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With all of Colorado in some state of abnormal to severe drought conditions and an extended weather outlook calling for La Nina conditions, planning for drought will most likely include some culling of the cowherd. While culling is a typical part of livestock production, a drought year can create a glut in the supply and therefore decrease prices on slaughter cows. Read more

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After a year of uncertainty and being forced to hold a virtual event in 2020, High Plains Journal’s Cattle U & Trade Show will be back as an in-person event at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas, July 29 and 30. In its third year, Cattle U will continue to follow its two-day format with keynote speakers, panelists, breakout education sessions and the tradeshow. Read more

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Sheep Genetics USA will offer a webinar on Improving Genetic Tools to Enhance Profitability on May 11 at 8 p.m. eastern daylight time. The webinar is part of a series of webinars sponsored by the American Sheep Industry Association. Read more

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., on May 5, in a news release jointly announced the company’s decision to build a new state-of-the-art cheese and whey protein processing plant in Dodge City, Kansas. Hilmar Cheese Company, founded in 1984, is one of the world’s largest producers of high quality American-style cheese and whey products, with customers in more than 50 countries. Read more

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Animal science specialists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have a new monthly video series—“Docs Talkin' Stock”—to share recommendations and updates on animal issues important to Arkansas producers. Read more

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Gov. Laura Kelly recognized the contributions ranchers and feeders make to the state’s economy last week by declaring May as Beef Month in Kansas. The official proclamation signing took place April 30 at the Capitol in Topeka. Read more

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has launched a new digital education course, Sheep and Goat Ranching 101 available at agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/product?catalog=ANSC-035. The series of 12 videos cost $25 and allows participants to learn at their own pace. Read more

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The Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors recently seated newly elected board members Larry Kendig, Joel Ireland, and Gus Bartlett. Outgoing members included Greg Davis, Nicole Pfrang, and Andrew Miller. The election of new officers took place resulting with Riley Robbins being elected as KCA president, John Ney as vice-president and Joel Ireland as secretary-treasurer. Read more

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The Rural Veterinary Workforce Development Task Force, a group of statewide organizations, including Kansas Livestock Association, and higher education leadership, continues to seek information about the lack of access to veterinary support in rural areas. Producers are encouraged to provide feedback by filling out the online survey located at https://bit.ly/3vkVq3c. Read more

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Dr. AJ Tarpoff, Extension beef veterinarian at Kansas State University, said multiple factors can cause lameness in cattle out in the pasture. Tarpoff spoke April 15 during the Cattle Conversations webinar series. Read more

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Colorado State University Extension is excited to announce the first annual Cattlewomen’s College that features Beef Quality Assurance certification, learning how to “Share Your Story” social media session, meat selection tools, Meat Science Boot Camp, financial resources, and rangeland health and outlook in a one day in-person with a virtual option workshop. Presenters are from Colorado State University, University of Nebraska Extension, Lamar Community College, and Otero Junior College… Read more

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Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, Extension beef veterinarian at Kansas State University, spoke recently at a virtual American Angus Association webinar that covered multiple aspects of calf health. Read more

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Cattle feeders and dairy operators are encouraged to attend one of two silage schools being hosted by Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Kansas State University Research and Extension next month. One will be offered May 4 in Salina, with the other being held May 6 in Garden City. Each will begin at 4 p.m. and end by 8 p.m. Read more

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The Preserving Family Farms Act of 2021 was introduced by U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-CA, and Jackie Walorski, R-IN. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has long supported efforts to reduce undue tax burden on farmers and ranchers. This bipartisan legislation to expand IRS Code Section 2032A would allow cattle producers to take advantage of the Special Use Valuation and protect family-owned businesses from the devastating impact of the federal estate tax, commonly referred to as th… Read more

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In an agricultural state such as Arkansas, the substantial damage feral hogs do to row crops is well known, and the financial impact is easier to estimate. Most damage estimates, however, include only the crop itself, said Jennifer Caraway, staff chair for Miller County Cooperative Extension Service office. Read more

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Beef prices and marketing continue to be an uphill climb for cattlemen. To improve markets, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has developed a program called Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions to pump up prices for cull cattle markets in the state and provide more local marketing opportunities. Read more

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The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science has received commitments of more than $2 million in private donations for Iowa State University’s new Turkey Teaching and Research Facility. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon implement the Dairy Donation Program as established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The program will facilitate the timely donation of dairy products to nonprofit organizations that distribute food to persons in need and prevent and minimize food waste. Read more

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Teaching about the challenges ranchers face and using hands-on learning are part of the Wyoming Ranch Camp May 24 to 28 near Evanston presented by University of Wyoming Extension educators. Read more

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Caldwell, Kansas—The Border Queen—was established in 1871 because of its location along the Chisholm Trail. The town will be celebrating its 150th birthday May 7 and 8 with many activities, including a western art show, buffalo soldier camp, gunfights and saloon show, opera house shows, tours and more. Read more

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In the second of a four-part series that seeks to raise awareness of ecological drought, Rachel Gregg, senior scientist with EcoAdapt, shared her thoughts on how to strengthen an ecosystem’s resilience and mitigate the impacts of droughts, and how to plan and prepare for future droughts. Read more

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It was 1867 in post-Civil War Texas; the economy was in a major recession following the war and Texas was cattle rich, but poor in marketing opportunities as the railroads had not yet reached the Texas plains. The Longhorn cattle in the state had continued to multiply while the war progressed and by 1860 there were more than six times as many cattle as people in the Lone Star State, according to the Texas Historical Commission. That surplus made cattle worth a measly $2 to $4 a head. Read more

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County will offer an online Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series from April through October. Read more

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Developed by Performance Parts Plus, Salina, Kansas, the patented Bac-Pac is a tool that can be used to assist ranchers who have hydraulic bale beds. In an effort to support educational training programs, the inventor is seeking programs that may be in need of a student project and in turn have an interest in fabricating units for program sponsors. Read more

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Spring-calving cow-calf pairs grazing on green pastures is often a sign that spring has arrived. However, it is also a time that cattle producers need to be watchful for cows experiencing grass tetany, according to Kansas State University beef cattle experts. Read more

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many human activities, it hasn’t stopped feral hogs from reproducing and causing damage. Throughout 2021, the Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other partnering organizations, is reaching out to residents to help reduce populations of the rampaging beasts. Read more

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Cattle producers are familiar with the Beef Quality Assurance program, which trains farmers and ranchers on best practices for cattle management. A new educational tool, Calf Care & Quality Assurance, will provide similar guidelines and a framework for calf raisers. Read more

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A coalition of state agriculture leaders and their organizations has formed to oppose Initiative 16, a potential 2022 ballot initiative that would ask voters to criminalize commonly accepted veterinary and animal care practices in Colorado. It would also ban the slaughter of livestock that have not yet lived more than one-quarter of their anticipated lifetime, a standard far longer than consumer and foreign markets demand. Read more

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In high level sports, coaches not only train their athletes to perform on the field, they also make sure players are in top condition by offering them strength training and managing their diet to make sure they are ready for peak performance at the time of the competition. Read more