A “Beefed Up” Cattle Herd

DavidAndersonThe American cattle industry is producing more cattle with record beef production expected for 2018.  David Anderson, Texas A&M ag economist says even though our current cattle on feed numbers are higher, the demand for animals by profitable meat packers is there.

“One of the things in economics – when you’re making money doing something – that’s the signal to do more of it,” he reported to American Cattle News. Listen here:


Wolf Pack Makes First Confirmed Livestock Kill

graywolfCalifornia has experienced its first confirmed livestock depredation by wolves since the gray wolf returned to the state in 2011.

A livestock loss determination report issued Oct. 20 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that one week earlier, Oct. 13, the Lassen Pack of wolves killed a cow on private property in western Lassen County.

Data from a GPS tracking device worn by the breeding female of the Lassen Pack—known as LAS01F—confirms the wolf was present at the site for at least six hours on the night the 600-pound yearling heifer was killed.

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“Always Prepare For The Year Ahead”

WarrenZenkerWarren Zenker is a rancher from Gackle, North Dakota and was recently re-elected to a second term as president of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA). The 24-year NDSA member and his wife Linda manage a 400-head cow-calf herd, a 2,000 head permitted feedlot and farm alongside their son Brooks and their nephews.

Zenker reminisced about the challenging year that North Dakota cattle producers faced – ranging from a cold, snowy winter debuting with a couple feet of snow to one of the worst droughts in state history.


Wild Horse Grazing Should Be Priority

Ethan_Lane_PLCThe over population of wild horses has had a negative impact on the U.S. cattle industry.  Some may ask what is the difference between cattle and horses eating the same feed?

“It’s not an apples to apples comparison,” explains Ethan Lane of the Public Lands Council. “There is an actual dramatic difference between cattle grazing and horse grazing.”

He  joined us on today’s American Cattle News to discuss.

Perdue Backs GIPSA Withdrawal

sonnyperdueThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Packers and Stockyards Program is withdrawing the interim final rule (IFR) published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2016.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed the decision with reporters.

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Bill-Bullard-CEO-283x237Mixed reaction to USDA’s announcement that they are withdrawing the controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule, better known as GIPSA.

The news was welcome by big trade associations like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (read below), but not with R-Calf USA ‘s Bill Bullard, listen here:

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Building Relationships

Colorado_BillHammerichThe Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) focuses on building relationships between producers, regulatory agencies and legislators, and bringing forth future Colorado agriculture leaders. CLA has been a leader on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas when it comes to issues impacting Colorado’s livestock industry.

The Association continues to work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, through its stakeholder process, to assure the industry can remain viable and environmentally sound through ever increasing regulations. CEO Bill Hammerich gives us an update on today’s American Cattle News.

Group Fights To Preserve Against Lobbyists

CCA_logoMark Lacey is president-elect of the California Cattlemen’s Association. He joined us on American Cattle News to share with us the challenges of going up against big dollar lobbyists.

“We have had some disappointments with legislation, but some small victories,” he reported. He tells us more on today’s American Cattle News:


Cattle Groups Urge Congress To Restore Lost Competition

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National cattle association R-CALF USA along with over 15 state and local groups representing America’s cattle ranchers, joined in a letter with 210 organizations to send a strong message to Congress as deliberations begin on the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Our message tells Congress it’s time to quit kowtowing to multinational agribusinesses at the expense of America’s family farmers and ranchers, workers and consumers,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard adding, “In short, our message is that Congress must begin putting America’s interest ahead of the interests of multinational corporations.”

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