USDA projects total beef supply down 1 billion pounds in 2015

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Beginning beef stocks in 2015 are projected at 495 million pounds, down 89 million pounds from 2014. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cow-Calf Corner: Federally-inspected slaughter summary; Results of adjusting feed levels for winter weather

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In the Nov. 17 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses federally-inspected slaughter numbers and what it means for beef production and herd rebuilding; and Glenn Selk talks adjusting feed levels for winter weather and how this can affect future calf crops and weaning weights. Read more…

USDA playing politics with the National beef checkoff

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Troy Marshall with BEEF magazine gives his View From The Country about USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s move to create a new beef checkoff. What might a separate government-run beef promotion program mean for the cattle industry, especially when the current cattlemen-run checkoff has an 80 percent approval rating? Read more at BEEF magazine…

Senators want FDA to collect more animal antibiotics data

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Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to step up animal antibiotic tracking. Specifically, they want the agency to propose a rule to improve collection of data on antibiotic use and resistance. Read more at Food Safety News…

Merck launches ‘Creating Connections’ to improve cattle well being

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Merck Animal Health today announced the launch of Creating Connections, a new program designed to help producers better understand cattle behavior and use that knowledge to employ strategies that can reduce stress, improve reproduction and foster stronger immune responses. Since calmer cattle are easier to examine, diagnose, treat and move, the techniques shared through Creating Connections will help make it easier for producers to improve the health of their herds. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Nov. 11, 2014

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Heavy rains fell across the drought stricken regions of Texas, with rainfall totals exceeding 6 inches, prompting anywhere from a full 1-category improvement to minor reductions in drought. The restrained approach in the improvement was due to the drought being primarily long-term, defined by flows in large rivers and storage in major reservoirs, both of which showed little change with the recent rains. Dry conditions continue across southeast Texas, with D0 expanding slightly. Read more…

TxDOT seeks public feedback on high-speed/express rail

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The Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host three meetings to receive comments from the public on the proposed DFW Core Express Service, the proposed 32-mile, high-speed/express rail line between Dallas and Fort Worth. TxDOT and the FRA are gathering public comments to include in the rail line’s official Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Read more…

NDSU BeefTalk: Cull deep enough to find those freeloaders

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Today, with an aggressive bidding for weigh-up cows and market bulls, why take the risk of pushing a cow an extra year? As condition and body weight decline, so does value, but managerial inputs and labor increase. The bottom line: Cows need to survive, produce and repeat the cycle yearly, with no additional pampering. No exceptions. Read more from the North Dakota State University Extension Service…

Amid historic-high cattle prices, producers can capture extra dollars

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Though cattle prices have reached historic highs, there could be potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows to a herd at current prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Chilly day beef chili

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Chilly weather’s here, so that means chili time! Try this chili flavored with picante sauce for a different twist on an old cold weather favorite. Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Beef prices hit fast-food chains

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Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead. The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s — the nation’s three biggest burger chains — all say they’re dealing with higher beef costs. Read more at The Washington Post…

Beware of potential for oak acorn poisoning in cattle

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During periods of decreased forage availability, cattle may seek out acorns as a food source. Acorns can be an important part of the diet in the fall; however, acorns have the potential to cause fatal poisoning, especially in fast-growing calves. Read more from the West Virginia University Extension Service (PDF download)…

Texas crop, weather, for Nov. 11, 2014

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It’s highly unlikely the sub-freezing weather will damage any of the state’s winter wheat crop, even newly emerged plants. Winter wheat can be damaged in certain instances, such as when a cold front comes through and there’s a sudden 50-degree temperature swing, but even then it is rare. Read more…

Innovation in beef cutting

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In the development of new beef cuts that add value to cattle and stimulate consumer demand, discovery is just the first step. This week in Denver, representatives of the checkoff and the Beef Innovations Group at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) outlined progress and challenges in product development to a group of trade media. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

USMEF elects new officer team

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On Nov. 7, 2014, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with election of new officers. Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colo., is USMEF chair, succeeding Mark Jagels of Davenport, Neb. Bruce Schmoll, of Claremont, Minn., is vice-chair and Roel Andriessen of Dakota Dunes, S.D., is the new USMEF chair-elect. Read more…

APHIS-VS implements electronic signature service

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As a part of the USDA’s continued commitment to providing the most efficient service for stakeholders, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has selected the enterprise electronic signature solution e-SignLive™ to digitally streamline processes and eliminate paper within the organization. Created by Silanis Technology, e-SignLive™ is an electronic signature service that allows users to securely send and sign documents. It is a legal and secure way to replace pen and paper, enabling a completely electronic process from start to finish. Veterinary Services (VS) is the first program within APHIS to implement this technology to address the high volume of animals crossing the U.S. borders through the import and export of livestock and the multiple documents and signatures required to process each animal. Read more…

Youth and toddler t-shirt sale

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Come get our youth and toddler T’s before they’re gone! Young Cattle Raisers can wear our popular “Honor & Protect” T-shirt or our black logo T-shirt in long or short sleeves. Toddler Cattle Raisers can look the part in our long or short sleeve logo T-shirt in blue, pink or black. These shirts are priced to sell for Christmas at $10 for members. To order and check for size availability, please call 800-242-7820 or visit tscra.org and click on the Cattle Raisers Trading Company button.

TAHC adopts rules for livestock industry

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted rules during a recent commission meeting regarding trichomoniasis, also known as trich, bovine tuberculosis (TB), piroplasmosis, or piro, and proposed a name change for the chronic wasting disease movement restriction zone in West Texas.  Read more…

Momentum building on trans-Pacific trade deal

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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour. Read more at Reuters…

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma cattle market roundup; Using wheat pasture as a winter supplement for cows

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In the Nov. 10 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the early fall cattle market in Oklahoma and Glenn Selk talks using wheat pasture as a winter supplements for cows. Read more…