Several Texas-based federal veterinarians charged with inspecting imports of live Mexican cattle into the U.S. are wary of traveling to, and working in, a newly-built facility just south of the Texas border in Nuevo Len, Mexico. The veterinarians cite safety concerns supported by the fact the U.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have recently identified tells of prion diseases like BSE which can be detected in the blood of infected animals. This discovery could pave the way for a blood test screening for prion-caused neurologic disorders in humans, and perhaps animals, too.
Following the scandal and eventual collapse of Eastern Livestock, the matter of payment of auction cattle has become more pressing. The company’s leaders were indicted for mail fraud and the company was alleged to have been involved in a six-year-long spate of check kiting.
The September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came out Wednesday, Sept. 12. This report held some surprises in corn, though the surprises were mostly in that the estimates varied so much from, and were so much stronger than, pre-report industry expectations.
A recent report from Canada points out the country’s dependence on the U.S. as a market for its cattle and beef. This fact is inspiring concern and the report calls for changes to recapture lost competitive standing and international market advantage..
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the removal of the Wyoming gray wolf from the endangered species list Friday, Aug. 31. Wolf management will be turned over to the state under an approved management plan. The wolf’s large population in the northern Rocky Mountain region was cited as the rationale for the delisting.
Argentina contacted the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the end of August seeking WTO consultation regarding what it alleges are illegal and unscientific trade barriers to Argentinean beef in the U.S. This move came just a week after the U.S. and Japan filed complaints with WTO alleging Argentinean import licensing rules are protectionist.
According to the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) active fire mapping service, 2012 year-to-date has had the most fire damage seen in six years, with 7.29 million acres burned already. Only 2005 and 2006 saw more destruction at this time in the year at 7.32 million acres and 7.