John Maday

Beef community mourns loss of their own

At an otherwise upbeat Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville this week, the close-knit beef community has been deeply saddened by the news of an airplane crash that claimed the lives of four members of a Kansas ranch family traveling to the convention. FULL STORY »

Cattle Fax – weather outlook positive

Speaking at his 34th annual Cattle Fax outlook seminar at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville Wednesday, Creighton University professor Art Douglass, PhD, said a developing El Nino pattern spells good news for North American weather conditions and crop production. FULL STORY »

Texas tech plans mini symposium on beta agonists

Texas Tech University will host a half-day symposium on beta agonists and animal welfare on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at the Texas Tech Club. The event is sponsored in part by Elanco Animal Health and Merck Animal Health and the Laboratory of Animal Behavior, Physiology and Welfare at Texas Tech University. FULL STORY »

The smartest things ranchers did…

Ranchers, like other business people, typically can look back on decisions they’ve made and identify the ones that worked out and the ones that didn’t. During a Cattlemen’s College session at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville Tuesday, three experienced ranchers opened up about the smartest things their families did to maintain ranch profitability, sustainability and family values. FULL STORY »

Boiling down heifer selection

During the opening evening of Cattlemen’s College at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville on Monday, Dr. Jerry Lipsey outlined some basic criteria for selecting replacement females that will contribute to productivity and profitability in the herd. FULL STORY »

Cattle inventory report shows contraction in 2013

As expected, U.S. cattle inventories shrank again during 2013, although heifer numbers suggest a shift toward expansion. All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013, according to USDA’s Cattle report released on January 31. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951. FULL STORY »

NRDC claims FDA ignores antibiotic risks

Earlier this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report titled “Playing Chicken with Antibiotics,” claiming the FDA has allowed continued use of numerous antibiotics in animal agriculture in spite of high risk for emergence of resistant pathogens. FULL STORY »

Bovine emergency response training

During the Cattlemen’s College at next week’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, producers, veterinarians and first-responders will learn what it takes to plan and execute an effective response to emergencies such as traffic accidents involving cattle. FULL STORY »

NRCS projects tight water supplies in western U.S.

In its first forecast for 2014, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center indicates lower-than-average streamflows across much of the West this spring. FULL STORY »

Alltech survey reveals feed-industry trends

Globally, feed mills produced 963 million metric tons of livestock feed during 2013, according to results of a major survey from animal health and nutrition company Alltech. Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech and director of the company’s global feed survey says analysts expected feed production to top 1 billion tons this year, but several factors contributed to slower-than-expected growth. FULL STORY »

Feedlot inventories remain low, heifer placements lag

As expected, feedyard inventories remain below those of a year ago, as they have for the past year. Placements did pick up during December relative to a year ago, and likely continued to gain steam during January as fed-cattle and beef prices increased dramatically. FULL STORY »

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