Speaking before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Dave Daley, among three other individuals, offered the members their expertise on forest and wildfire management through practices such as prescribed burns.
Last summer, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) launched a petition calling for a referendum on the Beef Checkoff. The group has until July 2 to collect signatures from 10 percent of the nation’s cattle producers, or 88,269 producers, to officially request a referendum.
“The wholesale beef market, along with the pork and chicken continues toward the heavens,” wrote Cassie Fish of The Beef. On Tuesday, June lean hog futures traded for a brief time higher than the June Live Cattle futures. The Choice cutout climbed over $300 this week, nearly a 33 percent gain from March prices and the second-highest prices reached since the pandemic first affected the market.
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A new Quarterly report released by CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division suggests the economy and rural industries will not be returning to pre-COVID conditions. Read more
A federal judge sided with environmental groups in April against the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS), which sought to reauthorize and expand sheep grazing at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in the Centennial Mountains on the Idaho-Montana border. Read more
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer was virtually unchanged in April, up one point from March to a reading of 178. Producers are becoming more optimistic about the future. Read more
While most people shy away from a cow patty, the mounds of manure contain a plethora of valuable information for cattle ranchers. Testing manure and deciphering the results of the tests is the job of the Texas A&M AgriLife Grazingland Animal Nutrition (GAN) Lab. Read more
Mother Nature provided increasingly inconsistent precipitation for the Great Plains over the past decade, impacting grasslands, forage systems and beef production in the region—and scientists expect that trend to intensify. Read more
Calving season is wrapping up for some producers, in full swing for others, and just getting started for others. While the focus is definitely on making sure milk intake, particularly colostrum, is adequate for the young calves, it is also time to be thinking about water intake. Read more
Western wildfire is clearly a big issue, especially after last year’s record wildfires. Everybody knows something needs to be done and straightforward plans are still in discussion.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association came out with their analysis of their 75% Plan to invigorate the cash fed cattle markets, and realized that two cattle feeding regions were not able to reach their cash trade targets.
There has been a lot of hubbub about Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and the Cattlemen’s Congress show in Oklahoma City, which jumped on top of the NWSS dates. The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and several other opportunistic groups, including cattlemen, are essentially trying to supplant NWSS, a major national stock show.