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Thursday, December 31,2009

New year means new regulation for Texas cattle

by WLJ
Thinking about selling, leasing, bartering or even giving away a breeding bull? On Jan. 1, Texas bulls that undergo a change of ownership (except to slaughter) must be either certified as a virgin bull or be tested first for cattle trichomoniasis, a protozoal disease that can cause cows to abort very early in pregnancy.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Southwest Beef Symposium offers cattle producers tools for better management

by WLJ
Cattle producers can expect to receive the tools they need to better manage their herds at the 2010 Southwest Beef Symposium Jan. 20-21 in Tucumcari, NM.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

As much as 100 million bushels of corn could be lost

by DTN
As much as 100 million bushels of U.S. corn could be lost after heavy snowstorms in recent days likely delayed until spring the final stages of an already historically slow harvest, analysts and meteorologists said last Monday..

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Beef producers must set the stage for Asian beef trade boom

by WLJ
Basse says beef consumption in the U.S. is at its lowest level in 12 years, but demand around the world is increasing with population and wealth from India to China. Until 1998, the average Chinese person made less than $1,000 a year. Today, its $3,900 and rising.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Conference brings ranchers, scientists to Nevada

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Despite blizzards and snarled air traffic nationwide, a diverse crowd of cattle producers, range scientists and government agency employees from across the country turned out to attend last week’s Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Sparks, NV.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
National Beef Inc. said that it would indefinitely postpone its initial public offering (IPO) of stock last week as a result of the soft market environment in New York. Today, National Beef postponed its planned initial public offering due to current weakness in the IPO market, a spokesman said after the announcement.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

NDSU Feedlot School set

by WLJ
Topics will include feeding programs; feeds and animal requirements; optimizing nutrient use; carcass quality; facility management; diseases, treatments and health programs; feed delivery; bunk reading; waste and nutrient management; ration...

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Vilsack orders climate change model update

by DTN
If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. I dont believe the results ... are necessarily an accurate depiction of the impacts of climate legislation.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

K-State offers planning, other help for producers

by WLJ
Even at this time of year when American farm families are typically looking forward to planning for the new year, some are struggling. A spouse may have lost an off-farm job, a family member may not fully know his place in an operation, and others have been hit by low prices for what they produce.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Ben and Nita Houston to receive Friend of the National Western Stock Show honors

by WLJ
Houston, and his wife of 59 years, Nita, have owned the Aristocrat Angus Ranch west of Platteville, CO, since 1965. But that is only part of the reason they will be named the 2010 Friend of the National Western Stock Show by the Red Meat Club of Denver at the stock show next month.

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