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Impact of BVD on feedyard cattle

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus can cause severe reproductive losses in cow herds, particularly when a persistently infected (PI) calf survives and continuously exposes the rest of the herd to the virus. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, Michigan State University veterinarian Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, DACVM, outlined research showing the BVD virus also can cause significant losses during the finishing phase. FULL STORY »

History lesson in packing plant closures

“For more than 12 years we’ve been shrinking the U.S. beef herd, so we need fewer processing plants and feedlots than we used to,” Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension said. FULL STORY »

Ag markets ended Wednesday in decidedly mixed fashion

Corn futures posted a late-Wednesday comeback. Tuesday’s USDA reports implied record U.S. corn yield and harvest totals this fall, which weighed on CBOT futures Tuesday and again Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Show Mom Diaries: The empty halter

Oh, you never forget that moment. That moment your first steer is loaded onto the semi, and you’re handed that empty halter. That dreaded, empty halter. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes decreased membership on Beef Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced a final decision to decrease membership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 100 members. The law authorizing the board requires the board’s size to change with shifts in cattle inventory levels. FULL STORY »

BIVI partnership supports Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. began an alliance in 2014 with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to help raise private funds for a new veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Through this commitment, BIVI has donated nearly $50,000 to date. FULL STORY »

Andis Company donates grooming tools for youth livestock show

Andis Company, leading manufacturer of grooming tools for professionals and at-home consumers, supported youth competitors from organizations such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America, as they vied for titles at the recent Wisconsin State Fair. FULL STORY »

Energy outlook: Gasoline prices to decline

The market's perception of reduced risk to Iraqi oil exports and news regarding increasing Libyan oil exports contributed to a drop in the Brent crude oil spot price to an average of $107 per barrel (bbl) in July, $5/bbl lower than the June average. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly lower again Wednesday morning

Corn futures resumed their post-report decline Wednesday morning. Tuesday’s USDA reports implied record U.S. corn yield and harvest totals this fall. FULL STORY »

Commentary: You need meat, baby

When was the last time a study recommended that children should eat more meat? Well, read on, because a new survey of toddlers’ diets emphasizes the need for exactly such a strategy. FULL STORY »

Year One: Building up the future of agriculture

One year ago this week, I was honored to be sworn in as Deputy Secretary of USDA. Along with Secretary Vilsack, I have had the privilege to lead a remarkable team here at USDA as we have worked to implement the 2014 Farm Bill, create a one-stop-shop for new farmers and ranchers seeking access to resources as they begin their farm businesses and lead a nation-wide discussion about who our next generation of farmers and farm leaders will be. FULL STORY »

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