Stray Dogs and Coyotes May Spread Neospora to Cattle
Dr. Ken McMillan
First, let’s make sure everyone knows what Neospora is. This a protozoan (single-celled organism) that can cause abortion in cattle. It has a weird life cycle, and dogs and other canines are the “definitive host.” They become infected by eating cattle, deer, chicken and wildlife.
Rigorous Culling Helps Maintain Efficient Herd
Michelle Arnold, DVM
Which cows in your herd are making you money and who is losing you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep.
Sen. Roberts Tells Trump Administration to Forget About COOL
While the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is warning against any reconsideration of country-of-origin labeling (COOL). COOL is reportedly among the administration’s “key elements of a model trade agreement” that it aims to address in renegotiating NAFTA and other trade deals. But in a committee hearing last week Roberts told Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative ambassador, to scrap that idea.
NYT: Americans Ate 19% Less Beef From ’05 to ’14, Report Says
Ag News Feed
The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors. But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the years from 2005 to 2014, according to research released on Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Trump’s budget proposal calls for $4.7 billion cut at USDA
President Trump has released a "Budget Blueprint" for fiscal year 2018 that calls for increased military spending and cuts across other agencies, including big cuts at the USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department.
Recovering pastures after a drought
Hay and Forage Grower
A lack of moisture in the fall, along with cooler weather, may negatively impact plant growth and delay root development. “Moisture alone does not overcome drought stress and some strategies can be implemented to aid in the recovery process,” says Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State extension forage specialist.
U.S. faces competition in global beef export market
Missouri Farmer Today
The U.S. beef industry has seen some good trends recently, with exports increasing as the American beef supply continues to grow. “Beef exports rebounded nicely in 2016,” says Joe Schuele, vice president of communications for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. “We were down a bit in 2015 after we had a value record in 2014.”