Orion Samuelson on his Samuelson Sez segment of “This Week in Agribusiness” discusses a new report released by “The Wildlife Guardians” on how bad the cattle industry is.”This Week in Agribusiness” is available on channel 231 on Dish Network and 345 on Direct TV, as well as many local stations.
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President Finds Unpopular Savings in Agriculture
Hoosier AG Today
The Ranking Member on the Senate Ag Committee is not happy and is calling the extra time taken to put together a more detailed budget an utter waste. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia says President Obama’s proposed budget request still includes the same ill-advised cuts to the farm safety net, including a 250-thousand dollar cap on farm subsidies and a phase-out of direct payments to large operators. Chambliss admits some of the proposed savings may seem reasonable to those who don’t understand the economics of farming. But he says most are misguided recycled gimmicks from previous years.
Early Summer De-worming of Nursing Beef Calves Affected Summer Weight Gain
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist
Five de-worming trials were conducted at the Eastern Research Station located at Haskell, OK during 1992 through 1996. Crossbred cows and their Charolais sired calves were blocked by sex of calf, calf age and cow age then randomly allotted to three treatments: 1) non-de-wormed control, 2) de-worm calf only; 3) de-worm cow only; and 4) de-worm cow and calf. Two or three treatments were applied each year including one control group. Each treatment was applied two or three years.
NCBA Urges Obama to Support Open Markets
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joined with a coalition of more than 50 national agriculture and business groups to urge President Obama to support open markets and level playing fields for international trade by upholding U.S. obligations under World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements.
Man sentenced in SD ranch theft
The Cattle Business Weekly
A Brule County, South Dakota man was sentenced in circuit court last week to jail time and restitution for a charge of Receiving Stolen Property-Grand Theft. 46-year-old Scott Lawson of rural Kimball, S.D. was given a sentence of four years in the state penitentiary for the crime, which is a Class Four Felony
Meet the new bos, same as the old bos
Bruce Johnson is breeding his Evergreen Angus herd to fashion a line of Angus cattle that restores some of the original Angus qualities.
He is working to produce Angus cattle that will yield marbled beef on grass only, and do it with females that are good for fertility, calving ease, longevity and efficiency.
Enhancing EPDs through Genomics
Beef Improvement Federation
“The beef seedstock business is entering a new era of animal evaluation. Breakthroughs in genomics technology now offer the potential to increase the accuracy of existing EPDs (expected progeny differences) as well as select for traits not previously evaluated,” said U.S. Beef Breeds Council representative Kent Andersen at the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) conference May 1 in Sacramento, Calif.