The Cattle Business Weekly
  • As of Aug. 19, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 91 locations in 11 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). 
  • Iowa Beef Industry Council names new executive director
    Chris Freland, of Prairie City, will lead the Iowa beef checkoff organization effective October 1.  She replaces Nancy Degner, who is retiring on September 30 after 40 years at the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the last 12 as executive director. 
  • Nutrient management will be featured in a daylong program at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
    The nutrient management day event will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Over 600 cattlemen and women gathered in Denver, Colo., the second week of July to discuss the policy priorities for the cattle industry for the upcoming year. Throughout the meeting, the various policy committees reviewed expiring policies and discussed proposed policy brought forward from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s state affiliates.  
  • What do a 50-ton sand sculpture, balloon art and farm fresh recipes have in common? All will be featured by the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) to demonstrate how “What Farmers Grow Makes Iowa Go” at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 13 – 23 in Des Moines.  
  • Ryan Taylor, a regular contributor to The Cattle Business Weekly, has been appointed to serve as North Dakota State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  • This training fulfills the environmental and manure-management training requirement to obtain a livestock permit for CAFOs from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Certified Crop Advisor credits are also available for attending this program. 
  • Montana starts up Hay Hotline
    The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to connect buyers and sellers of hay and pasture. 
  • South Dakota leaders recognized at Beef Improvement Federation Meeting
     Three South Dakotans were recognized at the BIF annual convention held in Biloxi, Miss., June 9-12, 2015: Retiring BIF executive director: Joe Cassady, head of the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University received the BIF Continuing Service Award. Steve Munger, Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., was recognized as the BIF immediate past president. Craig Bieber, Bieber Red Angus Ranch, Leola, S.D., was named the new BIF president.    
  • The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED is the chief staff officer of the SDBIC, reporting to the Board of Directors (Board).  
  • “The Outlook for the meat market remains largely positive, with feed grain prices set to remain low for the projection period restoring profitability in a sector that had been operating in an environment of particularly high and volatile feed costs over most of the past decade.” 
  • Opportunities for trade in S.D. and U.S. agriculture
    Last year the U.S. exported $155 billion in agricultural commodities, which was an all- time record. Of those, 40 percent of exports were with countries that will be a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  
  • Many cattle producers have experienced record returns on their calves the past year, but even times of high profitability demand a search for  opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation. Several of these opportunities will be discussed at the upcoming K-State Beef Conference, hosted Aug. 11 and 13 at various locations across Kansas. 
  • The Angus Foundation is proud to announce Schaff Angus Valley, Saint Anthony, N.D., as the donor of the Angus Foundation Heifer Package to be auctioned off at the 2016 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Niobrara County in Wyoming as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by severe flooding and hail that occurred on June 3 and continues. 
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