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The Public Lands Council recently honored individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to the industry and partnership with public lands ranchers during PLC’s 53rd annual meeting.

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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.

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are helping meat processors prepare for a potential foreign animal disease outbreak.

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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.

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Drought conditions have hit some Oklahoma livestock producers hard, but help may be available through U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance programs for operations that depend heavily on forage and grazing.

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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.

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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.

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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 in…

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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 fisc…

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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.

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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 fr…

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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.

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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 fo…

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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 Re…

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Kansas State University agricultural economists say that short-term disruptions in the fed cattle and beef industries have not changed longer-term motivations for how buyers and sellers establish prices for cattle.

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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 Chaunce…

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On Sept. 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of the deadline from Sept. 17 to Oct. 12 for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, allowing swine and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic to recoup some losses.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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 marketin…

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging pork producers to take part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s African Swine Fever Action Week, to be held Sept. 13 to 17.

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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 …

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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.

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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,…