The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Trump reassures farmers on trade

    At the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention President Trump gave the closing session remarks on Monday.

    Regarding trade tariffs and wars, he reassured farmers in attendance that his administration is working on “Trade deals that get you so much business you’re not even going to believe it. Your problem will be ‘What do we do? We need more acreage immediately.’ We are doing somethings with trade that are going to have a tremendous impact,” Trump said.

  • Holidays support strong beef retail numbers
    The beef cutout outperformed the pork cutout towards the end of December and we think this is due, in part, on stronger beef demand at retail. Seasonally beef demand gets better in December as foodservice business gets a bump from Christmas parties and year end celebrations. This year, however, it appears that retailers also increased their beef features, helping support wholesale beef prices despite some of the largest slaughter weeks of the year
  • Beef industry finds ways to tackle challenges ahead
    By 2050, economic projections indicate farmers and ranchers will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed the growing population of the world. “For the meat industry, it is good news because estimations for how much protein will be needed is astounding,” says Kim Stackhouse of JBS USA. The projections are 40 million metric tons of beef and 100 million metric tons of chicken. 
  • Farm Bill has been signed by Trump
    President Donald J. Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 on Dec. 20, 2018.  Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue said it was a “Great day for agriculture.”
  • A glance back at 2018’s  positive ag headlines
    The annual Good News Headlines is a chance to feature what went right and provide a reminder to the ag industry on its successes. Below we walk you through the good news surrounding beef cattle production in 2018, which included trade, cell-cultured tissue oversight and an American Ninja Warrior.
  • Wall, S.D. school to begin new year serving local beef
    Ranchers Josh and Shasta Geigle of Wall were first to donate a portion of a heifer that was processed on Dec. 5 and will be served to students on Jan. 4, 2019. Josh says the program has been well-received by the community and school district so far and he looks forward to what it will mean to the children. 
  • G20 Summit brings about pause on China trade tariffs
    After weeks of speculating on what would take place at last week’s G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina where 20 of the world’s leading countries convened, it is being seen by the White House and others in the beef industry as a successful meeting in terms of re-establishing trade relations.
  • Beef production adjusted lower in 2018 and 2019
    The 2019 beef production forecast was lowered by 100 million pounds to 27.8 billion pounds. The adjustment reflects fewer-than-expected cattle placed in feedlots in third-quarter 2018, thereby reducing the expected number of fed cattle marketed and slaughtered in early 2019. 
  • USDA, FDA will jointly oversee cell-cultured foods

    The area of “cellular agriculture” as the biotech field is calling it, has been a top concern for the livestock industry that has questioned the safety regulations and proper labeling of such products. Of biggest concern to many producer groups is the potential of lab-grown, cell-cultured protein to be labeled “meat”. 

  • Calif. voters say yes to cage-free animals

    California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure Nov. 6 requiring that all eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens by 2022. Proposition 12 also bans the sale of pork and veal in California from farm animals raised in cages that don’t meet the new minimum size requirements

  • Global ag news: A roundup of foreign happenings in the world of agriculture

    E.U. to curb use of antibiotics on farm animals; Quebec to be compensated for losses from USMCA deal; Global food prices dip in October

  • Secretary of Ag visits Poet, Lennox, S.D. farm
    Following the tour of POET, Perdue, Rounds and Noem, along with South Dakota Sen. John Thune met with producers and representatives from agricultural organizations at the Poppens farm near Lennox. They answered questions about trade, financial issues farmers face, labeling lab-grown protein, new biotechnology rules, traceability and restructuring parts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • South Dakotans testify in D.C. for truthful labeling of meat
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is deciding whether or not lab-cultured tissue should be labeled as meat.
    Many do not support labeling foods produced using animal cell culture technology as meat. And, for good reason, says Eric Sumption, a Frederick, S.D. cattle producer who traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify on behalf of his family’s cow/calf and feedlot operation.
  • 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. 
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