Posts Tagged ‘livestock’

Drought shrinking ranchers’ profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will […] [...]

Farm Bureau warns of scam; reports activity to AG

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation reports it has been made aware of emails circulating stating the recipient has been awarded a “$1,000 Visa Gift Card free of charge” from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. This is not a legitimate communication from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and there is no such award program in place […] [...]

MSU scientist takes exception to media reports of ‘pink slime’

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University meat scientist is describing recent media reports as irresponsible journalism that casts a shadow over established practices that he contends make certain ground beef products healthier and safer. >> Finely textured beef the fault of the media? MSU researcher cannot be serious … Byron Williams, assistant Extension and research professor […] [...]

State could soon reach settlement over failed beef plant

OAKLAND — Mississippi could soon settle its 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built the financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said the state and Georgia’s Facility Group, which was hired to oversee construction of the plant, have reached agreement although […] [...]

Ag commodities groups identify priorites for research, education

ABERDEEN — Advocates for agriculture met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University. Scientists from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, specialists with the MSU Extension Service and almost 250 members of the North Mississippi Producer […] [...]

Rodeo’s junior livestock sale sets all-time record

by Published: February 17,2012

Tags: agriculture, animals, bulls, cattle, cows, goats, livestock, ranchers, ranches, rodeo, sale, steers

JACKSON — The 2012 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions was the most successful sale to date, bringing in almost $300,000. The Dixie National Junior Livestock Show, held each February in Jackson, has concluded for the last 43 years with the sale of champion market animals. Philanthropic buyers have contributed more than $4.5 million throughout […] [...]

Hood wants documents on failed beef plant

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government’s investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland in August 2004 but lasted less than three months. In January 2005, the operator […] [...]

Drought poses threat to state’s cattle herds

by Published: July 26,2011

Tags: agriculture, drought, livestock, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi could join Texas, Oklahoma and other southeastern states in widespread shortages of hay and forages if dry conditions continue. Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing systems specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said Mississippi cattle producers are seeing about 50 percent losses of pasture and hay production. Drought conditions can cause […] [...]

Cochran: Administration failing state’s cattlemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials need to develop recommendations to help livestock producers in Mississippi, especially poultry farmers, reverse declining markets. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a hearing on the “State of Livestock in America.” Cochran used the hearing to highlight […] [...]

Cattlemen challenged to protect herds during flood

by Published: May 19,2011

Tags: cattle, disaster, flooding, floods, livestock, natural disaster

WEST MISSISSIPPI — As the Mississippi River continues to rise, those who keep cattle in Delta floodplains need to prepare to move them to higher ground. Before evacuating, owners need to ensure their cattle are uniquely and permanently identified. Proper identification will be needed to prove ownership and to reclaim cattle before returning home. “Hanging […] [...]

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