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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2022 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 in conjunction with the 2021 annual meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, Colorado.

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Nebraska 4-H, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science, offered the second year of the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge in 2020.

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On Dec. 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration in a line of domestic pigs. The altered pigs are referred to as GalSafe pigs. Their cell surfaces are altered to remove alpha-gal, a galactose sugar present in most …

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Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Orient Point, New York, have made two important advancements against African swine fever virus, which causes a lethal disease in pigs.

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The Nebraska Cattlemen annual convention may have looked a little different this year, but the core importance is to elect new leadership and discuss Nebraska Cattlemen policy, which was all done virtually for the year 2020. Depending on the given year and leadership terms, elections are hel…

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For 30 years, the Northern International Livestock Exposition has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participated in …

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Due to a limited number of shows in some areas of the country in 2020, the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance has waived qualifying requirements for the upcoming National Championship Show scheduled for June 2021. This decision was made after careful consideration of alliance partners f…

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During High Plains Journal’s Cattle U virtual event, held Sept. 8 to 11, 2020, Dr. Tera Rooney Barnhardt, DVM, discussed the best cattle handling practices she teaches cattlemen to apply with their employees and stock.

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Cattle feeding pioneer John Matsushima celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec. 24, 2020. The Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association presented him with a crystal in recognition of the many years he has dedicated to the advancement of the cattle industry. Matsush…

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Sandy Johnson, beef specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, reminded attendees of High Plains Journal’s recent Cattle U to manage their expectations when looking at their operations, pregnancy rates and numbers of preferred gender.

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Cromeplated Sidekick left little doubt that he was the top Open horse at the 2020 the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show held in Abilene, Texas. The 2009 grey gelding dominated the competition, winning cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure for owner Linda Bouziden-Lackey …

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You can’t go to a cattle convention or a beef extension talk without hearing about how collecting whole contemporary group data will help you receive more accurate information from the national cattle evaluation.

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Browsing through the booths at the vast National Western Stock Show trade show is a tradition at the annual show. Visitors may not be able to walk through the booths in person this year, but they can still visit vendors virtually and shop for Western merchandise from home.

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The Harvard Business Review published its “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade.” The article highlights those organizations that have adapted and flourished in the last 10 years to become dominant players in their respective fields, and in many cases, these businesses have cha…

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Heifer selection is the foundation of a cowherd and without an intentional, thought-out plan for a herd profitability may suffer. Burke Teichert, retired vice president and general manager at Deseret Ranches, said ranchers should first ask if they are selecting for a cowherd or individual heifers.

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To earn a premium a cattleman has to pay attention to every detail when evaluating genetics.

Information is more readily available than it once was, according to Dave Nichols, of Nichols Farms, Bridgewater, Iowa. He recalled a time when the sharing of important traits was difficult, but producers learned that doing so led to nurturing the industry that is the standard for the rest of world.

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Pork producers and industry professionals have expressed the need to decrease pre-weaning mortality rates in piglets, and University of Minnesota researchers are uniquely poised to take on the challenge. In previous research, Minnesota researchers showed that elevated levels of zinc in the s…

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Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year. A new four-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has the informat…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced 28 new and reappointed members to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Two will continue to represent Kansas, including Kansas Livestock Association President-Elect Phil Perry of Oskaloosa, who serves on the CBB Executive Committee, and T…

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Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years and Kansas State University’s Mike Brouk expects that trend to continue.

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Bipartisan efforts to support local businesses and livestock producers continued in Congress, with the recent introduction of the Strengthening Local Processing Act by U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-SD, and Jeff Merkley, D-OR.

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The beef bulls consigned to the 69th annual Oklahoma Panhandle State University Bull Test have completed 56 days of the 112-day performance test. The bulls have an average daily gain of 3.99 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 2.84 pounds.

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Kansas State University swine nutritionists are making progress on studies that look at the best strategies for feeding sows prior to giving birth, work that they say will impact survivability and productivity in all phases of swine production.

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Domestic horses have evolved from creatures that could eat fruit, woody plants and a number of other coarse forages to survive. In doing so, their body structures have changed to suit their environment where humans provide the majority of their diets. And for a horse to perform its best, own…

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An upcoming National Cattlemen's Beef Association webinar will focus on "What to Expect from the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration." The webinar will be Jan. 14, 2021, at 6 p.m. Central.

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Mid-December snowfall could help improve soil moisture profiles in southwest Kansas fields. Cattle might need extra supplementation and water during cold winter months.  (Journal photos by Kylene Scott.)

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Big Chicken’s past continues to come home to roost. Chick-Fil-A added its name to a growing list of major customers suing chicken processors for price-fixing. In a civil lawsuit filed Dec. 4 in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Illinois, and first reported by the New York Times, Chick-Fil-A ac…

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Gov. Laura Kelly recently recognized Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC as the winner of the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, the top export business award presented by the state.

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“Honesty is the best policy." For brothers Mel and Marvin Huyser that’s not just an old saying. It’s a code they live by, the way they run their cattle feeding business and how they lead their families. Customers come from word-of-mouth or longtime connections. In turn, the feedyard gets mor…

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Kansas Livestock Association members elected Jerry Kuckelman, a cattle feeder from Manhattan, as president during the group’s annual business meeting recently. The membership chose Oskaloosa rancher Phil Perry as KLA president-elect. Kuckelman and Perry will lead the 5,700-member organizatio…

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Courtney Farms Tuxedo Rosamund, owned by Autumn Courtney, Chouteau, Oklahoma, was recently named winner of Division II and Overall Winner with a MCP value of $6,716.72. Eighty-one registered Jersey cows were ranked during the recent National Jersey Youth Production Contest representing 43 ju…

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Drought has been on the top of people’s minds in some areas of the country, and officials with the Kansas Water Office offered their predictions for the weather in the upcoming months during a webinar Dec. 7.

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture recently updated its livestock show guidance to reflect current health measures and guidelines designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. NDA encourages livestock show organizers to review the updated guidance before arranging any future shows.

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The January 2021 Iowa Pork Congress will look much different than the 48 previous events hosted by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The IPPA Board of Directors decided to cancel the Iowa Pork Congress trade show, which would have been Jan. 27 and 28. The trade show and educational sessio…

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association recognized U.S. Sen. and Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Pat Roberts, R-KS, with the Capitol Hill Top Hand Award in honor of his long career fighting for cattle producers and rural communities in our nation's capital.

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The 84th year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program is approaching in 2021. While the National Western Stock Show is postponed for 2021, the process of acquiring participants for next year’s program continues. Just for 2021 the deadline has been extended until Jan. 15, 2021…

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The American Lamb Board works with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to monitor and build export markets for American lamb. USMEF carries out market access and development activities in more than 90 countries in an effort to increase the value and profitability of U.S. lamb, beef and pork.