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There’s a lot going on in the world of beef. Spring has arrived across the country. Here is an excerpt from the beef news.

1. Red Angus producers will soon have more access to market-based premiums and potentially see increased demand for the breed, according to Tom Brink, CEO of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).

The association completed negotiations with the United States Department of Agriculture in late 2021, which allowed the USDA to include the breed in Angus-branded beef programs such as Certified Angus Beef.

The Red Angus Association made the announcement in its newsletter, stating, “Red Angus are ‘Angus,’ and now the USDA has officially recognized this fact by allowing cattle influenced by Red Angus and Red Angus that meet certain requirements to join black-skinned animals in as many Angus brands that speak out in favor of their inclusion.

The “decided in favor of their inclusion” is a key element. There are over 70 USDA-certified beef programs and each has its own schedule with its own beef acceptance criteria. Ultimately, it is up to each brand if they are willing to accept Red Angus into their programs.

Brink acknowledged that it may be some time before Red Angus is fully known under the general Angus brand. Now that the USDA negotiations are complete, he and his colleagues are talking to many certified beef brands.

Currently, some of these programs specifically list “hidden black” in their list of requirements to accept Angus cattle. For example, the Certified Angus Beef program states on its live animal specification form that “Cattle eligible for certification in Angus-influenced beef programs based on phenotype (appearance) will have a main body that must be solid black without any other color behind the shoulder, above the flanks or breaking the center line behind the shoulders, excluding the tail.

Under the new USDA ruling, Red Angus may now simply be labeled “Angus” in every certified beef program that accepts it.

2. In North Dakota, the The National Park Service wants to revise the livestock management plan for wild horses and longhorn cattle in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

According to park officials, the plan “should identify appropriate management tools and protocols for managing herds of longhorn horses and cattle based on current scientific information, methods and best management practices regarding animal health. herds, animal welfare and population management objectives. .”

Some of those goals include reducing the risk of emergency disease to bison from livestock, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The park has six draft alternatives for a new plan, including reducing herds over time to no livestock or placing non-breeding herds in the park, among other concepts.

3. And one thing livestock keepers need to watch out for is sage grouse. Federal judge says he opposes issuing temporary restraining order sought by environmental groups it would block grazing in six pastures in eastern Oregon.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon said he tentatively believed environmental groups had failed to demonstrate that turning cattle back to pasture would cause irreparable harm.

Following closing arguments on March 28 in Portland, Simon said he plans to issue a written decision soon in the case, which was filed against the U.S. Office of Land Management by nonprofits. Oregon Natural Desert Association, Audubon Society of Portland and Defenders of Wildlife.

In addition to seeking a temporary restraining order to stop cattle from going out on six pastures in April, environmental plaintiffs have sought a broader preliminary injunction against grazing on a total of 13 Oregon pastures due to the sage grouse habitat.

Attorneys for BLM and Cahill Ranches, based in Adel, Oregon, who intervened in the lawsuit, argued that a temporary restraining order is not warranted because cattle grazing will not cause irreparable harm to the greater sage-grouse populations, environmental or non-profit organizations. .

Banning cattle would be an “extraordinary remedy” that would do far more harm to the ranch than any harm done to environmental plaintiffs if grazing continued another year, the defendants argued.

4. A recent breakthrough in human medicine research could help a Texas A&M Department of Animal Science Researcher find a way to increase beef production to help meet the demands of global population growth.

Bos indicus cattle breeds are important to global beef production because of their adaptability to tropical and subtropical climates, including those found in Texas and other southern states of the United States.

But a big challenge or disadvantage for Bos indicus, or Brahman, cattle is that their overall reproductive performance is lower than that of Bos taurus cattle breeds such as Angus and Hereford, which predominate in the Midwestern and Northern states.

Rodolfo Cardoso, DVM, an assistant professor and reproductive physiologist in the Department of Animal Science at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading a four-year project funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of agriculture, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Collaborators include Gary Williams, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Professor Emeritus, and graduate students Viviana Garza and Sarah West.

Cardoso said groundbreaking advances in neuroendocrine research have defined the mechanisms controlling the secretion of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone, GnRH. According to him, this new knowledge can help his team to determine the neuroendocrine differences between bovine Bos taurus (Hereford and Angus) and Bos indicus genotypes and use them to improve reproductive efficiency in cattle influenced by Bos indicus.

A major challenge is that Bos indicus (Brahman) and Bos indicus-influenced cattle reach puberty significantly later than Bos taurus breeds. This late puberty essentially means one less calf in a cow’s life and also presents challenges when breeders try to time estrus cycles for the annual breeding season.

Cardoso said Bos taurus heifers typically hit puberty at 10-12 months, while Bos indicus heifers often don’t hit puberty until 15-17 months.

With more than 4 million replacement beef heifers entering the US cow herd each year, the difference between having a calf when the heifer is 2 years old and 3 years old can make a big difference in beef production.

This project will use recent findings to determine if the distinct differences observed in reproductive function in Bos indicus and Bos taurus breeds can be attributed to functional differences in the region of the brain that controls GnRH hormone secretion.

5. A landowner and ranch hand learn lessons after a case in East Texas. A ranch hand is accused of stealing livestock from a Smith County landowner, authorities say.

Jesus Sergio Perez-Sanchez, 65, of Lindale, was arrested on March 11 on two counts of cattle rustling after an absent landowner noticed something was wrong with some cattle sales.

According to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, special rangers conducted a lengthy investigation into Perez-Sanchez beginning in December 2021 after an absentee owner discovered irregularities in their ranch’s livestock sales.

The TSCRA said Perez-Sanchez’s first charge is of allegedly taking three yearlings to the livestock auction and placing one in his own name without the landowner’s consent. The second charge is of allegedly taking a bull and a cow to the livestock auction and placing the cow under his own name without the consent of the same absentee landowner.

So, there are 5 stories to watch as the week progresses.