here were 3,000 cattle sold at Kist Livestock in Mandan, N.D., this week. Only 1,800 were on the auction block this time last year. High cattle prices have ranchers selling earlier than usual. “It’s just started,” said Matt Lachenmeier, a fieldman at Kist.
Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture by investment banks and sovereign wealth funds, more than 80 percent of the world’s food is still produced by family farmers, according to new U.N. research published Oct. 16.RELATED CONTENT
A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a critical television documentary on antibiotics use in livestock, pointing consumers to industry-funded websites that defend the practice, according to an association email.
With the world population rising, demographers are grappling with one of the most pressing issues of the century — will there be enough food for an extra 2 billion to 4 billion people?
This week, Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s staff began a roundup to remove nearly 400 bison from the 110-square-mile South Unit. The roundup is part of a regularly-scheduled reduction of bison population to maintain the health of the park’s animals and the grassland that they feed on. An estimated 200 bison will remain at the park when the roundup is complete.RELATED CONTENT
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he was generally aware that $30 million in financing was being lined up for faltering Northern Beef Packers in 2010, but also said he was not directly involved in the deal.
Ag students are in high demand and have a good chance of landing a job right out of college. Agweek's Oct. 20 cover story will introduce one senior who has high hopes of working in the livestock industry. Experts also weigh in on the demand for ag grads. Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a sneak peek into the magazine, including coverage of the PED virus, ballot measure debates and more.RELATED CONTENT
When a $30 million loan came to Northern Beef Packers in the summer of 2010, it kept the faltering Aberdeen, S.D., plant afloat. It also provided a $950,000 payday for a mysterious Los Angeles firm known as Maverick Spade.
Conference tackles ag transport issues, new N.D. rules govern fertilizer content and N.D. woman acquitted in deaths of seven horses.
Farmers and ranchers have a well-deserved reputation for straight talk.
The cow is the source of production, so keeping her in shape is critical. As cows go out of production during late lactation and weaning, fall provides an excellent time to put weight on cows. In addition, the cow does not need to channel calories into staying warm, so do it now.
Chase Dewitz has fearlessly expanded his North Dakota farm, having ridden the ups and now navigating the downs of lower commodity prices.RELATED CONTENT
A Barnes County, N.D., woman accused in the starvation deaths of seven horses has been found not guilty of animal neglect. District Judge Jay Schmitz ruled that the prosecution did not prove that Ginger Helland, 30, of Kathryn willfully failed to provide enough food and water for the horses. The judge’s decision came Oct. 8 after a half-day bench trial.
Join Agweek editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Oct. 13 issue, including a cover story about a North Dakota farmer and rancher who has drastically expanded his operations, even during tough times in ag. We'll also bring farm bill news, a look inside the soybean crush plant in Northwood, N.D., predictions for propane availability and more.RELATED CONTENT
Pat and Marilyn Herring, of Veteran, Wyo., have spent years in the Angus business. Now they’re passing on decades of knowledge to a new generation as represented here by their grandsons.