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Calving Ease May Not Always Mean What You Think

QUESTION: I have six heifers that came from a calving-ease bull. I used a calving-ease bull to breed them, and so far, of the three that have calved, I've had to pull two. All of these heifers weigh ... Read More

More Time Provided for Dairy Producers to Enroll in DMC Program

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline to September 27 for dairy producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019. The deadline had been September 20. Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bi... Read More

4S Goat Expo Oct. 5-6

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — 4S Goat Expo to Offer Seminar Show and Sale October 5th and 6th at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 W Rodeo Road, North Platte Nebraska. The seminar will start promptly at 10:00 AM on October 5th. Speakers and topics inc... Read More

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said... Read More

NCBA Announces Leadership Changes

DENVER (Sept. 18, 2019) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced two significant leadership changes today. The NCBA Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association confirmed Colin Woodall to serve as the a... Read More

South Korea Now ASF-Positive

South Korea has now joined eight other Asian countries in becoming positive for African swine fever (ASF). This comes after pigs were found positive for ASF near the nation’s border with North Korea, which has been positive for the virus since May.... Read More

Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place more animal inspection and food safety tasks with c... Read More

South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials wer... Read More

Beef Promotion Operating Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Checkoff Plan of Work

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) will invest approximately $40.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2020, subject to USDA approv... Read More

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century. For the first time in more than five decades, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service... Read More

New Kansas State University Study Confirms Possible Danger of Imported Feed Contaminated with African Swine Fever

MANHATTAN — A new study conducted by veterinary researchers at Kansas State University sheds new light on a threatening swine disease: African swine fever. The research team, headed by Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medi... Read More