Environmental stewardship has long been a tradition of America’s cattlemen. For the past 16 years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has honored outstanding operations through its Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP).
DTN Acquires The Progressive Farmer Magazine
OMAHA, Neb. (January 02, 2007) — DTN, the leading provider of real-time market, news and weather information services for agricultural and energy markets, today announced it has acquired The Progressive Farmer magazine, America’s premiere farm lifestyle publication, from Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Established in 1886, The Progressive Farmer magazine offers a blend of practical lifestyle and agricultural information to meet the needs of people who own land and live in rural America. With more than 600,000 subscribers and a total readership of 3.4 million concentrated in the South and Midwest, The Progressive Farmer is the largest publication focusing on the information needs of the growing farm lifestyle market. Well-known for its annual “Best Places to Live in Rural America” issue, the magazine serves several advertising categories, including automotive, apparel, tractor, retail, and outdoor sporting goods. DTN will maintain the magazine’s current focus, while enhancing its current product and service offerings to further meet the needs of rural America. The publication and staff will continue to be based in Birmingham, Ala.
Red Angus Brain Trust Focuses on Adding Value
An annual highlight of the Red Angus activities which coincide with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colorado is the Red Angus Brain Trust. Brain Trust 2007 is scheduled for Sunday, January 14th at 1:00 pm at the Doubletree on Quebec Street in Denver, this educational seminar has become a favorite think tank featuring interesting topics as well as some of the best and brightest minds in the beef industry.
USDA unveils proposed new rule on Canadian cattle
As expected, USDA Thursday unveiled a proposed rule to allow older Canadian cattle and beef products from such animals back into the United States. The rule would let any Canadian cattle born after March 1st, 1999 into the U.S. for any purpose, and beef products from any Canadian cow irrespective of age across the border if the products have otherwise been subject to the Canadian food safety system.
Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinarian for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, told reporters during a teleconference Thursday the March 1st, 1999 date had been selected because that’s when USDA had determine that Canada’s ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban had become effective. He said USDA had determined the effectiveness date by adding 18 months from the time Canada actually put the feed ban in place in August of 1997.
Clifford acknowledged three of Canada’s nine detected cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) involved cattle born after 1999, one as recently as 2002. But he said such cases were to be expected and USDA doesn’t “consider such diagnosis in any way to undercut our conclusion that March 1st, 1999 can be considered the date of an effective enforcement of a feed ban in Canada.”
U.S. administration seeks to boost beef and cattle imports from Canada
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration said Thursday it will seek to increase cattle and beef imports from Canada despite questions about Canada’s safeguards against mad cow disease.
Canada discovered five new cases of mad cow disease in 2006. One case in particular was disturbing, because the cow was born years after Canada adopted safeguards to keep the disease from spreading.
The United States banned Canadian cattle and beef after Canada found its first case of mad cow disease in May 2003. Later that year, an imported Canadian cow in Washington state became the first U.S. case of mad cow disease.
Farmers face ruin as death sweeps the frozen prairies
Daily Mail (UK)
The American Midwest was hit by its worst snowstorms for 20 years
Lined up ready for disposal, hundreds of cattle lie dead after the worst blizzards for at least 20 years swept the American Midwest.
Rescuers in helicopters and snowmobiles raced to get hay and water to 30,000 animals stranded for a week after the storms. But it was too late for these at the Cattle Empire ranch in Ulysses, Kansas.
Cattle losses mount in winter storm’s aftermath
Associated Press Writer
SUBLETTE, Kan. — A week after a winter storm blasted western Kansas, the strain was taking a toll on exhausted emergency management officials and the meager resources of the small rural communities grappling with its aftermath.
At the Haskell County Courthouse, emergency services director Jery Bailey had not had a good night’s sleep in six days. Even when he went home to his dark, cold house, seemingly unending calls interrupted his sleep — and he worried during the times when there weren’t any calls.
Ice Affects Cow Condition
By Terry Gompert, Knox County, Neb., Extension Educator
Tri State Neighbor
The New Year’s storm produced 2.5 inches of moisture in Center, Neb., mostly in the form of ice. Besides the obvious tree breakage, cornstalk grazing, windrow grazing and stockpiled grazing came to an end. The cattle cannot graze those standing forages when covered with thick ice. The chill factor on the cows is also the highest when the cows are wet and the temperature is near the freezing point.
The result of the storm required large amounts of high energy, high digestible fiber type hay to keep the cows from losing too much weight. During tough conditions, such as the New Year’s storm, cows can consume and lay on over 50 pounds of hay each day.
Brookings meeting looks at ‘natural’ beef production
Tri State Neighbor
BROOKINGS, S.D. – “Matching Cattle to Markets: A Natural Approach” is set for Jan. 17 at the Brookings County Resource Center in Brookings, S.D. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m.
Brett Stuart, Cattle-Fax, will outline the current situation of the United States beef industry including the current stage of the cattle cycle, trends in production and what the market is really demanding. Stuart will also touch on the value difference in the industry.
Generators Help Keep Livestock Alive After Ice Storm
As linemen in Northeast Nebraska continue working to restore power to thousands of rural residents, the safety of those people isn’t the only thing on their minds. Many area farmers have been concerned about the welfare of their livestock.
While the lights are back on in the communities of the area, many rural residents are relying on the power of generators to keep their farming operation up and running to provide food and water for their animals.
Rick and Mary Ann Penne, live southwest of Tilden Nebraska, they lost their power at 3pm last Saturday and are still without tonight. They are using a 25-thousand kilowatt generator hooked up to their tractor to supply power for their entire farming operation, including the well for the cattle, while they wait for power to return.
Storm Impact on Beef Prices
Thanks to a storm that moved across the plain states, beef may not be what’s for dinner on your table, at least not for the next few weeks.
About 1,000 head of cattle were found dead in Colorado.
They were trapped without food or water after two major storms buried the area in snow.
Farmers ready for colder temperatures
By Kim Carollo
MCLEAN COUNTY — Well, there are probably many people out there who don’t mind the mild winter weather, but what does it mean to farmers, who depend on a good winter to make it a good growing season in the spring and summer?
Livestock and grain farmer Scott Hoeft spends most of his winter days doing things outdoors on the farm.
But even though he’s outside, he says he prefers colder weather.
Storm brews over EPA’s ‘fugitive dust’ proposal
By Cathy Roemer
Tri State Neighbor
Imagine a local farmer plowing his fields for spring planting in anticipation of a timed fall harvest when he is stopped abruptly by authorities, written a citation and fined for violating the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (EPA NAAQS).
It’s a mouthful to say and even a bigger task to read the volumes of text released by the EPA in September governing what does and does not constitute clean air. But after reviewing the rule and waiting the allotted time for appeal, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association chose to challenge EPA’s ruling on “fugitive dust.”
Swift Estimates Cost of Raids at $30M
DENVER — Immigration raids that rounded up about 1,300 Swift & Co. workers at six meat plants last month could cost the company up to $30 million, officials said Thursday.
Greeley-based Swift said its preliminary estimate of the one-time impact of the raids included $20 million, mostly in lost operating efficiency as new employees are retrained, plus up to $10 million to retain workers and offer hiring incentives to add back production employees.
SDSU publication addresses oilseeds in beef cattle rations
Tri State Neighbor
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A new publication from the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service offers tips on using oilseeds for feeding beef cattle.
SDSU Extension Extra 2058, “Oilseed Crops In Beef Cattle Rations,” is available online at http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/arti cles/ExEx2058.pdf. Or ask at a local county Extension office.
SDSU Extension beef specialist Julie Walker wrote the publication.
Fuel for car may be food for trouble
Study warns of ethanol’s effect on corn prices
By RICK BARRETT
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Soaring demand for corn to make ethanol could trigger higher U.S. food prices and riots in low-income countries as grain supplies tighten, according to a report released Thursday.
Jeff Robertson, chief executive officer of United Wisconsin Grain Producers, walks toward the corn unloading area at his company’s ethanol plant in Friesland, northwest of Beaver Dam. About 20% of Wisconsin’s corn crop is destined for the fuel additive. Midwest farmers are selling more corn to ethanol plants and getting some of their highest prices in a decade.