NCBA Behind House Passing Jobs Bill

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ncba-logoThe House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key tax provisions,” said McCan. “The passage of this legislation brings our producers one step closer to having the certainty they need to make financial preparations and needed investments in this tax year.”

Included in the Act is the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act and other provisions directed toward the Internal Revenue Service, which makes section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation permanent. The bill also contains the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, requiring Congress to take an up-or-down vote on all new major rules that would have an economic impact of more than $100 million annually before they can be enforced. And critical for many public lands and western ranchers is the inclusion of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act addressing catastrophic wildfire and forest mismanagement.

“Many of the provisions contained in this bill are critical for the cattle industry; legislation that extends certainty in the tax code, reins in the regulatory train wreck our members face from administration agencies like the EPA and aims to better manage our public lands and resources,” said McCan. “We appreciate the efforts of the House in bringing this bill to the floor and urge the Senate to take action.”

The full Jobs Bill and more information can be found here.

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Growing Hereford Demand Leads to Many Increases

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Hereford LogoFiscal year 2014 was a year of expansion and growth for the Hereford breed as commercial producers continue to find value and predictability in utilizing Hereford genetics.

“Record sale prices for bulls and females and increases in registrations, transfers and cows on inventory indicate the market is vibrant for Hereford genetics,” says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. “We’re excited about the increasing demand of Hereford genetics in the marketplace as well as the potential possible, as the current trend in the industry is expansion. As a breed, we are focused to produce the cattle that will meet the needs of the commercial industry.”

A total of 188 Hereford production sales were reported by American Hereford Association (AHA) field representatives during the fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. Bull sales averaged $5,089, up nearly $400 per head, and females $4,637, up nearly $440 per head.

The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reported 71,444 registrations (a 5.2% increase) and 40,295 transfers (a 12.1% increase) with 107,277 cows on inventory, up nearly 7%. The Association has 3,641 active adult members (a 4% increase) and 2,670 active junior members (a 7% increase).

Hereford semen use in the commercial industry is also increasing. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), domestic Hereford semen sales increased 7% compared to last year. Hereford domestic semen sales have steadily increased since 2006, a testament to the increasing demand for Hereford genetics in the commercial industry.

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Will Low Crop Prices Impact Next Season?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Would you buy an Apple Watch?”

Apple never ceases to amaze us with the new products they come up with. It doesn’t look like many of you will be rushing out to buy their newest techie gadget. I think I fall into the ‘not yet’ category. I don’t see how it can benefit me at the moment, but I certainly won’t rule it out.

Here are the poll results:

  • Absolutely! – 21%
  • Never – 42%
  • Not yet – 27%
  • A what? – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, How will low crop prices impact next year?

Corn and soybean prices have dropped dramatically this year with record crops but the question is how much will that impact plans for next season. Will farmers plant less, buy less, or just plan that prices will go back up next year?

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Manage Forage Quality to Support Dairy Cow Health & Production

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27688_Prince_LogoMark_RGB_BigEach new harvest season can bring changes in forage quality which can have a negative impact on dairy cow health and productivity. Because nutritive value, mold, yeast and mycotoxins can vary considerably from season to season and from bunker to bunker, producers are encouraged to proactively manage this transition.

“Variations in mold and yeast content lead to variations in fermentation profiles of ensiled feed, which in turn impacts feed quality,” says Jamie Jarrett, Ph.D., a dairy technology manager for Prince Agri Products Inc. “Management practices for harvesting and processing forages, in addition to managing forages at feedout, can lead to significant changes in mold and yeast counts, nutrient content and digestibility. Ensiled forages tend to be a major contribution to the diet of the dairy cow, and proper cow health is a key issue in times of mold and yeast challenges.”

Dr. Jarrett notes that a responsive immune system plays an important role in helping protect dairy cows as new crop forages are introduced this fall. “An immunocompromised cow does not have the ability to endure the same level of molds and yeast in feed as a cow with an optimally functioning immune system,” she explains. “Because of unforeseen challenges that may arise, lactating cows require a fundamental level of immune responsiveness to avoid health challenges and maximize milk production during the forage transition.”

Completely avoiding mold and yeast in a dairy ration is not practical, Dr. Jarrett says, but understanding and managing those inputs will allow producers and nutritionists to better manage the risk. Her recommendations include:

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FAPRI: Sources for Feed Could Get Even Cheaper

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FAPRI logoGood news for livestock producers and the price of feed. Earlier this month, we told you how a new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri said that livestock producers had seen some some high prices for their animals this year, but those prices were expected to taper a bit in the next couple of years. A new report from FAPRI shows that even larger crop estimates are expected to push down the prices of a couple of the most popular feeds, corn and soybeans.

- Larger corn and soybean crops translate into lower projected 2014/15 prices for many grains and oilseeds. Corn prices drop to $3.50 per bushel, soybeans to $9.92 per bushel… In all … cases, these projected prices are close to the midpoint of the price ranges reported in the September USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

– Larger crops in 2014/15 also result in larger beginning stocks and total crop supplies in 2015/16. As a result, corn and soybean prices for next year’s crop are lower than projected in August. Corn prices average $3.80 per bushel in 2015/16, and soybean prices drop to $9.04 per bushel.

– Prices recover as markets adjust. Corn prices average $4.10 per bushel, soybeans average $10.21 per bushel … over the 2016‐18 period.

The latest FAPRI report makes no mention of what livestock prices might do.

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Missouri Cattlemen Pleased with Right to Farm

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mo-right-to-farmThe recount is complete for Amendment 1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, and the very close Aug. 5 election results have been upheld.

“It changed slightly but the original result does stand,” said Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president. “Amendment One has passed in the state of Missouri, forever guaranteeing Missouri farmers and ranchers the right to do just that – farm and ranch.”

The recount picked up a few more no votes on the amendment with passage by less than 2400 votes out of nearly a million cast.

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Last Addition of New Holland Pavilion Progress Newsletter

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.07.29 AMThe final addition of the New Holland Pavilion Progress newsletter is here. The World Dairy Expo is right around the corner and the New Holland Pavilions are right on schedule.

During the first wee of September, the World Dairy Expo Building Committee completed their final walk through. There they saw that the water spigots and electrical outlets were ready to go and the stalling had begun.

Wash racks are complete with two different tie pipes for various livestock species and the pre-function area has brick and awning from the old barns. As we continue to present day, last minute finishing touches are being added including landscaping.

Be sure to see these state-of-the-art facilities in just a few weeks at the 2014 Designer Dairy World Dairy Expo.

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National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting Set

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NMC Logo_Tag JPEG_low resThe National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

This year’s program will feature sessions including:
· Getting to the root cause of mastitis, a systems approach;
· Influence of equipment and environment on milk quality;
· Influence of people, monitoring and records on milk quality;
· Milk quality: What the market needs, wants, demands.

In addition to the main program, the Annual Meeting will include a variety of specialized short courses, committee meetings, open discussion groups, poster sessions plus research and development summaries. Additional program details will be available soon on the NMC website.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman. “As always, the networking and short courses will be a highlight, in addition to a top-notch schedule of educational programming.”

Save the date for this excellent opportunity to network with dairy professionals from around the world. Mark your calendar for the NMC 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the global dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

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CWT Assists with Cheese & Whole Milk Powder Export Sales

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Michigan Milk Producers Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 692,252 pounds (314 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese and 1.422 million pounds (645 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. The product will be delivered September 2014 through March 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 86.203 million pounds of cheese, 48.188 million pounds of butter and 33.171 million pounds of whole milk powder to 43 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.122 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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Merck Animal Health Sponsors Food Systems Fellowship Program

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 9.13.58 AMAs a partner in the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce three $5,000 scholarships have been awarded to students who are participating in the program. During the past nine years, Merck Animal Health has provided various scholarship opportunities for more than 100 students focused on working in the food animal industry.

The following students are participants in the Food Systems Fellowship Program and will receive Merck Animal Health scholarships in 2014.

Christina Fenske, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is a second-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Prior to pursuing her second career – veterinary medicine – Fenske spent 12 years working in a dermatology practice. After graduation, Fenske plans to work in a predominantly large animal practice and would like to be involved in community outreach and education.

Heather Roney, from Clarkston, Mich., is a third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, and earned a bachelor of science in Animal Science from the same university. Roney has served as a legislative fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. She also recently participated in the USDA APHIS Smith Kilborne Program where he studied transboundary animal diseases. After graduation, Roney is interested in pursuing a career in regulatory medicine and agricultural policy.

Carrie Szybisty, from Redford, Mich., is a third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). She also earned a bachelor of science in Animal Science with a concentration in Production Animal Scholars from MSU. During her studies, Szybisty has worked at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and participated in a USDA International Science and Education funded Food Systems Fellowship Program in India and a bovine externship at a veterinary practice in Michigan. After graduation, Szybisty hopes to work in a mixed animal practice with a focus on dairy cattle medicine and reproduction. Someday, she also would like to pursue the opportunity to provide services to the animal shelters in her community.

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