BeefCast update for April 2, 2010, What is the outlook for the beef cattle business climate?

Recently released and highly anticipated USDA reports illustrated good news for the livestock community, as corn prices continue to trend downward. Hopefully with good weather for the upcoming planting season, feed input prices will remain manageable. I want to broaden our outlook today by taking a look at the beef cattle business climate.

Beginning with Randy Blach, Cattle-Fax CEO, as he provides his viewpoint on the current market trends (Part 1 and Part 2).

Also, let’s spend some time today catching up with Colin Woodall, NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs. Colin brings us up to speed on a variety of issues impacting our industry on capitol hill (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).
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What is the outlook for the beef cattle business climate?

MP3 fileRandy Blach, Cattle-Fax CEO, provides the outlook for the beef cattle business climate as he visited recently with the good folks at TSCRA. Part 1 and Part 2.

Superior Management is More Valuable than Advanced Technology

MP3 fileDr. Bob Milligan, Dairy Strategies, LLC and Professor Emeritus of Cornell University, shares his experiences with a recent delegation from Nigeria. Their key take-away from visiting leading US cattle herds was that "superior management is more important than superior technology."

The Capitol Hill Update with Colin Woodall

MP3 fileColin Woodall, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, brings us up to speed on all of the cattle producer issues being considered on capitol hill, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Increasing your AI pregnancy rate in cows

FYI, Transcripts are available from the conversations with Dr. Cliff Lamb on Increasing your AI pregnancy rate in cows, Part 1 and Part 2. The audio versions are at Part 1 and Part 2.

Agriculture Telling its Story

Animal Agriculture Alliance's 9th Annual Stakeholder Summit is April 28-29 2010 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The main topic is "Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?" This event will feature a keynote by Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Chairman, Animal Agriculture Alliance and Chief Veterinarian, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Topics being covered include: an animal agriculture legislative update, terrorism against the food industry, and proactive animal well-being initiatives. See program for details.

Global Agriculture Agchat discussion looked to understand the global agriculture issues to be addressed so more people can be fed in the future. Of note is the video from the Earth Institute: Global Agriculture Systems and Food and National Security and the FAO ag trade visualization tool.

Raw milk is getting has more public exposure due to recent illnesses in Michigan. At the core of the issue is food safety and consumer choice.

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Dr. Ronald Lemenager, the BeefBlog

Link to blogVideo Feature: Purdue Block and Bridle Sponsors 2nd annual "Golden Girls Sale" The Purdue University Block & Bridle Club would like to personally invite you to the second Annual Purdue Beef Unit Showcase & Production Sale! It is with great excitement that the Block & Bridle Club and the Beef Team welcome producers, Alumni and special guests to the Purdue Beef Unit on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

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