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Industry News

Thorpe honored for beef industry achievements

published: July 25th 2014

There is no man more associated with the words “cattle market” than Topper Thorpe, who left his mark on the industry during a 32-year tenure with CattleFax. His contributions and leadership will be noted as Thorpe re-ceives the Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achieve-ment Award in August....

Industry News

Eng Foundation to host cow/calf symposium in San Antonio

published: July 25th 2014

A symposium  entitled "Innovative Intensification in Cow-Calf Systems" is the second annual symposia of its kind to be sponsored by the Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation....

Industry News

Simbrah breed hosts another successful Roundup event

published: July 25th 2014 source: American Simbrah Breeders

Junior Simbrah breeders from Texas and Louisiana were in attendance at the annual American Junior Simbrah Roundup (AJSR) June 18-21 in Wharton, Texas. The event featured educational contests, as well as showmanship, bred and owned shows, percentage and purebred shows, along with a lot of fun....

Industry News

Ultramodern genetic sequencing machine puts research in high gear at Texas A&M

published: July 25th 2014

COLLEGE STATION — The latest in genomic technologies along with new, spacious facilities has put genetic sequencing into high gear at Texas A&M University in College Station, officials said....

Industry News

U.S. grain exports to Mexico rise in value to $7.3 billion

published: July 25th 2014

COLLEGE STATION – U.S. exports of grain, oilseed and related products to Mexico averaged 22.2 million metric tons per year from 2008-2012 with an average annual value of $7.3 billion, according to a report by the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University....

Herd Health

Effects Of Heat Stress On Cattle

published: July 24th 2014 by: Joe Benton source: Oklahoma State University Extension

High temperatures raise the concern of heat stress on cattle. Hot weather and high humidity can reduce breeding efficiency, milk production, feed intake, weight gains and can sometimes cause death. Management can be used to reduce the problem when hot and humid weather is forecast....

Industry News

USDA Reminds Farmers Of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

published: July 23rd 2014 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026)....

Industry News

New Highway In Mexico Creates Opportunity

published: July 22nd 2014 by: Rod Santa Ana source: Texas Agrilife Today

WESLACO – A new highway in Mexico may never enter the U.S., but it is taking Dr. Luis Ribera, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist in Weslaco, on the road.   Because the highway will bring a flood of new imports east across Mexico for shipment from South Texas throughout the state and the U....

Industry News

A Future With Or Without Cows

published: July 21st 2014 by: Kris Ringwald source: North Dakota Extension

Is there a place for cows in the future? The reality of today’s agriculture is that it is heavily slanted toward crop production if the land has the potential to be converted to crops. Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow needs to have a threefold increase in net returns to compete with crop production....

Industry News

When To Market Is The Question

published: July 18th 2014 by: Curt Lacy, Extension Economist-Livestock source: University of Georgia

Recently, the cattle markets have been as hot as the mid-July temperatures. While the high prices generate lots of questions, the main ones being asked now are: 1) should I sell my calves at weaning, and 2) what is the most economical alternative for replacement females? Fortunately, two decision-aids from the University of Georgia (UGA) have been updated that can help cattlemen with these decisions....

Industry News

EPA Administrator Calls Cattlemen’s Concerns Ludicrous

published: July 17th 2014 source: NCBA

During a trip to Missouri to meet with farmers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hosted a press conference to address what she called the “ludicrous” concerns of many farmers and ranchers pertaining to the proposed “waters of the United States” rule under the Clean Water Act....

Industry News

Study Shows Zilmax Has No Apparent Detrimental Effects On Cattle

published: July 16th 2014 source: University of Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and U....

Industry News

Beef Cattle Production Tips

published: July 15th 2014 source: Arkansas University Extension

Here are some items that beef and forage producers need to consider at this time of year: Beef cattle management • Monitor pasture conditions for growing replacement and retained cattle. Pasture quality usually diminishes this time of year....


Young Calves, Summer Heat And Water Consumption

published: July 14th 2014 by: By Karla H. Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf, Range source: University of Nebraska

Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer....

Herd Health

Flies Can Impact Summertime Beef Cattle Production

published: July 11th 2014 source: Penn State University Extension

High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises. Learn how to minimize the impact they have on your herd. Flies have a negative impact on cattle operations....

Industry News

Just Your Standard Bull

published: July 11th 2014 by: Michael Sturgess

Is there a bigger topic than the cattle market? Record high cattle prices, stable if not reduced feed costs…and RAIN! For several years now, we have been inundated with information like the lowest cowherd numbers since the ‘50’s....


Texas Tales

published: July 11th 2014 by: Mike Cox

Anyone who has ever landed a speckled trout or bull redfish knows the process is exciting, but it took Texans a long time to realize that fishing could hook tourists as well as dinner. Well into the 20th century, coastal Texans fished primarily for food, either for themselves or to sell....


D.C. News...

published: July 11th 2014

Comment time on controversial EPA Water Rule extended Puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time) and isolated wetlands dot the nation’s farmland....

Industry News

Texas beef producers pass referendum for Beef Checkoff by wide margin

published: July 11th 2014

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced July 2nd, Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program, which was ap-proved by a wide margin of 66....


Executive Director’s Report...

published: July 11th 2014 by: Bill Hyman source: ICA of Texas

The battle over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) continues as opponents lobby Congress to cut appropriations to USDA earmarked for COOL.  The packers and their allies continue to press for a suspension of the current rules requiring the country of origin to be stamped on the package of beef in the retail markets....

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