Archive for December 2018

USDA Updates Available Functions During Lapse in Funding

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(Washington, D.C., December 28, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today updated its assessment of how the lapse in federal funding will affect services and programs should the government shutdown remain unresolved beyond December 31, 2018.  Many services will carry on, while others will discontinue on January 1, 2019 because available funds have been…

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Trump Weighs Canceling NAFTA to Push USMCA Approval Through Congress

President Trump and his advisers are weighing whether to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to force through the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Jim Wiesemeyer of ProFarmer said if this move is taken, it would present Congress with a hard choice.  “It could be that he withdraws [from NAFTA] before [USMCA ratification] even reaches…

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Computer Model Uses Data to Predict Wheat Forage Success

A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to researchers exploring the potential of biomass production for cool-season annual forage grasses, according to model developers. Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton – Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, and Dr. Prem Woli, AgriLife…

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West Texas-A&M Breaks Ground on Two Veterinary Facilities

The Texas A&M University System’s effort to build the strongest livestock program in the nation moved three-steps forward today as officials broke ground on two new facilities and announced the hiring of one of the top large animal veterinarians in the world at West Texas A&M University. “Today’s ground breakings are the culmination of our…

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Nalivka: ‘Dismal Science’ And 2019 Beef Outlook

I have been thinking lately about how economists have a tendency to be cynical.  I am not sure why this is, but maybe it’s just a caveat for an optimistic forecast that may not materialize – a downside warning.   Consider the analysts on the business channel.  Or, perhaps economists just have a tendency to be…

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New Zealand May Cull 50,000 More Cows to Control Mycoplasma Bovis

An eradication program in New Zealand is working to rid the country of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, and as a result 50,000 cows have been culled with nearly as many still to be killed. If the program is successful New Zealand would become the first country to rid itself of the disease. Thus far,…

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Profit Tracker: Feeder, Packer Margins Steady

Cattle feeding and packer profit margins were mostly steady the week ending December 21, with cash prices for fed cattle slightly higher. Cattle feeders saw average profits of $31 per head, down les than $1 from the previous week. Packer margins averaged $141 per head, an increase of $4 per head, according to the Sterling…

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Partially Delivered Calf Found Frozen on Iowa Farm; Owner Charged

Authorities say a south-central Iowa man was charged with livestock neglect after failing to euthanize a cow whose partially delivered calf was frozen. Adair County court records say 46-year-old Daniel Brownlee also is charged with failure to properly dispose of a dead animal. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment…

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Rogue Pack of Wolves Takes Down Seventh Cow in Oregon

Authorities say gray wolf OR-7′s Rogue Pack has killed another cow at ranch southwest of Crater Lake, Oregon, marking the seventh confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late October. The Mail Tribune reports that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that the dead and partially consumed cow was found Sunday on…

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Japanese Wagyu Ranch Partners with Lab-Grown Meat Company

A renowned ranch in Japan known for its Wagyu genetics has partnered with a cell-cultured meat company in California to create lab-grown Wagyu beef. Toriyama Ranch and JUST, Inc. made an official announcement earlier in December of the first of its kind partnership for a farm to provide genetic material to a cell-cultured meat company.…

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