The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Cattle theft and prevention go high-tech
    Livestock theft is one of the oldest crimes in South Dakota, but the ways thieves operate and the methods ranchers and authorities use to catch them have both evolved into a high-tech battle of wits.
  • Expectations for 2019 cattle inventory
    Using the relationship between heifer and beef cow slaughter, we estimate that annual slaughter levels would need to be 15 percent above a year ago in order for the beef cow inventory number on January 1 to be 1 percent below the 31.7 million estimated on January 1, 2018. 
  • Canada signs on to trade agreement, NAFTA replaced
    Replacing NAFTA will be the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has a figure of $1.2 trillion in trade attached to it.
  • El Nino conditions forecast for fall-winter
    Current outlooks by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) call for this warm pool to continue through winter, with a peak warmth occurring before the end of the year.
  •  Beef Bucks, Inc. named Friend of the Beef Industry
    Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers.
  • Farm bill deadline looms
    The race is on. The current farm bill expires Sept. 30 and with less than seven legislative working days left before deadline, lawmakers are skeptical a compromise will be met between the House and Senate but leadership is meeting again today, Sept. 12 to see if a deal can be struck.
  • Charolais cattle find top honors at SD State Fair
    The culmination of a week’s worth of open beef cattle shows happened Sunday, Sept. 2 in the Open Class Beef Barn at the South Dakota State Fair. Held every year, the Supreme Row selection is one of the most anticipated and sought after titles of the fair.
  • Trump, Mexico come to an agreement
    he agreement also updates provisions surrounding the digital economy, automobiles, agriculture and labor unions. American companies will still be allowed to operate in Mexico and Canada without tariffs.
  • Cooler October expected
    While September’s forecast shows warm temperatures, October is expected to be near to slightly cooler than average from the Northern Plains to northern New England.
  • Burger battle in biker town
    Bikers to the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were treated to a beef burger battle last week while in Sturgis, S.D. Named as the official meat of the rally, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council ceased open the opportunity to have a beef cooking showdown.
  • Environmental Stewardship Awards: SD, MT, MN operations honored
    This year’s finalists are Birdcall and Clark Ranch of Henrietta, Texas, Thunder View Farms of Grahamsville, N.Y., Haleakala Ranch of Makawao, Hawaii, The Hahn Ranch of Townsend, Mont., Moes Feedlot of Watertown, S.D., and Landuyt Land and Livestock of Walnut Grove, Minn. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans in January.
  • Brand the Barn
    Certified Angus Beef’s Brand the Barn tour was in Raymond, S.D. on July 26 to paint the Hurlbut Cattle barn.
  • Solution remains elusive for landowners undergoing cheatgrass assault
    Fearsome cheatgrass taking over land can generate enough horror to reach for silver bullets.
    But there are no silver bullets for cheatgrass, University of Wyoming Extension specialist Dan Tekiela told those attending the July 11 cheatgrass management field day in Sybille Canyon.
  • Daugaard hosts last Gov’s Ag Summit
    This marks Gov. Daugaard’s final Ag Summit. He has spent much of his eight-year term courting agribusinesses and ag production to the state, which he told Ag Summit attendees has helped make every one in five workers have a direct or related job in agriculture.
  • Hines tells ranchers cow-calf business needs overhaul
    Producers have been told that milk is important for weaning weight, and they should breed the cows to give more milk, Hines says. “We’ve already noted that energy to produce milk is negative for the cow-calf sector,” he explains.
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