Feedlot Focus

House votes to curtail epa overrregulation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018) Wed., July 13, 2011, by a vote of 239-184. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley Lyon said the legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from overruling state decisions on water quality. Lyon said under the Clean Water…

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No expansion yet

By: Paul Dykstra The beef industry began the 2011 calendar with the lowest beef cow herd inventory since the 1950s, after a 1.6 percent annual decline. Supplies may have dropped to a critical level that falls short of demand. At least, record cash cattle prices have many of us wondering about the future. Optimistic cow-calf…

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Sorting out the best – beef empire days

By: Jill Dunkel What started out as a way to promote the  cattle feeding industry back in 1969 is now a source of bragging rights that surrounds a two week celebration known as Beef Empire Days. Held this year during the first two weeks of June, Beef Empire Days highlights one of the largest groups…

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Starting cattle – a critical step

By: James I. Sprague Feedlot operators work hard at giving new cattle a chance to get rested and acclimated to the mysterious surroundings of the new pen and pens mates. Part of this process includes offering a starting ration that must not only be nutritious, but safe from digestive upsets such as acidosis. This “first…

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Feedlot environmental management

By: Lauren Caggiano More stringent and enforced government regulations call for keen oversight in following best practices for environment management, especially in the case of open feedlots. Open feedlots have the potential to degrade nearby water resources if not managed properly. Consequently, operators should follow guidelines used to minimize the feedlot impacts on soil, water,…

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