The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Preparing for the changing  U.S. beef industry
    The U.S. beef industry is facing greater expectations from consumers for the future, but if we can meet and exceed those expectations there are also bigger opportunities to be gained. 
  • USMARC Director closes in on one year at the helm
    Dr. Mark Boggess quietly filled the role of director for the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) near Clay Center, Neb. last summer after longtime director Dr. John Pollak retired from the position to take on other leadership roles in the animal industry.
  • Farm economy calls for better stress coping

    A lot has changed in the farm economy in the last five years, and it’s weighing heavily on family farmers.

    But agricultural producers are self-sufficient by nature, so their stress remains largely unaddressed until it’s to the breaking point—whether a financial crisis or worse. That’s why Extension professionals, like Brandy VanDeWalle, are stepping in.

  • Industry will continue to be profitable, forecasts CattleFax for 2019
    CattleFax’s Randy Black shared that their projections show limited liquidation within the cow-calf sector and Blach indicated, “We expect cow-calf producers will continue to be profitable going into the early part of the next decade."  
  • Charolais, Red Angus take BHSS supreme honors

    Black Hills Stock Show Supreme Champion Bull was the Charolais from the Thomas Ranch of Harrold, S.D. TR MR OUTSIDER 7789E ET is an August 2017 son of M&M OUTSIDER 4003 PLD and TR MS WYOMING WIND 5604R. He sold to Joel Deering, Cheyenne Charolais of Wasta, S.D. for $10,500. 

    BHSS Supreme Champion Female was the Red Angus from Weber Land & Cattle and Allyson Beninga, Lake Benton, MN. WEBR EXPECTATION 7104 is an April 2017 daughter of PZC TMAS FIREBOLT 3397A and BRRA EXPECTATION 2008. She sold to Windy Creek Cattle Co, Spencer, SD for $16,000. She was also the highest selling female of the stock show. 

  • Forces that will shape the U.S. rural economy
    Global and U.S. economic prospects are weakening and the agricultural economy shows few signs of an imminent comeback, according to a comprehensive 2019 outlook report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division.
  • Are you thinking holistically? Recent roadshow asks producers to think differently
    Holistic management specialists Roland Kroos and Patrick Toomey led the workshop series with presentations in Watertown, Eureka, Chamberlain, Buffalo and Custer during the week of Jan. 7 -11. The roadshow was sponsored by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Holistic management specialists Roland Kroos and Patrick Toomey led the workshop series with presentations in Watertown, Eureka, Chamberlain, Buffalo and Custer during the week of Jan. 7 -11. The roadshow was sponsored by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 
  • Charolais, Simmental win Sioux Empire Livestock Show Supreme Row
    The Charolais, JORGE 8811 ET, was named Supreme Row Bull. Consigned by McKenzye Gunderson, Parker, S.D., he was sired by TR PZC MR TURTON 0794 ET and out of WCR MS DESIGN 7371 P. He sold for $3,500 to Jaden Kellogg, St. Lawrence, S.D.
  • Over 35 years of auctioneering cattle at the Black Hills Stock Show
    Sonny Booth is a mainstay of the Limousin, Chi and Simmental sales
  • Ottes sell Martin Livestock Auction and Cafe
    Brad and Shelly Otte, owners of Martin Livestock Auction and Cafe in Martin, S.D., have announced the sale of the property to Brian and Dawn Jaeger and Ross and Amy Ringling of Platte, S.D. ending 68 years of family ownership. 
  • American ag and the EU

    There’s been ample news stories about the trade outlook – and regulations – around the world. What’s the status on the European Union and ag trading with the U.S.?

  • 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.

  • PETA makes plea to go vegan in the heart of beef country
    PETA has erected a billboard in the heart of beef country, urging Nebraskans to go vegan.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship for cow-calf producers
    In June 2018, I was fortunate to attend a meeting at Hy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, Kansas, on science-based solutions to reduce antibiotic resistance in food animal production.
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