As consumers at home and abroad get more interested in their food, production technologies get more attention and scrutiny from all angles. None is so frequent in the mainstream media today, or possibly as valuable to the beef industry, as beta agonists.
Arizona cattlemen who have been grazing their cattle on the federal public and state trust lands have had frequent issues with off-road vehicle (ORV) riders. The issue is quickly complicated when ORV riders engage in illegal riding and other illegal activity which a growing number of people claim goes hand in hand with the activity.
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Feb. 22. It detailed the number of cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity as of Feb. 1 and the number of cattle placed on feed and marketed from such feedlots during the month of January.
Feb. 21, the city council of St. George, UT, helped reignite a long-running conflict between the state and the federal government over land ownership. The city council members voiced their support for a nearly year-old Utah House Bill 148 by passing a resolution in support of the law which was signed by Gov.
On the heels of Rocky and Q—the winter storms, that is—the issue of winter hay feeding is a key concern. Though for some, winter always means feeding hay, the unusual and sudden levels of snow many parts of cattle country got last week and the week before have potentially intensified that need.
On Valentine’s Day, Senate Democrats suggested a $110 billion measure which would theoretically fend off the mandatory spending cuts coming March 1. The proposed package recommended replacing the spending cuts (often referred to as “the sequester” or “sequestration”) would shift the economic onus onto, among other things, agriculture.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (WASDE) was released Friday, Feb. 8. It did not include many surprises, but some changes to corn and soybean estimates made some waves in what has been called the overly sensitive grain market.
Monday, Feb. 11, Russia announced it had adopted a “zero-tolerance” position regarding ractopamine residues in meat. This move has effectively suspended all Russian imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey as there is no unified tracking protocol in place for the feed additive in the U.