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Average carcass weight up 12 pounds in 2013

beef_carcass_250Laura Mushrush, Assistant Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork

Total red meat production was slightly down in 2013 according to the USDA annual Livestock Slaughter summary released on Monday.
Red meat, which includes beef, veal, pork, lamb and mutton, totaled 49.3 billion pounds in commercial plants and 95.6 million pounds through on-farm slaughter.
Although efforts have been made to expand the national beef herd, beef production was down 1 percent from the previous year at 25.8 billion pounds. Read more

BQA certification important part of the beef sector


K-State Research and Extension
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training is offered in-person and online, which allows beef producers to complete the training modules at their convenience. BQA helps raise consumer confidence in beef production

All cattle producers should consider completing their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification every three years, and convenient training is available in-person and online.

More than 30 years ago, a grassroots effort that involved many people in the beef industry led to the development of a training program that provided beef producers with proper management techniques. The program, first titled “Beef Safety Assurance” and now called “Beef Quality Assurance” or BQA, helps raise consumer confidence in beef production.

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Senate Approps Wants You! (To Talk About Research)

Senate Intelligence Hearing

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Appropriations Committee took to Twitter to solicit ideas for an upcoming hearing on federal investments in innovation.

The panel is seeking written testimony from the public on the subject of how federal research dollars can help drive innovation in existing and new fields. Materials should be submitted in accordance with committee guidelines no later than April 24, for an April 29 hearing with the heads of several departments and agencies that spent quite a bit of their budgets on federally backed research. Read more

Kansas City BBQ at the Ag Hall of Fame Opening Night of JAM

JAM_Logo_box_SmallWe just returned from the final site visit to Kansas City to finish prepping for the 2014 JAM. And I am even more excited. Not only is the science terrific, but the changes to the social program are going to be great. We spent time at the Ag Hall of Fame (where the BBQ will be held on Sunday night) and it is a truly impressive, family friendly venue.

For more information on the Ag Hall of Fame visit their website at The BBQ will showcase a variety of types of Kansas City BBQ, an ice cream competition between 6 of our creameries, root beer floats and corndogs for families, the “living history” portion of the museums will be open, there will be hay rides and train rides and even a mechanical hog (and a mechanical bull).

Buses will leave for the BBQ immediately after the opening session featuring Dr. Bill Weldon. There is a $10.00 fee for the BBQ. The fee helps us get an accurate number for attendance. But for the $10.00, you will receive 2 drinks and more than enough food!

Please remember to register for the BBQ when you register for JAM. Register for JAM online here.
Already registered for JAM but not the BBQ, email about adding this event.

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From: Dr. Michael Lilburn, President-Elect, FASS

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Cattle and beef markets so far in 2014

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension

The first quarter of 2014 saw unprecedented prices for all classes of cattle and beef. Retail beef prices moved sharply higher in March for both Choice and All Fresh beef. The March retail Choice price was up 6.7 percent over December levels while the All Fresh retail price was up 6.5 percent compared to December. The Choice retail beef price was up 8.7 percent year over year and the All Fresh retail beef price was up 9 percent from one year ago. Read more »


ISU Extension swine veterinarian James McKean dies

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First animal discovered with sex-reversed genitalia

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