May is National Beef Month and a Time for Celebration

This May we celebrate the nation’s beef industry and the farmers and ranchers driving its success.

In honor of National Beef Month, we’re taking a look at the various sectors of the U.S. beef industry and diving into the factors that make cattle and beef production the largest single segment of American agriculture. For example, did you know more farms are classified as beef cattle operations (35 percent) than any other type of farm?

If you’re ready to learn more, read on—chances are you’re going to walk away with a greater understanding of the U.S. beef production system.

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Dairy Industry: What You Need to Know About the Margin Protection Program

See the changes in dairy industry margin protection offered by the USDA’s Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy)

Especially with the re-enrollment deadline of June 1st fast approaching.

The dairy industry is an important one in the U.S., but it’s also one that is constantly stuck between low dairy prices and high feed prices. At times, the state of these two conditions means a dairy operation isn’t able to make a profit. In order to ensure a strong dairy industry, the USDA started the MPP-Dairy to offer the country’s dairy industry margin protection. Some significant changes have been made recently to the program that dairy operators should be aware of. See the details of those changes below.Read More

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A Primer on Cattle Breeding in the Dairy Industry

Cattle breeding is an important part of the dairy industry.

Just as the beef industry breeds cows for desirable traits like good growth and marbleized meat, cattle breeding is also of great importance to the dairy industry. There are many different breeds of dairy cattle, and they each have their own strengths and advantages that are essential to the dairy industry. Explore some of the more common dairy cow breeds, and learn the details of breeding in the dairy industry, below.
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