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Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

U.S. dairy cow culling dropped in April from March but remained above a year ago. The Agriculture Department’s latest Livestock Slaughter report shows an estimated 248,900 head were slaughtered under federal inspection, down 38,000 head from March but 20,800 above a...

April Slaughter Numbers

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.28 billion pounds in April, up 8 percent from the 3.97 billion pounds produced in April 2017. Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64...

Trump Wants All or Nothing Immigration Bill

The American Dairy Coalition reports that In an interview Thursday morning, President Donald Trump expressed the need for sweeping immigration reform, not a small compromise. “I think it’s time to get the whole package,” the president responded. "That would mean a...

R-CALF Urges Trump to Stay at NAFTA Table

R-CALF USA's Bill Bullard is urging President Trump to stay at the NAFTA negotiating table until all the deficiencies in that agreement are corrected. "If those deficiencies that allow Canada and Mexico to maintain persistent and substantial price depressing trade...

For Some, New MPP Makes Cents

For more than 90 percent of the farmers previously enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, coverage during 2018 is guaranteed to be profitable. Dr. John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau says some dairy farmers may benefit...

Butter Fights Off Bearish News

Demand for butter has yet to slow down this spring. Both 80 percent and 82 percent varieties are moving out of storage and headed to end usage. Some butter producers are suggesting domestic sales are the lionļs share of their output, but export interest remains strong...

House Lawmakers Eye Late June For Second Attempt At Farm Bill

With the House’s failure to pass the farm bill last week, a second vote on the legislation will likely be pushed to late June, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is said to be...

Dairy Digester Demand Continues

Several California dairies are supplementing their revenue stream by investing in methane digesters. Neil Black, with CalBio says his company brings together digester development and dairy expertise to create successful digester projects that integrate with milking...

McKinney “Cautiously Optimistic” After China Visit

"A wildly successful visit," is how USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney labeled his recent visit to China. He views the recent visits by U.S. trade reps with Chinese officials as "trust building" in the trade relationship...

Ranch Life: Generations Working Together

Springtime is a busy time for cow-calf operator Sheila Bowen. She and her husband Jeff run a cattle operation in Glennville, California. She says cattle ranching is in her blood - descending from homesteaders who have been farming or ranching in the Central Valley of...
Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

U.S. dairy cow culling dropped in April from March but remained above a year ago. The Agriculture Department’s latest Livestock Slaughter report shows an estimated 248,900 head were slaughtered under federal inspection, down 38,000 head from March but 20,800 above a...

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April Slaughter Numbers

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.28 billion pounds in April, up 8 percent from the 3.97 billion pounds produced in April 2017. Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64...

Trump Wants All or Nothing Immigration Bill

The American Dairy Coalition reports that In an interview Thursday morning, President Donald Trump expressed the need for sweeping immigration reform, not a small compromise. “I think it’s time to get the whole package,” the president responded. "That would mean a...

R-CALF Urges Trump to Stay at NAFTA Table

R-CALF USA's Bill Bullard is urging President Trump to stay at the NAFTA negotiating table until all the deficiencies in that agreement are corrected. "If those deficiencies that allow Canada and Mexico to maintain persistent and substantial price depressing trade...

For Some, New MPP Makes Cents

For more than 90 percent of the farmers previously enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, coverage during 2018 is guaranteed to be profitable. Dr. John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau says some dairy farmers may benefit...

Butter Fights Off Bearish News

Demand for butter has yet to slow down this spring. Both 80 percent and 82 percent varieties are moving out of storage and headed to end usage. Some butter producers are suggesting domestic sales are the lionļs share of their output, but export interest remains strong...

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R-CALF Urges Trump to Stay at NAFTA Table

R-CALF USA's Bill Bullard is urging President Trump to stay at the NAFTA negotiating table until all the deficiencies in that agreement are corrected. "If those deficiencies that allow Canada and Mexico to maintain persistent and substantial price depressing trade...

April Slaughter Numbers

April Slaughter Numbers

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.28 billion pounds in April, up 8 percent from the 3.97 billion pounds produced in April 2017. Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64...

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Ranch Life: Generations Working Together

Springtime is a busy time for cow-calf operator Sheila Bowen. She and her husband Jeff run a cattle operation in Glennville, California. She says cattle ranching is in her blood - descending from homesteaders who have been farming or ranching in the Central Valley of...

Volcano Concern: Sulfur Dioxide Gases

Dale Sandlin, managing director of the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council updates radio listeners on the Kilauea volcano. More lava flows and more sulfur dioxide gases are being expelled in conjunction with the lava. He also says there's the potential danger of ash fall and...

4-H Youth Making A Difference

In 2015, then-10-year-old Mackenzie "Kenzie" Hinson was a member of Jordan's Chapel and Bowevelle 4-H clubs when her life changed forever. “I did a speech, ‘Hunger in Our Communities,’ for a 4-H competition and learned how many people in my community and state suffer...

Big Island Volcano Prompts Cattle Evacuation

Hazardous conditions continue on the Big Island of Hawaii from the Kilauea volcano. American Cattle News spoke with the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council managing director Dale Sandlin - who tells us approximately 600 head of cattle near the volcano were recently evacuated....

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Trump Wants All or Nothing Immigration Bill

The American Dairy Coalition reports that In an interview Thursday morning, President Donald Trump expressed the need for sweeping immigration reform, not a small compromise. “I think it’s time to get the whole package,” the president responded. "That would mean a...

For Some, New MPP Makes Cents

For more than 90 percent of the farmers previously enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, coverage during 2018 is guaranteed to be profitable. Dr. John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau says some dairy farmers may benefit...

Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

U.S. dairy cow culling dropped in April from March but remained above a year ago. The Agriculture Department’s latest Livestock Slaughter report shows an estimated 248,900 head were slaughtered under federal inspection, down 38,000 head from March but 20,800 above a...

read more

Butter Fights Off Bearish News

Demand for butter has yet to slow down this spring. Both 80 percent and 82 percent varieties are moving out of storage and headed to end usage. Some butter producers are suggesting domestic sales are the lionļs share of their output, but export interest remains strong...

Dairy Digester Demand Continues

Several California dairies are supplementing their revenue stream by investing in methane digesters. Neil Black, with CalBio says his company brings together digester development and dairy expertise to create successful digester projects that integrate with milking...

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours Highlight Unique Features

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to Madison for more than 15 years. The eight dairies selected this year are no exception, highlighting topics ranging from technology and genetics to strong community...

Author Nina Teicholz Gets National Attention

The following is a submission from Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag (progressiveagricultureorg@gmail.com): One evening, as I was strolling through my house, I heard a commentator on the news, saying he was going to have a presenter on his program to talk about the unpopular...

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Dairy Cow Culling Drops in April

U.S. dairy cow culling dropped in April from March but remained above a year ago. The Agriculture Department’s latest Livestock Slaughter report shows an estimated 248,900 head were slaughtered under federal inspection, down 38,000 head from March but 20,800 above a year ago. A total 1.09 million head were culled in the four-month period, up 64,700 head or 6.3 percent from 2017.

April Slaughter Numbers

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.28 billion pounds in April, up 8 percent from the 3.97 billion pounds produced in April 2017.

Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64 million head, up 7 percent from April 2017. The average live weight was up 9 pounds from the previous year, at 1,334 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.1 million pounds, 4 percent above April a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 42,800 head, up 10 percent from April 2017. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from last year, at 245 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.14 billion pounds, up 8 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.99 million head, up 7 percent from April 2017. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 287 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.4 million pounds, was up 8 percent from April 2017. Sheep slaughter totaled 181,000 head, 1 percent above last year. The average live weight was 137 pounds, up 9 pounds from April a year ago.

January to April 2018 commercial red meat production was 17.4 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2017. Accumulated beef production was up 4 percent from last year, veal was up 1 percent, pork was up 5 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production were up 4 percent.

Trump Wants All or Nothing Immigration Bill

The American Dairy Coalition reports that In an interview Thursday morning, President Donald Trump expressed the need for sweeping immigration reform, not a small compromise.
“I think it’s time to get the whole package,” the president responded. “That would mean a bill featuring wall funding and provisions addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as well as changes to the visa lottery system and so-called “chain migration.”
Currently, immigration reform is a hot topic issue on Capitol Hill. An encompassing immigration reform bill, entitled Securing America’s Future Act (SAFA), has been introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and is scheduled for a vote on the House Floor June 25th. This bill is the “whole package” President Trump is looking for. With provisions to amp up border securing and address DACA, it checks off the boxes President Trump has based his entire platform on immigration reform on. However, this bill also contains a piece of legislation that will address the critical need of our Nation’s dairy, agriculture and livestock industry for a practical guestworker visa program. Included inside SAFA is the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act).
Our nation’s farmers have waited over 20 years for legislation to help them secure a reliable labor force and the AG Act is this bill. ADC will keep you updated on developments.
Source: American Dairy Coaltion

R-CALF Urges Trump to Stay at NAFTA Table

R-CALF USA’s Bill Bullard is urging President Trump to stay at the NAFTA negotiating table until all the deficiencies in that agreement are corrected.

“If those deficiencies that allow Canada and Mexico to maintain persistent and substantial price depressing trade surpluses cannot be corrected, the United States should withdraw from NAFTA.” He stated.  “No deal is better than a partial deal that continues to drain the economic strength of the United States’ largest agricultural sector – our U.S. cattle industry.”

For Some, New MPP Makes Cents

For more than 90 percent of the farmers previously enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, coverage during 2018 is guaranteed to be profitable. Dr. John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau says some dairy farmers may benefit by enrolling in the new Margin Protection program, He reports on fb.org that “Anecdotal reports suggest that as of mid-May fewer than 8,000 dairy operations had signed up for the improved MPP.”

“Similar patterns were observed in years past, whereby dairy operators would finalize their coverage options in the final week prior to the enrollment deadline. However, for the improved MPP, there is no need to wait as the benefits of participation are guaranteed to be positive for 92 percent of the dairy farmers previously enrolled in the program.”

With so much uncertainty around milk and feed prices in 2018, one certainty many dairy farmers have is that the improved MPP will provide some financial assistance. With little more than a week remaining until the signup deadline, farmers should take a second look at MPP for 2018 and make sure they are not leaving money on the table. Farmers have until June 1 to make new coverage elections.
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