CALF Features and Top Stories


Betty Jo Gigot accepts her award at the 2014 CFHOF.

2014 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Moments to Remember

By Betty Jo Gigot, Publisher   What an honor to receive the Industry Leadership Award at the recent Cattle Feeder’s Hall of Fame dinner and how humbling to follow former winners including Richard McDonald and Harry Knobbe. There was a full house with 390 reservations for the annual event, which was originated by Merck Animal… Read the rest »


Beef Checkoff & The Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Promoting and Safeguarding Your Product  By Patti Wilson, CALF News Contributing Editor and Sales Representative This article will attempt to answer some questions basic to grassroots cattle producers. Most of us don’t make it to cattlemen’s meetings or seminars; many are busy at home making a living or even have second jobs off the farm…. Read the rest »

Chinese Market to Lead Continued Strong Global Demand for Beef

Rabobank has published a new report on the global beef industry, forecasting continued strong market fundamentals and continued strong global demand led by the Chinese market. In the report, Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe in Q1 2014 by firm demand… Read the rest »

Top Stories

Uzra Zeya (right), chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, meets with USMEF members at the SIAL 2014 trade show. Pictured from left to right are Mark Gustafson of JBS, Steve Isaf of Interra International and Juliano Jubileu of JBS.

Buyer Interest Strong, Competition Intense at SIAL Food Show in Paris

  Billed as one of the largest international food shows in the world, SIAL 2014 in Paris is an outstanding venue for showcasing U.S. beef and pork. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) participates in SIAL through support from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP). About 150,000 participants from more than 100 countries are in… Read the rest »

When pasture is limited, making the decision to put cows in confinement
could help producers stay in the cattle business. Photo courtesy of Kansas
State University.

Managing the Herd When Pasture is Limited

By Katie Allen, Kansas State University Extension   Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation. Jaymelynn Farney, K-State beef systems specialist, said making the decision to put cows… Read the rest »

Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule: “The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two… Read the rest »

New Products and Information

Brush Up On Haylage History

Haylage can present unique ensiling challenges and taking a closer look at your operation’s haylage history helps determine management improvements and inoculant choices to consider this year. Keeping a close eye on your local conditions and silage making history can help produce high quality, stable grass and legume silages, says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services,… Read the rest »

USDA Approves New Combination Vaccine to Fight BRD Viruses and Bacteria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Veterinary Biologics License for Titanium® 5 + PH-M, a new vaccine that protects cattle against the viruses and bacteria most associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD). Marketed by Elanco, Titanium 5 + PH-M provides modified-live virus (MLV) protection against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), types 1 and… Read the rest »

Changing Pastures? Beware of Parasite Infestation

It’s a common misconception among producers that a rotational grazing strategy helps provide protection from parasite infections. But nothing could be further from the truth according to Joe Dedrickson, DVM, Ph.D, large animal veterinary services, Merial. In fact, the use of pasture rotation as a means of parasite control may actually increase the risk.1 “Using… Read the rest »