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News Update

March 15, 2016

Growing Supply: Growing Demand

The cattle feeding sector may still be recovering from rocky markets in 2015.

However, John Butler of the Beef Marketing Group says there’s reason to be optimistic in the year ahead. He predicts a larger supply of feeder cattle and more predictable feed costs that will help stabilize the fed-cattle business. The next big challenge will be increasing consumer demand to meet a growing beef supply.

“We look at 2016 fairly optimistically, and the reasons for that are we think we’re going to have more feeder cattle available to us, which is nice,” Butler says.

“We think that feed costs are also going to stay relatively stable,” he adds. But also cautions that producing all the beef in the world won’t solve any problems unless there is adequate demand. Butler says he is counting on the fact that more export markets will become available during 2016.

Learn more on this week’s episode of The Angus Report. You can also catch the show at 1:30 p.m. CST Saturday on RFD-TV.

‘Angus Beef Bulletin’ Online

The Angus Beef Bulletin, a print publication aimed toward commercial users of Angus genetics, is now available in digital form online at

Featured stories in the March issue include adding value through high-quality calves, tips from experts in health and nutrition, and sustainability’s role on the ranch. Within the Angus Beef Bulletin, you’ll also find information on upcoming cattle sales, events and genetic trends in the Angus business.

Go online to read the publication today.

Angus Advisor: Southern Great Plains

Rapid, lush cool-season and winter-annual forage growth generally contains low concentrations of magnesium and moderate to low calcium. At the same time, forage nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium concentration are often excessive, leading to poor magnesium absorption from the digestive tract.

As a general rule, conditions leading to forage with less than 0.2% magnesium and calcium, more than 3% potassium, and more than 25% protein (4% nitrogen) represent high risk for grass tetany.

This dietary mineral profile can lead to grass tetany if it occurs around the time of calving because magnesium and calcium requirements are highest during early lactation. Tetany symptoms due to inadequate blood calcium supply is generally referred to as milk fever, although these symptoms can be indistinguishable with those caused by inadequate blood magnesium.

To read more, please view the full Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA article online.

United States Secures Full Access for U.S. Beef to Peru

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced March 14 that the U.S. government has reached agreement with the government of Peru to remove barriers for U.S. beef exports to Peru that have remained in effect since 2003, opening one of the fastest growing markets in Latin America to all American beef and beef products.

In 2015, the United States exported $25.4 million in beef and beef products to Peru. Since the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) entered into force in 2009, U.S. beef and beef products have grown substantially but have been hampered due to burdensome certification requirements installed by Peru in 2003.

This agreement, reached during Vilsack’s trade and investment mission to Peru, removes those barriers — called the export verification program — and assures American ranchers of expanded market access.

For more information, please view the full USDA news release online.

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Within the next 34 years, the world will add an extra 3 billion mouths to feed. What will that mean for humanity, or, perhaps even more importantly, the agriculture and food sectors responsible for nourishing them?

At ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, hosted May 22-25 in Lexington, Ky., attendees will explore this question with experts from around the world. ONE will feature a variety of relevant talks and breakout sessions on feed efficiency, farm management and profitability, crop innovation, algae and DHA, nutrition and genetic expression, immunity and gut health, alternative protein sources, international agribusiness opportunities and much more.

With its topical blend of science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing information, ONE will show attendees how they can make a real difference in our changing world.

For more information, please view the website online.


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