Prime Beef is Seemingly Everywhere
Daily Livestock Group, CME Group
The most recent USDA steer and heifer grading report (NW_LS196), showed that prime cattle accounted for 9.6% of all the cattle graded, with another 71% grading choice. Thus, in mid November 2018 over 80% of all the cattle in the US were grading choice or better, a stunning shift from even 10 years ago when fewer than 60% of cattle graded choice or higher.
A Look Back at the U.S. Hay Market Over the Last 100 Years
Northern AG NET
Hay is the 3rd largest U.S. crop in terms of harvest acres. It also provides environmental services, notably erosion control. Understanding the U.S. hay market is therefore important for both market and policy reasons. This article written by Ohio State University’s Carl Zulauf examines the U.S. hay market since 1919, or when the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistical Service began to report data separately for alfalfa hay.
Watch for lice problems in beef cattle
Lice are most commonly a problem in late winter, affecting both younger animals and adult cows. There are two separate types of lice that affect beef cattle. The little red louse is a biting or chewing louse that feeds on hair, debris, etc. near the skin surface.
Red Angus programs look to add value to cattle
High Plains Journal
“The older we get the less we like to change things,” said Gary Fike, Red Angus Association of America director of commercial marketing. “We’re facing bigger changes than we’ve ever had in the cattle industry as far as technology. But we need to remember that we can’t simply ignore all these changes that are going on around us.” Fike spoke at the recent Oklahoma State University Beef Industry Conference about feeder cattle and female marketing opportunities.
Gene-Editing Finding its Way to the Farm
Cows born without horns or pigs that never reach puberty? These scenarios could become a reality soon thanks to new gene-editing tools. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal geneticist at the University of California, Davis says soon edits that create polled herds will be common.
South Korea to Track Beef Through Entire Supply Chain on a Blockchain
A blockchain technology pilot aimed at tracking beef through the entire food supply chain has been announced in South Korea. The pilot will be jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, according to Yonhap News Agency. The launch date has been set for next month in North Jeolla Province and after a brief trial period, there will be a formal unveiling of the blockchain application in January next year.
Feedlot management to be focus of Northern States Beef Conference
Successfully managing cattle in the feedlot will be among the topics covered during the 2018 Northern States Beef Conference scheduled in Watertown for Dec. 12-13, 2018, at the Watertown Event Center. The event is co-hosted by South Dakota State University Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension.