House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Calls Extension of 2008 Farm Bill a Miracle
Oklahoma Farm Report
On New Year’s Night- the US House voted 257 to 167 to approve the Senate passed "Affordable Taxpayer Relief Act" that will keep income tax rates from rising for returns from individuals with earned income less than $400,000- or $450,000 for a couple.
Winter water supplies complicated for beef cattle producers due to short rainfall
Indiana Prairie Farmer
Many area ponds are low due to the short rainfall during 2012. As cold weather approaches and shallow ponds freeze, there is concern among beef cattle producers about meeting the water needs of their cattle.
Animal health officials remain watchful of brucellosis threat
Farm & Ranch Guide
Brucellosis is a threat North Dakota animal health officials are keeping a watchful eye on with reported outbreaks in beef cattle and bison herds in the past few years in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) which includes portions of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Treating Stable Flies in Pastures
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing strategies to help livestock producers control stable flies, the most damaging arthropod pests of cattle in the United States.
(Little) Beef: It’s what’s for dinner
I sell grass-fed beef that I help raise just outside of State College. I read the three-part series on the beef industry in the Centre Daily Times last week with great interest.
I agree wholeheartedly with the criticisms of the “Big Beef” industry. However, I was saddened to find that the series did not so much as mention the existence of an alternative to Big Beef.
“Little Beef,” I guess you’d call it, raised and finished on grass, is a small but thriving sector of the beef industry.
Checkoff Lawsuit Hits Bump In Road
Free Market Carnivore’s Blog
The overwhelming majority of the beef industry was not happy when the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) announced it was going to sue every organization connected with the national beef checkoff, in an attempt to shut it down.
Conducting Ultrasounds Can Help Beef Farmers Maximize Carcass Profitability
Research can play a pivotal role in identifying tools that can help beef farmers make better marketing decisions. One research project that was funded by the Agriculture Adaptation Council (ACC) found a way for beef cattle farmers to determine what the perfect carcass would be for the consumer.
Feedlot Efficiency Versus Beef Industry Efficiency
Derrell S. Peel
Increased demand for corn has increased corn prices which causes changes in both supply and demand to restore corn market balance. On the one hand, high corn prices stimulate increased corn supply by bidding more resources into corn production.
Beef Sire Selection Recommendations
Darrh Bullock, Les Anderson, John Johns, and Roy Burris
University of Kentucky
The overall goal of a beef operation should be to increase net income. Net income is a balance between how much is spent on the operation and how much income the operation generates. Therefore, beef producers need to focus either on increasing income while minimizing additional cost or on reducing costs while trying to maintain income.
Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Reflections on the Beef Checkoff Litigation
Over the years, the federal government and state governments have passed laws authorizing producers of various agricultural commodities to assess and collect mandatory fees in order to pay for the generic advertising of their products. These programs are commonly called “checkoffs,” referring to a bookkeeping mechanism indicating the regular payment of fees in order to support an obligation such as union dues.