Industry News

Texas Cattle Feeders Association urges cattlemen to file comments on MCOOL rule

TCFA Members:   We encourage you to file comments on the MCOOL rule by 11 p.m. Thursday, April 11.   Below is a draft letter that you might find helpful in filing comments on the MCOOL rule, either verbatim or in your own words.   Interested persons may submit written comments on this proposed rule using the following address:  Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=AMS-LS-13-0004-0001. Save the comments…

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Control Feedlot Losses with Double D Cattle Mats™

U.S. feedlots are projected to see “slightly negative” profit margins in 2013, according to Bloomberg. Due to high corn prices it’s becoming more and more difficult to feed cattle for profit. In this tough market cattlemen must control their losses. Thanks to Double D Family Mat Shop they can control injury and weight loss due to slick and unforgiving surfaces. Double D Family Mat Shop produces…

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Animal ID Rule is a Win for the Livestock Industry

Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule as something that will work well for both producers and animal health officials. Representatives from LMA praise the USDA’s final rule for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. During the past 10 years, LMA has been an advocate for finding a workable, simple, and cost-efficient system.…

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Beef 101

By: Jill Dunkel The 2013 Cattle Industry Convention is in the books, and the feedback I heard from meetings, the Cattlemen’s College and on the trade show floor was resoundingly positive. Tampa proved to be a wonderful host. It’s fun to see a sea of cowboy hats descend on a town. I know when I get to my departure gate at the DFW airport, I’m bound…

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The other shoe has fallen

By: Jill Dunkel I hate to say, “I told you so,” but… Well, I didn’t tell you, but last year at the Feeding Quality Forum, economist Mike Sands of Informa Economics told us: “We’ve seen some extremely tight packer operator margins over the last year.” “Fewer cattle will eventually mean fewer yards to feed them and packers to process them. There’s not enough to go around…” Five months…

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