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.

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Fall Sales Set

The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) is preparing for fall sales by helping producers make preconditioning decisions and capturing value of preconditioned calves when it is time to sell them. This organization provides improved communication among producers and allows for increased education while providing tools to improve access to value-added programs. For additional information call Gant Mourer, OQBN Coordinator at 405-744-6060, or go to www.oqbn.okstate.edu.

Growth in Beef Consumption in China Creates Opportunity

Beef consumption has been growing faster in China, than poultry and pork, which are the traditional proteins in that country. China’s beef market has grown 4.8 percent from 1996 to 2014. Chinese beef consumption is expected to continue to rise. In addition, the willingness of consumers to pay more should create opportunities for global beef processors, Rabobank recently reported.

Drought cuts Size of Cattle Herds in Canada

Parts of western Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta have received less than 40 percent of normal rainfall since April 1, causing Canada, the world’s seventh-largest exporter to have its smallest herd in 22 years. Tight cattle supplies in Canada are causing meat plants to run at 74 percent of capacity, a seven-year low, forcing processors to pay a premium for animals to slaughter. That is forcing prices to jump as high as 44 percent for sirloin steak.

Tri-State Beef Conference to be held August 6 in Abingdon

The Eighth Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held in Abingdon, Virginia on August 6. Topics will include the beef cattle outlook, extending the grazing season while improving soil health and managing weeds. Classes on hoof conformation and selecting breeding stock will also be presented. There will be virtual tours of operations from each of the three states, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. Additional information about registration is available at http://economics.ag.utk.edu/conferences.html.

NCBA opposes decision on beef imports

USDA APHIS recently released final rules for importing fresh beef from northern Argentina and a region in Brazil. These areas with a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease would be allowed to begin the inspection process to import fresh and frozen beef products into the U.S. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is opposed to this regulation on the basis of animal health concerns; Foot-and-Mouth disease is a highly contagious and devastating disease.

Rabies on the rise this year in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Agriculture reports that rabies in Kansas is rising. At the end of June, Kansas had the same number of confirmed rabies cases as the state had in all of 2014. By June 30, 69 cases has been reported to the KDA’s division of animal health. 9 of the cases occurred in cattle. Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Bill Brown urges Kansans to watch for erratic behavior from wildlife or livestock and to vaccinate their pets.

Jane Parish director of Beef Improvement Federation

Jane Parish, PhD, an Extension and research professor at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center is the new executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation. This organization works to connect science and industry to improve beef cattle genetics. Parish conducts research on applied beef cattle production systems and is a beef cattle specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Mexican Wolf May Lose Protected Status

 

Last week  HR 2910 was introduced in Congress.  If passed, this bill would remove the Mexican gray wolf from the Endangered Species List,  ending the federal program to reintroduce the wolf into the wild.  Endorsed by farm and ranching groups that have opposed the reintroduction of this predator onto public lands, the bill is also opposed by wolf advocates.  There are over 100 animals in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona with 250 remaining in captivity.

MARC Updates Across-breed EPDs for 2015

 

When cattle producers began using expected progeny differences (EPDs) in genetic decision-making, it was easy to compare bulls of the same breed.  Because of the nature of EPDs, it was impossible to compare EPDs of bulls from different breeds.  In 1993 the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), calculated across-breed adjustment factors for growth traits and maternal milk.  This year carcass weight has been added for the first time.