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28 December 2020
View news from United States Mailbox Milk Prices Expected to Normalize in 2021 Following Year of Extreme Volatility
The pandemic in 2020 caused unprecedented market volatility in dairy prices, leading to lower milk checks for dairy producers and breaking the relationship between monthly mailbox milk prices and Class III milk prices. ...
View news from United States Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring
Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he’ll produce more male offspring. The research was presented in a poster in July at the American Society...
24 December 2020
View news from United States Even Small Efforts to Keep Cows From Creeks Can Significantly Improve Riparian Health
With a little time and effort, rangeland managers can have a dramatic impact on the resilience of California’s riparian areas, which are important to the state’s human, environmental and economic well-being....
View news from United States Producers should follow recommended veterinary practices for dehorning cattle
Producers with horned cattle should develop and implement a dehorning plan that improves efficiency and animal well-being, Oklahoma State University experts said....
22 December 2020
View news from United States Without forage test, hay by any other name is just hay
Mature hay is hay. It may be brome hay, prairie hay or any other type of hay. But in the end, it’s just hay until it’s been tested....
View news from United States Cattle producers face decisions as drought intensifies
Drought conditions and a drier-than-normal winter has put cattle producers in a common dilemma – try to preserve herd size with supplemental feed or cull to stretch limited forage resources for quality cows and calves, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension...
View news from United States Freemartinism: producers should record multiple births in their herds
Cow-calf producers need to keep recordkeeping and genetic drift in mind when cattle births result in twins that are a heifer calf and a bull calf....
18 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures firm, reaching a two-week high
US cattle futures posted a second straight day of gains on technical buying on 17 December, reaching a two-week high....
View news from United States Former NFU presidents urge President-Elect Biden to take action against climate change
Former presidents of the US National Farmers Union have penned a letter to President-Elect Biden, urging him to advance US climate leadership. ...
15 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures remain steady while feeder futures edge higher
US live cattle futures remained mostly unchanged on 14 December, while feeder cattle futures closed slightly higher....
14 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures rise on technical and bargain buying
US live cattle futures advanced for a third straight session on 11 December, supported by technical and bargain buying....
View news from United States Perdue Farms asks CDC for help as US states unveil individual vaccine plans
US poultry company Perdue Farms is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work to coordinate states’ policies over who will receive the COVID-19 vaccines first, warning that individual, patchwork plans could threaten the success of...
View news from United States Biden USDA Secretary choice will face little opposition in US Senate
President-Elect Joe Biden’s choice for US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, will face limited to no opposition when the Senate eventually votes on him. Vilsack won unanimous approval the last time he led USDA under former President Barack Obama....
View news from United States Biden’s pick for Agriculture Secretary will likely reassure farmers but disappoint activists
President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for USDA secretary – a move that will likely reassure commodity crop farmers but disappoint climate activists and small-holder advocates....
View news from United States NFU US says new USDA rule fails to protect farmers from discriminatory practices
A new rule issued by the US Department of Agriculture makes it easier for corporations to engage in anti-competitive behaviour and fails to protect farmers from the fallout of corporate consolidation....
12 December 2020
View news from United States US NFU creates new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel
The NFU has created the 16-member panel to strengthen its efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. ...
11 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures advance on further bargain-buying
US live cattle futures firmed for a second straight session on 10 December on bargain buying and speculative buying....
10 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: short covering and bargain buying lift cattle futures
US live cattle futures firmed on 9 December, bouncing back after four straight sessions of losses that dragged prices to 2 ½ week lows....
09 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures sink on lower cash prices and decreasing beef values
US live cattle futures fell for a fourth straight session on 8 December as cash cattle traded lower at the southern US Plains feedlot markets....
View news from United States Debate over “essential work” lingers amid US COVID-19 vaccine push
As US companies push to get workers vaccinated, states disagree on who is essential....
View news from United States Biden expected to nominate ex-Governor Vilsack for USDA secretary
US President-elect Joe Biden plans to have former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack reprise his role as USDA secretary....
08 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures fall as pandemic accelerates across the US
US cattle futures fell on 7 December as cash beef prices weakened and increased COVID-19 infections sparked concerns about demand for meat....
07 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures step back as demand outlook becomes cloudy
Three days of soft wholesale beef prices brought retail demand for beef into question, making live cattle futures fall....
06 December 2020
View news from United States NFU US welcomes new representatives to the House Agriculture Committee
Georgia Representative David Scott has been selected to lead the House Agriculture Committee as its next chairman....
04 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: US live cattle futures step back after previous gains
US Live cattle futures trimmed on 3 December as fears of additional pandemic closures weighed on the demand outlook....
View news from United States Smithfield Foods offers to store COVID-19 vaccines in ultra-cold freezers
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has offered to help US health officials distribute COVID-19 vaccines and store them in ultra-cold freezers....
03 December 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures make further gains on strong cash trade
US live cattle futures gained on 2 December, finding support in a firming cash cattle market as traders weighed consumer demand prospects....
View news from United States US NFU welcomes Justice for Black Farmers Act
The National Farmers Union says that the newly introduced Justice for Black Farmers Act is an "important step" towards racial equity in the United States. ...
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