Recent Livestock Headlines

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As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on, it is exposing serious stress points in the nation’s delicately balanced meat supply system. Decades of consolidation and centralization in the meat processing industry have created a system precisely attuned to serve the exact mix of retail and wholesale me…

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Under the state's re-opening framework established through Executive Order No. 20-29 from Gov. Laura Kelly, competitions and events not affiliated with fairs or festivals were allowed to resume as of May 22. This includes livestock shows for which the Kansas Department of Agriculture has pro…

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The recent Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards saw a large turnout and active bidding on most lots, according to University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. The 215 heifers averaged $1,687.

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Spring branding and processing day is often a time when community members and families join together to administer vaccinations, castrate, implant calves and apply hide identification before summer pasture turnout.

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, in partnership with the Oklahoma Ford Dealers, is preparing for the 36th anniversary of the OCA Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently appointed two new Commissioners to the Texas Animal Health Commission, Jimmie Ruth Evans representing the sheep and goat industry and Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., representing the general public.

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A team of researchers in the Midwest, including Agricultural Research Service scientists from the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, is developing a web-based tool that will help cattle producers select the best bull for their herds.

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Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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The Let’s Grow-sponsored webinar series returns on June 16 at 8 p.m. EDT with a session titled “Lamb Markets and Managing in These Uncertain Times.”

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The Red Angus Association of America board of directors has voted to cancel the upcoming National Red Angus Convention, which was scheduled for Sept. 23 to 25 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The difficult decision was made after RAAA leadership discussed the many risks associated with holding t…

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In response to a growing number of people searching for local and online meat sales, the Kansas Beef Council is creating a digital platform to directly connect consumers looking to purchase beef with those who produce it. The online Kansas beef listing site also will provide factual informat…

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“Missouri livestock producers have some options to manage tall fescue seed head development and the toxic endophyte issues we have in Missouri,” says Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy.

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Genetics, feed resources and calf marketing windows are just some of the influencing factors that determine the optimum size for cows to grow, according to the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute’s team of experts.

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In addition to market volatility threats from the current pandemic, Texas cattle ranchers have been battling another threat: the southern cattle fever tick (Rhipicephalus microplus). This tick can carry pathogens that cause deadly cattle fever, bovine babesiosis, for which there is no vaccin…

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COVID-19-fueled panic buying prompted a sharp rise in fed cattle marketing, but feedlot placements have slowed in parallel to meat processing, according to an economic impact report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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The American Sheep Industry Association has completed the development of the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan for Business Continuity in a Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak. ASI worked with the Center for Food Security and Public Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medic…

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Go-getters and difference makers, innovators and change curators—today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Supporting these creative and intelligent young people, the 2020 Colvin Scholarship Fund awarded $42,000 to 10 who are pursuing degrees in animal and meat sciences across the country.

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“Foot rot can lead to cattle lameness resulting in lost performance and profitability to your cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis, Regional University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist. Furthermore, the spring time of the year is when cattle are spending time in wet, muddy p…

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Antimicrobial resistance might sound like a challenge straight out the headlines, but it could become awfully personal when you find routine antibiotics no longer cure a sick calf.

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Safety glasses, leather work gloves, quality pliers, work boots—Keith Taylor won’t begin a fencing project without these safety essentials. As he leads fencing demonstrations across the country, he urges farmers, ranchers and fencing contractors to follow his lead.

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The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors recently reaffirmed its desire for 50% negotiated cash trade in all major cattle feeding regions as a way to increase price discovery and bring more leverage to independent producers in the fed cattle markets nationwide.

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American Lamb Board is creating opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis, including a new consumer social media contest inspiring increased at-home usage of American lamb. The Great American Lamb Challenge runs through June 30 and has consumers preparing 2 different lamb recipes as they expl…

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“Grass is greening up and cattle are being turned out to pasture,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension regional livestock field specialist. Grass is the cheapest feed resource so proper grazing management is important to cattle operation performance and profitability. Below, Davis shares thought…

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Fly and tick season is here, which means it is time for producers to watch their herds for signs of anaplasmosis. This disease can be devastating to herds if not treated properly or in a timely manner. Anaplasmosis is a parasitic organism that is transmitted through blood by biting insects a…

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During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented challenge, the American Simmental Association recognizes that members and their customers are working tirelessly to keep the cattle industry going strong despite broad-sweeping change. To give back, the ASA Board of Trustees recently passed a…

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Webster defines leader as “a person who has commanding authority or influence.” If you’ve spent much time around young people at livestock shows or other youth livestock events, you’ll find leaders of all ages and experience levels, thanks to programs like 4-H, FFA and junior breed and lives…

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Wheat has long been grown on the Texas High Plains, but fewer producers are taking the crop to grain harvest, opting instead to cash in on diverse forage options for livestock producers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

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On May 6 U.S. Secretary Perdue applauded the decision made by the District Court of Western Missouri, which ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the primary jurisdiction over workers' safety in meat processing plants across the country during the COVID-19 national…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sent the following two letters to governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These letters establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s clear expectations for the implementation of President Donald J. Trump’s Ex…

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Predicting grassland productivity is a major challenge for ranchers and other land managers with grazing livestock. This productivity is key each spring when they are trying to decide how many cattle to turn out to pasture, how long to graze an area, or where forage might be abundant.

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Penicillin was introduced in 1928, antibiotic resistance followed in the decades after. Methicillin came next, a year later its first resistant bacteria were detected. So it’s not surprising that common cattle cures are now subject to the same fate.

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On May 1, Frank Lucas, R-OK delivered a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The letter “politely and firmly” requests the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Packers and Stockyards investigation into the divergence between live cattle and boxed beef prices that it began in August 2019.

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“Proper identification is key to management of cattle for optimum production and profitability,” says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension regional livestock field specialist. Identification is important in tracking cattle performance. It is used to make management decisions that …

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The Collins Ranch of Kit Carson has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award.

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With the continuing spread of COVID-19, Nebraska Extension has released best practices for controlling COVID-19 in small meat processors in Nebraska.

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If you’ve built a powerhouse cow herd, its best fueled with robust grass.

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Vesicular stomatitis virus was confirmed in horses on two Starr County, Texas, premises on April 23. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the virus as the New Jersey serotype. These confirmations mark the first cases of VSV in Texas this year.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for meatpacking and meat processing workers and employers—including those involved in beef, pork and poultr…

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Responding to Tuesday’s executive order by President Donald J. Trump in which he invoked the Defense Production Act to declare meatpacking operations critical infrastructure that must remain open, the CEO of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America said the pre…

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The ability to get replacement heifers bred and calved out early are important indicators for how long heifers will stay in a cow herd. And, heifers need to be fully developed heading into their first breeding season to ensure they’ll have longevity and pay for themselves.