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Global Livestock Show Worth The Trip – Sommet De L’Elevage

Dan Cattle, Sheep-Goats

U.S. cattle and livestock producers interested in keeping up with their industry in other parts of the world first-hand should consider a visit to one of the world’s largest and best run annual livestock events, the Sommet De L’Elevage (Livestock Summit) in Clermont-Ferrand, France held the first week in October. I can attest from first-hand experience as the first American farm journalist to …

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Large Cattle Feedlot Inventories

Dan Cattle

USDA’s latest Cattle on Feed Report indicates 11.7 million head were on feed as of June 1, 2019, two percent above June 1, 2018. And according to a story from Gary Crawford, that is despite a slowdown in placements. Also in that report, USDA notes marketing’s of fed cattle during May was 2.07 million head, 1 percent above 2018.

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Advanced Grazing School & Deep South Stocker Conference

Dan Cattle, Education

Southeast producers are invited to the 2019 Advanced Grazing School, July 16-17, at the Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens, GA. This will be an intense two day hands on event that overlaps with the Deep South Stocker Conference on the second day. Tentative topics for the Grazing School include: Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle: Cool Season and Warm Season Systems …

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Cattle on Feed Up Two Percent

Dan Cattle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its May Cattle on Feed Report, showing the numbers of cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market was 11.8 million head on May 1, two percent above May 1, 2018. This is the highest May 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam looks at …

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Cattle Industry’s Beef Quality Assurance Program Develops, Distributes Extensive National Manual

Dan Beef, Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

Checkoff-Funded Effort Is a Resource for Responsible Cattle Management An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program that is both detailed and extensive is now being distributed nationwide throughout the cattle industry. The manual and the BQA program are both managed by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. …

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention Underway

Dan Cattle, Georgia

The 2019 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show and Beef Expo is underway at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. New GCA Executive Vice President, Dale Sandlin, officially started this past Monday but is already busy meeting and talking about various issues with producers from across the state. One of those is hauling cattle, something he is very familiar …

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Ranchers Invited to Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Dan Cattle, Education, Florida

Ranchers across the state of Florida are invited to attend the 2019 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course, May 8-10, in Gainesville. This year’s program titled, “Connecting the Dots, Calf to Carcass”, will cover a variety of topics. Some of those include looking at Market and Industry Trends in the Beef Business, Customer Satisfaction and National Tenderness Survey, Value and Mechanics of Meat Exports, …

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Alabama Grazing Academy Set for April 17

Dan Alabama, Cattle

It was announced this week that the Alabama Grazing Academy is set for April 17 at the Chilton Research and Extension Center in Clanton. The one-day workshop, hosted by the Alabama Extension animal science and forage team, begins at 8 a.m. and will wrap up about 5:45 p.m. In a release, Alabama Extension forage specialist, Dr. Leanne Dillard, said “Producers will learn about how …

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Florida Beef Cattle Short Course Coming in May

Dan Cattle, Education, Florida

The 2019 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held May 8-10 at the Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Short Course Program Committee and the UF Department of Animal Sciences invites serious beef cattle producers in the Southeast to attend. Some of the topics being discussed this year include the Value and Mechanics …