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This section carries the latest in industry news from our cattle associations, government agencies, and other sources as it pertains to the cattle industry and livestock industry as a whole. If it is news that relates to the beef cow or ranches in Texas and other states, then you will find it at southernlivestock.com.

MBA Program Reaches 10,000 Grads

published: March 24th 2017 source: Beef Checkoff

    This month, the beef checkoff’s Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program, reached 10,000 graduates! This group of beef and dairy producers – along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community – has stepped up and are leading the way in advocating for the industry and all of agriculture....

Study shows wildfire does not damage barbed wire

published: March 23rd 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

AMARILLO – Don’t assume that a grass fire has damaged the barbed wire on a fence. That’s the message of one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo to ranchers who saw wildfire rip through their fenced grassland beginning March 6....

NCBA President Testifies on Cattlemen’s Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill

published: March 22nd 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

In testimony on Capitol Hill March 21, Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattle producer from Nebraska and the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, called on Congress to authorize $150 million a year over five years for a “stronger and more adequate foot-and-mouth disease (FMB) vaccine bank” as part of the 2018 Farm Bill....

National coalition launches pilot research project to improve sustainability in US beef industry

published: March 16th 2017 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.  McDonalds USA, Tyson Foods,  The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Beef Marketing Group (BMG) and Golden State Foods announced the two-year pilot research project that will seek methods to improve sustainability across the entire beef value chain, test metrics established by the U....

Annual Report Recaps State and National Beef Checkoff Programs

published: March 15th 2017 source: Texas Beef Checkoff

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Beef Council (TBC) recently published the 2016 annual report highlighting key state and national programs in the areas of promotion, research and education.  Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal year 2016....

Cattle numbers increase

published: March 14th 2017 source: USDA

The National Agricultural Statistical Service of USDA has reported national cattle numbers as of January 1, 2017. Total cattle, at 93.6 million head, were up 2% from one year ago. There were 40.6 million cows and heifers that have calved, up 3%....

Texas Panhandle Wildfires Information & Resources

published: March 13th 2017 source: Texas Animal Health Commission

      Wildfires swept across eight Texas Panhandle counties on March 6-7, 2017 and continue to burn, leaving behind charred land and affecting animals and people....

Fire relief resources

published: March 10th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  NCBA is sending prayers to all of the folks and livestock currently facing devastating fires in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. To help with the fire relief efforts, please see below: Texas Three supply points have been established to collect donated hay....

Cattlemen Applaud President for Ordering Reconsideration of “Extremely Flawed” WOTUS Rule

published: March 7th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider their controversial Waters of the United States rule: “This extremely flawed rule would force ranchers and feedlot operators to get permits or risk excessive federal penalties despite being miles away from any navigable water....

Spring Ranch Management University set for April 3-7 in College Station

published: March 6th 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be offered April 3-7, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station....

Red Angus and Allfex form partnership

published: March 3rd 2017 source: Red Angus Association of America

Denton, Texas –The longest-running USDA Processed Verified Program – the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program that was launched in 1994 – announced a new tag provider recently....

Grassfed beef conference set for May

published: March 1st 2017 source: Texas A&M University Extension

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service is pleased to announce the seventh annual conference focused on grassfed beef production. Consumer interest in natural, grassfed and organic beef continues to rise....

Online Beef University: Beef up on beef

published: February 28th 2017 by: Lynn Gordon source: IGrow

Leaders are learners, always striving to learn more and not settling for the status quo. An excellent learning opportunity is now available for beef producers to learn more about the product they produce, or brush up on some of the production facts, beef labeling issues, beef inspection and grading along with the latest knowledge available to the beef industry....

The Flavor Factors

published: February 27th 2017 by: Miranda Reiman source: Certified Angus Beef

Life is not always heads or tails, black and white, or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others. “Beef flavor is very complex. It’s not one attribute, but many, many flavor notes,” said Bridget Wasser, executive director of meat science for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)....

Commissioner Sid Miller Announces TAC Rule Change to Allow Limited Use of Feral Hog Toxicant in Texas

published: February 23rd 2017 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  On Feb. 21st,  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) that classifies a warfarin-based hog lure as a state-limited-use pesticide....

Youth employ technical, interpersonal skills at Agrobotics Challenge with ag influence

published: February 22nd 2017 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas Agrilife Today

SAN ANTONIO – Teams of 4-H and FFA members from throughout Texas applied their technical and interpersonal skills at the Agrobotics Challenge held recently at the Morris Activity Center during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo....

Large amounts of stored surplus grain need attention with safety in mind

published: February 20th 2017 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

  MEXICO, Mo. – The perfect storm exists for more grain bin accidents in 2017 since farmers are storing more grain on-farm than ever before, says University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer Charles Ellis....

TFB contributes $100,000 to museum’s ag-venture

published: February 17th 2017 source: Texas Farm Bureau

  A growing disconnect between urban and rural America has Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) expanding its reach and raising agricultural awareness. The state’s largest general farm and ranch organization will help a new agricultural literacy wing soar at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock through a $100,000 contribution....

Texas cattle fever ticks are back with a vengeance

published: February 17th 2017 by: Steve Burns

By Steve Byrns COLLEGE STATION– Texas cattle fever ticks, which made Texas Longhorns the pariah of the plains in the late 1800s, are once again expanding their range with infestations detected in Live Oak, Willacy and Kleberg counties, said Texas A&M AgriLife experts....

Commodity price stabilization expected in 2017

published: February 17th 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2017) – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Associa-tion (NCBA)Trade Show....

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