Protect yourself from sun exposure

The American Academy of Dermatology points to sun exposure as a major risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. The Academy recommends that ranchers protect themselves by seeking shade when possible, and wearing protective clothing, such as a long-sleeve shirt, pants, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. If a mole or spot changes, see a dermatologist. For more information visit www.spotskincancer.org.

Wildfire Preparedness workshop set for June 22

Texas Panhandle landowners are invited to attend a one-day Wildfire Preparedness workshop that will focus on helping landowners plan for wildfires. The program will highlight tools to help prepare families, properties and employees for wildfires, such as developing a protection plan. Experts will also discuss working with emergency responders before and during wildfire outbreaks. The workshop will be held June 22, at Frank Phillips College in Borger. For more information, call 806-500-1199 or email mlovell@tfs.tamu.edu.

$100 million meatpacking facility opens in Kuna, Idaho

Recently, CS Beef Packers began work at the new Kuna, Idaho, plant to harvest and process cattle. Expected to employ 700 people, the 370,000-square-foot facility will harvest cull cows and bulls from dairy farms and beef cattle ranches throughout the Intermountain West. The plant will include hide and rendering, processing, and will also process niche-fed beef programs. The $100 million CS Beef Packing Plant was built through a partnership with the J.R. Simplot Company and Caviness Beef Packers.

National Environmental Stewardship Award to N.D. ranch that focuses on raising cattle naturally

The Black Leg Ranch in McKenzie, North Dakota, is the first ranch in the Rough Rider state to win the NESA Award. The owner, Jerry Doan, raises over 3,000 beef cattle in a natural setting, without the addition of grain. The cattle graze on pastures from one to seven days, moving to new pastures often. Doan has improved soil health, rangeland, and natural resources as well as propagating wildlife. The Black Leg Ranch has raised cattle for six generations and plans to sell beef to the public soon.

Canadian Government announces $4.47 million for cattle industry in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) is working with the University of Saskatchewan and other groups to build the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) near Saskatoon with a $4.47 million investment from the Canadian Government. The new center will consist of two new facilities designed to promote forage, cow-calf, and environmental research. This new project will be completed in 2018 and will benefit the beef industry and Canadians through improvements to beef quality, food safety, productivity and environmental sustainability.

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for August 7-9

The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for August 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Touted as the largest beef cattle education event in the country, this event attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers. This year’s general session will focus on export markets and the role they play in cow-calf operations. There will also be classes on long-term weather outlook, new technologies, health, nutrition, record keeping, genetics and more. For more information, visit www.beefcattleshortcourse.com.

Temple Grandin to speak at Cattle Stewardship Conference

Bovine behavior specialist, Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at a cattle stewardship conference on June 8 in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Grandin will present a practical approach to improving animal welfare. The conference will include beef cattle specialists from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, who will present sessions that include techniques in managing pain, facilities designed for cattle comfort, low-stress weaning, managing heat stress in cattle and more. For more information, call 712-737-4230 or email doranb@iastate.edu.

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently released a plan to reorganize the USDA. The plan creates an undersecretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs, which recognizes the importance of international trade to American agriculture. Perdue also announced that a newly named Farm Production and Conservation mission area would have a customer focus. The reorganization seeks to place agencies in a more logical order. For instance, Farm Service Agency will operate under the new undersecretary for trade. To read the report, visit: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report-proposed-2017-reorg-usda-under-secretary-trade-foreign-agricultural-affairs.pdf

Master Cattleman class to start July 20 in Alexandria

A series of Master Cattleman programs will be held on the Louisiana State University-Alexandria campus, starting July 20 and ending September 21. Ten, three-hour sessions will cover general management practices for beef herds in Louisiana, including Beef Quality Assurance Certification, pasture management, nutrition, breeding, herd health carcass quality and more. For more information, call Vince Deshotel at 337-948-0561 or email vdeshotel@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Domino’s supports modern ag

Domino’s Pizza, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has supported American ranchers in spite of extreme pressure from animal rights activists. The Domino’s philosophy is simple. The company will never tell a rancher how to raise his or her animals because they are the experts and have the most vested interest in raising their livestock. Domino’s has partnered with the dairy checkoff in past years and supports the folks who produce the meat and cheese that make pizzas so delicious and popular.