Consumers turn to animal rights groups for information

A new survey by Purdue University shows many consumers are using animal rights group, such as HSUS and PETA, as their primary source of information about livestock and poultry welfare. Over half of the nearly 800 consumers surveyed said they did not have a primary source for animal welfare information.  But those who identified a… Read more »

Zoetis to seek approval for PEDV vaccine

An official with animal health company Zoetis says the company is seeking U.S. approval before the end of this year for a PEDv vaccine. There is only one other vaccine to help prevent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs – by Harrisvaccines, which was granted conditional approval from the USDA for its vaccine in June…. Read more »

NCBA monitors ‘Dietary Guidelines’ process

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is keeping a close eye on the development of new federal dietary guidelines to be released in 2015. Kristina Butts is NCBA’s executive director of legislative affairs.  Butts says the dietary guidelines advisory committee, which consists of nutrition and health professionals, has been delving into sustainability and environmental issues… Read more »

Beef herd expansion ‘accelerating’

It looks like the long-awaited expansion of the nation’s beef cattle herd is finally gaining some momentum. Heifer slaughter is down seven percent and beef cow slaughter down 16 percent in 2014. Kevin Good, senior market analyst with CattleFax, says if the trend continues, the cow herd could increase by up to two million head—from… Read more »

Beef demand continues to amaze

As cattle and beef prices continue to set record highs, a common question among cattlemen is “will we reach a point where people stop eating beef?” John Lundeen, senior executive director of market research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says beef demand remains strong and shows no signs of weakening.  But is there a price… Read more »

Cargill closing Wisconsin cattle plant

Citing the smallest U.S. beef herd since 1951; Cargill is going to close its slaughter plant in Milwaukee at the close of business on Friday.  The decision was made after the company conducted an 18-month review of the cattle supply.   Employees were told about the closure on Wednesday, they will receive 60 days’ pay… Read more »

NCBA hammers away at EPA’s water rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging its members and all cattlemen to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. NCBA environmental counsel Ashley McDonald says, in the case of cattlemen, the impact of the rule will be significant. “If you increase regulation by the federal government to include things like… Read more »

Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

The country is quiet and so far no bids on the cattle have been reported. Significant trade will likely be delayed until Thursday or Friday. Asking prices are around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. The boxed beef cutout value is significantly higher with the choice up 1.69… Read more »

Manure application technology on display

How technology can help address water quality and nutrient management concerns will be the focus of field day on Thursday, July 31, near Maria Stein, Ohio. Terry Mescher, Ag Engineer with the Division of Soil and Water at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) says some of the manure application technology being featured has… Read more »

New programs for sheep producers

Two new programs to assist sheep producers with the production and marketing of their products has been announced. USDA has added sheep to the USDA Grass Fed Program. The program targets producers that market lambs produced from 99 head of ewes or less per year. Producers certified under the new program will receive certificates that… Read more »