSU Extension is sponsoring a program Changing Mindsets: More Cows, Less Grass, at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Mitchell on Dec. 8, 2014. 
  • As finished cattle grow heavier each year, Certified Angus Beef LLC has chosen to adjust the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand weight limit to 1,050 lb., effective Nov. 24. 
  • The much needed new building will house one of the largest veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the country, will allow the agency to continue to operate the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment available and conduct state-of-the-art testing to support veterinarians and animal owners.  
  • Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota. 
 
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