There is something about the smell of wood chips. It takes me back to the Missouri State Fair, unloading pigs from the trailer and waiting anxiously to guide (or rather push) my animal into the ring. The smell of a freshly busted straw bale brings back the time I learned the proper way to tie a 1200-lb. steer to the fence, after chasing him around the pen again. Cattle adhesive, Ivory dish soap, purple oil… the list goes on.
Marketing Plans for Calves
While weaning time is still a few months away, it never hurts to evaluate market plans for the calves. Given the current cattle market, the question arises over whether or not retain ownership or sale calves into the feeder market.
New Resolution Raises Cattle Age Limits to Prevent BSE
According to the Associated Press – the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has adopted a resolution raising cattle age limits related to preventing BSE in international beef trade.
Cattle Crush Squeezed
There’s a lot in the news these days about the mounting losses in the livestock sector. How bad is it?
One measure from DTN is a “Cattle Crush” study, available to DTN instant online subscribers and on DTN subscription satellite services in its Commercial Livestock segment.
The study generates comparisons of fed cattle futures, feeder cattle futures and corn futures.
Legal Defense Fund Asks USDA to Re-Focus Listening Tour on Search for Workable Food Safety and Animal Health Solutions
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With the next round of hearings by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) set to begin next week, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is calling on the department to re-focus the second leg of its listening tour on finding true solutions to animal health and food safety.
“More than 90 percent of the people who spoke at the listening sessions so far have spoken out vigorously against NAIS”
Nebraska’s status may be affected by TB detection
Ken Anderson & Julie Harker
Nebraska’s Ag Department is working with USDA as it works to determine whether more than one cattle herd has been infected with tuberculosis. State Ag Director Greg Ibach announced Monday that TB was detected in a herd of beef cattle belonging to a cow-calf producer in central Nebraska’s Rock County. Other beef producers, adjacent landowners, are being notified and testing of other herds will get underway.
JBS restructures ownership of its feedlot division
The Fence Post
In press release from its Brazil headquarters, JBS said when it bought the Smithfield Beef Group last October, it also purchased 100 percent of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding which owns 10 feedlots, including two in Weld County and another in Yuma County.