Cattle Industry News

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

Alfalfa Growers: Be on the Lookout for Hopperburn

MINNETONKA, MINN. - As alfalfa growers hit the fields, now is an important time to be on the lookout for potato leafhoppers (PLH). This is the single pest most affecting alfalfa production in the central United States causing devastating effects to alfalfa leaves and stunting plant growth.

With ideal conditions, 50 or 60 potato leafhoppers can produce from 500 to 1,000 offspring within a five week period. These insects bite into the alfalfa leaf vein and stop nutrients from flowing to the rest of the leaf causing a yellow triangle, or hopperburn, to develop. Subsequently, nutrient values are diminished and alfalfa volume is lowered.

South Dakota University : EcoSun Prairie Farms tour is July 15 near Colman

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Producing and marketing grass-finished beef, native plant seed, forage and biofuels from restored grassland are some of the topics at this year’s EcoSun Prairie Farms tour.

The tour is set for Friday, July 15, at EcoSun Prairie Farms near Colman.

EcoSun Prairie Farms, the North Central Sun Grant Center and South Dakota State University will host the event from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at EcoSun’s 650-acre Prairie Farm, now in its fourth year of operation.

The farm was established to study ways to make a living from restored native prairie on former cropland while making significant environmental improvements.

High Feed Costs Increase Need for High-Quality Corn Silage

Pioneer offers management tips for-high quality, high-yielding silage crop

DES MOINES, Iowa - With today's high feed costs, silage management can have a significant impact on a producer's bottom line. That's why Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, recommends growers pay attention to hybrid selection, field conditions and harvest timing/management to help make the most of their silage crops.

"It always comes down to good management," says Steve Soderlund, Pioneer nutritionist and key livestock account manager. "Decisions made throughout the growing season can affect silage success and a producer's ability to be more profitable."

Farms Technology Announces Mobile Trading App for Dynamic Pricing Platform

DPP mobile app gives buyers, sellers flexibility, 24/7 access

DES MOINES, Iowa - Farms Technology, L.L.C., today announced a mobile trading technology application for their enhanced electronic grain marketing program, providing even more flexibility for the buying and selling of corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.

DPPSM (Dynamic Pricing PlatformSM) grain desk helps sellers of grain commodities make, manage and monitor offers. As an extension of this online system, the new mobile app, which is available on iPhone and Android smart phone systems, is the latest innovation in the grain commodities trading market designed to connect sellers with their preferred buyer.

Farm Safety - Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

As temperatures heat up during the summer, cattle producers need to assess the heat stress that their cattle are under.  Compared to other animals, cattle rely on respiration more than sweating to dissipate their heat load.  Since cattle do not dissipate heat effectively they accumulate a heat load during the day and dissipate heat at night when it is cooler. During extreme weather conditions with insufficient environmental cooling at night, cattle will accumulate heat that they cannot disperse.

Be Aware of Displaced Wildlife Due to Flooding

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Pet and livestock owners living in areas surrounding rising water, such as the Missouri and other rivers in South Dakota, should keep in mind that rising water may displace wildlife species and create situations in which they are more likely to come in contact with domestic animals or people, says SDSU Extension Veterinarian, Russ Daly.

"Animals such as skunks, raccoons, opossum, coyotes, and deer are just a few of the species of animals that have the potential to enter areas they normally would not inhabit due to the impact of rising water on their natural habitat. As such, this increases the chances for pets or livestock to encounter these animals," Daly said.

Heat Safety Tips on the Farm and Ranch

As farmers and ranchers, you spend the majority of each day outdoors during the hot summer months, so it’s especially important for you to know how to best protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays, which could lead to heat stress and a variety of medical complications. Following are some tips from the Carle Foundation Hospital Center for Rural Health and Safety to keep you safe this summer.


John Deere Launches New Line Of Sub-Compact Tractors


1023E John DeereCARY, NC - John Deere introduces the new 1 Series Sub-compact Utility tractors for the residential market. The 1023E and 1026R will provide homeowners with the power and performance to easily attach and remove implements, work with greater comfort and safety, and mow large volumes of grass with a high quality of cut.

Mobile Meat Processing Unit Achieves USDA Certification

Callicrate Cattle Co. will be authorized to process cattle within walking distance of where they were born and raised on the rolling plains of Northwest Kansas after receiving a grant of inspection recently from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A mobile meat processing unit parked near St. Francis, Kan., will be used for on-farm processing of beef, lambs, goats and pigs. Most of the meat will be marketed through the wholesale and retail outlets of Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado Springs.

The unit was on display last fall at Venetucci Farm during a live demonstration showing the public how it works and why it represents an improvement over large scale processing methods.

Bayer's Baytril 100 (enrofloxacin) Injectable FDA approved to fight BRD associated with Mycoplasma bovis

Leading antimicrobial now labelled for single-injection treatment of all major BRD pathogens including Mycoplasma bovis

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Baytril® 100 (enrofloxacin) Injectable, manufactured by Bayer Animal Health, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of Mycoplasma bovis — a major pathogen for Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) that has a significant health and economic impact on cattle operations across the country.