AFBF Lays Out Priorities For 2022

During last week’s American Farm Burau Federation Convention, farmer and rancher delegates adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in the year ahead. “What’s most noteworthy is the amount of time they spent discussing livestock markets and our folks are calling for greater transparency, working for more sunlight into how cattle are marketed,” said the […]

American Angus Association Focuses On Providing Traits Most Important To Producers

The primary focus for the American Angus Association has remained unchanged generation after generation, providing the best cow and best bull to ensure producers have the best bottom line at sales time. Jeff Mafi, regional manager with the American Angus Association, said one of their top priorities is to have the most robust and up-to-date […]

First 2022 Wolf Depredation Reported In SW Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have confirmed the first wolf depredation of 2022. Investigators were called to a mortally wounded 225-pound calf on privately owned timber land in Jackson County. ODFW says the calf died shortly after being found. The carcass was largely intact with one open wound in the left flank and […]

Vilsack: Competition Must Be Addressed In Meat Packing Conversation

The lack of competition in the meat packing sector does limits many livestock producers to only one potential buyer, which can mean lower prices at the time of sale. But at last week’s White House meeting working to address this problem, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the damage could be much broader in scope. Creating, […]

AFBF Throws Support Behind The Cattle Price Discovery And Transparency Act

The Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act introduced last week looks to provide what supporters of the legislation call fairness in cattle markets. Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Scott Bennett said the legislation, a compromise of bills by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, has potential. “This act has many […]

Impact Of Summer Heat On Idaho Cattle Herd To Be Determined

The impact this summer’s record breaking heat had on the Idaho cattle herd is in some ways already evident, and in others to be determined. Cameron Mulroney, Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association said producers across the state saw a very sizeable jump in their operation budget due to feed costs. He noted […]

Despite Challenges Washington Beef Counts Program Proves Successful

The results of this year’s Beef Counts fundraiser in Washington’s Okanogan County was one of the most successful in the past decade, despite recent hardships. Over the past two year, beef producers have dealt with a global pandemic, supply chain shutdowns, as well as record heat, drought and wildfires. But despite all of that, donations […]

Is The U.S. Cattle Herd Shrinking? Maybe

The nation’s beef cattle herd may be shrinking at a faster pace than some had expected. It may not be definitive at all through Friday’s new USDA report of cattle feed lot numbers. “The signals continue to point towards smaller cow numbers[now and into 2022].” USDA Livestock Analyst, Shayle Shagam said placements into feedlots during […]

House Ag Looks To Introduce Cattle Contract Library Act

The House Agriculture Committee will advance several bills Thursday, including one supporters says will boost cattle contract transparency. The bipartisan, industry-backed Cattle Contract Library Act is expected to boost contract transparency and producer leverage in negotiating with packers, a top concern in the highly concentrated industry. “The Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a library of the […]