Cow-calf Production to Shift to Corn Belt

Rabobank released a new report, “Beef Cow Rebuilding–The Case of Diversification”, that makes the case for concentrating cow-calf production in the center of the U.S, from the Southwest region through the Plains States and into the Corn Belt. With an additional 3 to 4 million cows expected over the next four to six years, the first phase will be the repopulation in the Southwest and High Plains. The second phase will develop capacity in nontraditional areas, such as the row-crop regions of the Central U.S.

World Beef Expo Now Accepting Entries for 2015

Entries are being accepted for the 2015 World Beef Expo, which is scheduled September 25-27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. All breeds of beef cattle are welcome for both the Open Show and Junior Show. This year’s World Beef Expo will offer a variety of educational seminars, Youth Sweepstakes Contests, the World Beef Expo Elite Cattle Sale and a trade show. For more details visit www.worldbeefexpo.com.

Website Dedicated to Beef Cattle Genetics

The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Conference has launched a new website dedicated to beef cattle genetics. eBEEF.org is part of the national eXtension program and will be a comprehensive site for beef cattle genetics and genomics information. Beef cattle experts are providing educational materials that are pertinent to beef cattle producers. The site offers fact sheets, frequently asked questions (FAQ), video clips, relevant conference recordings, webinars and other useful links at http://ebeef.org

Fitbit for Cows

Wearable fitness monitors aren’t just for humans. Researchers hope the devices can help beef cattle herds stay healthy. Karin Orsel, veterinary epidemiologist at the University of Calgary in Canada, is testing how fitness monitors can be used to detect disease in beef cattle before it becomes obvious to ranchers. The ability to spot illness early is a real benefit, allowing sickness to be treated earlier. Although these gadgets might be an advantage in a large herd, nothing replaces the judgment of the pen-riders who monitor herd health.

Application Open for Beef Industry Internship in Washington, D.C.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. This is a great opportunity for students interested in the beef industry and public policy. The deadline to submit an application is October 1, 2015. For more information visit: www.BeefUSA.org.

USDA Says July 1 Cattle Inventory 2% Higher

The USDA’s July 1 midyear Cattle Report confirmed that heifer retention is going strong and cattle producers are growing their herds as fast as Mother Nature will allow. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that beef replacement heifers, at 4.90 million are up 7% from last year. All cattle and calves in the U.S. as of July 1, 2015 total 98.4 million head, 2% more than on July 1, 2014. The last time all cattle and calves inventory for July 1 increased was 2006.

Dry Australia Beefing up U.S. Burger Market

Australia is suffering through a widespread drought that is sending a near record number of cattle to feedlots as ranchers cull cows. That’s boosting beef exports to an all-time high, including more than a 70 percent surge in shipments to the U.S. Aussie beef shipped to the U.S. is called manufacturing beef, used to make hamburgers. Importers include McDonald’s Corp, Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. (Burger King) and Carl’s Jr.

Nevada Ranch Honored for Stewardship Efforts

The Maggie Creek Ranch, the Searle Family and Ranch Manager, Jon Griggs, were honored Friday with a regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program Award for their outstanding stewardship practices. The Maggie Creek Ranch produces high-quality beef on 198,000 acres of owned and leased public land, while conserving and improving public and private lands. The Searle Family and Griggs have restored over 25 miles of the Susie Creek and tributary streams through fencing and application of prescriptive grazing practices.

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range, and Pastures

Starting September 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while keeping the areas as livestock grazing lands. The CRP-Grasslands initiative will provide participants who establish long-term resource-conserving covers with annual rental payments up to 75 percent of the grazing value of the land. Cost-share assistance is also available. To learn more about participating in the CRP-Grasslands program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp or consult with the local FSA county office.

Cattle Working, Brush Busters Demonstrations Planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled August 3-5 in College Station. Demonstrations will include fence building, live cattle working and brush busters. A beef cattle business management workshop and beef carcass value determination workshop will be held. Participants can earn at least 10 Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide continuing education units if they are already licensed. There will also be an industry trade show. For more information, including registration information, go to www.beefcattleshortcourse.com.