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The crown jewel of Denver and Colorado’s favorite western tradition, the beloved National Western Stock Show, is back in the saddle Jan. 8 to 23, 2022. After a year of postponement, Stock Show management, staff, and all of Denver are excited to welcome fans back to the best 16 days in January. Preparations are in full swing for the biggest and best comeback in history. Read more

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Twelve organizations representing farmers and companies who make the vast majority of America's meat, poultry, and dairy, as well as animal feed and ingredients, unveiled the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow—the first joint initiative of its kind designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across all animal protein sectors. Read more

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Corn is a major ingredient in swine diets (ranging from 70% to 88% on a weight basis), which makes corn the primary energy source for most swine rations. The quality of the corn in these rations can impact animal performance and other management considerations. Read more

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Most of northwest Iowa is under moderate or severe drought that is beginning to take a toll on pasture carrying capacity, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She reminds producers that changes in management can help extend pasture forage, and offers several suggestions. Read more

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For farming and ranching families, summertime often brings with it hay cutting. Knowing when to cut the hay is key for optimum nutrition, said the experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. Read more

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Dates have been set for the 2021 Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Days. Deseret Ranches, which consists of a cow-calf herd and stocker business, will host the first event Aug. 17 in southwest Kansas near Satanta. The Aug. 19 field day will be held on Roth Farm and Ranch, a cow-calf operation located near Sterling. Gun Barrel Ranch near Eskridge will be the site of the Aug. 24 event. The cow-calf and stocker operation is owned by the Hoagland family. Read more

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Hooray Ranch, known as one of the finest hunting and entertainment venues in the United States and a destination for many international visitors, has been listed for sale for $32 million by Pittsfield, Illinois-based Whitetail Properties. The 2,239-acre property is spread across five counties in central Kansas: Harper, Kingman, Reno, Stafford and Sumner. Read more

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The Kansas Beef Council partnered with the Kansas WIC program last month on a webinar focused on beef as a first food. Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN, dietitian and author who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition, presented the webinar to 75 registered dietitians, registered nurses and nutrition educators. Read more

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High Plains Journal’s annual Cattle U and Trade Show event, slated for July 29 to 30 in Dodge City, Kansas, will include keynote sessions featuring industry leaders like fifth-generation ranchers Troy and Stacy Hadrick, “Yellowstone” actor Forrie J. Smith and award-winning radio broadcaster Lane Nordlund. Read more

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Tyson Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken. Tyson has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on this recall, and while there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution. Read more

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July is National Ice Cream Month, and National Ice Cream Day is July 18. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, "Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year, on average." Most ice cream companies are family owned, contribute $11 billion directly to the national economy and support more than 26,000 jobs. Read more

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced Carrie Behlke as the winner of the eighth annual national anthem contest, sponsored by Norbrook. Behlke will sing the anthem at the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Opening General Session on Aug. 10, as well as at the Cowboy’s Night at the Opry event on Aug. 12. Read more

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The Tyson Foods’ Finney County, Kansas, plant has officially been certified under the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard by international third-party certification body SCS Global Service, making Finney County the first and only meat processing plant in the U.S. certified under the AWS standard. Implementation of the standard is intended to achieve five main outcomes of good water stewardship at the site: good water governance, sustainable water balance, good water quality status, i… Read more

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The National Pork Producers Association is asking the Joe Biden administration for help against a June 21 ruling by a federal district court striking down production line speeds that were approved in 2019 under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Swine Inspection System. The ruling affects six pork production plants nationwide. The NPPC says it will reduce hog harvesting capacity by up to 2.5%, increase concentration of hog processing facilities and could cost hog farmers up to $80 … Read more

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Hog futures and Class III milk futures took a price hit during the month of June while nearby live cattle futures held steady, with deferred cattle contracts showing modest gains. Read more

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Direct beef purchases from the farm continue to be an emerging trend as consumers want to know both the story and faces behind the products they are purchasing, according to an expert. Read more

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Beef councils from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma hosted a select group of 17 registered dietitians from 12 states for a three-day, virtual Nutrition Adventure. Attendees were selected given their high level of involvement on social media, blog platforms and within university dietetic programs. Read more

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Heat stress can be a major cause of economic loss for swine producers during the summer months. Between the heat and humidity, diminished feed consumption, reduced gain, and of course death, producers struggle with keeping their pigs healthy and productive when temperatures are on the rise. Read more

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Construction is planned to begin in spring 2022 for a $325 million federally inspected beef processing facility in Mills County, Iowa, to process 1,500 head per day and employ 750 workers. An annual economic impact is estimated at $1.1 billion, according to a news release from Iowa Cattleman’s Association. Read more

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The annual Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge winners were recently honored at the NC Foundation lunch during the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting in Fremont. The RVSC is the primary fundraiser for NCF with money raised supporting youth and adult educational programs, scholarships, research and infrastructure projects, history preservation and judging teams at colleges in Nebraska. The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation would like to recognize the support of Darr Fee… Read more

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The Beef Improvement Federation recognized Cow Camp Ranch, Lost Springs, Kansas, as the 2021 BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year Award on June 24 during the group’s annual symposium and convention in Des Moines, Iowa. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their dedication to improving the beef industry at the seedstock level. Read more

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As his Twitter handle @GHGGuru suggests, Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California-Davis, has a way of explaining what role animal agriculture plays in climate change with technical details, but makes it easily understandable. Read more

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Wes Ishmael, longtime cattle business journalist and communicator recently joined the American Hereford Association, Kansas City, Missouri, as executive editor of Hereford World magazine. He will oversee the magazine’s editorial planning and production, with emphasized focus on the commercial cattle industry. Read more

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The pandemic shut down many rodeos coast to coast in 2020. For some the show went on at a later date, while others shifted their focus to 2021. Economic conditions forced some rodeo sponsors to pull back their dollars and committees to limit their added money purses. Read more

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Chuck Bradley, from Rockford, Alabama, was named the 2021 World Livestock Auctioneer champion at the 57th annual competition held at Dickson Regional Livestock Center, Dickson, Tennessee, and presented by the Overland Park, Kansas-based Livestock Marketing Association. Read more

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On June 23 the Beef Improvement Federation recognized W & S Ranch Inc. of Smith Center, Kansas, as the Commercial Producer of the Year during the group’s annual convention in Des Moines, Iowa. Kansas Livestock Association nominated the ranch for the award. Read more

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The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Public Health and Environment, in collaboration with Tri-County Health Department, have confirmed that a miniature horse in Adams County has tested positive for rabies. This is the second case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado this year; the first case was a mule in January in Eagle County. Before this year, the last equine rabies case in Colorado was documented in 2013. Read more

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When the 266,255 acres of combined 6666’s ranchland came on the market in December 2020, everyone wondered if the historic Texas ranch would have to be split up and sold off, disrupting its celebrated cowboy legacy that has stayed intact since 1870. Fortunately, the three ranches that comprise the 6666’s operation—the ranch in Guthrie, Texas, which includes 142,372 acres in King County, the Dixon Creek ranch in Carson and Hutchison counties with 114,455 acres and the Frisco Creek ranch w… Read more

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Justin Waggoner, beef cattle specialist, Kansas State University, gave an overview of what beef on dairy means during the June 9 Beef Empire Days Beef on Dairy Symposium. The event focused on how dairy operations can utilize beef genetics to add value to their calves from dairy calves. Read more

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The 33rd World Pork Expo made a much-anticipated return to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 9 to 11. The Expo is presented by the National Pork Producers Council and features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. More than 10,000 producers, employees and pork industry professionals attended the three-day event. Read more

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health encourages horse owners to take proactive steps to prevent the transmission of vesicular stomatitis virus, an equine disease that is common in the summer months. VSV is transmitted by insect vectors and recent years have seen an increase in cases of VSV in Kansas. Read more

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We write to request a status update from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Merrick Garland on an investigation of the meat packing industry begun by the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice after the fire at Tyson’s Holcomb, Kansas, plant and the initial market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more