While producers are still trying to sort out the differences between natural, organic, and grass-fed beef, USDA has recently introduced a value-added certification to the mix in an attempt to clarify niche-marketing production claims and to provide producers with a marketing tool for their natural cattle.
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.
West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in seven more horses, including one in Franklin County, the first confirmed equine case in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. Two of the horses have been put down; the other five are recovering.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHF WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. This year, MCHFWHC will honor those historical figures who have had an impact on Montanas western heritage in the years 1860 to 1940.
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced last week that nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers are being accepted through Oct. 5, 2009.
Farmers, landowners and conservationists are looking at what options may be available for 436,000 acres across the state that will move out of USDAs Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) at the end of this month.
The pain of recent record losses in the U.S. cattle feeding industry will not diminish soon, but tightening supplies could lead to a modest rebound in late 2010, according to agricultural economist James Mintert.
The common tradition for weaning spring-born calves is to wait until late October and even early November. Most mature cows that have been feeding on adequate summer forages will be in very good body condition, despite the pressure of nursing a rapidly growing calf.