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ISSUE DATE: 07/30/2012

Good stockdogs aren't easy to 'come by'

By Jennifer Carrico

Obedient, intelligent, mature, athletic and driven are all qualities needed to make a top-notch stockdog for veteran trainer and competitor Bob Johnson.

The southern Iowa man has been training stockdogs--mainly Border Collies--for nearly 13 years. In 2010, his dog Ruby was named National Champion at the United States Border Collie Handler's Association National Cattledog finals. She placed third in the same competition in 2011 when another of his dogs, Jazz, was the Reserve National Champion.

Johnson got started training stockdogs when he decided to quit rodeoing. "I've always been a competitor and want to do whatever I'm doing as good as I can, whether it was rodeoing, raising Angus cattle, or training stockdogs," he said. "I will go until I get it right. I might not always win, but I'm always near the top and I always learn something each time I compete."

While Johnson had a few mentors he learned to train dogs from, he mostly went to the school of hard knocks and learned what worked by trial and error.


County burn bans continue to increase across Oklahoma
Lawmakers call on DHS to move forward on NBAF
State's forests grow more than trees
USDA announces federal resource guide to assist rural communities
USDA designates 56 counties in Oklahoma as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Vehicles overheat quickly in warm temps
Vilsack announces more drought help


A conversation about innovation
Avoid pesticide residues on alternative feeds
Caution urged to avoid spray drift risk
Closing notices issued to Neb. surface water irrigators
Corn producers utilize insurance to prevent crop loss
DroughtGard trait ready to hit market in 2013
Extreme drought strengthens hold on Arkansas
Gov. Mike Beebe headlines 2012 Arkansas Rice Expo
Hoffman Harvesting continues push for home
Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program receives donation
KARA, KARTA partner on Kansas Applicator Institute
KDA urges farmers, ranchers to meet with crop insurance appraisers
K-State Extension to hold ag events
Market analyst: U.S. wheat supplies should beat the drought
More of state in exceptional, extreme drought categories
MU forage specialist: Use caution before baling soybeans
National Grange welcomes new legislative director
NMSU researchers combine algae, cotton to grow shrimp in the desert
Osowski's encounter trouble in South Dakota
Researchers use oxygenated phosphine fumigation to control insect pests
Roland Harvesting provides visitors with a trip down memory lane
Soybean webcast focuses on kudzu bug control
Three drought conferences set for SW Ark ranches
Wheatland Stocker Conference set for Aug. 29 in Enid
Zeorian's visit their home away from home in Montana


Agriculture passion, tradition fuel ranching family
Animal science department launches blog
Beef research: Consumer interests change from 2005 to 2012
Brangus breeder among experts to speak at TAMU Short Course
Building Better Heifers field days planned
Controlling flies in dairy cattle
Crossbred bull 'fix'
Drought presents challenges for sheep, goat producers
Dry weather increases health threats to livestock
Early weaning can help hungry beef cows
Good management can reduce incidence of heat stress in cattle
Good stockdogs aren't easy to 'come by'
Influencers receive firsthand beef experience in Nebraska
MGGA thanks senators for bill to extend SURE for 2012
NCBA comments on EPA's dust standard
NCBA Redbooks available for purchase
New ISU swine farms manager sees opportunity and success
NILE taking applications for Merit Heifer Program
Nitrate toxicity may cause cattle losses
Old tires get new life as livestock watering holes
OSU names new animal science head
Parasites affect cattle health, performance, carcass quality
Treating poultry diseases without antibiotics
UNL provides drought, heat resources to beef producers
UW diagnostic externship program hosts veterinary students


Conserving, restoring natural resources
Drought disaster drama
Reader questions the need for checkoff programs
Two little words


A kid at the fair
Ag diversification
Bayer CropScience acquires AgraQuest
Company aims to prevent equipment theft through registry service
Drought may drive farm bill passage
Engines drive telehandler development
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
New drugs for cattle and horses


Amarillo livestock auction summary
Another hot, dry week
Crops, livestock suffering from heat, limited precip
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought conditions continue
Drought conditions continue
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Hot temps, with occasional thunderstorms
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Ogallala livestock auction report
Ongoing drought conditions continue to take toll on dryland crops
Pasture, range conditions decline
Pratt 3 p.m. feeder cattle auction report
Precipitation spotty around state
Record heat, parched conditions prevail
Row crops could use some relief
San Angelo livestock auction report
Small grain harvest underway
Soil moisture levels short, very short
Some grain, soybean bids trade moderately
State experiencing extreme drought
Texas Direct Feeder Cattle Summary


Blue-green algae a concern for livestock
CRP emergency haying and grazing released in 91 Kansas counties
CRP grazing and roadside haying authorized
Educating rangeland professionals
Farmers amp up focus on animal welfare during drought conditions, heat wave
Getting through the drought
Grazing cattle on public lands
Jim Gerrish Grazing Schools set for August in Topeka, Hays
NDA Hay and Forage Hotline connects buyers, sellers
Scout to protect pastures from armyworms
Stretch pastures in drought conditions
Training to focus on establishing winter pastures
USDA authorizes emergency grazing of CRP acres for 8 counties
Videos cover drought management options during drought


Be wise when you fertilize
Chronic Wasting Disease detected in Texas deer
Dealing with armadillo damage
Divide iris clumps as summer peaks
Extension recruiting Master Gardener volunteers
Fair book helps residents prepare for Oklahoma County Free Fair
Free workshops teach hunters, landowners about deer management
Fresh from the pod
Keep dogs safe, comfortable in summer heat
Keep home cooling costs down this summer
K-State horticulture center a multimedia, online library
K-State to host horticulture events
Managing iron chlorosis of woody plants
Master gardener classes offered
Overcompensating for drought can damage lawns
Pop up healthier snacks
Wild Wood perfect for student housing

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