Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations…. Read more »

Preparing your operation for PEDv

During the Purdue Extension PED conference, Extension educator Lindy Miller told attendees that proper planning for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus can be the difference between an operation surviving a PEDv break or a break bankrupting a farm.  “You need to know it will likely affect your cash flow,” he says. “And know what that… Read more »

New Iowa beef processor to begin operations

A tight beef supply has forced several beef packing plants across the U.S. to close their doors in recent years.  But a new beef plant in east-central Iowa hopes to buck that trend. Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will begin operations in early November and plans to be slaughtering 1,100 head of cattle per day… Read more »

NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would… Read more »

R-CALF says COOL is working

The head of R-CALF USA says regardless of what is going on with the World Trade Organization on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling, the program is working. “Consumers are preferring a domestic product. They’re looking for the labels. And, that makes the Canadian and Mexican beef less competitive in our marketplace. That’s why problems that… Read more »

COOL Reform Coalition urges compliance first

A coalition of U.S. business groups wants Congress to intervene now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the USDA’s remedy for Country of Origin Labeling is lacking. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, one of the coalition groups, says without intervening, the standing of the U.S. in… Read more »

NCBA launches petition drive against checkoff proposal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging producers to sign an online petition opposing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s proposal for a second national beef checkoff. The effort, called “Don’t Hijack the Beef Checkoff”, has a goal of 100-thousand signatures by November 12th. Vilsack says he has the authority to create a supplemental checkoff… Read more »

Grazing corn stalks

Grazing corn stalks is an option that livestock producers might want to consider. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County (Ohio) says it’s a forage that can meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle in early to mid-gestation. “By putting them on corn stalks we’re taking advantage of that forage and allowing our regular pastures… Read more »

Spicy Lamb Farm to host sheep dog trials

The Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials will be held this weekend at the Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. “We have handlers coming from all around the region, competing in open, ranch and pro-novice classes” said Laura DeYoung with Spicy Lamb Farm. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19…. Read more »

Ohio Cattlemen sign letter to Vilsack

  The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) has joined State Beef Association’s from across the country, sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack opposing a second national beef checkoff. Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of the OCA compares the Secretary’s proposal to the EPA’s Water’s of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “It’s another example of government over-reach if you… Read more »