The Cattle Business Weekly
  •  Cattle producers from all across South Dakota heard about cattle markets and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention Nov. 30.
  •  This conference is designed to address the unique needs and challenges of historically under served, immigrant, and minority growers.
  • A look at live animal imports from Canada
     In 2015, we imported a total of almost 290,000 head of feeder cattle from Canada.
  • Farm operators in the Northern Plains Region paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.49 per hour during the July 2016 reference week.
  • Critical issues need to be relayed to new administration
     “Things are not very good now for anyone, whether you’re in the cattle, hog, or grain business, we’re all feeding the world for nothing. Maybe things will change, maybe we can get together here and start on the road to change.” - Steve Hellwig, Hub City Livestock
  •  The symposium theme, “Farming with family - Will Your Plan Work?” is geared towards 18 to 22 year-olds planning to return to the family farm or ranch; or are considering production agriculture as a future career. The public is also invited to attend.
  • Montana ranchers complete 200-mile relay in Hawaii
    To run 200 miles with 11 runners, is no easy feat. Add in tropical moisture, several thousand feet of elevation climb and mid-day heat over fields of black lava rock, and the Ragnar Relay Hawaii proved to be one of the most challenging races completed in recent years for the Montana Running Ranchers.
  • Art Handel honored with Hereford Hall of Merit
    In 1970, Handel began a 33-year career as a field representative with the American Hereford Association and the Hereford Journal. 
  • Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) announced that a recent trade mission led by state officials to the European Union led to agreements expanding markets for Nebraska beef.
  • The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on the announcement made by the CME Group this week that a proposal is being considered to switch to a cash settlement process for its live futures.  
  • If you are a creative 4-Her your skills are being sought. South Dakota Beef Bucks and Huron Continental Marketing are seeking ideas for a beef industry mascot.
  • The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association announced that eligible beef producers can request an absentee ballot to participate in the referendum on whether the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff should be reinstated. T
  • The majority of the hearing was spent on the Brand Committee’s former executive director, Shawn Harvey. 
  • Senator Harr asked the NBC to ‘sell Harvey’ to the Senate Ag Committee and why they kept him employed. Senators Bloomfield, Chambers, Harr and Riepe seemed dissatisfied with the NBC’s responses.
  • This year, the disruptive and sometimes violent protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline generated much of the conversation throughout the three-day convention, as well as a policy resolution denouncing both the illegal activities accompanying many of the protest activities and the federal government’s unprecedented intervention that brought a 20-mile area west of Lake Oahe - much of which is on private land - to a halt.
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