Cash cattle were unable to find much support, with the brunt of the week’s sales struggling to bring $114. Packers continue to reap high margins, with the Sterling Profit Tracker recording packers receiving $429.52 per head for the week ending Feb. 26.
News from the Editors
USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), along with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is conducting a national study focusing on cattle health and management on feedlots containing at least 50 head. Read more
Montana lawmakers proposed several bills designed to shape bison management in the state. The bills include hot-button issues such as the movement of bison throughout the state without a state health certificate, requiring county approval to relocate bison, and the clarification of wild versus domestic bison. Read more
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has extended the commenting period deadline over its proposed Rangeland Management Directives. The directives govern grazing permits and allotment administration, and have not been revised for 30 years. Read more
While much of the country has been experiencing unprecedented low temperatures and snowfall, much of the Far West continues to hope for rain. Most states are behind in terms of normal precipitation and are still experiencing high levels of drought. Read more
Currently, in Washington, meat sold to consumers must be butchered and processed in a USDA facility. Senate Bill 5045 would create a state-run meat and poultry inspection program with requirements equal to those imposed through USDA. Read more
After reading the story “Enviros blame domestic sheep for disease” (WLJ Nov. 6, 2020), Joe Iriart reached out to WLJ to share his struggles with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and his desire to run sheep on his allotment. Read more
Drought continues to persist over much of the West, and hay and pasture competition between cattle and sheep continues to increase. The upward trajectory of the price of corn is also influencing the cost of feeding out lambs for market. Read more
Markets were mixed today, although more positive than yesterday. Live cattle futures were higher, and if cash trade had waited until today to develop, perhaps the week’s cash prices could have been higher with encouragement from the futures. Read more
USDA needs to ensure its coronavirus aid to farmers is equitable as the Biden administration is using the department in several ways to focus on President Joe Biden’s goal to contain the coronavirus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said recently. Read more
Consumers overwhelmingly chose ground beef over plant-based beef alternatives in a multifaceted study now being reported by Kansas State (K-State) University researchers. Read more
Farmers continue to report strong current economic conditions on their farms, according to the February Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Read more
Winter Storm Uri, which blasted through the entire state of Texas, caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses, according to preliminary data from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economists. Read more
Despite shipping record-breaking volumes of U.S. beef to China from July to December 2020, the U.S. supplied only 1.3 percent of China’s total imports of beef. Read more
The Department of Interior (DOI) is an important agency to all Western public land resource users. President Joe Biden’s nomination for the DOI cabinet post, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), is causing quite a controversy.
The Biden administration has gotten off to a quick start with all the presidential orders President Joe Biden has produced in the first 30 days. This outfit worries me when it comes to the public lands.