That’s something I’m excited to support. In fact, an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways, including contributing to a positive trend in beef demand and the profitability of their operations.
U.S. net farm income—a measure of the sector’s profitability—is forecast to be $73.6 billion in 2015, down nearly 32 percent from 2014’s forecast of $108 billion. The 2015 forecast would be the lowest since 2009 and a drop of nearly 43 percent from the record high of $129 billion in 2013.
Since then, the combination of strong global demand, particularly in developing countries, and higher prices for farm commodities, has boosted agriculture’s share of all U.S. exports from a low of 6.6 percent in 2000 to an average of 9.1 percent during 2011-2013.
Dr. Stephen Hammack, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus, Stephenville, shared his perspective—as well as AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Jason Banta’s research options— for producers to consider at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference held in Waco.
Even though calves may have been on a backgrounding program for several months, it doesn’t mean they are safe from subsequent health issues later on in the feeding period, explained Russ Daly, Professor and SDSU Extension Veterinarian, and Reid McDaniel, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Feedlot Specialist.
Noble Foundation Pasture and Range Consultant Chad Ellis has been selected as the 2015 Society of Range Management (SRM) Association Outstanding Young Range Professional honor award recipient. Ellis was honored at the society’s 2015 annual meeting earlier this month.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. This report is a recommendation to the Secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year.
UW Extension Weed Specialist Brian Mealor is putting out a casting call for teams to enter his Wyoming Restoration Challenge. Teams will create their menus for success during a three-year contest to rid land near Lingle of the most cheatgrass and restore the pasture into a more productive and diverse plant community.
The price of 750-800-lb. feeder steers at the Oklahoma National Stockyards exceeded $220 per hundredweight at the end of 2014, up $65 since January and over $100 since May 2013. At the same time, the price of corn (a major component of cattle feed) fell from above $7.