The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Trans-Pacific trade deal reached after 5 years
    Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it is said to be the largest regional free-trade deal in history and could set the model for global commerce.  
  • New Zealand and Australia beef exports to the U.S. are set to reach their quota limits in Q4. 
  • As the push to define “sustainable” continues in the ranching and beef industries, a group of California ranchers is working to be proactive about the topic. 
  • Colleges honor men for ag leadership
    Recently two men were awarded independently by South Dakota State University and Colorado State University for the roles they have played in the agricultural industry. Joe Roybal, former editor of BEEF Magazine, and Steve Gabel, operator of Magnum Feedyard were recognized.  
  • James Lochner, who served as Tyson’s COO since 2009, retired in 2014, moving to support the company’s fresh meat business in Dakota Dunes, S.D. in an  advisory capacity will be inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.  
  • In a nutshell, a system ensures that the task at hand is routinely completed to produce the desired product or result. Most cattle operations follow some sort of a system – you calve, plant crops, breed, hay, harvest, and wean at roughly the same time each year. But could your system be fine-tuned, improved, adjusted?  
  • Trade talk
    Here is what has been happening on the topic of  agricultural trade in the last week.
  • The Senate Agriculture Committee last week unanimously approved a combined bill to reauthorize the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act, the U.S. Grain Standards Act and the National Forest Foundation Act. 
  • Thinking ahead to 2030
    The economic growth and inflationary spiral up in the economy is going to peak and hit a wall around 2030, according to the authors of Prosperity in the Age of Decline: How to Lead Your Business and Preserve Wealth Through the Coming Business Cycles. They predict a prolonged depression beginning in the 2030s due to the convergence of a few significant trends that are difficult to stop. 
  • Less crop diversity than 34 years ago
    U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem. 
  • Corn estimates lowered in latest WASDE report
    Projected 2015/16 U.S. feed grain supplies are reduced this month with lower forecast corn production more than offsetting a small increase for sorghum.  
  • The power in asking “Why?”
     All businesses know what they do – products and services. Most are pretty good at how they do it – strategy and tactics. Only a few can truly inspire their employees and their customers by clearly articulating why they do what they do. 
  • Shifting September climate
    Outlook for region shows wetter than average
  • Beef demand prioritization
    Presuming the industry progresses forward increasing the breeding herd leading to larger beef supplies, the persistently critical role beef demand plays in cattle and beef prices will become increasingly clear. 
  • Weaning time is stressful for calves. Calves typically are on pasture with their dam where “life is good,” when they are suddenly faced with a plethora of stressors and challenges. They are weaned, shipped, commingled, processed, faced with a diet change, and - to top it off - the weather could shift to one extreme or another.  
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