R-CALF files historic lawsuit against “Big Four” meat packers
Brownfield News Network
R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard says their economic analysis suggests US cattle producers have paid the price for the actions of JBS, Cargill, Tyson, and National Beef Packing Company. “The artificial depression caused by the packers conduct – that we are alleging – has reduced cattle prices by 7.9 percent per year beginning at least in January of 2015,” he says. “And continuing through today.”
Cattle preconditioning helps improve odds for return on investment
High Plains Journal
Arkansas cattle producers looking to improve their return on investment should consider preconditioning calves before taking them to market, extension specialists told attendees at the recent Livestock and Forestry Station field day.
Seasoned ranchers share how they survived the 80s
Volatile markets, extreme weather conditions, rising input costs and record-high debt loads are placing pressure on young producers. Want to weather this economic downturn? Listen to the advice of these seasoned ranchers.
Impact of slick hair trait on physiological and reproductive performance in beef heifers consuming ergot alkaloids
Journal of Animal Science
Rebecca K Poole Thomas L Devine Kyle J Mayberry Joan H Eisemann Matt H Poore Nathan M Long Daniel H Poole
Fescue toxicosis is a multifaceted syndrome common in cattle grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of the slick hair trait on physiological and reproductive parameters in heifers experiencing fescue toxicosis.
Flooding in the Heartland: It’s Not Over
It’s been a little over a month since massive flooding hit the heartland and water levels continue to be an issue. “The Wall Street Journal” reports the Missouri River remains above flood stage in a 160 mile stretch from Nebraska City, Nebraska to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
As we go about our normal lives, we often look for consistency in the products we purchase. Whether we are buying a new truck or going out for dinner, we want a consistent product. If those products are not consistent in quality, we most likely will find a new supplier. In this article we are going to discuss how consistent our calves are as we start to market them.
Florida cattle ranchers blame booming population, urban sprawl for dying industry
Cattle ranchers are often thought of in states like Texas and Oklahoma, but Florida has its own share of ranches. But now the ranchers in the Sunshine State say their 500-year-old industry that boasts over $1 billion worth of cattle meat and dairy across the globe is being pushed out by Florida’s ever-growing population.
Walmart is getting into the Angus beef business
“Beef is an important purchase for our customer … it’s likely the most expensive item on their plate and they are treating themselves when they buy it,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president of meat, said in a press release. “Creating this supply chain allows us to treat our customers by giving them unprecedented quality and transparency.”
New program will help cow-calf producers market weaned calves
The Lebanon Enterprise
Demand for weaned calves is growing and the cattle market is placing more emphasis on calves with a known management history. The overwhelming majority of Kentucky calves are weaned on the trailer on the way to the local sale barn. But research tells us that preconditioning calves can help reduce sickness and death loss by 74 percent, making them more valuable.
NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.