Beef Outlook Remains Iffy
Hay and Forage Grower
U.S. beef producers as a group seem bent on getting out of the business at least in the short term, says Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension ag economist.
There were 30.9 million beef cows in the U.S. as of Jan. 1 of this year, down 2% from the year-ago figure and 6% since 2005, according to Hurt.
Sweet Potatoes Kill Nearly 300 Steers
Victoria G. Myers
For days veterinarian Richard Ernsberger asked the producer if there had been any feed changes. Each time he was assured nothing was different. Yet steers were dying by the dozens, as each day ticked by. Over the course of about 6 days, the operator based in Stockton, Wis., had between 250 and 300 dead steers on his hands.
Lugar Blasts EPA Dust Regulations
Hoosier AG Today
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar Tuesday strongly criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for considering a regulation on farm and rural dust.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, co-authored with Sen. Kent Conrad and signed by 30 other Senators, Lugar said EPA review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards "for coarse particulate matter," also known as PM10, or just "dust" could be extremely burdensome on farmers and rural communities.
Both Livestock and Humans Need Artificial Windbreaks for Protection During Winter
University of Missouri
According to Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension, a good tree windbreak will reduce wind velocities downwind for long distances.
Oklahoma prosperity linked to health of cattle industry
A year ago, the U.S. beef cattle herd dropped to its lowest level since John F. Kennedy was president. The calf crop figures for 2010 are expected to be the lowest since Harry Truman was in the White House.
2011 ISU animal industry report available
The 2011 Iowa State University (ISU) Animal Industry Report is now available online. This report features a variety of animal industry-related research done at ISU which was supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Maynard Hogberg, chair of the ISU animal science department, said this year’s edition has more than 90 articles organized under nine categories.
Beef industry faces marketing, supply challenges
A decade ago, the U.S. beef industry faced a big challenge. Consumer demand was changing, and the industry had to change with it or risk further hits to beef’s popularity.