Cattle Drive Tradition Rustles Up Excitement Ahead Of 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days – CBS Denver

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CBS4) – If you are looking for a reason to shine up your cowboy boots and dust off your ten-gallon hat, not to worry, Cheyenne Frontier Days is back for 2021. So how do you start off the summer’s premier western event? With a cattle drive of course.

Katie Upton has lived in Cheyenne a long time. She says the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days cattle drive is part of Wyoming’s heritage.

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“It’s a big part of Wyoming because we are the wild west,” she said.

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Early Sunday morning Upton and other Wyomingites gathered along the Interstate 25 frontage road in Cheyenne to see the spectacle. She says her family has been coming for many years.

“It’s kind of like a family tradition.”

She and her family come out every year to the same spot to wait and watch.

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“This tree gets bigger so we are getting more shade every year,” Upton noted.

The only year they didn’t was 2020. COVID-19 canceled Frontier Days last year, but cattle prancing through town means the Wyoming tradition is officially back on. Sunday’s cattle drive marks the official start of the festival. Cowboys drove nearly 200 head of steers

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from a pasture north of Cheyenne along I-25, and through the city streets into Frontier Park.

Upton is glad the festival is back and the rest of her family couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s pretty cool to see how they keep all the cattle just going down the road and away from all of the people on the side,” she said. “It gets the kids in the mood to go out to the rodeos.”

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Holy Cow: Wranglers on horseback herd cattle off I-59/20 and back to greener pastures –

Traffic was halted for a short time Monday on Interstate 59/20 in eastern Tuscaloosa County when a pair of cows – accompanied by a dog – wandered onto the busy roadway.

It took only about 45 minutes for some nearby cowboys to corral and herd the cows back green pastures. No wrecks or injuries were reported, but motorists got quite a show when wranglers on horseback showed up to save the day – and the afternoon commute.

Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman John McWilliams said the ordeal began about 2:15 p.m. The situation was under control by 3 p.m.

It happened near Vance, about seven miles southwest of Jefferson County.

McWilliams said there were only two cows, but since they ran onto the interstate it created a safety issue where personnel needed to close the northbound/eastbound lanes at mile post 93.

“Wranglers from Livingston corralled the cows,’’ McWilliams said, “and they’re now back with their owner.’’

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Traditional methods missing presence of harmful bacteria in cattle – Wisconsin State Farmer

Growing resistance to our go-to antibiotics is one of the biggest threats the world faces. As common bacteria like strep and salmonella become resistant to medications, what used to be easily treatable infections can now pose difficult medical challenges. 

New research from the University of Georgia shows that there may be more antimicrobial-resistant salmonella in our food animals than scientists previously thought.

Using technology she developed, UGA researcher Nikki Shariat and Amy Siceloff, a first-year doctoral student in UGA’s Department of Microbiology, found that traditional culturing methods used to test livestock for problematic bacteria often miss drug-resistant strains of salmonella. This finding has implications for treating sick food animals and the people who get infected by eating contaminated meat.

The study, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, showed that 60% of cattle fecal samples contained multiple strains of salmonella that traditional testing methods missed. More alarmingly, Shariat found that about one out of every 10 samples tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of salmonella called Salmonella Reading. In addition to being antibiotic resistant, Salmonella Reading can cause severe illness in people. 

A new technology emerges

Developed by Shariat in 2015, CRISPR-SeroSeq enables researchers to analyze all the types of salmonella present in a given sample. Traditional methods only examine one or two colonies of bacteria, potentially missing some strains of salmonella altogether. Shariat’s technology identifies molecular signatures in salmonella’s CRISPR regions, a specialized part of the bacteria’s DNA. It also helps researchers identify which strains of the bacteria are most abundant.

In the current study, Shariat and colleagues found multiple salmonella strains in cattle feces before the animals were treated with the antibiotic tetracycline. After treatment, several of the dominant salmonella strains in the sample were wiped out, allowing Salmonella Reading to flourish. 

Traditional culturing methods missed the antibiotic-resistant strain in the original samples. It was only once the antibiotic eliminated the more abundant strains that conventional methods were able to detect Salmonella Reading in the samples. 

“This suggests that traditional tests have underestimated the amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the past,” said Shariat, an assistant professor of population health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

But CRISPR-SeroSeq is a much more sensitive tool. It flagged the Salmonella Reading before antibiotic treatment.

“We need to know the antimicrobial resistance profiles of the bacteria that are present in animals,” Shariat said. “That knowledge could make us change our choice of the type of antibiotic we use to treat ill animals. It can also help us select the best antibiotic for people who get sick from eating contaminated meat.”

Missing the mark

Shariat’s research shows that current surveillance efforts are likely underestimating the amount of antimicrobial resistance that exists. 

Agencies that track antimicrobial resistance, like the FDA, USDA and CDC, among others, still rely on traditional sampling methods, which means they may be missing reservoirs of drug-resistant bacteria.

“The problem is you have hundreds of salmonella colonies in a given sample, but you only pick one or two of them to test,” Shariat said. “It becomes a numbers game where researchers only pick the most abundant ones, and this means that they underestimate the different types of salmonella that are present.”

Using CRISPR-SeroSeq can help fill that knowledge gap, giving researchers a better idea of how much antibiotic resistant bacteria exists. This information can help livestock farmers reduce and control outbreaks and guide policy on how to fight back against a growing public health threat.

Co-authors of the paper include Amy Siceloff; Naomi Ohta, Keri Norman and Morgan Scott of Texas A&M University; Guy Loneragan of Texas Tech University; and Bo Norby of Michigan State University. This study was funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Cattle report on target with trade expectations – Wisconsin State Farmer

Prepared and written by Jeff Swenson, DATCP Livestock and Meat Specialist. The Market Update draws information from several sources, including trade publications, radio broadcasts, agricultural news services, individuals involved in the industry as well as USDA NASS and AMS reports.

The March 19 Cattle on Feed Report offered little in the way of surprises. The on feed number totaled 12.0 million head on March 1. While that number is 2 percent higher than a year ago and represents the second largest March 1 on feed number since the report began in 1996, it was on target with trade expectations

Placements into feedlots in February were 2 percent below last year and marketings were almost 3 percent lower than a year ago. Cash cattle are $1.00/cwt higher this week, after being stuck on steady for six weeks. Wholesale beef prices are higher this week, with the Choice carcass cutout value at $236.45 Thursday afternoon.

Carcass weights were a pound higher than the previous week at 871, but that’s still 2 pounds lighter than the same period last year. Harvest was estimated at 624,000 head last week, almost 4 percent lower than the previous week. Weekly export sales were for 18,900 metric tons of US raised beef. While that is a drop from the previous week, it is 37 percent higher than the same week a year ago.

Hog supplies boosting prices

It’s been a year since COVID-19 plant slowdowns and temporary closures slowed the pork supply chain. Hog supplies are now boosting prices and that’s quite a change from 2020. Cash hogs and pork cutouts are higher again this week. In fact, last on March 19, the pork cutout was $27 higher than the same time last year. The pork cutout value was $109.24 Thursday afternoon. 

Harvest estimates for last week came in at 2.524 million head. The USDA released their latest Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report Thursday. Unlike the Cattle on Feed report, this report was a shock as every data point came in below the low end of trade estimates.

All hogs and pigs nationally are down1.8 percent from the same report in 2020. Hogs kept for breeding was 2.5 percent lower than a year ago and hogs kept for marketing was 1.8 percent lower. Sows farrowed December through February was almost 1 percent lower and farrowing intentions for the remainder of 2021 are down as well.

The latest export report indicates 38,700 metric tons of US raised pork was sold to foreign buyers. That is equal to the same week a year ago. China purchased 10,000 metric tons of that total. Swine herd expansion certainly continues in China as evidenced by their large purchases of corn and soybean meal recently. China’s purchase of pork and 3,600 metric tons of beef this week shines some light on the slowdown African Swine Fever (ASF) is having on that expansion, however. 

Household meat, poultry purchases at record high

Household meat and poultry purchases are at a record high. A study called the Power of Meat was conducted by 210 Analytics on behalf of FMI—The Food Industry Association and the Meat Institute’s Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education. It was released during the American Meat Conference.

Grocery sales of meat rose by 20 percent from 2019 to 2020. The number of Americans who agree meat belongs in a healthy diet rose by 20 percent during the pandemic. Total of American households purchasing meat in 2020 was 98.4 percent with 43 percent saying they buy more meat than before the pandemic, mostly due to the increase in meals prepared at home. 

The proportion of meals prepared at home peaked in April 2020 at 89 percent and remained at 84 percent in December. The number who purchased groceries online rose by 40 percent in 2020 with 59 percent of online shoppers expecting to continue purchasing the same amount of meat online during 2020.

Wisconsin markets remain steady

Choice beef breed steers and heifers at Wisconsin and surrounding state auction markets were fully steady to $1.00/cwt higher. High-yielding, high-grading cattle brought 92.00 to 111.00/cwt. with some groups $112.00 to $116.00. Choice and Prime Holstein steers were bringing $88.00 to $98.00/cwt.

There were several reports of high-yielding, calf-fed, Holstein steers with an overnight stand selling from $98.00/cwt to $100.00/cwt. Silage fed, under finished or heavy dairy breed steers brought $70.00 to $90.00/cwt. Dairy x Beef steers were mostly $92.00 to $105.00/cwt. 

Cows were higher at $47.00 to $62.00/cwt. Blemish free cows in fleshier condition were selling to the low $70’s. Dairy breed bull calves were steady at $50.00 to $100.00/cwt with heavier, well cared for calves up to $150.00/cwt. Beef and Beef Cross calves brought up to $265.00/cwt. 

Market lambs remain lightly tested. 110 to 140 pound lambs sold in a wide range, topping at $205.00/cwt for new crop lambs. 

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Illinois Beef Expo lets young ranchers showcase their cattle – HOI ABC

PEORIA (HOI) — This weekend, the famous Illinois Beef Expo made its way to the Peoria Expo Gardens.

Cattle ranchers young and old came together to have fun and boast their beef.

Sunday’s events included a cattle trade show and a heifer show – which featured young female cows judged on characteristics like size and muscle structure.

11-year old William Miller brought his cow, Fluffy, to the show Sunday. He said he has attended events like this for several years.

“I started this when I was eight – I was raised on a cattle farm in Gridley,” Miller said. “It’s a lot of fun. You get to go new places, meet new people and have fun with your animal.”

The first Illinois Beef Expo was held in 1988. Now, more than 700 animals are evaluated annually by the judges.

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Illinois Beef Expo website at

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LIVESTOCK-Cattle, hog futures firm as U.S. stimulus plan fuels optimism – Successful Farming

By Julie Ingwersen

CHICAGO, March 8 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange
(CME) live cattle futures firmed on Monday, recovering from a
seven-week low hit last week, on optimism that the $1.9 trillion
COVID-19 relief bill will spur the U.S. economy and bolster
demand for meat, traders said.

CME April live cattle futures settled up 0.325 cent
at 119.350 cents per pound, with June up 1.150 cents at
119.150 cents a pound.

CME April feeder cattle futures settled 0.650 cent
higher at 139.675 cents per pound.

Traders shook off pressure from expectations of lackluster
cash cattle trade this week and softening wholesale beef prices.

“The market is trying to push through that, and look more
toward this stimulus. And, we are getting closer to grilling
season,” said Don Roose, president of Iowa-based U.S.

After the stimulus bill won U.S. Senate approval on
Saturday, President Joe Biden said he hoped for quick passage by
the House of Representatives so he could sign it and send $1,400
direct payments to Americans.

Hog futures also firmed on hopes that the COVID-19 relief
bill would spur consumer demand.

Most-active CME April lean hog futures ended up 0.125
cent at 87.300 cents per pound on Friday, hovering below a
life-of-contract high of 90.675 cents on Feb. 25.

Optimism about export demand for U.S. pork lent support as
China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, struggles to stamp out
African swine fever in its massive hog herd.

China imported 1.6 million tonnes of meat in the first two
months of the year, customs data showed on Sunday, up 27.6% from
the same period a year earlier.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it
will crack down further on illegal production and sales of
African swine fever vaccines. Industry insiders believe that use
of illicit vaccines has caused a new, chronic form of the
disease that is more difficult to detect.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Olymel LP began to gradually reopen its
Red Deer, Alberta, pork processing plant on March 4 after a
temporary closure due to COVID-19 infections, a spokesman said.

(Reporting by Julie Ingwersen; editing by Richard Pullin)

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NCBA Welcomes Discussion on Cattle Market Transparency Act – Drovers Magazine

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) today introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act in the U.S. Senate. If enacted, this legislation would direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish regional mandatory minimums for negotiated trade of fed cattle. It would also direct USDA to establish a library of cattle formula contracts, amend the definition of “cattle committed” to expand the delivery window from seven to 14 days, and clarify confidentiality rules for administering Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR).

“Cattle producers continue to face serious obstacles when it comes to increasing profitability and gaining leverage in the marketplace,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “Leveling the playing field and putting more of the beef dollar in producer pockets remains the top priority of this association. NCBA shares Senator Fischer’s objectives, as do its affiliates and indeed the entire industry. The best way to achieve those objectives, however, continues to be hotly debated by the very cattle producers this legislation would directly impact. We have worked and will continue to work alongside our affiliates, Congress, and USDA toward regionally robust negotiated trade, the establishment of a cattle contract library, and commonsense in USDA’s rules of confidentiality by taking direction from our membership through the grassroots policy process.”

Cattle producers make science-based, costly investments in cattle genetics and feeding innovations in order to improve the quality of their product. Formula pricing agreements pay producers a premium for this more desirable beef, allowing them to capture more of the beef dollar. The details of these agreements, however, vary widely and this lack of transparency can potentially act as a barrier to producer profitability. A cattle contract library, similar to the existing USDA swine contract library, will help producers evaluate their marketing options and make more informed decisions for their business.

USDA currently reports the number of cattle committed to meatpackers in seven-day increments. Expanding this to 14 days will help producers better anticipate packer needs for cattle and increase their leverage as prices are negotiated.

LMR is an Act of Congress which requires large meatpackers to report market information to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), who then release it to the public. AMS is also mandated by LMR to keep the “proprietary business information” of reporting entities confidential. In some major cattle feeding regions, like Colorado, USDA’s rules of confidentiality oftentimes prevent any price information from being publicly available. Cattle producers rely upon transparent reporting of transaction prices to make marketing decisions. By clarifying Congress’ intent behind LMR, USDA can equip producers with the data they need to make critical marketing decisions while still protecting sensitive business information.


Cattle producers have long witnessed the decline of negotiated trades in the fed cattle complex, and NCBA has been at the forefront of this conversation. While the use of formulas, grids, and other alternative marketing arrangements (AMAs) help cattle producers manage risk and capture more value for their product, these AMAs depend upon the price discovery that occurs in the direct, buyer-seller interactions of negotiated transactions. Current academic research has shown that more negotiated trade is needed to achieve “robust” price discovery within the industry, but each of the five USDA reporting regions contributes to this price discovery differently. To truly contribute to an environment with robust price discovery, policies must factor in the unique characteristics of each reporting region.

Last July, at NCBA’s 2020 Summer Business Meeting, the Live Cattle Marketing Committee heard a wide range of disparate viewpoints from producers on this issue and spent hours in debate to arrive at a compromise. The resulting grassroots policy states that, “NCBA supports a voluntary approach that 1) increases frequent and transparent negotiated trade to regionally sufficient levels… and 2) includes triggers to be determined by a working group of NCBA producer leaders.” The policy further states, “if the voluntary approach does not achieve robust price discovery…and triggers are activated, NCBA will pursue a legislative or regulatory solution determined by the membership.”

In August of 2020, NCBA President Marty Smith appointed a subgroup of the Live Cattle Marketing Working Group to develop the triggers required by the member-approved policy. The voluntary framework — now two months into the implementation phase — established a series of triggers to evaluate negotiated trade volumes in each region and benchmarks for improvement. The subgroup is led by a group of producers from various regions with wide-ranging perspectives and opinions on this issue, and still meets regularly to discuss new and innovative solutions to this issue.

NCBA’s grassroots policy process is the tried-and-true venue for the entire cattle industry, from seedstock producers to cow/calf operators to cattle feeders, to work together on complex issues toward common goals. Everyone has a seat at the table, and all are welcome to join.

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Linn County man charged with neglect after cattle die on his property – KCRG

LISBON, Iowa (KCRG) -A Linn County man was arrested on animal neglect charges after authorities say cattle living on his property were not being properly cared for, resulting in the death of some of the livestock.

Brian Greazel, 43, of Mount Vernon, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon and charged with Livestock Neglect Resulting in Death, a serious misdemeanor.

On February 11th, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of neglected cattle on a property located at 81 Linn Ridge Rd. in rural Lison.

Authorities say that when deputies arrived, they discovered numerous deceased cattle.

An investigation conducted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and a veterinarian with the Iowa Department of Agriculture determined that the Angus breed beef cattle on the property were being neglected of sustenance, shelter and other care.

Sheriff’s deputies attempted to work with Greazel and a local veterinarian to ensure the remaining cattle were properly cared for but, after checking back on the livestock at a later date, several more cattle were found deceased.

On Monday, February 15th, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and successfully rescued 18 head of cattle from the property.

The Iowa Farm Animal Care organization, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, and the Iowa Cattleman’s Association all assisted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in finding and transporting the cattle to a safe location once they were rescued.

Authorities say Greazel was not living at the property where the cattle were located.

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