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Trillions of gallons of water lost in Calif. drought

How bad is California’s drought? It’s so bad, data from earthquake monitoring stations suggests some 62 trillion gallons of water are missing from California and other western states. FULL STORY »

Nestlé adopts new animal welfare standards

Nestlé has announced a major pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection. FULL STORY »

The cure to record prices

I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices. Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”. FULL STORY »

Crop futures mostly higher, livestock prices stabilizing

Corn futures rose in concert with beans and wheat Thursday morning. FULL STORY »

GlobalVetLINK acquires proven veterinary diagnostic software

In a technology acquisition on July 23, 2014, GlobalVetLINK (GVL) gained an established software solution called Health Information Management System (HIMS) from Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd (CVS). FULL STORY »

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

Bunny backlash

Who doesn’t like bunnies? Especially when they’re for dinner. Turns out, even the holiest of humane hustlers can’t sell rabbit meat without catching a Whole Foods Market full of grief. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Live cattle cash trade took shape on Wednesday

Live cattle futures settled sharply lower on Wednesday but well off of session lows. Cash trade started to take shape on Wednesday, with southern moderate southern trade at $152 and northern beef market mostly $242. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Cargill issues corporate responsibility report

Cargill this week released its fiscal 2014 corporate responsibility report entitled “Delivering Responsibly in the Global Food System.” FULL STORY »

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