Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

Ben Weinheimer With TCFA Talks Traceability Throughout The Industry From Calf To Slaughter

Ben Weinheimer With TCFA Talks Traceability Throughout The Industry From Calf To Slaughter

Oklahoma Farm Report

In recent years the issue of disease traceability has focused on animals over 18 months of age, but a recent Texas Cattle Feeder Association pilot project has included cattle of all ages, Ben Weinheimer with TCFA told us during the cattle industry convention last week in San Antonio. TCFA is the trade organization that represents feedlots in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

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Bangs vaccination perspectives continue to change

Bangs vaccination perspectives continue to change

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Livestock Journal

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can affect many species of animals, including humans. Often called Bang’s disease—Dr. Bernard Bang, a Danish veterinarian, isolated the bacterium in 1897—this worldwide disease affected up to 25 percent of U.S. cattle until heifer vaccination and control programs were implemented, and all female cattle were tested, with those testing positive slaughtered.

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Calf Hoodies

Calf Hoodies

Lindsay King

Angus Journal

DeFriez and her dad usually start calving in mid-January. In Southern Idaho, that time of the year is synonymous with frigid temperatures. Keeping newborn calves warm is their top priority. “I saw a lot of ideas online, like calf earmuffs; but nothing that looked like it would work for us,” DeFriez says. “All the research said it was best to keep calves’ ears against their head to keep them warm.”

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Why import beef? Because it complements the beef we produce.

Why import beef? Because it complements the beef we produce.

Greg Hanes

Beef Magazine

Let’s face it. The beef industry is a complex market system. Both exports and imports are a part of the system. Many cattlemen and women wonder the same thing: Why is beef being brought into the USA? The answer is simple: Demand.

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More Producers Are Picking Up on this Alternative

More Producers Are Picking Up on this Alternative

Loretta Sorensen
DTN\Progressive Farmer

Sometimes, the old ways are the best. That’s how Eric Christensen feels about earlage in cattle rations. He’s following his grandfather’s practice of using the ensiled corn product here on the family’s eastern-Colorado operation, Christensen Ranch.

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‘Where’s the beef’ going?

‘Where’s the beef’ going?

Alex Portal

Black Hills Pioneer

With talk coming from Washington D.C. about international trade deals that could have some big impacts on the South Dakota ag industry, one area which could see some major market growth overseas is beef. “In the past six or eight months, it’s been tremendous for trade deals for the beef industry,” said Eric Jennings, president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA), and local cattle rancher.

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Beef cattle genetics, management critical in fine tuning herds to fit environment

Beef cattle genetics, management critical in fine tuning herds to fit environment

The Pampa News

Matching cattle to the land available to graze and the nutrition it offers is critical in optimizing production in an operation. Jason Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Amarillo, who is frequently contacted to help with problems cattle operators are having, was a speaker at the recent Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo.

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Navigable Waters Protection Rule is a win for farmers, ranchers and the environment

Navigable Waters Protection Rule is a win for farmers, ranchers and the environment

James Henderson

Washington Times

My family has been farming in Colorado’s San Luis Valley for more than 135 years. Through five generations, we’ve been a family of ranchers raising beef cattle and growing crops for cattle feed in the Rio Grande basin. My wife and I even have a sixth generation on the way, with our four young children growing up rooted in the culture and history of our family’s agricultural way of life here in our hometown of La Jara.

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2020 cattle inventory: Herd expansion comes to an end

2020 cattle inventory: Herd expansion comes to an end


The U.S. beef cattle herd is known to cycle through periods of expansion and contraction roughly every 10 years or so. The high feed price era from 2007 to 2013 contributed to one of those contraction phases with beef cow numbers reaching a low in 2014, said Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University.

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Coronavirus Still a Threat to Livestock Markets

Coronavirus Still a Threat to Livestock Markets

Betsy Jibben


The fate of the coronavirus still impacts the cattle markets. Earlier at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed the scare of the coronavirus to the beef industry. It still remains a threat today. Perdue talked to the media and said how it’s hard to know how long the coronavirus will be an issue. This comes during a time when China is supposed to buy more ag goods following the Phase 1 trade agreement.

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