Reward increased to find suspects in the Jefferson Davis cattle shootings – KLFY

Jefferson Davis Parish, La. – The reward to find the suspects in a cattle shooting that happened in Jefferson Davis Parish has been increased. 

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission and the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s office are offering a reward of up to $2,200 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for shooting five Brangus cows in Jefferson Davis Parish. "The Jefferson Davis Parish Cattlemen's Association is adding $200 and Lake Charles farmer, Callen Odom, is adding $1,000 towards the reward for a total of $2,200," Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.

     Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods said, "Detectives are working with Livestock Brand Commission agents on this incident and hopefully someone will come forward with information that leads to capturing the persons involved in this crime."

     Investigators said five cows were shot in the head on Sunday, Jan. 13 in a pasture off of Faul Road and Lone Pine Road, north of Welsh with a small-caliber weapon. The animals are expected to recover from the injuries.

     Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Livestock Brand Commission Crime Stoppers at 1-800-558-9741 or the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s office at 337-821-2100. All calls are anonymous and you could earn up to a $2,200 cash reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

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Cattle Markets Begin 2019 Steady To Higher – Drovers Magazine

Cash fed cattle traded at steady prices this week while feeder steers under 700 pounds sold at higher to sharply higher prices.

The bulk of fed cattle traded Thursday at $123, steady money with the week before. Cattle sold on a dressed basis at $193 to $195 per cwt. Closeouts the previous week saw average feedlot profits of $103 per head at those prices.

Boxed beef cutout prices were mostly steady on the week. Friday’s Choice cutout closed at $214.51, up a dime from the previous Friday. Select cutout closed Friday at $207.52, up 14 cents from the previous week. The Choice-Select spread was $6.85.

Compared with two weeks ago, steers under 700 pounds sold at auction $1 to $4 per cwt. higher, with instances of up to $9 higher in Nebraska. Steers weighing more than 700 pounds sold steady to $4 lower.

Agricultural Marketing Service reporters said cattle sold in the southeastern region at sharply higher prices on all classes due to good demand and very light receipts.

“This week’s receipts across the country were hindered for several reasons,” AMS said. “Not all markets were operational this week, due to the holiday interruptions early week; heavy rains throughout the Southeast and winter storms on much of the North Central and South Center regions.”

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FDA clarifies use of tylosin phosphate in beef cattle – Feedstuffs

In a Dec. 19 “Dear Veterinarian” letter, the Food & Drug Administration clarified the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) position on complying with the conditions of use of the drug tylosin phosphate in beef cattle.

According to the letter, tylosin phosphate, marketed as Tylan 40 or Tylan 100 Type A medicated article, is approved for use in beef cattle to reduce the incidence of liver abscesses caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum and Arcanobacterium (Actinomyces) pyogenes. As a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug, feeding a medicated feed containing this new animal drug is permitted only under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian and in accordance with a valid VFD.

The approved labeling for the product indicates that medicated feeds should be prepared to provide a final concentration of tylosin phosphate of 8-10 g per ton of feed and that such feed should provide between 60 mg and 90 mg of tylosin phosphate per head per day, FDA said. However, due to higher consumption rates associated with cattle in the U.S. that are generally larger today than at the time this product was originally approved, veterinarians have raised concerns to FDA that it is practically difficult to comply with both the approved feed concentration level and drug intake rate.

FDA said CVM is currently working with the drug sponsor, Elanco US Inc., to revise the product labeling to address the issue. In the interim, CVM recommends that veterinarians authorizing the use of tylosin phosphate to reduce the incidence of liver abscesses in cattle focus on ensuring that feed containing tylosin provides the approved intake level of 60-90 mg per head per day, the letter says.

FDA acknowledged that maintaining an intake of 60-90 mg per head per day may require the feed to be prepared at concentrations that are below 8 g per ton. If the veterinarian anticipates that the level of VFD drug in the VFD feed will need to be less than 8 g per ton of tylosin phosphate, the veterinarian should note in the “Special Instructions” section of the VFD order: “The level of tylosin in this VFD feed should contain x g/ton tylosin phosphate (e.g., 7 g/ton) to ensure that the intake of tylosin phosphate will be within the 60-90 mg/h/day daily intake range.” The veterinarian may also include a reference to this Dear Veterinarian letter in the special instructions, the agency said.

During this interim period, a feed mill may manufacture the tylosin phosphate feed as indicated by the veterinarian’s special instructions on the VFD to achieve an approved intake level of 60-90 mg per head per day, FDA said, reiterating that this represents interim recommendations until the product labeling is revised.

FDA also recommended that this approach be followed as new VFDs are issued. The agency said it recognizes that valid VFDs for the use of tylosin are currently in place and does not expect those VFDs to be reissued with these instructions; however, a feed mill may prepare feed to fulfill those VFDs as outlined in this recommendation.

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Two Arrested for Stealing Kansas Cattle and Attempting to Sell in OKC – Drovers Magazine

After allegedly stealing cattle in southeast Kansas and attempting to sell them across state lines at the Oklahoma National Stockyards Co. the two people responsible are in jail.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in Kansas reports that Anthony Francis Whittley and Jasmine A. Boone, both 27 of rural Labette County, Kansas, were arrested on Nov. 11. The arrest happened just hours after 17 head of steers, averaging 450 lb. were reported missing from a pasture outside Columbus to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office by the cattle owner.

The owner was contacted soon after the missing cattle report was submitted once an employee with the Oklahoma National Stockyards noticed the owner’s brand on the cattle.

“Once the steers were positively identified as those stolen from Cherokee County, law enforcement was able to work in partnership with the sale barn operators and appear to sell the cattle,” says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

By allowing the cattle to go through the ring and appear to sell it allowed authorities to find out who had dropped the steers off when they returned to pick up the check.

Jerry Flowers, Chief Agent for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s (ODAFF) Investigative Services, shared on Facebook how the case materialized so quickly including the alertness of the sale barn staff to identify the brands on the cattle.

“Both outlaws not only confessed to stealing these cattle in Kansas but confessed to stealing cattle in Eastern Oklahoma. Special Agents in Oklahoma are working with livestock Special Agents from Kansas to determine where these suspects have stolen cattle from in Kansas and Oklahoma,” Flowers says.

Authorities in Kansas were also happy for the case to be solved so soon.

“I’m excited about the way this case came together, very quickly, thanks to rapid and accurate information sharing along with collaboration between the cattle owner, representatives of the sale barn, and all law enforcement involved, including the Special Livestock Investigators in Kansas and Oklahoma,” Groves adds.

Making the speed of the arrest more impressive is that the Stockyards located in Oklahoma City are more than 200 miles from where the cattle were reported stolen.

Whittley and Jones are being held in the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma on counts of Transporting Stolen Property Across State Lines, Concealing Stolen Property and being in Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

“At this time our office is seeking charges in Kansas for Felony Theft and Criminal Damage to Property, but we also anticipate the filing of additional charges with regards to a similar case from late November, where eight cows were stolen north of Columbus,” Groves says.

In the Facebook post Flowers thanked Special Agent Kendall Lothman, Kansas Livestock Investigator with the Kansas Attorney General Office, ODAFF secretary Tina Fortune and the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association for letting agents use their facility to interview the cattle rustlers.

“This is another classic example of what can be achieved when law enforcement agencies join forces to protect Oklahoma and Kansas livestock producers,” Flowers relates.

The Parsons Sun reports that Whittley and Boone remain in Oklahoma County Jail on bonds totaling $27,000 each.

The sale barn is working with the cattle owner to return the steers back to Kansas.

A map showing the distance between Columbus, Kansas and the Stockyards in Oklahoma City can be seen below:

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Cattle on Feed Numbers: A Look Around the World – Drovers Magazine

Most countries produce beef for non-farm consumers, often using grains and forages to sell high-quality products at a relatively low cost. But having a large commercial feedlot component of the beef sector is mostly still the domain of just a few countries, led by the U.S.

Besides the U.S, Canada, and Australia, no other countries have statistics to give perspective on the role of commercial feedlots. Mexico has an expanding feedlot sector. Some South America countries (e.g., Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina) have grown, but the feedlot sector is still small relative to the size of their cattle sectors, commercial feedlot capacity. The same applies to Russia and Kazakhstan. New Zealand has a few feedlots (the largest with a capacity of about 20,000 head), usually with Japanese affiliations. Other countries in Europe and elsewhere (e.g., Japan) feed cattle but mostly on a small scale, which is primarily individual farm-based. Let’s take a brief look at the recent numbers for the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

In the U.S., the number of cattle on feed has been on the rise for several years due to cyclical herd expansion. The November 1, 2018, monthly survey of feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), showed 11.7 million animals on-feed, up 3.2% year-over-year. That was the biggest November 1 count since 2011. As of January 1, 2018, NASS put the number of cattle in all U.S. feedlots at 14.0 million.

CanFax reports monthly the number of animals in Alberta and Saskatchewan feedlots, where most Canadian commercial lots are located. As of November 1, 2018, those two Provinces had 925,900 cattle in feedlots, which was the largest for that date since 2008. Nationally, Statistics Canada reported 1.4 million head in all feedlots as of January 1, 2018. In contrast to the U.S., to provide animals for feedlots, the Canadian beef cowherd has not grown much in recent years. According to Statistics Canada, the beef cowherd has been virtually unchanged since January 1, 2015. This year, drought has been a factor pushing cattle into Canadian feedlots.

Australia has the third largest number of cattle on-feed. According to the quarterly report from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), at the end of September this year, there were 1.1 million cattle in feedlots. Year-over-year the increase was 9.9%. The Australian feedlot inventory has been on a steady uptrend since the MLA survey began in 1991. Ten years ago, the inventory was about 733,000 animals. Note that the first time the number exceeded 1 million head was 2017. Currently, more cattle are in feedlots in part because of drought-induced herd reductions. Also, Australia’s grain-fed export markets in Asia, including China, have been expanding. MLA has reported that relatively high feedstuff costs have been a limitation to even more cattle on-feed in Australia.

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Feeder Cattle $3 Higher, Fed Cattle Firm | Drovers – Drovers Magazine

Compared with pre-Thanksgiving markets, steers and heifers sold steady to $3 higher at auction this week. Agricultural Marketing Service reporters said buyers have become “more meticulous when purchasing calves having a health program and ample time of being weaned this time of year.”

Buyers want calves weaned 60 days, and “fleshy calves coming off the cows are seeing a steep price discount, and several 550-plus pound calves weaned on the trailer have made their way to town this week.”

AMS reporters also noted that blizzard conditions on Sunday and Monday in the central plains “did harden up some of the fleshy calves as cold temperatures moved in directly after the snow.”

The fed cattle trade was not fully established as of late Friday. Early week sales on a dressed basis in Nebraska were at $183 to $184, or $1 to $2 lower. The market undertone on the southern plains was called firm to $1 higher.

Boxed beef cutout values were down slightly from last week. The Choice cutout traded at $212.61 per cwt., down $1.24 from last Friday. Select was quoted at $198.41 per cwt., down a dime from last week.

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National feeder and stocker cattle report – Capital Press

Steers and heifers were lightly tested due to limited receipts during Thanksgiving week.





(Federal-State Market News)

St. Joseph, Mo.

Nov. 23

This week Last week 2017 (Hd)

118,200 368,400 101,900

Compared to last week, steers and heifers were lightly tested this week due to limited receipts during Thanksgiving holiday week even though some auctions did hold specials on Monday and Tuesday this week.

In the rolling hills of North Central Mo., at Green City Livestock Auction, demand was very good on backgrounded yearling steers weighing mostly 750 to 950 lbs with those weights trading in a very tight price range. In fact, the weighted average price for those steers varied by only 1.64/cwt. Reputation stock on hand there as a load this year weighing 830 lbs sold at 163.00, while last year’s top in the 800 to 850 lbs category was a load weighing 828 lbs at 164.50.

Very similar cattle — very similar price. Feeder cattle receipts were lower this week due to the holiday, however packers needed to purchase for a full harvest next week.

This week so far, packers purchased 111,133 head of fed steers and heifers in the 5-Area at higher prices than last week. Compared to last week, live trades in the Southern Plains were 2.00 to 3.00 higher at 116.00 to 117.00.

Dressed sales in Nebraska traded 2.00 to mostly 7.00 higher at 180.00 to mostly 185.00.

Wednesday’s Cattle on Feed report was bullish placements as the on feed was reported at 103 percent of a year ago; placements at 94 and marketing’s at 105 percent respectively.

Also on Wednesday, the cold storage report listed total pounds of red meat in freezers down 1 percent from last month and last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were up 2 percent from last month and last year at 515.4 million pounds. Frozen pork supplies were down 3 percent from last month at 570.6 million pounds and down 5 percent from last year. Total pounds of chicken came in at 942.9 million pounds, up 8 percent from last year. Auction volume this week included 38 percent weighing over 600 lbs and 41 percent heifers.

National Slaughter

Cattle Summary

Nov. 16

Slaughter cattle trade mostly steady in the Southern plains, in Nebraska live sales were 2.00-3.00 lower while dressed trades fully 2.00 lower.

Boxed Beef prices as of Friday afternoon averaged 205.24 down 1.72 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is 15.34. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled 40,915. Last week’s total head count was 107,771.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers: 111.50-112.50.

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 177.00-178.00.

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers: 114.00.

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices): Slaughter cows and bulls traded mostly steady with exception of the Southeast as much as 5.00 higher. Packer demand moderate. Cutter Cow Carcass Cut-out Value on Friday was 154.33 down 0.18 from last Friday.

Northwest Weighted

Direct Feeder Cattle

Nov. 21

This week Last week 2017(Hd)

759 762 352

Compared to last week: Feeder cattle and calves lightly tested with a higher undertone noted. Demand moderate to good. Supply included 78 percent over 600 lbs and 26 percent heifers. Unless otherwise stated prices are FOB weighting points with 2-3 percent shrink or equivalent and a 5-10 cent slide on calves and a 4-12 cent slide on yearlings from base weights. Current sales are up to 14 days delivery.

Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1

260 Head: Avg Wt 600 lbs; Avg Price 154.69; Current Del

89 Head: Avg Wt 700 lbs; Avg Price 159.00; Current Del

90 Head: Avg Wt 750lbs; Avg Price 145.00; Current Del

120 Head: Avg Wt 900 lbs; Avg Price 132.00; Current Del

Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1

80 Head: Avg Wt 580 lbs; Avg Price 146.00; Current Del

70 Head: Avg Wt 610 lbs; Avg Price 142.00; Current Del

50 Head: Avg Wt 675 lbs; Avg Price 138.00 Current Del




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