Special Report: Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused by farmers
Michael Erman and Brian Grow
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world’s largest animal health company. But the strength of the antibiotic ceftiofur – and the frequency with which it’s being misused on farms across America – has created a threat to human health that may overshadow the drug’s effectiveness, a Reuters examination shows.
Cattle supplementation tips
The Daily Tribune
Beef cattle require protein, energy, vitamins and minerals in their diet to function and perform their duties effectively. The amount of each of these needed in the diet is determined by many factors, including the age of the animal, weather conditions and distance the animal must travel during the day.
New Washington Rule, Fees Planned to Track Cattle
The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to impose a 23-cent fee on the sale of each head of cattle. The fee would raise more than $275,000 a year to help pay for a database that would help investigate livestock diseases.
Cattle industry opposes expanding beef check-off
Cattle industry groups can’t seem to agree on a proposal to expand the beef check-off program. Currently, a check-off fee of $1 per head is charged when cattle are sold to provide money to promote the industry and increase beef demand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to gauge interest in expanding the program to $2 per head.
Iowa Premium Beef is: “Off to good start”
The Tama News Herald
"We’ve had a good start up," was the report Jeffrey Johnson, the CEO of Iowa Premium Beef, made ot the Tama City Council Monday night. Production at the IPB Tama plant got underway last month after some $47 million was invested in modernizing the old Tama Pack facility on Tama’s east side. It had been closed since 2004.
Several thousand cattle quarantined near Yellowstone
Several thousand head of cattle have been quarantined in Montana after a cow near Yellowstone National Park tested positive for brucellosis, the livestock disease much feared by ranchers and also carried by elk and bison, state livestock officials said on Friday.
Demand revolves around beef quality, too
“Concerns about beef demand have preoccupied the beef industry for many months and will continue for months to come as beef production is expected to fall in 2015 and into 2016 pushing retail prices higher,” says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist.
Black gold: Cheap oil benefits beef demand
Western Livestock Journal
As most Americans were watching football after eating turkey over the long holiday weekend, economists and number lovers had their eyes turned east. Middle East, specifically. At its 166th conference, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain its production level of 30 million barrels of oil a day.
Canadian Government Disappointed, While Some U.S. Groups Praise Appeal
The Obama administration formally appealed the adverse trade ruling on country-of-origin labeling through the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nothing about the U.S. cattle market should surprise us any more
Another month, another set of new highs. November witnessed even more cattle prices for the record book in back-to-back weeks. First, fed cattle trade averaged nearly $170 (~$2,300/head) in the middle of the month – bettering the previous record by $1/cwt. established just three weeks earlier.