Turlock Livestock Auction Yard
Dairy replacements were steady at the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard.
Dairy replacement sales result from Jan. 31:
#1 Hol Springers: $1700-$2175
#2 Hol Springers: $1300-1$675
# 1 Jer Springers: $1200-$1585
# 1 Jer x Springers: $1100-$1500
Holstein Open Heifers
Jersey Open Heifers
A special dairy heifer sale will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., with 500-600 fresh heifers, springers, bred and open heifers expected.
CDFA board to get Farm bill, immigration updates
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss the pending 2014 Farm Bill and agriculture immigration issues at its upcoming meeting on Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in Sacramento, Calif.
Invited speakers include: Donald Grady, Office of Congressman Jim Costa; Sandra Schubert, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Rachel Kaldor, Diary Institute; Linda Patterson, California Department of Social Services; Michael Dimock, Roots of Change; Craig Regelbrugge, Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform; Diane Charlton, University of California, Davis; Cornelius (Corny) Gallagher, Farm Foundation/California Bankers Association; and Joseph McIntyre, Ag Innovations Network.
West Texas weather: More of the (dry) same
The new year has found many Texas farmers and ranchers in West Texas and the Coastal Bend regions facing the same conditions they have experienced over the last three years: drought.
Without timely or above-average rainfall this spring and early summer, crop production in many parts of Texas is likely to be at best “marginal” in 2014, said Dr. Travis Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. (audio link)
“And long-range climatic forecasts find no clear pattern to suggest above or below normal precipitation, with the exception of Far West Texas, which shows a significant probability of below-normal precipitation over the next three months,” he said.
East Texas and the Blacklands region are in pretty good shape as far as soil moisture profiles are concerned, but the Rolling Plains, much of the Panhandle and Far West Texas, the South Plains, Coastal Bend, and South Texas remained far behind in rainfall, Miller said.
More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/.