Drought assistance for livestock producers passed by US House

The U.S. House voted Thursday to extend federal aid to ranchers who have lost cattle and sheep because of the drought and other natural disasters, though the Senate may not take up the measure for at least a month. Read more…

Vesicular stomatitis diagnosed in Colorado; travel requirements remain in effect

A Las Animas County, Colo., premises is under quarantine after a horse tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS). The horse had not recently traveled and is believed to have been infected by insects. VS is a foreign animal disease that occurs sporadically in certain areas of the western U.S. The last confirmed case of VS in Colorado was diagnosed in 2006. Cases of VS have recently been diagnosed in New Mexico. Read more…

CME Daily Livestock Report: Cattle numbers and beef production

The shrinking U.S. beef cow herd and resulting reductions in the annual calf crop are an item of concern to most industry analysts and participants. Fewer cows simply mean fewer people involved in the industry and that means fewer thinkers, fewer ideas, less political clout and a host of other bad things. But it doesn’t drive a commensurate reduction in beef output. They haven’t even had a huge negative impact on cattle slaughter. Those statements seem to be at odds, so what is going on? Read more…

Cattle producers on the lookout for more than just cattle thieves

With rising costs this summer, cattle producers should be wary of others attempting to steal not only livestock, but feed supplies as well. The warning adds another security job for ranchers across the county who have already seen a high level of cattle thefts this year. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 31, 2012

Moderate to Extreme Drought continues to advance across more of eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. In Kansas and the Panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas, Exceptional Drought has also expanded, given the intense conditions and extreme impacts being observed. These areas can’t seem to shake off last year’s drought and have now been dragged back into it this year, with the exception being southeastern Texas, which has continued to see a much more favorable wet pattern the past several months. Read more…