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BQA certification important part of the beef sector

More than 30 years ago, a grassroots effort that involved many people in the beef industry led to the development of a training program that provided beef producers with proper management techniques. The program, first titled “Beef Safety Assurance” and now called “Beef Quality Assurance” or BQA, helps raise consumer confidence in beef production. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-area cash cattle price drops

Cash cattle prices continue a steady decline, dropping the 5-area cash cattle price down $2.66 from the previous week to $146.72. FULL STORY »

USB: Understanding the use of antibiotics in animal ag

More and more consumers are interested in knowing how their food is raised. A popular question is whether they should be concerned about antibiotics in meat. Consumers often question why farmers give antibiotics to livestock and whether the meat, milk and eggs from those animals are safe to consume. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Growing retail presence in U.S. pork and beef in Peru

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Technical Services Manager Cheyenne Dixon is in Lima, Peru, this week to conduct training sessions for two local supermarket chains and an association of importers whose members distribute meat to Peruvian retailers. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn planting progress only 6 percent complete

Corn planting progress was much slower than expected at only 6 percent complete. Nobody seems too worried about it at the moment, but it is one of the worst starts on record. FULL STORY »

Lilly announces agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health

Eli Lilly and Company has announced an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco. FULL STORY »

Dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers

A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices may become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly higher Monday night

Slow planting progress is boosting the crop markets. Monday’s afternoon USDA Crop Progress report showed spring plantings are running well behind seasonal norms. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins drop below $200

Feedlot margins dropped more than $34 per head last week and fell below $200 to finish at $176.51 per head, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Average carcass weight up 12 pounds in 2013

Total red meat production was slightly down in 2013 according to the USDA annual Livestock Slaughter summary released on Monday. FULL STORY »

Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

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