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As of Sept. 1, there were 73.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 1% from September 2021 but up 2% from June 1, 2022, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Go to a family reunion and the keen observer can spot trait similarities in the way people look. Eye color, hair texture, and face shape are just some of the features that tend to be passed through the generations.

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An increasing number of battles against fall armyworms are being reported around the state, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are recommending forage producers be prepared to fight infestations.

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In this video, K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist Jason Warner says that a lack of moisture for most of 2022 has “proven to be very challenging for our cow-calf and stocker operators” in Kansas and surrounding states.

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A record 1,694 FFA and 4-H members recently participated in the 2022 Oklahoma State Fair Livestock Judging Contest at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The contest, sponsored by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee, kicked off the festivities for the 2…

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The beloved working ranch, home, and showcase of NFL legend and Fox Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw and his wife, Tammy, which was also the filming location for the E Television series "The Bradshaw Bunch," has been listed as back on the open market with the Icon Global Group, after a buyer fail…

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Extended drought is challenging livestock producers to carefully manage their fall cornstalks grazing. High nitrate levels may be not only in rainfed (dryland) fields, but also in pivot corners or field edges where plants have been severely moisture stressed.

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is announcing a ninth confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The last case in Nebraska was discovered in April.

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For the third consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will partner with the checkoff to sponsor the 42nd season-opening race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 is scheduled to kick off the season on Feb. 18, 2023, the day before the 65th annual DAYT…

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I recently returned home from the Kansas State Fair and was extremely impressed by the talent and diversity of the Kansas State 4-H members. As a Kansas 4-H member myself, I know how much hard work goes into each and every project. Yet once again, Kansas 4-H youth knocked it out of the park,…

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Forage and cattle management considerations for this fall and into the next year will be the emphasis of a series of meetings planned across the state to help producers make decisions given limited on-farm forage production and high feed costs.

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In a recent National Cattlemen’s Beef Association webinar, Dr. Denise Bonilla, DVM, and cattle fever tick eradication program manager at U.S. Department of Agriculture, discussed the Asian longhorned tick and its impacts on United States agriculture.

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Last spring my father-in-law purchased a handful of ewes to graze a pasture near his house. The pasture had not been grazed in a few years, and he liked the idea of having some animals on his farm after getting out of the cattle business about six years ago. He decided to purchase the ewes a…

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High Plains Journal's CattleLog livestock feature provides cattlemen with detailed information about bull-buying, profitability, and innovative industry partners. Download the Fall 2022 guide now.

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Ask any new or soon-to-be mother and they’ll tell you they only want the best for their child’s health, development and future. Cattle producers feel the same way about their stock and they only want to make sound, practical decisions for each calf crop. Those management practices in questio…

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The Kansas Junior Livestock Show will host 826 youth for the 90th annual event. Exhibitors have entered 1,827 head of livestock, which includes 152 market steers, 380 breeding heifers, 229 market hogs, 152 breeding gilts, 310 market lambs, 213 breeding ewes, 210 market goats and 181 commerci…

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What appeared to be a mysterious illness that killed more than 20 dogs recently in northern Michigan was later identified as canine parvovirus. No outbreaks have been reported in Oklahoma, but the disease is still a threat.

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With any recipe, it takes the right blend of ingredients to make the perfect batch, but if something is missing, the nutritional value changes.

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Last week, during a press conference and roundtable discussion in Kansas City, Missouri, stakeholders in the Kansas and Missouri agriculture and business industries, including Kansas Livestock Association, urged swift action to fix labor shortages. The event was coordinated to call attention…

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It’s no secret that we are in challenging times right now. Inflation is unsettling the economy, droughts and floods are causing havoc throughout the U.S., supply-chain issues and other lingering impacts from COVID have no doubt caused many Americans—beef producers included—to have to reasses…

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Farmers are always on the lookout for ways to generate more income streams from their operations. But a small outfit with farms in California, Missouri and Tennessee has come up with a truly unique business model. The Gentle Barn sells contact with farm animals as therapy and stress relief—a…

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The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Sept. 14 at noon Central Daylight Time will feature Brian Dougherty, field agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Dougherty’s research and outreach focuses on the effects of cropping systems and manag…

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One thing that unites us as a nation is land. Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2003, Ranchland Trust of Kansas has been doing just that for the people of Kansas. Now, RTK has renewed its land trust accreditation, proving once again that, as part of a network…

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The impact of inflation on beef demand, balancing nutrition and cowherd productivity in the face of rising input costs, and forage management tips and techniques are the topics on the agenda for tomorrow's Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day. The e…

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Young children separating from their parents to start kindergarten—and even young adults moving out of the house and headed to college or their first job—bring about transitions that often involve high stress for all.

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Cornstalk residue is a tremendous resource for fall and winter grazing; however, this year care needs to be taken in grazing drought-stressed cornstalks due to the potential of high nitrates in the feed.

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A Kansas State University-led study has found that reintroducing bison—a formerly dominant grazer—doubles plant diversity in a tallgrass prairie. The research involves more than 30 years of data collected at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and was recently published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, or PNAS.

The study found that plant communities also were resilient to the most extreme drought in four decades. These gains are now among the largest recorded increases in species richness because of grazing in grasslands globally, researchers said.

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The old axiom “good fences make good neighbors” sounds good but an ag law expert reminds farmers and ranchers that it is only a saying without a purpose. Having a binding agreement can ease angst.

Roger McEowen, professor of agricultural law and taxation, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, says that fence law is difficult at times because different states have their own case precedents, so it is one reason he tries to help educate farmers and ranchers and encourage them to get agreements in writing. He says states throughout the West have different provisions, which is why finding an attorney well versed in agricultural law is critical.

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Jared Lierman, president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association announced the addition of five new directors. Directors can serve up to three two-year terms. “I am excited to add these diverse individuals to the board of directors. Gaining from their knowledge and experiences, will ensur…

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The Kansas Beef Council is the official tailgate sponsor of Kansas State Athletics. As part of the promotion, K-State Athletics and KBC will showcase beef’s versatility and unbeatable flavor to a dedicated and loyal fanbase this football season.

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Field peas and forages will headline a beef field day at Iowa State University's Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 16. Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the program is geared toward local beef producers with i…