The Cattle Business Weekly
  • 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.
  • Large meat supplies coming to market
    USDA reported that 2016 beef production is now forecast at 25.031 billion pounds, 1.271 billion pounds larger than it was a year ago. By next year, beef production is expected to reach 25.944 billion pounds, up another 913 million from 2016 levels and 2.2 billion pounds higher than 2015. 
  • Since their respective highs, retail beef prices have decline 8% to $5.915 per pound, whereas live Kansas cattle prices have declined 38.2% to $106.89 per cwt. 
  • The big cats are extending their range into the Great Plains.

  • Poky Feeders wins CAB Feedlot Commitment to Excellence Award
    Manager Joe Morgan says there’s still room for improvement, but the business has come a long way since he started in 1985. That was a few years after cattlemen from near Pocahontas, Iowa, named and founded it – unfortunately coinciding with the worst farm recession in decades. 
  • Bullard calls for regulation of meatpackers
    Speaking at the South Dakota Stockgrowers’ annual convention on Sept. 22, Bullard outlined several areas cattle producers will want the next Administration and Congress to focus on. 
  • Opposition over GRSB presented

    Tracy Hunt spoke during the SD Stockgrowers Convention on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

  • Kicking off the series, the candidate’s share their positions on regulatory reform. With AFBF or SDFB cannot endorse or support a political candidate, they are providing each candidate’s position to inform its members and others. 
  • This lawsuit seeks to divide the beef industry against itself by opening old wounds and weakening the beef checkoff as HSUS drives toward its ultimate goal of ending animal agriculture.
  • The Grid Master Award, presented by the Red Angus Association of America, recognizes excellence in commercial cattle and the cattle feeding industry. 
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