Mark Parker: The Top 10 farmer Christmas stats
- 68% of ranchers can’t drive by a nativity scene without wondering who gets those hay bales after Christmas is over.
- 11% of farmers have said, “Don’t buy me anything. I may trade pickups the week after Christmas.”
Packers & Stockyards no longer a standalone agency
The Cattle Business Weekly
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will eliminate the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration as a standalone agency. USDA will consolidate the GIPSA functions into the Agricultural Marketing Service. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said the timing of this announcement doesn’t benefit family farmers.
Moldy Feed and the Potential Effects on Cattle
Michelle Arnold, DVM
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Record-setting rainfall in 2018 has resulted in moldy hay and feed throughout the Commonwealth. Many questions regarding the safety of these feedstuffs and how to test them have come to the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) as producers begin to feed these moldy products. While mycotoxins (mold poisons) are the main concern, molds themselves can adversely affect health and productivity of cattle.
Argentina Sends First Fresh Beef Shipment to US Market
Northern Ag Net
Argentina has now sent beef to the U.S. for the first time in seventeen years. A 500kg (one half of a metric ton) consignment of ribeye was this week sent to Miami by Swift Argentina, a division of Brazilian beef giant JBS. News of the shipment comes just two weeks on from news that the USDA declared Argentina as eligible to resume shipments of raw beef.
Open House at Southwest Center Shares Beef Cattle Research and Technology
A Steak in Genomics™
“The genetics of the AI bred calves allows producers to be competitive with the best herds in the country due to the use of elite bulls with higher accuracy expected progeny differences (EPD),” said Thomas. “The protocol results in more early-born heifers that are more likely to conceive earlier and remain in the herd longer.” That longevity adds to herd profitability over the females lifetime. Their early-born steer mates will also be heavier than those out of a natural service sire that’s born late in the calving season.
The science that will make Wagyu beef affordable for everyone
One of Silicon Valley’s largest food technology companies has inked a deal with one of Japan’s most revered meat producers in a bid to one day bring cell-cultured Wagyu beef to the global marketplace. The contract, signed this month by JUST and Toriyama Ranch, is the first of its kind, marrying a high-end beef ranch to a cell-cultured meat producer.
Rural Veterinarians Need More Support from Their Communities
Glen L. Jensen, DVM
The following are areas that decrease my quality of life as a mixed animal veterinarian living in rural Utah. My personal income doesn’t match the fact I’m on call all the time. I wear too many hats as an owner and manager, trying to train employees; marketing the practice; managing finances, facilities and equipment; handling accounts receivable; and managing public relations. On top of that, I’m also responsible for creating processes and protocols, such as an employee manual, promoting a business culture and more.