Angus enhances its genetic analysis
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
The American Angus Association has made a quantum leap forward in its genetic analysis moving to the “One Step” model for the calculation of expected progeny differences (EPDs). This will greatly improve the amount of information garnered from genomics. In addition, Angus has done a regular update in genetic parameters such as trait heritabilities and genetic correlations as well as economic assumptions for their indexes.
High steaks: How Texas scientists are building better beef one cloned cow at a time
Dallas Morning News
Dean Hawkins, who despite the heat is wearing his long-sleeved West Texas A&M University shirt, leans on the paddock’s white fence as he describes his researchers’ 6-year-long quest to scientifically manufacture a more perfect steak.
OCM wants President to renegotiate beef trade deal with China
Brownfield AG News
The Organization for Competitive Markets wants the Trump Administration to renegotiate the trade deal that resumes US beef exports to China. Executive director Joe Maxwell says the current deal puts US farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage. “Currently it is clear from our side of the deal we’re going to allow Mexico and Canada to bring beef into the United States to be further processed and then shipped under our label,” he says. “We think that’s just wrong and it can be changed by the President.”
Weaning process starts earlier than you think
Drought conditions are prompting many South Dakota cattle producers to wean calves early this year in an effort to save on grass, but no matter when calves are weaned, the process actually starts on the day the calf is born.
NCBA names Anne Burkholder Advocate of The Year
“Feed Yard Foodie” blogger and cattlewoman Anne Burkholder has been selected for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association inaugural Advocate of the Year award.
JBS Sells Canadian Cattle Feeding Business for $40 Million
JBS has announced the sale of a feedlot and neighboring farmland near Brooks, Alberta, to MCF Holdings Ltd. (MCF) for approximately $40 million ($50 million CAD). The Lakeside Feeders yard has a capacity of 75,000 head and JBS took ownership of the feedlot in 2013, forming JBS Food Canada.
Beef Quality Audit reveals need for improvement
Data from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) suggests the beef industry continues to improve the quality of its products, but there is still room for improvement. Results from the research were presented this week at a session during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Meeting in Denver.
Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen
Rapid City Journal
Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it’s the worst conditions they’ve seen in decades — possibly their lifetimes — and simple survival has become their goal as a dry summer drags on without a raincloud in sight. "We’ve never been in this sort of boat, honestly," said Dawn Martin, who raises beef cattle with her parents and husband in the southwestern part of the state, an area the U.S. Drought Monitor says is in "extreme" drought.
Mark Zuckerberg Visits a Cattle Ranch
When you have a cough, you visit a doctor. When you want to know where your food comes from, you should ask farmers and ranchers. That’s what Mark Zuckerberg did this week. On July 13, he stopped and visited the Norman Ranch, near Piedmont, S.D. The technology entrepreneur learned about the process of raising cattle until they are harvested for meat.
Youth programs hope to help West Virginia agriculture not only survive, but thrive
The Exponent Telegram
“The youth are the future” is a commonly heard phrase, and it’s one that applies to many facets of society. That includes the future of the agricultural industry in West Virginia, which continues to grow with the help of many young people involved in agricultural-based programs. Joseph Hatton, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture, said youth organizations that focus on agriculture are vital to the industry’s future.