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MU meat study looks at how value cuts affect ground chuck

Removing value-added cuts of beef from the chuck increases profits for producers while offering consumers lower-cost, high-quality steaks. The meat that is left over is usually sold as ground chuck. Does removing those value cuts affect the quality of the ground beef? FULL STORY »

Proposal could put U.S. cattle herd at risk of FMD

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments today in opposition to a recent proposal by the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) that could put the U.S. cattle herd at a greater risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Cattle bucked Monday's bearish ag market trend

Weather news appears to depress the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Oh, the outrage!

Two recent events produced the opposite reactions from industry, versus what ought to have occurred. From this perspective, it appears that people’s anger was directed at the wrong event. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower

Live cattle futures closed under pressure on Thursday, with the front two months posting triple digit losses. FULL STORY »

Beef producers benefit from smart technology

Today’s cattle producers have a variety of technological applications available on their smartphones, which are about the size of the little notebooks their predecessors once carried in their shirt pockets for record keeping. FULL STORY »

$48 million Black Angus facility approved in Tama, Iowa

On Friday the Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved the project that boasts $4 million in state tax credits. The project plans to a take what was previously a meat packing plant and turn it into a Black Angus processing facility using Black Angus cattle from a 150-mile radius of the revamped facility. FULL STORY »

No surge in corn planting…yet

Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace. FULL STORY »

Transitioning newly purchased bulls

By now the task of selecting new herd sires has been largely completed. Now it’s time to shift focus towards management practices to make sure that the investments made in new herd sires will last for the long-term. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. FULL STORY »

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