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Industry News

Small Businessman Testifies On Changing Face Of Small Businesses

published: July 25th 2014 source: NCBA

Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statutes and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s witness Ken Keesaman addressed these concerns today at the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing....

Industry News

South Texas study results show Brahman, crossbred influence receive higher premiums

published: July 25th 2014 by: Blair Fannin

CORPUS CHRISTI – Data from a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service South Texas study shows Brahman and British crossbred cattle add significant value to breeding stock in South Texas and performed best in terms of sale price....


The Texas Side of Things...

published: July 25th 2014 by: Jim Banner

Today’s grocery store just isn’t the same as they were when I was growing up in Llano, Texas.  In Llano we had three small grocery stores…Pinkies, Minimax and Donop’s and I’m guessing you could fit all three of them in one modern day H....

Industry News

Texas Tales

published: July 25th 2014 by: Mike Cox

A viscious and bloody fight, the Battle of Walker Creek certainly does not rank as one of Texas’s largest or better-known engagements, but the affair has a significance beyond its numbers.    On June 8, 1844, returning from a fruitless scout for Indians, a company of Texas Rangers under John Coffee “Jack” Hays camped at a point he later described as “four miles east of the Pinto trace ....


D.C. News...

published: July 25th 2014

USDA withdraws GMO disclosure rule By Tim Devaney, The Hill The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops....


Weighing The Market

published: July 25th 2014 by: Wes and Sharla Ishmael

Beef Market Defies Expectations If you ever wondered how uncomfortable folks are with the lofty heights of cattle prices, all you had to do was watch the futures market after Independence Day. Limit-up, limit-down, wide swings in both directions with little to no change in fundamentals....

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....

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