The Cattle Business Weekly
  • In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 37,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 12-18, 2015, up 3 percent from the July 2014 reference week. 
  • The Kansas State Fair Board announced Nov. 20 that Susan Sankey has been named general manager of the Kansas State Fair.  
  • The Canadian beef cattle herd has faced inventory declines between 1% and 8%, consecutively, since 2006.  
  • South Dakota Angus herd recognized with a Century Award during the National Angus Convention. 
  • EEF 20/20 is designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, educational opportunity to enhance the understanding of the production and marketing of high quality, high value beef. Attendees do not need to be cattle producers to attend the program. Anyone affiliated with the beef industry - producers, allied industry representatives, locker operators, restaurateurs, retailers - is welcome. 
  • Sitz to lead American Angus board
    The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers elected to its Board of Directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, Kan. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: James Coffey of Hustonville, Ky.; Chuck Grove of Forest, Va.; Mike McCravy of Bowdon, Ga.; Don Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minn.; and Mick Varilek of Geddes, S.D. 
  • A listing of cattle producer conventions coming up in the region this November and December. 
  • These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education. The Champions have helped implement agricultural practices that promote soil health and energy efficiency, improve water quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • LMA members voiced frustration with outdated requirements, inconsistent interpretation, and, at times, regulators more concerned with technical violations than protecting people and businesses in the livestock industry.  
  • The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding Sustainability and Stockmanship workshops at Linton Livestock on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Kist Livestock in Mandan on Thursday, Nov. 19. 
  • The first strategy involves driving growth in beef exports and focuses on gaining access to key foreign markets, adopting an animal I.D. traceability system and promoting the unique attributes of U.S. beef to foreign consumers.  
  • U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for certain agricultural equipment.  
  • The inventory included 6.93 million steers and steer calves, up 7 percent from the previous year.  
  • California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of antibiotics in livestock production. 
  • On Thursday, Oct. 15 before a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, and the attorneys for Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), the OIG reconfirmed their commitment to produce thousands of documents related to the 2013-2014 Beef Checkoff audit report. 
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