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Before long these 75-degree sunny days will turn to bone chilling winter mornings of breaking ice and haying cattle and ranchers should be vigilant to not get left out in the cold when it comes to managing winter feed costs. Read more

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New directors were elected to serve on the Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors during the 68th annual National Red Angus Convention recently held in Boise, Idaho. The board of directors leads and oversees the affairs and business of the association as outlined by the RAAA Bylaws. Read more

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The speakers on a webinar hosted by the Beef Checkoff in partnership with Climate Week NYC 2021, said yes, beef can really be part of a sustainable food system.

The event gave industry experts a platform to talk about how beef can be part of a sustainable food system. Speakers included Jessica Gilreath, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University; Jen Johnson Livsey, cattle producer at Flying Diamond Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado; Lamar Moore, celebrity chef and winner of Food Network's Vegas Chef Prizefight and Nicole Rodriguez, RD, NASM-CPT in New York served as moderator. Read more

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Efficiency is something many strive for, whether it is spending money wisely or making the most of the time dedicated to a project. Read more

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Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Montana beef herd for the first time in decades. The Montana Department of Livestock confirmed TB in a Blaine County herd following detection of the disease in a cow at slaughter. The infected cow was identified by meat inspectors during routine inspection at a Minnesota plant. Identification collected from the infected cow at the time of slaughter linked the animal to a Blaine County beef herd and subsequent herd testing revealed additional TB… Read more

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American TV icon Ed Sullivan used to boast that viewers were about to witness “a really big show!” Well, a really big show came to Denver Sept. 9 to 10, and as always, the Beef Promotion Operating Committee meeting, where the Beef Checkoff program funding decisions are made for the next fiscal year, didn’t disappoint. Read more

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Tens of thousands of youth have purchased the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Veterinary Science Certificate Program curriculum book as the program’s reputation and popularity spreads from Texas to every U.S. state and as far away as Japan. Read more

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The Texas landscape today is changing quicker than ever. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1,000 people per day are added to the state’s population. About half are natural increases due to the birth rate exceeding the death rate, but the other half migrate from outside the state. Read more

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Anyone who has raised a teenage boy knows that meeting his nutritional needs can be challenging because of the rapid growth his body is experiencing. Read more

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The most natural means of herd fertility selection come to us through our eyes and by examining an animal’s production track record, but are we short-changing our operations and animals by not looking beyond the phenotype and examining the data that holds the answers to selection accuracy for any given operation? Read more

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As part of the Joe Biden administration’s efforts to address food systems challenges arising from the pandemic as well as those going back decades, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA plans for another $100 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding would leverage hundreds of millions more in lending through community and private sector lenders to expand meat and poultry processing capacity and finance other food supply… Read more

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting was held Sept. 20 to 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. In one session, President Ryan Quarrels led a panel with Les Fugate, vice president and director of state and local public affairs at Brown-Forman Company, and Chauncey Morris, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Read more

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The Leopold Conservation Award is given to farmers, ranchers and forestland owners across the U.S. in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Read more

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In 2020, the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology—Survey Research Services at Iowa State University was contracted to conduct an online and mail survey with dairy farmers in Iowa to learn about their current operations, needs and expectations for the future. Read more

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Kelly Flynn taught his daughters to raise a baby lamb, ride a horse, and ultimately, run a ranch. His land ethic was passed down from relatives who carved a living from the land since the 1860s. He recalled his aging parents pulling weeds on hot days. With those values etched in his mind, he spent a life caring for livestock, wildlife, and 6,000 acres of meadows, creeks and forests. Read more

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Handling grazing rangelands can be complicated, especially with the wide variety of rangeland types and plant populations. David Kraft, rangeland management specialist at Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, spoke recently about this topic at High Plains Journal’s Cattle U & Trade Show, July 29 to 30, in Dodge City, Kansas. Read more

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Livestock producers have to weigh many decisions that make the difference between a profit and loss, and experts say they need to explore opportunities to add value.

A livestock auction is a market outlet where cattle producers can reap the rewards from their work. Recently four experts served on a panel during High Plains Journal’s Cattle U and Trade Show in Dodge City, Kansas. Their goal is to get top dollar for sellers. Read more

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Just like Goldilocks, an important part of a successful sheep or goat mineral program is balance. Too little intake, and your sheep and goats won’t get the nutrients they need. Too much, and your cost of mineral fed starts to climb. Read more

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Raising and marketing purebred livestock has never been easy, but in recent years, it has become increasingly challenging. For five weeks this fall, the Kansas Department of Agriculture will be offering a free webinar series designed to provide more insight into innovative livestock marketing plans and strategies. The five-part webinar series will be held Wednesday evenings, from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Read more

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Ranching may be full of new technology these days, but working dogs fill roles in many operations that cannot be accomplished by any microchip or data processor. From guarding flocks of sheep and goats to moving a herd of cattle on down the road, working dogs are valuable tools for ranchers from coast to coast. Read more

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Entries will be accepted through Oct. 10 for the next Missouri Steer Feedout, with weigh-in on Nov. 2, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. Read more

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Since the index case of the equine West Nile Virus was identified in Colorado on July 30, 2021, horses from multiple Colorado counties have tested positive for WNV. Four additional horses in Weld County, three horses in Adams County, two horses in Boulder County and one horse each in Elbert, Otero, Morgan, and Fremont counties have tested positive for WNV. This brings the total test positive cases in 2021 to fourteen. Read more