5 Trending headlines in the beef world

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Check out these five stories impacting beef production and ranching this week.

There’s no doubt that weather has been a major story not just for ranchers in Texas, but across the country. Wildfires, lack of rain and hot temperatures have plagued the United States. Dry conditions continue to expand eastward.

Major U.S. livestock feed companies sent 1,000-pound carcasses to a Kansas landfill, where they were mixed with garbage, after a heat wave in June killed thousands of cows, according to reports. documents seen by Reuters.

Other cattle were buried in unlined graves, a feed company said.

This is also not a typical method for disposing of bodies. But so many cows died in the unusual heat and humidity that facilities that normally process carcasses into pet food and fertilizer were overwhelmed, prompting the state government and cattle ranchers to take emergency measures.

Nearly 1,000 cattle, mostly buffaloes and cows, have died in the western state of Gujarat. A total of 999 cattle have died so far from lumpy skin disease, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Raghavji Patel said on July 26. The viral disease has spread to more than 37,000 animals and is now present in 14 districts in the state.

Lumpy skin disease is a bovine viral disease caused by a virus belonging to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox and monkey pox. The disease is manifested by fever, enlarged superficial lymph nodes and multiple nodules on the surface of the skin. These nodules also form on the mucous membranes inside the body and on organs like the eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, udder, and genitals.A trapped attle sting operation Love a trapped cattle sting operation Love County Judge Skeet Jones

A cattle rustling sting has led to the arrest of the top elected official and three ranch workers in the least populated county in the continental United States.

One day in December 2021, Loving County Judge Skeet Jones, 71, climbed to the top of an oil field reservoir surrounded by a wide-open Texas desert dressed in a business suit and wearing a pair of binoculars, hoping to spot an elusive black bull.

What Jones probably didn’t realize from his steel perch as he scanned the horizon: He, too, was being watched as part of a cattle sting operation engineered by special rangers from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers. Association.

The story of what led to the Jones arrests, a former sheriff’s deputy and two ranch hands in May is recounted in a stack of warrants obtained by NBC News. The documents detail a year-long investigation, filled with confidential informants and a sting operation involving a reddish-brown cow, her calf and the year-old black bull – all microchipped by the special rangers.

The warrants allege that Jones and ranch hands rounded up stray cattle in Loving and Pecos counties and auctioned them off in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico without first notifying the sheriff’s office to track them down. their rightful owners – a violation of state law.

Jones, the scion of a prominent ranching family and the highest elected official in this sparsely populated West Texas county for the past 15 years, is charged with three counts of cattle rustling and one count of participating in organized crime – which could face decades in prison if convicted. (Jones and the other defendants declined to comment. Jones’ attorney did not return phone calls.)

But Jones’ supporters say he was framed. “There’s no doubt about it,” said Steve Simonsen, who is Loving County’s attorney and married to a cousin of Jones. “If you’re a special ranger and you really want to stop the theft, you don’t sneak out in the middle of the night and unload a bunch of cattle that you’ve secretly microchipped,” Simonsen said.

Jeremy Fuchs, spokesman for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, an executive of peace officers who specialize in farm crimes, said the organization supports the arrests of the judge and other defendants. Fuchs said the investigation is ongoing and could lead to further charges.

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced livestock waste processing technology that significantly reduces environmental impacts and recovers valuable resources, announced a letter of intent with Ribbonwire Ranch to build a feeding operation sustainable 15,000 head beef cattle in Dalhart, Texas. The facility will include innovative barn systems, anaerobic digesters and Bion’s state-of-the-art waste treatment technology.

Bion and Ribbonwire will work together to create a definitive joint venture this fall, allowing plans to move forward to begin construction of Dalhart’s sustainable beef facility in 2023. The letter of intent contains a provision allowing the expansion of the project in four phases, representing 60,000 head capacity or annual production of 180,000 head. Bion expects to finalize formal agreements with restaurant and retail customers in the coming months.

The Dalhart facility will be developed to produce sustainable blockchain-verified beef, reduce stress on livestock caused by extreme weather and temperature conditions, while addressing the environmental impacts associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO ). Bion’s patented technology will refine the waste stream into valuable co-products including clean water, renewable natural gas (RNG) and organic fertilizers. The revenue generated from these new product lines will transform a cattle feeding business from a marginally profitable business into a lucrative one.

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