After several years of unprecedented profitability at the cow/calf sector, ranchers have seen those margins continue to tighten over the past 12 to 18 months. This first caught ranchers attention with headline-grabbing increases in corn and fuel prices, and soon expanded into accelerated land values and forage costs.
Young Angus producers interested in networking with others, learning more about the American Angus Association (AAA), and exploring the beef production system should apply to the 2009 Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). BLI is designed for AAA members 25-45 years old as a resource to provide insight to all segments of the beef industry.
Perhaps I spoke too soon regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). The Obama administration decided to suspend any final rulemaking decisions and implementation of rules that have not been implemented.
Seasonally strong beef demand is right around the corner, or at least that?s what the cattle industry?from bottom to top?is hoping for. Analysts expect January?s higher slaughter rates to slow down somewhat in February as packers and retailers try to deal with their current oversupply of middle meats and a decreased availability of fed cattle.
Cows should not be giftwrapped. Very few questions are ever asked by those planning to purchase replacement cows. Not even simple questions, such as are the cows vaccinated or what vaccinations have the cows received? The history of a cow is perhaps more important than the wrapping.
JBS S.A. officials were scheduled to appear Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court in Chicago for a hearing on proceedings in a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit that seeks to block the company from acquiring National Beef Packing Co. Media coverage of the previous hearing held Jan.
The Department of the Interior?s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently signed a Record of Decision (ROD) amending 92 land use plans in support of the designation of more than 6,000 miles of energy transport corridors on federal lands in 11 western states.
Low mortality isn?t the only way to measure the success of your health program. Pfizer veterinarian Robin Falkner told attendees at last fall?s Feeding Quality Forums held in North Platte, NE, and Amarillo, TX, to start thinking about disease management a little differently.
Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen?s Association (CCA), the Colorado Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., seeks nominations for the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.