Livestock briefs: Wolves kill beef calf

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Beef calf killed by wolves

On June 23, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a beef calf in Kickapoo township, Vernon County.
Livestock producers are reminded that they should contact USDA-Wildlife Services at 1-800-433-0663 in Southern WI and 1-800-228-1368 in Northern WI if they suspect a wolf or bear has depredated or is harassing their livestock.


U. S. pork industry expanding, hog production set to increase

Strong profitability and rising global demand create a strong incentive for U.S. pork processors to expand capacity. The impending increase in demand for hog supplies will create favorable terms for producers, while intensified competition among processors could lead to a short-term compression in packer margins, according to a new report from CoBank. 

Three new state-of-the-art pork processing facilities with the capacity to process more than 10,000 hogs per day are currently under construction.

Two of the facilities are being built in Iowa and one in Michigan. Two smaller plants with daily capacities of less than 5,000 head are being renovated in Missouri and Minnesota. 

The success of this substantial increase in processing capacity and hog production hinges largely on continued global demand for U.S. pork.

While exports in 2017 are up 15 percent through April, total annual exports for the year are expected to increase five to eight percent, with an additional increase of three to six percent in 2018. Exports have been a boon to the industry, but the potential risk of export disruption carries severe consequences. 


Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labeling 

Ranchers are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking a return of labels that clearly identify meat produced in other countries and imported to the United States. 

The lawsuit was filed June 19 in federal court in Spokane, Washington. 

It seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the Department of Agriculture to revoke regulations requiring imported meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. That change allowed imported meat to be sold as U.S. products. 

Between 2009 and 2016, the USDA required country-of-origin labeling on meat. 

The Department of Agriculture on Monday declined to comment on a matter that is in litigation. 

The lawsuit was brought by Public Justice on behalf of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, and the Cattle Producers of Washington. 


More than 1,900 head of Angus cattle entered to compete in junior show

Angus juniors from across the country will gather at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, July 9 -15 for the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).

More than 900 Angus juniors will be “Winning with the Angus Team” as they represent 34 states across the U.S. An impressive 1,900 head of Angus cattle have been registered to compete at this year’s most awaited Angus event.  

There are both individual and team competitions available for the juniors to participate in; some of which include photography, graphic design, public speaking, quiz bowl, livestock judging, team sales and the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off. There are also educational clinics for the kids to attend throughout the week. 

This year will have new events for both the juniors and their families. Iowa has organized a 5k run/walk around the fairgrounds and a 1k for the younger attendees. There will also be a new auctioneering clinic where participants will learn different techniques from an auctioneer professional. 


Drought aid triggered for 6 South Dakota counties

U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota.

Thune said on June 22 the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of payments under the Livestock Forage Program to eligible producers with grazing livestock.

The counties are Campbell, Dewey, Walworth, Potter, McPherson and Edmunds.
Thune says grazing livestock producers who experience extreme drought need quick assistance to provide additional feed and grazing.

The Republican senator co-authored the Livestock Forage Program which was first included in the 2008 farm bill and later in the 2014 farm bill.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she's urging the USDA to quickly provide producers relief.

Drought conditions have prompted many ranchers to sell off cattle.