The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Research provides us the opportunity to develop programs like our highly successful and greatly anticipated Team BEEF South Dakota. Team BEEF SD is open to all South Dakotans who want to promote beef, be physically active, and showcase eating beef in a healthy lifestyle.
  • The main goal of the checkoff is to build beef demand, acting also as a catalyst for other industry players. To do that, and do it well, you need a plan. As part of the November 2016 board meeting, South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) directors met with other industry partners to collaborate on the development of the 2018-2021 strategic plan.
  • Sustainability is one of those buzz words that is often hard to grasp.  There can be so many different definitions connectedto the term and most of the time its relevance is tied to a broader, more indefinable realm—the environment, health, economy, and yes, even the beef industry.  The question we are constantly asking ourselves is, “What does sustainability look like?” 
  • The 64th Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show will be held Jan. 24-28, 2017 on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. Livestock shows and sales as well as commercial exhibits will be held in the Expo Building. Admission is free. 
  • High points of leverage in a cattle production system are places where strategic inputs of time and resources potentially have impacts that are beneficial and significantly greater than the cost. 
  • Back to the comment that some consumers perceive that retail meat and dairy prices do not decline. Retail prices for most meat and dairy products have declined. Some are the lowest in several years.
  • Beginning Jan. 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members.
  • AJ & Kellie Blair receive cattlemen’s 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award

    The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.

  •  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.
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