Ranch News Today – April 15, 2013

Posted on April 15, 2013

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Cattle theft is increasing in some parts of the country as economic woes continue and livestock prices rise. In 2012, more than 10,400 head of cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, up from 7,600 in 2011, says Larry Gray, the group’s executive director of law enforcement…

The 21st annual YF&R survey revealed that 90 percent of those surveyed are more optimistic about farming and ranching than they were five years ago and that 83 percent believe they are better off than they were five years ago…

Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmaker James Moll has teamed up with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to produce a feature-length documentary on the next generation of American farmers and ranchers…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by May 1, 2013…

Stories by State

Rosen, a former Tuscaloosa municipal judge who still practices law, recently was named the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association’s 2012 Commercial Producer of the Year…

An Arizona cattle rancher can sue the U.S. Forest Service for seizing and selling nearly 400 of his herd, the Court of Federal Claims ruled…

A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the number of beef cattle on feedlots in Kansas as of March 1 was at its lowest level since the March 1 total in 1999. About 2.05 million cattle were on feedlots, a decrease of about 7 percent from the same time in 2012…

Worth a Read

Ongoing research in the beef industry may one day soon make it possible for producers to grow cattle that produce meat containing lean protein and good fats yet still provide the great taste today’s consumers look for at the meat counter…

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