A Cattleman’s Fairy Tale
“This is information that ultimately better helps ranchers register their cattle in a more timely manner. This information allows the Association to not only create accurate registration papers but also better develop expected progeny differences (EPDs).”
Farmers subject to new paid sick leave provisions in coronavirus package
Brownfield Ag Network
An Extension economist says farms with employees need to be aware of the new sick leave law passed as part of the coronavirus relief package. Paul Mitchell with the University of Wisconsin tells Brownfield the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act that passed in March took effect April first, and might be catching employers by surprise. He says, “It requires all employers, people who have W-2 employees to provide up to 80 hours of sick leave for employees affected directly by the COVID virus, so if you get someone who gets sick, by this new law you have to require them (to take) 80 hours of paid leave at their full rate.”
Forage Focus: COVID-19, Fertilizing Pasture & Making Hay in the Rain!
FORAGE FOCUS with Christine Gelley talks about how COVID-19 is affecting the Pastures, Crops, Livestock and the different Educational Programs with The Ohio State University Extension and Agricultural and Natural Resources.
Cattle Ranchers Are Essential, Too
Wall Street Journal
The food supply chain has mostly kept up with increased demand, but some links have snapped. President Trump has asked meat processors to stay open to help provide Americans with nutritious protein, but many of these plants have experienced outbreaks and had to close down temporarily or reduce capacity.
‘Packers can’t process beef fast enough’
“Four major packers control the beef market in the United States, and they aren’t operating at 100%,” Moore said, adding that even though some of those packing plants are beginning to reopen, production has slowed as they have had to reduce the capacity of animals they can handle and are implementing changes and adding personal protective equipment to protect their employees and consumers.
Vaccination management of high and low producers
Recently, Cattle Fax, a national beef cattle research and analysis organization, reported results of their annual membership survey of beef cattle management practices and profitability. Throughout the past five years of the survey, the average weaning weight in the U.S. has not varied much and averaged 568 pounds. This was similar to the average weaning weight reported by their members (565 pounds).
Buying meat direct from ranchers
New trends, like virtual game nights and baking your own bread have become very popular during the pandemic. The latest one, however, could be a much-needed boost for area ranchers. Meat processing plants across the country have reduced production or shut down entirely because of the coronavirus, making it difficult for ranchers to sell their cattle.
Sen. Rounds holds meeting with ranchers & cattle producers
NBC News Center
On Friday, Senator Mike Rounds held a meeting with ranchers and cattle producers about resolution regarding the production and sale of cattle. It’s part of an ongoing effort in Washington, to level the playing field, for the agriculture community when it comes to american markets. Rounds recently introduced legislation urging President Trump and his team to enter into agreements that would allow for the full implementation of mandatory country of origin labeling, or “M-COOL”, for beef products in the United States.
Beef – during and beyond COVID-19
The Cattle Site
As parts of the world cautiously ease out of lockdown and reassess COVID-19’s impact on the beef sector, Rabobank’s latest global Beef Quarterly has revised down its global beef production outlook, and forecasts slowing beef demand in a declining economy.
Cattle outlook may start to turn around
High Plains Journal
After the catastrophic price collapse in cattle futures over recent months due to COVID-19, things may finally be looking up for cattle prices. Live cattle and feeder cattle futures seem to have found firm footing after testing price lows not seen in nearly a decade.