Livestock tracking plan moves forward

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Washington, D.C. — Official exclusion of brands and eventual inclusion of feeder cattle continues to raise hackles in some quarters as the U.S. Department of Agriculture moves forward with a long-awaited plan to trace U.S. livestock moving into interstate commerce for disease mitigation purposes. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the nation’s chief veterinary officer…


Heat still a problem for livestock in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the heat and humidity continue to cause livestock deaths in Nebraska, while the growing number of grasshoppers is becoming a problem. The USDA in its weekly crop report on Monday says temperatures last week averaged 2 degrees above normal, with highs mainly in the mid…


AI Import Ban of Livestock Products Extended

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INDIA – The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries (DADF) in India, last month issued a Gazette notification extending its ongoing ban on imports of specified live animals and livestock products from all countries reporting Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI), for an unspecified period. According to the USDA…


Montana: Livestock grazing rates could be on the way up

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The Montana Land Board will consider increasing fees charged ranchers who graze cattle on state land – maybe even doubling them. A study commissioned by the board found the state is charging far less for grazing fees than private landowners. The board is charged with managing state land and raising money for the school trust.…


Heat wave takes toll on Iowa crops, livestock

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The heat wave continues to take a toll on Iowa’s crops and livestock. In the weekly crop report on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said 75 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent shape, a decrease from 80 percent the week before. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop is in good…


Double success for Down farmers at Ireland’s top dairy livestock event

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FATHER and daughter, Ivan and Louise Robinson from Ballgowan, Co Down have won Highest EBI and Best Protein Awards at the prestigious Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition which was held last weekend at the 70th Virginia Show in Co. Cavan. Their cow Glaslough Charles Fancy registered 1522 kgs of fat & protein (3.53 % protein…


Borders abattoir to stop killing cattle

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NFU Scotland is to set up a development group to look into further options for livestock slaughtering and processing in the Scottish Borders, following the announcement that the abattoir in Galashiels is to cease killing cattle and sheep. Scottish Borders Abattoir (SBA), which runs the Galashiels operation, says it will continue to provide a full…


National feeder cattle report: Weak to lower calf prices

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Compared to last week, lighter receipts of yearling feeder cattle sold unevenly 2.00 lower to 2.00 higher with the gains predominantly on those weighing over 800 lbs (especially steers) and weakness mostly on 600-800 lb feeders. Last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report’s bark was much worse than its bite after market members absorbed the fact that…


Farmers face losses during record-breaking drought season

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The drought has spread over much of the southern U.S., leaving Oklahoma the driest it has been since the 1930s and setting records from Louisiana to New Mexico. But the situation is especially severe in Kansas and Texas, which trails only California in agricultural productivity. Ranchers in parts of Kansas are hauling their spring cattle…


Old field farm seeks manager

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Old Field Farm explores the interaction and mutual benefit of art and agricultural practices, where a diversified culture for both plants and animals can thrive. Old Field Farm/Art and Agriculture consists of 160 acres of forest, wild bee pastures, indigenous and cultivated mushrooms, habitat for goats, chickens, pigs, ducks; vegetable and fruit gardens. Integral to…


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