Beef Council Awards University Of Idaho $250K

The Idaho Beef Council recently awarded the University of Idaho $250,000 to support research to strengthen consumer trust in beef production. IBC chair, Jeff Johnson, said just like in any other industry, innovation is vital for product improvement. And he noted the U of I plaed an integral role in that effort. “The consumer is […]

NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Dairy Cattle In 2021

As we start our six part series focused on Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly Market Snapshot on local commodities, we start with dairy and cattle. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said the 12-month outlook on cattle suggests slightly profitable returns. “The national herd size is moderating, which is providing tailwinds to producer profitability. Instability […]

Cattle Groups Discuss need for Beef Industry Reforms

Cattle groups met in Florida last week to discuss reforms to the beef industry. The meetings included the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the Organization for Competitive Markets, and R-CALF USA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the nation’s largest cattle group, was invited but did not participate. NCBA President Marty Smith stated, “NCBA will not participate in […]

USDA Looks To Assist Livestock Industry Following Market Disruptions

The USDA recently rolled out three initiatives designed to assist the livestock industry and improve marketing in the wake of a summer market disruptions reported over the past couple of years. “We’re moving forward with some things that we identified USDA could be engaged in and congress has moved forward with several proposals being introduced […]

NCW Ranches Need Help Providing For Livestock

The Cold Springs Fire south of Omak has burned tens-of thousands of acres, destroyed homes, outbuilding and much more. But it’s not just humans that are the victim of this fire. Thousands of horses and cattle now have little to nothing to eat after fields were burned and barns were destroyed. In response the non-profit […]

July Cattle Numbers in Feedlots 11% Higher Than 2019

The USDA said placements of cattle in feedlots during July totaled 1.892 million head, 11% higher than in July of 2019. That number is larger than what industry experts had predicted going into last Friday’s report. Feeding operations needed supplies, especially cattle that could be turned around in a short time. Most of the placements […]

USDA Awards Contracts for RFID Ear Tags

The USDA recently awarded contracts to purchase up to eight million radio frequency identification ear tags. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the RFID tags will help increase overall animal disease traceability in cattle and bison. The contract allows APHIS to purchase additional tags each year for up to five years. USDA Under […]

Dennee Named New Executive Director Of OCA

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association announced over the weekend the hiring of a New Executive Director. After several weeks of what the organization called a competitive interview process, Tammy Dennee has been selected to replace Jerome Rosa OCA head. Dennee is a lifelong Oregonian, born in Hood River, residing in Pendleton for twenty years, then moving […]

USDA Announces Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program Changes

On Monday, the USDA announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program for cattle and swine starting in 2021. Changes include adding premium subsidies to assist producers and moving premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period for cattle. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said the changes “build upon RMA’s […]

Groups Request Hearing on Livestock Reporting Rule

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the National Farmers Union, along with 11 other groups sent a letter to the Senate Ag Committee requesting a hearing on livestock mandatory price reporting reauthorization. The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Rule, first established in 1999, mandates price reporting for cattle, boxed beef, swine, and lamb. It’s reauthorized every five years, with […]