2-4-16 - BEEF HERD REBUILDING CONTINUES - U.S. beef cow herd rebuilding continued throughout 2015, as shown by the USDA NASS release of the CATTLE report on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. READ MORE . . .
1-12-16 - JANUARY TIMELY TIPS - Keep replacement heifer calves gaining enough to reach their "target" breeding weight (65% mature weight) by spring. READ MORE . . .
1-5-16 - IN THE CATTLE MARKETS: THOUGHTS ON THE CATTLE INDUSTRY IN 2016 - The last two years have been a whirlwind of dramatic estremes for the cattle industry. With historically tight supplies in 2014, record prices in every segment of the market were reached. READ MORE . . .
12-29-15 - PROFIT TRACKER: MARGINS IMPROVE 20% - A $6-plus per cwt. gain in cash cattle prices produced a 20% improvement in feeding margins. It was a $150 per head improvement, but still feedyards lost $546 on every animal shipped last week. READ MORE . . .
10-12-15 - CALIFORNIA ADOPTS TOUGH RULES FOR ANTIBIOTIC USE IN FARM ANIMALS - California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of antibiotics in livestock production. READ MORE . . .
10-8-15 - FARMERS WONDER HOW LOW CALF PRICES WILL GO - Cattle producers have benefitted from high calf and feeder prices in the not too distant past. More recently, however, cattle markets appear to be weakening, and farmers are wondering just how low the prices could go. READ MORE . . .
10-5-15 - PACIFIC RIM COUNTRIES REACH LANDMARK TRADE AGREEMENT - The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a sweeping deal to set up a free-trade zone for 40 percent of the world's economy, but the accord on Monday faced initial skepticism in the U.S. Congress. READ MORE . . .
9-27-15 - VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE (VFD) FINAL RULE GOES INTO EFFECT - In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlined its final VFD ruling, including a plan for transitioning many VFD products. All current VFD products must follow the new guidelines beginning Oct. 1, while any products transitioning to a VFD product will need to follow these guidelines by Jan. 2017. Your veterinarian can only authorize the use of antibiotics in the feed or water of your animals within a veterinary client-patient relationship (VCPR). READ MORE . . ..
9-23-15 - CATTLE HERD EXPANSION WELL UNDERWAY, BUT BEEF SUPPLIES REMAIN TIGHT - U.S. cattle producers are responding to recent record-high prices by expanding their herds, but Americans' appetite for beef will play a crucial role in how the larger supply will play out for the producer's bottom line, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist. READ MORE . . .
6-2-15 - FDA RELEASES FINAL RULE ON VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE (VFD) FOR ANTIBIOTICS - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, an important piece of the agency's overall strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. READ MORE . . .