In Memoriam: Lloyd Jungmann
A Tribute to the Founder of Hawkeye Breeders
The Cattle Business Weekly
Lloyd Jungmann, Adel, Iowa, passed away on January 29, 2009, after a courageous twelve year battle with cancer. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 2, at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel with burial at the Brethren Cemetery in Dallas Center.
2009 CattleFax Outlook: Tough, Volatile and Hard to Come By
With a slowing economy and consumers keeping a closer eye on their spending, some of the dynamics in the beef industry are shifting in 2009. Cattlemen attending the annual CattleFax Outlook Seminar here heard that cattlemen face softer beef demand to start 2009, but that could change if the financial markets begin to stabilize.
As in previous years where market volatility was prevalent, risk management will be an important strategy this year. “Know basis,” says Randy Blach, executive vice president for CattleFax. “It needs to become second nature. We’ve got to learn to understand risk.”
Photo Story: Will cattle graze in the snow?
Missouri rancher Jared Wareham is wintering the group of bulls in these photos on stock-piled fescue pasture. The grass is a minimum of 10- to 12-inches high, and he feeds the bulls each day by moving the electric fence.
Silver Lining to the Dark Cloud of COOL
Mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) got a chilly reception during a panel discussion Thursday at the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix.
The forum was part of the annual meeting of the Livestock Marketing Council – a group consisting mainly of livestock auction market operators and cattle buyers from across the nation. Panelists included U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist Erin Daley, as well as National Meat Association CEO Barry Carpenter and Cody Easterday, a cattle feeder from Pasco, Wash.
White House Farmer
Kansas farmer nominated to feed the First Family
The Cattle Business Weekly
The opportunity to work for President Barack Obama could become a reality for one Kansas farmer.
According to the White House Farmer Web site, http://www.whitehousefarmer.com, the farmer will be charged with transforming “five prime south-facing acres of the White House lawn and plant(ing) in their place an organic fruit and vegetable garden.” The produce harvested from the farm will be used by the White House Chef, and given to area food banks.
Limiting Nighttime Calving – Frequently Asked Questions
Calf mortality at calving time is reduced significantly with frequent checking of the herd. This supervision is becoming more important with the increasing number of calves with larger birth weights. Therefore it is important to try to calve during the daytime hours when supervision and assistance is most effective.
Farming, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration
Carbon sequestration and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can occur through a variety of agriculture practices.
The latest publication from ATTRA provides an overview of the relationship between agriculture, climate change and carbon sequestration. It also investigates possible options for farmers and ranchers to have a positive impact on the changing climate and presents opportunities for becoming involved in the emerging carbon market.
World economic conditions driving force for cattle prices
World economic conditions are now the dominant, driving force for cattle prices, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.
“In the old days, cattle and beef prices were primarily correlated with beef supplies because demand tended to stay fairly constant,” said Chris Hurt. “Well, the ‘good old days’ are over as demand is in the driver’s seat today.
Nebraska Beef Sues Meyer Natural Foods
Western Livestock Journal
Nebraska Beef Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against Meyer Natural Foods to settle a dispute over which company is liable for certain expenses incurred during a recall of beef last summer. Some of the roughly 7 million pounds of beef that Nebraska Beef recalled in two separate recalls in July and August was supplied by Meyer for custom processing. Bill Lamson, an attorney representing Nebraska Beef, said the company contends that Meyer Natural Foods and its parent company, Meyer Foods Holdings, are liable for recall costs associated with its products
Where’s the beef…plant
Over 6,000 ranchers and not a single federally inspected meat plant. Where is it? Try Wyoming.
Ranchers in Wyoming must haul their cattle out of state for federally inspected slaughter. Which has some people in Wyoming wondering if a mobile slaughter unit might help ranchers.
Kentucky growers benefit from development funds
Southeast Farm Press
Northeastern Kentucky farmers used to depend heavily on burley tobacco. In 2002, no other crop except hay even registered on the annual state agricultural statistics survey in Carter County.
Since the burley quota and price support program ended in 2005, annual tobacco production in Carter County is less than 1 million pounds where it once topped 3 million. Carter County farmers now produce only 30 percent of the amount of tobacco they did in the days of tobacco quotas, county Extension Agent Myron Evans said.
Shrinking cowhide prices add to US ranchers’ blues
U.S. cattle ranchers, already hit hard as the global recession eats into beef consumption, have the added hardship of shrinking prices for cowhides, used to make leather car seats, coats, shoes and upholstery, industry sources said on Tuesday.
New Publication Addresses Key Forage & Livestock Issue
Feeding livestock when forage is not available is often an expensive challenge for producers. But a new publication developed by forage and grazing specialists in five states addresses this issue that can affect the profitability of livestock operations. “Extending Grazing And Reducing Stored Feed Needs”, was written by Don Ball at Auburn University, Ed Ballard retired from the University of Illinois, Mark Kennedy with Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri, Garry Lacefield at the University of Kentucky, and Dan Undersander at the University of Wisconsin.
A futuristic look at ag
The Cattle Business Weekly
What does the crystal ball hold for ag’s future? While no one knows for sure, there are some pretty good educated guesses being offered up. Corn and Soybean Digest magazine included a list in their Dec. 2008 issue of what to expect by the year 2025. The comments were made at the National Agricultural Bankers Conference and included the following predictions:
Dennis Everson, First Dakota National Bank at Yankton, SD, anticipates:
• Lifestyle farmers will be gone because generation X and Y are interested in living, not working. They won’t want to work on a hobby farm at the end of their work day.
PETA working for more EPA regs on ag producers
Wilson County News
Bill Hyman, executive director of the state’s Independent Cattlemen’s Association, addressed members of the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association at its annual meeting in the American Legion Hall Jan. 22. Hyman addressed a number of topics, ranging from legislative issues to diseases affecting the cattle industry. The proposed taxation on animals by the Environmental Protection Agency received the most feedback from audience members, who voiced their opposition.