The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Prime Time Gala truck raffle now open
    Save the Date: Prime Time Gala is June 22, 2019. All proceeds from the concert, gala auction and truck raffle will support Feeding South Dakota as well as a scholarship program. 
  • Highest December cattle slaughter week since 2010
    Total cattle slaughter for the week ending December 8 was estimated at 667,000 head, 4.3% higher than a year ago and the second highest slaughter for the year (May 19 was the highest). This was the highest December cattle slaughter week since 2010. 
  • U.S. beef gains new market access in Morocco
      New access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.  “I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. beef and look forward to growing our shipments to Morocco.”
  • State beef councils join beef checkoff lawsuit
    Chaley Harney, executive director for the Montana Beef Council, said they entered the lawsuit to make sure that the voice of Montana cattlemen is heard directly on the issue which impacts them so greatly. Because of the original lawsuit which required Montana beef producers to consent to their funds being directed to the state beef council, in-state funds have dropped considerably for use in Montana.
  • Packers & Stockyards no longer a standalone agency
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will eliminate the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration as a standalone agency. USDA will consolidate the GIPSA functions into the Agricultural Marketing Service. 
  • S.D. Cattlemen’s meet in Huron
    Cammack Ranch of Union Center was named the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award winner. This is an annual land management recognition that is given on behalf of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, the Sand County Foundation andnumerous other supporters.
  • Zoetis and Leachman Cattle of Colorado enter new agreement
    Zoetis announced a new data and testing agreement with Leachman Cattle of Colorado to provide a unique genomically enhanced genetic evaluation. 
  • Beef Quality Assurance meetings set
    Several of the larger beef processors have started requiring beef quality assurance (BQA) certification for cattle feeders. As of Jan. 1, 2019, these processors won’t purchase fed cattle unless the feed yard is BQA certified.
  • Reminder: Northern States Beef Conference is  Dec. 12-13
     The beef conference will include a series of presentations that will focus on improving cattle health and reducing death loss through developing a good health program.
  • ShorthornPlus named Supreme Champion at NAILE
    Judge Doug Worthington of Modesto, California gave the Champion slap to Ashtin Guyer of Robinson, Illinois, with her ShorthornPlus female, SULL H/F Crystal Judy 1471 ET. Guyer’s heifer was bred by Sara Sullivan of Dunlap, Iowa.
  • December climate outlook uncertain as El Nino develops
    Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist, said climatologists are looking at the atmospheric pattern over the arctic. “The current pattern favors colder than average temperatures over South Dakota, which is contributing to lower confidence in the December outlook,” she explained.
  • UW Extension’s livestock marketing specialist receives organization’s highest honor
    “Bridger Feuz is undoubtedly an exceptional extension educator who contributes significantly to the University of Wyoming’s statewide engagement mission,” said Kelly Crane, associate director of UW Extension. 
  • NILE Top Herdsman Awarded to Frank Herefords
    This year’s winner is Frank Herefords based out of Columbus, Mont. They are self-described as “a small herd that just keeps getting better every spring!”
  • Farmland transfers to reach large numbers
    Farmers National Company says 70 percent of farmland will transfer ownership over the next 20 years. The transfers will occur by sale, will, trust beneficiary or gifts, according to the company. For farm and ranch operations, the land is by far the most significant asset in this transfer of wealth. 
  • Round 2 of farm payments planned for December
    The payments are the second half of the $12 billion program by the Trump administration to compensate farmers for losses stemming from Trump’s trade agenda. 
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