USDA's June 9 Crop Progress report indicates corn planting in the 18 selected states is at 95%, just off the 98% pace of the five-year average. Pasture and range is generally in Fair to Good condition.
The premier of this annual research symposium on cow-calf efficiency is set for Sept. 12-13 on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The symposium is a result of an research endowment from Ken & Caroline Eng.
The conventional wisdom is that early weaning of calves allows their dams to gain condition, resulting in feed savings and better rebreeding rates. Preliminary results of new research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), however, seem to contradict that.
A body of cow efficiency work from three universities will be presented from noon to noon on Sept. 12-13 at UNL’s Johnny Carson Center. It’s the first in an annual series of research symposia underwritten by a $2-million endowment by the Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation. Other universities participating include Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University. The public is invited to attend.
Unless a budget deal is reached by March 1 in Washington, $1 trillion in mandatory cuts to virtually all federal programs will be implemented. Among the cuts USDA has announced is a 15-day furlough of federal meat inspectors.
“Our industry is so impacted today in so many ways and there’s a limited amount of influence we can have. I don’t care if you’re a cattle feeder, cow-calf, dairy or veal producer, we need to band together to help ourselves,” Scott George says.
When it comes to an overall view of the U.S. beef business, it’s tough to think of a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) incoming president with a broader industry perspective than Scott George. A dairy farmer from Cody, WY, he’s part of a family operation that includes cow-calf and stocker production. He and his brothers also operate the local American Breeders Service dealership, breeding several thousand head of beef cattle annually. Plus, they raise all the corn needs, and the majority of hay, required to feed their beef and dairy herds, in addition to some small grains.
As a kickoff to our 50th year of publication, which starts in September, BEEF editors want to recognize the important contributors to the beef industry’s success of the past half-century. Thus, we plan to present our BEEF 50, a September issue commemoration of 50 top beef industry contributors. We'll begin soliciting nominations from readers beginning in February, with the final selections to be made by an independent panel of beef industry experts. Watch beefmagazine.com for more details.
Reader surveys and online polls ahead of the November presidential election consistently indicated that BEEF readers preferred Republican nominee Mitt Romney by a wide margin over Barack Obama. And that support within agriculture for the Republican nominee appears to have been wider than just beef producers.