Cattle Industry News

American Cattlemen's Cattle Industry News highlights news and stories about cattle production along with farm and ranch related topics.

'Missouri Farmers Care' Build 12 Foot 10 Inch Tall FFA Emblem

Following the success of last year’s full-sized Ford F-250 canned food sculpture, Missouri Farmers Care and our partners decided to make another Canstruction® for our booth in the Agriculture Building at the Missouri State Fair.

Over 3000 cans of food, donated by Bing’s of Sedalia and constructed by Canstruction® Mid-Missouri along with Missouri Farmers Care, make up this 12 foot 10 inch tall FFA emblem. The cans will go to local food banks and the entire project is a part of our food drive efforts at the State Fair.

National Hay Situation and Outlook

The 2011/2012 crop year was one of extraordinary high hay prices and tight supplies. Sellers enjoyed new record high prices in both the alfalfa and other hay complexes, while buyers struggled to find quality and affordable feed. Supplies were tight across the country and exports particularly of alfalfa made double digit gains adding to domestic supply pressure. By the close of the 2011/12, stocks were anticipated to be at a new record low and set the stage for another possible record high price year. Fortunately for the livestock side, mild winter temperatures and significant price rationing slowed hay use, resulting in stocks just 4% below last year’s May 1 level. Hay prices are expected to remain high this year and could easily remain in the top three record years.

K-State’s Cattlemen’s Day 2012 Set for March 2

Kansas State University will host its 99th Annual Cattlemen’s Day on Friday, March 2, on the university’s Manhattan campus. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. in Weber Hall with a commercial trade show, educational exhibits and sponsored morning refreshments, with the program beginning at 10 a.m.

Featured presentations and speakers during the morning session include:
• Market Outlook for the Cattle Industry – Glynn Tonsor – K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.
• Demand for Choice and Prime Beef: The Walmart Effect & Beyond – John Stitka – Certified Angus Beef.
• Dealing with Declining Inventories Amid Excess Feeding and Packing Capacity – Mike Sands – Informa Economics, Inc.

Cattle ID Group Seeks Extended Comment Period On Proposed ADT Rule

The Honorable Tom Vilsack


U. S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, D. C. 20250


Dear Mr. Secretary:

The Cattle Identification Group (CIDG) was formed a couple of years ago to provide input into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) development of an Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) framework and plan for the identification and traceability of cattle moving interstate. The participating members of the CIDG represent all classes of cattle and segments of the cattle industry with membership spanning the length and breadth of this country.

Prussic Acid and Nitrate Problems Could be Substantial this Fall on Forage Sorghum and Millet

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Any time growers plant any type of forage sorghum for hay and/or livestock grazing, prussic acid is a concern. However, in the minds of most growers, prussic acid toxicity is a concern early in the growing season when forage sorghum plants are less than 18-24 inches tall. Normally, when sorghum plants grow taller than 18-24 inches, growers tend to forget about prussic acid because the concentrations tend to drop off dramatically and are no longer a danger to livestock, says Eric Mousel, Forage and Alfalfa Specialist, Millborn Seeds, Brookings.

Legacy The First To Offer Tension Fabric Buildings With Rigid Frame, Structural Steel

SOUTH HAVEN, Minn. - Combining superior quality rigid frame engineering with the proven benefits of tension fabric, Legacy Building Solutions introduces its Legendary Building Series, the industry’s first line of fabric buildings to incorporate structural steel beams instead of open web trusses. This new engineering concept provides a high level of flexibility for a wide range of applications, including cattle and agriculture buildings, commodity storage, riding arenas, recreational facilities, commercial and industrial warehousing, and recycling.

Iowa Cattlemens Association Kicks Off New Contest

Sept. 1 commitment needed

AMES, IOWA –  For the first time in 25 years, a statewide carcass contest for cattle producers will be held in Iowa.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will sponsor the ICA Carcass Challenge that begins this fall and ends next spring. “Whether you are a cow-calf producer, backgrounder, or run a feed yard, the bottom line in beef cattle production is the value of the meat on the carcass. Each step in the value-chain affects the end product,” said Kellie Carolan, ICA’s Seedstock Manager.

Tips for Identifying a Potential Mycoplasma bovis Case

The dead giveaways that M. bovis is in a herd

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) can be caused by both viral and bacterial agents, but nailing down the culprit to just one factor can be difficult. When Mycoplasma bovis is involved, there may be a few signs that help point producers in the right direction.

“To me, it’s important to look at how the cattle are started,” says Daniel Scruggs, DVM, Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. “I think it can be obvious when you have an M. bovis problem when you’re three and four weeks into the cattle, and you have late pulls and nonresponse issues. The window between 14 and 21 days is a critical time period to identify when you have M. bovis problems.”

Blue Moon of Kentucky - 2011 National Red Poll Meeting and Sale

Everyone is invited to the American Red Poll Association’s "Blue Moon of Kentucky" National Meeting and Sale on Sept 9th and 10th, 2011.  The Central Kentucky Angus Pavilion in Danville, KY, will be the official location for most of the events that weekend.  The Hampton Inn in Danville will be the official headquarters for the weekend’s festivities (859-236-6200) and is located only 5.84 miles from the sale area.

Farm Aid Adds More Artists To Acclaimed 2011 Concert Lineup

Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Robert Francis, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Rebecca Pidgeon, Billy Joe Shaver and John Trudell Join Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Today Farm Aid announced an array of artists who will join the musical lineup for its 2011 concert, scheduled for August 13 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.