Livestock

Meatpackers Close a Few Plants due to Coronavirus

Fears of meatpacker employees contracting coronavirus due to the close conditions they work in have led to several facilities idling production in recent weeks. For example, Tyson Foods has temporarily ceased operations at its...

Cattle Market Investigation will now Expand

Cattle groups and senators have been putting pressure on Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, who responded to the pressure via Twitter. His tweet says the USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division would expand its investigation into...

NCBA Requests President Trump Expand USDA Market Investigation

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is asking the Department of Agriculture to further investigate the cattle and beef markets. NCBA President Marty Smith sent a letter to President Donald Trump on the matter Wednesday....

No World Pork Expo for Second Straight Year

For the second-straight year, the National Pork Producers Council has canceled the World Pork Expo. Canceled last year to avoid the spread of African swine fever, this year's event is one of many interrupted...

State Beef Councils Win Major Legal Victory

The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory last week. The United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council...

United States Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2020 was 77.6 million head. This was up 4 percent from March 1, 2019, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2019. Breeding inventory at 6.38...

USMEF Applauds Expanded Access to China

A recent move to expand pork and beef access to China will benefit U.S. producers and exporters, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently...

NCBA Asks Capitol Hill about Help for Cattle Producers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says NCBA has been working hard to help cattle producers through the challenges of COVID-19. “As the country reels both economically and emotionally...

USDA’s Cattle on Feed Report

Cattle on feed for the slaughter market for feedlots with the capacity of 1,000 head or greater totaled 11.8 million head on Nov. 1, 2019. That number came back 1% higher compared to this...

Pennsylvania Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

The National Pork Board Tuesday announced Chris Hoffman as the 2019-2020 Pig Farmer of the Year. Hoffman, a first-generation hog farmer from McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, received the highest combined score in third-party judging and online...

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