Holiday demand spikes will pass, middle-meat values to decline.
Angus Beef Bulletin
The second half of December marks the end of the holiday run on middle meats, along with seasonally wider price spreads between quality grades and the premium brands. We can classify demand spikes for the more richly marbled carcasses relatively easily by the four quarters of the year, as those demand periods happen to fall nicely within the quarterly calendar segments.
WalMart and 44 Farms: What it means to you
Aside from Santa and his eight tiny reindeer, there were a number of reasons for the fed cattle market to end the year on a high note. Continued strong beef demand, winter weather throughout much of the cattle feeding belt and current feedyards are a few. Combining all the end-of-year factors, the feedlot cattle trades were $3 to $4 per cwt higher, especially late week in the Southern Plains.
2019 New Year’s Resolution – Get an Estate Plan Checkup!
Cari Rincker Esq.
Rincker Law PLLC
If you don’t already have an estate plan, then getting one in place should be at the top of your 2019 new year’s resolutions. Why? Because without an estate plan, you and your property may end up in a court-supervised guardianship if you become incapacitated, and your property and your loved ones may end up in probate court after you die.
Retiring to new research career, Dickinson’s Kris Ringwall goes north
Editors Note: We linked to Kris’s BeefTalk Column for at least 8 years each Friday. We wish Krish the best in his new position.
Kris Ringwall retired from North Dakota State University Extension as director of the Dickinson Research and Extension Center on Oct. 30 and the next day started a new career at the University of Saskatchewan. On Nov. 1, Ringwall, 65, become the director of the new, $38 million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. It is a new research, teaching and industry center—a collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. It has a budget nearly five-times the size of the Dickinson station, Ringwall said.
Beef Exports Add Value for Producers
Cattlemen’s Beef Board
The old adage goes: “It’s a great big world out there.” When it comes to beef export markets, did you know the United States exports to more than 80 countries? And, did you know those efforts to promote your product overseas add value back to your operation? To put it into perspective, as of August 2018, value per head for fed slaughter was valued at $318.66, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)
Calf health and vaccinations are not synonymous
In the military, just because you give a soldier a rifle doesn’t mean he or she is ready to go to battle. Likewise, in the cattle business, just because you gave them a shot doesn’t mean you have completed your obligation to produce healthy calves.
The Beef Industry Miracle
As we wrap up 2018, it’s worth a moment to pause and consider the amazing day to day performance and accomplishments of the U.S. cattle and beef industry. Beef production in 2018 is projected to total nearly 27 billion pounds of beef products resulting from the slaughter of 33 million head of cattle.
Effects of dry or wet conditions during the preweaning phase on subsequent feedlot performance and carcass composition of beef cattle
Garth A Gatson Patrick J Gunn W Darrell Busby Bryon R Wiegand Brian L Vander Ley Allison M Meyer
Translational Animal Science
Our objective was to determine the effects of dry and wet conditions during the preweaning on subsequent feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of beef cattle. Steers (n = 7,432) and heifers (n = 2,361) finished in 16 feedlots in southwestern Iowa through the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative were used for a retrospective analysis. Cattle originated in the Midwest (Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota) and were born in February, March, or April of 2002 through 2013.
Details will differ, but one thing’s for sure — 2019 will have food safety headlines
Food Safety News
Pop quiz: When is food food? When are foodborne pathogens pathogens? When will government act? When will businesses do the right thing? I’ve no doubt these questions, in some form, will be covered in the majority of news stories and opinion columns Food Safety News will publish in 2019. I’ve also no doubt three of these questions could be answered well before the end of the year, if not by the beginning of spring.
Major beef purchasers propelling change in cattle industry
Starting Tuesday, Wendy’s and Tyson, two of the biggest beef markets, are making changes to where they get their product. They’re taking an extra step to make sure the beef they serve to their customers is high quality. t’s a change that could have an effect on the local industry. Beef Quality Assurance, or BQA, is a certification that has been around for over 30 years. It pertains to the way that beef is raised and handled.