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Building on the success of previous cooperatively offered one-day silage conferences, the Iowa Beef Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are holding a similar opportunity for this summer.

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Brandi Buzzard Frobose didn’t really grow up with a production agriculture background, but she has developed a great appreciation for it. She will be a featured speaker during Cattle U and Trade Show, July 29 and 30 in Dodge City, Kansas. The event is sponsored by High Plains Journal.

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Chicken is the most consumed protein in the United States. According to the National Chicken Council, the U.S. produced more than 9.2 billion broiler chickens in 2019. US consumers spent more than 95 billion dollars on chicken products.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for consumers to cook more meals at home and explore new products including lamb. The new retail data released by the American Lamb Board quantifies the growth in retail sales for all lamb (domestic and imported) during the first quarter of 2020.

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Shipping fever, or bovine respiratory disease, costs the cattle industry up to $900 million annually. But what does that number really mean to producers? “It’s hard for me to appreciate $900 million worth of losses spread out across the whole industry,” said Dr. Mike Nichols, DVM, of Boehrin…

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Twenty Oklahoma beef producers have been selected to be part of class 28 of the Cattlemen's Leadership Academy. CLA is a program of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association targeted for beef producers ages 25 to 40 and designed to develop young OCA members through industry exposure, education an…

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Milk production in Kansas during May 2020 totaled 335 million pounds, up 2% from May 2019, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 169,000 head, 7,000 head more than May 2019. Milk production per cow averaged 1,985 pounds.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research recently opened a Fecal Egg Count Laboratory to assist sheep and goat producers in making genetic selection decisions. The FEC Lab is housed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently announced the Beef Up Iowa program to connect Iowa beef producers with food insecure Iowans. The program is a partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State Unive…

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It’s hot and getting hotter. Each summer in Texas, farmers and ranchers are on the gambling side of the weather, hoping for an appropriate level of rainfall to water cattle and crops.

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The Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen's Association recently hosted the 37th annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. According the MCA Manager of Membership Sydney Thummel, participation broke records once again.

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October 2020 will be the 53rd year of the Northern International Livestock Exposition Organization. Due to the lasting economic impacts of COVID-19 facing our region and guidelines set forth by the county and state health department regarding the health of our community, we have designed a n…

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Beef prices and stocking shortages from the Covid-19 pandemic have consumers asking how they can support local and buy beef directly from ranchers. The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association partnered with AgBoost to build a powerful resource to meet this skyrocketing demand. This powerful applica…

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If you’ve ever heard the saying "Your eyes were bigger than your stomach," you probably know it usually refers to an overindulgence on food, ending up with a bellyache.

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Entries for the 2020 Ozark Empire Fair hay show are beginning to trickle in even though the weather has not been conducive to quality hay harvesting. The good news is the show consists of both dry hay and haylage in separate divisions. There was some excellent haylage put under plastic on th…

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During COVID-19, raising backyard chickens has exploded in popularity. However, caring for  live animals is vastly different from other quarantine trends like doing puzzles or trying new recipes; chickens need care every single day, and require more time and energy than some may expect. So, …

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expecting global temperatures in 2020 to be on track with the highest ever recorded; additionally, the first three months of this year alone were the second warmest in 141 years of record keeping. When it comes to beating the heat, water…

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The impacts of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, more commonly known as pinkeye, can be both emotionally and economically draining for dairy producers. Pinkeye is a fast-working infectious disease that can lead to lower calf-growth rate, potential blindness and permanent damage when le…

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While it may be hard to ‘virtually’ eat the famous prime rib dinner associated with the event, the educational aspect will still be provided as it has been for the past 65 years to ranchers who need basic beef cattle production information and the latest on hot issues concerning their operations.

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Restaurants are starting to recover, many grocery stores have stopped limiting dairy product purchases and it appears most states have reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the dairy industry has and will continue to recuperate from the impact of the virus.

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U.S. Reps. Roger Marshall and Angie Craig have introduced the Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Reserve Easements (PASTURE) Act, which would expand USDA's authority under the Conservation Reserve Program. This legislation would authorize USDA to open CRP acreage for emergency haying and…

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The A Bar Ranch, AQHA Ranching Heritage, and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation continue working together to provide a once-in-a-lifetime, summer internship experience.

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Dry distillers grains have been hard to come by as ethanol plants slow production due to coronavirus. Many cattle producers are trying to identify alternative ingredients for their feed rations to replace this co-product they’ve come to rely on.

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The Texas Animal Health Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program have seen an increase of fever tick confirmations outside of established quarantined areas in south Texas.

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In light of the recent increase in retail beef prices and decrease in cattle prices, many cattle producers have expressed interest in starting up small beef processing facilities that do not undercut the rancher and provide consistent prices for consumers. Davey Griffin, Texas A&M professor and Extension meat scientist, said he has been amazed at the number of producers looking into this option.

“It is just astronomical the number of inquiries we’re getting about starting a plant, getting these cattle through the system and just serving customers as well,” he said.

However, starting a meat processing facility is not without hoops to jump through, including multiple layers of government oversight and health regulations.

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The Aksarben Stock Show, presented by the Aksarben Foundation, remains on schedule for Sept. 24 to 27. The stock show is managed and produced by the Nebraska State Fair. While organizers and attendees are all facing many uncertainties, the team is optimistic and continuing to prepare and pla…

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Cattle producers have the deck stacked against them because of the challenges in the beef market created by COVID-19. Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry Department and K-State Research and Extension hosted a webinar May 14 hoping to help beef producers assess their current …

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A checkoff-funded study recently was published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrating that individuals have flexibility to include up to 6 oz. of lean, unprocessed beef in their daily healthy diet as a replacement for carbohydrates (primarily those from refined starches). This extra beef …

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Continuing a month-long celebration and recognition of Kansas’ beef producers and consumers, we draw Beef Month to a close with an innovative, win-win solution to putting more beef on the school lunch tray. When Ellsworth County beef producer Michelle Brokes presented the idea of working wit…

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Dairy producers now have additional trait insights to help predict potential lifetime profitability. Results from CLARIFIDE Plus genetic testing for Holsteins and Jerseys now include cow-wellness traits for cow respiratory disease and fertility traits for cow abortion, twinning and cystic ov…

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Pork producers are facing an unprecedented crisis unlike anything the industry has ever seen, and unless they receive significantly more help from the federal government, thousands of pork producers could shutter their farms forever. That would be bad news not only for hog farmers and the in…

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According to reports from Bloomberg and other news agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice formally sent civil investigative demands, or subpoenas, to the country’s four largest meatpackers—Tyson Foods Inc., JBS SA, Cargill Inc., and National Beef Inc.—on June 4. This is effort was led by t…

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A panel of three local veterinarians addressed local beef herd health issues at the Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference earlier this year. When asked what the No. 1 problem was year-in and year-out, they agreed it was pinkeye.

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The Northeast Missouri Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale at Palmyra’s F&T Livestock Auction saw a large turnout and active bidding on most lots, according to University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Daniel Mallory.

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As Montanans are turning to locally sourced food in the face of possible disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Montana Department of Livestock cautions the public against consumption of raw, or unpasteurized, milk and raw milk products.

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While many Americans fired up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, some may have found limits on meat purchases, near-empty meat cases or no fresh meat at all at their local grocery stores. At the same time, they see headlines about pork and poultry farmers having to euthanize entire barn…

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Flies cost U.S. cattle and dairy producers $1 billion or more in lost income every year. Learn how to fight back against flies during our next Dairy Calf and Heifer Association webinar on June 4. Richard “Rick” Hack, an independent business consultant with RJH Consulting LLC, will lead the p…

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For cattle producers who rely on wells in pastures and rangelands as a water source for their cattle, much time is spent checking water to make sure that windmills and submersible wells are delivering the water cattle need. These water checks are often made daily or every other day to ensure…

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When 12 head of Longhorn crossbred cattle with a familiar brand entered the ring at the Decatur Livestock Market, an eagle-eyed buyer took notice. He knew something didn’t add up, so he called the owner. His suspicions were confirmed when the cattle’s owner said he did not consign them.