Successes and challenges in genetic technologies
Last week’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” examining how a bias toward extreme caution can hamper development of tools to improve agriculture and food production. Mark Allen, PhD, director of marketing and genomics with TransOva Genetics described how assisted reproduction tools (ARTs), coupled with genomics, can accelerate the rate of genetic progress by two to eight times.
New FDA regulations on spent grain hurting farmers, brewers
KOB Eyewitness News 4
At feeding time at the El Dorado Cattle Company in Durango, Colorado, Justin Werts shovels the damp grain out of buckets in the back of his truck onto the field at his ranch. “We run about 37 head of momma cows with about 36 head of yearlings and about 30 head of calves,” said Werts. He feeds brewers grain to his cattle.
Nevada rancher in tense standoff with federal government over cattle on rural public lands
New York Daily News
About 900 of Cliven Bundy’s cattle are being rounded up on a rural stretch of Nevada land as part of a two-decade-long dispute over grazing fees. The public lands will be closed for the roundup until May 12, causing outrage among many who call the actions an overreach by the federal government.
Oklahoma-Texas border dispute has ranchers worried
Most people think the border between Texas and Oklahoma is the Red River. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that, especially along the part of the river where Tommy Henderson and his family ranch. The Bureau of Land Management [BLM] took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent. Now, they want to use his case as precedent to seize land along a 116-mile stretch of the river.
Dressing’ for Success
Producers used to think of dressing percentage as a packer calculation, but as more cattlemen move to selling on a grid, it figures into the pricing formula.
Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks
Derrell S. Peel
From a cattle perspective, conditions fall into three categories at the current time. Moisture conditions are adequate to abundant in most of the eastern half of the country. Marginal drought conditions are the norm in the middle of the country with persistent severe drought conditions in much of the West.
Media Spotlight on New, Heart-Healthy Cattle Feed Supplement
A visionary cattleman and former energy executive is gaining positive attention in the media, thanks to a bold venture that he and his team hope will lead the "evolution" of the American diet: beef.