Even though its summertime, the news and events that affect cattlemen aren’t taking a summer break. Here’s a roundup of the headlines that made news this week, leading with politics and the potential market break ahead.
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1. Wholesale Market May Be Near Top
Jitters and anxiety seem to be the dominant market psychology of late. The wholesale market continues its bull surge, but Livestock Market Information Center (LMIC) Director Jim Robb says it looks like the market may start pulling back a bit, reports the <i>Oklahoma Farm Report. </i>
However, record-high wholesale prices are concerning because the volume was not large. "That's a very light volume level and one that probably does suggest that these prices are ready to tip a little bit lower on the wholesale beef front, as they already have on the fed cattle side," Robb said. <br><Br>
<b><a href="http://www.oklahomafarmreport.com/wire/news/2014/07/08315_RobbBoxedBeefC... target="_blank">Click here for more of Robb’s comments on the current market situation.</a></b>
2. Missouri Governor Vetos Bi-Partisan Agriculture Legislation
“Today is a dark day for Missouri Farmers and property owners as a result of Governor Nixon’s deliberate decision to ignore Missouri’s number one industry in favor of lobbyists and attorneys in Jefferson City.” So said Representative Casey Guernsey, author of HB 1326, the ‘Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act’ and Chairman of the House Agriculture Business Committee, following the veto by Missouri Gov. Nixon of legislation supported by a wide range of ag groups, according to The Missouri Times.
" target="_blank">Click here for the full story on the Missouri ag controversy. </a></b>
Photo credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong/Staff
3. U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Seeks Farmer Ambassadors
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has opened its search for agricultural ambassadors through the Faces of Farming and Ranching program, according to <i>Beef Producer.</i>
Through its search, USFRA is looking for standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement and are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.
<b><a href="http://beefproducer.com/story-farmers-ranchers-alliance-seeks-farmer-amb... target="_blank">Click here for more information and how to apply.</a></b>
4. Antibiotic Issues Continue to Stir Debate
The issue of antibiotic use in livestock continues to be debated in political circles. The Obama Administration held a webinar to take a look at agricultural antibiotic use. The issue is on the minds of international leaders as well, and several stories delved into the antibiotic issue on a global scale. Feed Navigator.com outlined steps being taken by the UK’s parliament to investigate antimicrobial use in agriculture, according to <i>National Hog Farmer.</i> <br><br>
At the same time, a <i>National Law Review</i> article suggested that antibiotic resistance may be more related to too few new antibiotics being developed than to agricultural use. The World Health Organization will be holding an online public discussion over the next two months as part of a move toward developing a Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.
<b><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/health/antibiotic-issues-continue-stir-deba... here for a look at the political landscape framing the antibiotics debate. </a></b>
5. University Stands Watch Against Agroterrorism-
An agroterrorism disaster is as close as a dirty handkerchief.
In the hands of a clever terrorist, the handkerchief could be contaminated with the foot-and-mouth disease virus, then dropped in a pen of livestock, potentially creating a ground zero for one of the most feared diseases in farming, reports the <i>Sacramento Bee</i>.
However, Bennie Osburn and his colleagues at the University of California Davis work to prevent such devastation and develop strategies that would minimize the damage. He's the director of outreach and training at UC Davis' Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, which is funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
<b><a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/13/6548198/farm-to-warfare-uc-davis-instit... target="_blank">Click here for more on how the institute works to foil terrorists. </a></b>
6. Enjoy 55 Laughs On Us! | Rubes Cartoons
Take a break from your stressful day and enjoy a few laughs on us! Leigh Rubin is a <i>BEEF</i> contributor who adds a little humor to the life of cow with these 55 unique cartoons.
<b><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/photo-gallery/rubes?intlink=rcgal" target="_blank">Enjoy the Rubes cartoons here.</a></b>