Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) each year, only 90 of the very best are at the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions held Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beef Palace Auction Arena.
Cash trade in the fed cattle markets last Thursday remained slow, although some business had been completed in Colorado at $83.50, steady to 50 cents higher than the previous week. Nebraska and Corn Belt dressed trade was also underway at mostly steady prices despite light to moderate demand from packer buyers.
With tax season just around the corner, a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service publication has been revised to remind agriculture producers to be aware of various taxes that affect their operation.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHFWHC) will hold its third annual Trustees Gathering and Benefit in Helena on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Great Northern Best Western Hotel in Helena, MT. The trustees will meet at 1 p.m.
When USDA graders stamp carcasses, they estimate the eating experience for consumers and provide report cards for producers. They also measure cutability, or red meat yield. Most carcasses are graded, but very few qualify for the top of the USDA pyramid.
A portable test being developed by biodetection expert Stratophase could soon enable farmers and vets to accurately detect highly contagious diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB) and foot and mouth (FMD) in the field, reducing false alarms and containment time and enabling remedial action to be taken more quickly.
Michael MacNeil, U.S. Department of Agriculture animal genetics researcher, will be a featured speaker during the Jan. 28 Grass-N- Beef Research Review at North Dakota State University?s (NDSU) Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter, ND.
The top groups in the 2008 AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) ?blew the doors off? average quality grades, says program director Sara Snider. Three feedlots won more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for first through fifth place finishes during the inaugural year of the contest.
Cornbelt agriculture has benefited from the ethanol market that will consume an estimated 3.7 billion bushels of corn this marketing year and has created a premium pricing environment for the corn grower. 2009 will produce an estimated 11 billion gallons of ethanol en route to the 2015 mandate of 15 billion gallons.