Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Calls Extension of 2008 Farm Bill a Miracle

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.

Full Story

Winter water supplies complicated for beef cattle producers due to short rainfall

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.

Full Story

Animal health officials remain watchful of brucellosis threat

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.

Full Story

Treating Stable Flies in Pastures

Treating Stable Flies in Pastures

Sandra Avant


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.

Full Story

(Little) Beef: It’s what’s for dinner

(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.

Full Story

Checkoff Lawsuit Hits Bump In Road

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.

Full Story

Conducting Ultrasounds Can Help Beef Farmers Maximize Carcass Profitability

Conducting Ultrasounds Can Help Beef Farmers Maximize Carcass Profitability

Amanda Brodhagen


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.

Full Story

Feedlot Efficiency Versus Beef Industry Efficiency

Feedlot Efficiency Versus Beef Industry Efficiency

Derrell S. Peel

Beef Today

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.

Full Story

Beef Sire Selection Recommendations

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.

Full Story

Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Reflections on the Beef Checkoff Litigation

Cattle on a Thousand Hills: Reflections on the Beef Checkoff Litigation

Ron Parsons

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. 

Full Story