APHIS Announces Public Meetings on Animal Disease Traceability

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing a series of public meetings to receive input on the current Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) system. The meetings will allow APHIS to hear from the public about the successes and challenges of the current ADT framework, specifically for traceability in cattle and bison.  They …

Analyzing Disease Mutations Using Online Cattle Genomes

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Research

Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, a genomic database of U.S. beef cattle is now available online. The complete genomes of 96 bulls representing different U.S. cattle breeds were sequenced by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service‘s (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska. The breeds include Angus, Brangus and Hereford. The publicly accessible …

A Cattle Market that is Not Quite as Volatile

Dan Cattle

While cattle market prices have seen their ups and downs over the past couple of years, producers may be able to see something this year that’s a bit different. One of the speakers during last week’s Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention was CattleFax CEO Randy Blach. And he told producers they should see a market this year that’s not quite so …

Good News from Beef Tenderness Survey

Dan Beef

In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, we have information about the Beef Tenderness Survey, an effort through the National Beef Checkoff Program. And according to Dr. Dwain Johnson, professor of meat science at the University of Florida, this survey takes place about every five years.

Eliminating New World Screwworm from the U. S.

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

As we near eradication of New World Screwworm from the Florida Keys. APHIS invites you to take an interactive look at all the steps we’ve taken to rid the United States of this dangerous pest, and save the Florida Key deer. Go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/maps/animal-health/screwworm-mapping to view our screwworm story map.  A story map is a web-based application that can include …

Georgia Beef Board Gathers Good Information at National Event

Dan Cattle, Georgia

During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, those involved with the beef checkoff were able to learn more about what the checkoff has been doing on a national basis and what’s in store yet this year. In our Georgia beef checkoff report, Will Bentley, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Beef Board, says it was a good place …