The Cattle Business Weekly
  • House Ag  offers up Farm Bill version
     The conservation title would be cut by nearly $800 million over a decade under House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway’s farm bill. The committee proposes folding aspects of the Conservation Stewardship Program into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, both of which fund the application of conservation practices on land remaining in production. 
  • This Earth Day, “lead the discussion; be proud…”
    On April 22 – and every day – ag advocacy needed
  • Spring storm Xanto
    Generally calving mid-April means mother cows delivering their babies on green grass in the warm sunshine. That wasn’t the case for thousands of cattle this past weekend as spring storm Xanto surged through the Dakotas and Nebraska region bringing with it rain, sleet, snow, and wind.
  • Support sought for greatly expanded U.S. foot and mouth vaccine bank
    With the extensive transport that occurs in today’s industry and the fact that animals may shed the FMD virus for a few days before being identified as infected, the virus could spread rapidly.
  • Printed Burgers
    The rise of 3-D meat might be closer than we think
  • Marfrig Global Foods acquiring majority control of National Beef
    Acquisition of 51% stake in U.S. company will make Marfrig world’s second-largest beef producer.
  • Geopolitics &  Ag Investments
    Headlines highlighting global geopolitics are increasingly becoming a concern for ag operators, ag investors and the network of vendors who sell products and services in our industry.
  • Figuring pasture rent as a share of the calf
    Skip Marland, a North Platte, Nebraska, rancher, land appraiser and real estate broker, thinks the “share” concept can also be used for figuring fair pasture rental rates.  “Equitable” might be a better term, notes Marland, who uses the share concept as a framework for establishing pasture rental agreements that are equitable to the landlord and the tenant. This framework also lends the flexibility needed as market conditions change.
  • Rural news: Thefts, accidents & economics
    Authorities have identified the 89-year-old man from rural North Dakota who died after he was pinned between a fence post and a trailer near Alexander, N.D. on Friday, March 30.
  • SDSU’s Little International held
    SDSU hosted its 95th Little International event on March 23-24 in Brookings, S.D.
  • Large increase in cattle on feed
    The inventory was 9 percent above March 1, 2017. This is the largest percentage increase since 2006.
  • Drought forces better management
    One way cow-calf producers can achieve operational flexibility is to diversify. Instead of grazing only a breeding herd, a producer could also graze yearlings. He cited an example where a producer devotes two-thirds of the ranch’s forage to a cow herd, but uses the remainder to graze yearlings.
  • Making headlines: Drought, Farm Bill and ELD Mandate
    Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed a drought declaration for all 105 counties in the state of Kansas to provide assistance to farmers and ranchers as they cope with the impact the drought will continue to have on crops and livestock.
  • Global meat, poultry consumption expected to increase 45 percent by 2030
    Trevor Amen tells producers during Beef Day at the Colorado Farm Show that the global gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase to $38 trillion from now through 2030.
  • 5 adjustments to consider
    Ag industry economist David Kohl is always encouraging farmers and ranchers to get more savvy about their financial management. Here, he cites five proactive adjustments producers might consider to keep their ag entities viable for the future.
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