Greg Henderson

Study says MRSA can jump from animals to humans

Researchers in England and Denmark used whole genome sequencing to establish the animal-to-human transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the MRSA bacteria. FULL STORY »

Feds, feeders rally as corn heads lower

Yearling feeder cattle prices reversed a month-long lower trend and fed cattle jumped $2 to $3 higher last week. The rally was spurred by USDA’s planting intentions estimate which suggests corn acres will be the largest since 1936. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins slip from bad to ugly

The train wreck for cattle feeders continues as cash cattle prices slip another $2.50 per hundredweight. Pork producer margins are just as ugly with cash prices $5 per hundredweight lower than a month ago. FULL STORY »

Groundhog lied, prosecutor recommends death penalty

An Ohio prosecutor has filed a criminal “indictment” against Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog who emerges from his burrow each February 2 at Gobbler’s Knob to predict whether spring will come early or late. FULL STORY »

Stocker, feeder markets in decline. More ahead?

Unseasonably cold temperatures and a major early-spring snowstorm turned cattle markets blue again last week. Tightening supplies of cattle are finding weak demand, even as the calendar suggests grazing season is just a couple weeks away. FULL STORY »

Spring to offer little drought relief, NOAA says

The U.S. just completed the 20th warmest winter on record, according to the NOAA, and odds favor above-average temperatures for much of the drought-parched regions of the Southwest and Great Plains this spring. FULL STORY »

U.S. retailers vow not to sell GMO salmon

Members of the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood have pledged not to sell GM-seafood. The announcement comes as the FDA appears close to approving the first transgenic animal to enter the human food supply. FULL STORY »

Frankenstein’s Cat explores biotechnology and animals

Most of our national conversation about genetic modification (GMO) has, to date, been about plants. Frankenstein’s Cat suggests future biotech conversations will include animals. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins decline again, packer margins improving

Cash cattle prices declined for the second consecutive week, producing another decline in cattle feeding margins. Beef packer margins improved, and are nearing the break even point. Pork packer margins are in the black. FULL STORY »

Feeder markets shackled by feed costs, weak demand

Heavy feeder cattle found lower bids again last week as feedyard buyers continue to struggle with high feed costs. Demand for grazing cattle was uneven, depending on local moisture conditions. Fed cattle prices slipped for the second consecutive week. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Did Whole Foods Market go too far on GMO-labeling?

Was becoming the first national grocery chain to set a timeline for GMO-labeling a savvy PR move or unnecessary scare tactic? Your answer may well depend on your annual income and food budget. FULL STORY »

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