The Cattle Business Weekly
  • MT livestock reporting forms due March 1
    All livestock owners need to report by March 1, 2018, any livestock they own as of February 1.
  • Heitkamp assistance signed into law
    The budget deal signed by the President on Feb. 9 removes the funding cap for the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program.
  • UNL’s ag lab on the chopping block
    Among the proposed cuts, UNL would close Haskell Agriculture Laboratory, a research center near Concord.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today unveiled its 2018 Policy Priorities, which will guide the group’s lobbying efforts in Washington over the coming year. The document was released at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix.
  • Assistance sought in identifying novel, abnormal traits in calves
    A novel form of severe, lethal dwarfism exemplifies a current study. Beginning in 2016, several calves (Black Angus and Angus cross) born with this phenotype were submitted to the VDC. Genotyping of the calves showed they did not have any genetic mutations that have previously been documented to cause dwarfism. However, the pedigrees of the affected calves suggest this is an inherited, recessive condition. 
  • The status of brucellosis in Wyoming, producer requirements for transport or selling and liability and reports on a new test for the disease are among topics at February meetings in Worland and Lovell presented by members of the Governor’s Brucellosis Coordination Team.
  • Tom Hook, of Tracy, Minnesota has been elected to the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees, and will represent the North Central region.
  • At year end, FSA was assisting more than 120,000 family farmers with loans totaling just over $25 billion.
  • The Laramie County, Wyoming Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of cattle from a pasture in southeast Wyoming.The Laramie County, Wyoming Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of cattle from a pasture in southeast Wyoming.The Laramie County, Wyoming Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of cattle from a pasture in southeast Wyoming.
    The Laramie County, Wyoming Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of cattle from a pasture in southeast Wyoming.
    The Laramie County, Wyoming Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of $10,000 worth of cattle from a pasture in southeast Wyoming.
  • “Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Range Beef Cattle” workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6-7, near Buffalo, WY.
  • The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-run event on the NDSU campus involving over 300 students. 
  • U.S. Farmers and Rancher’s Alliance board members have voted to not renew the contract of CEO Randy Krotz, the organizations only CEO since its inception in 2014.
  • Via a quick online survey, ag producers - both men and women - are being sought to share their preferences about the format (i.e. print vs. digital) in which they prefer to receive agricultural information.
  • NDA will continue epidemiological investigations of any animals that entered Nebraska from the infected South Dakota herd.
  • The workshop, “Finding the Right Balance: Managing Land, Wealth and People for Success,” is a three-day holistic management introductory and refresher school.
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