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New technologies can help improve feed efficiency in beef cattle

Improving feed conversion in beef cattle without sacrificing quality can help producers increase profitability long-term. Robby Bondurant, a ruminant nutritionist with Furst-McNess, says focusing on performance provides opportunity for producers.  “Financial sustainability is important in the beef industry and if we can’t remain financially... Read More.

Senate passes CRA on Paraguayan beef imports

The US Senate has passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to override the Biden administration’s decision to resume beef imports from Paraguay despite animal health concerns. The CRA, introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) passed with a bipartisan, 70-25,... Read More.

Record large February beef, pork production

February 2024 beef and pork production was the largest on record for any February. The USDA says the total of 4.554 billion pounds was up 7% on the year, with slaughter above year ago levels, helped by the additional business day thanks to the... Read More.

Beef, wheat export sales fall to marketing year lows

The USDA says wheat and beef export sales have notched marketing year lows for a second consecutive week. Both of those commodities are seeing hefty competition on the global market from other exporters due to relatively high U.S. prices and the strength of... Read More.

Missouri Prime Beef Packers will close in April

A southwest Missouri beef processing plant is preparing to close next month. Missouri Prime Beef Packers will close in late April, because the Missouri Department of Natural Resources didn’t approve the company’s clean water treatment proposal. State representative Jim Kalberloh says “farmers from southwest Missouri... Read More.

Concerns remain about Paraguay beef imports

The U.S. cattle industry remains concerned about the USDA’s recent decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay.  Kent Bacus with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association tells Brownfield the objection has nothing to do with competition and everything to do with animal health. “Yeah,... Read More.

Senators seek to stop newly-allowed Paraguay beef imports

Two Senators are working to overturn the Biden Administration’s rule allowing beef imports from Paraguay. Montana Senator Jon Tester and South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds have introduced a Congressional Review Act.  If passed, the CRA would overturn USDA’s final rule. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association President Justin... Read More.

Lack of snow has sheep and beef producer concerned

A sheep producer worries about the lack of snow cover this winter, and if that means a third straight dry summer.  Caleb Langworthy raises grass-fed sheep and beef near Wheeler, in northwestern Wisconsin.  He tells Brownfield the small amount of snow means his pastures... Read More.

Future of IL Beef looks bright

More Illinois youth than ever are participating in this week’s Illinois Beef Expo in Springfield. Devin Bollman, communications manager at the Illinois Beef Association, says they’ve had to expand the expo’s annual Junior Show… “Friday starts our three day show.”  She says, “We’ve had to... Read More.

New trade deals are important for growing beef markets

A cattle producer from western Nebraska says new trade policy is important to grow demand for U.S. beef. “There’s no ceiling right now in the beef export market right now.” Jaclyn Wilson, the chair of the international trade committee at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,... Read More.

K-State Plans Junior Beef, Sheep Days

By K-State Research and Extension news service MANHATTAN, Kan. – Registration is now open for a pair of events that encourage youth to increase their knowledge about livestock production and management.Officials at Kansas State University have announced the dates... Read More.