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A global need for quality breeding stock and genetics is creating market opportunities for Kansas livestock producers. To meet the growing demand, the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host a virtual livestock export webinar featuring industry experts in exporting livestock and genetics.…

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Alfalfa is native to semi-arid southwest Asia, and countries such as Iran, Georgia and Afghanistan, where it has developed under very hot, dry conditions. Although much of it is irrigated, it also grows on rangeland as well, and it can be successful in the dry areas of the United States with help from grass varieties.

“Our overall aim is to help producers in the Texas High Plains and elsewhere, transition toward lower water use by integrating grazing into cropping systems so it’s not just all cotton or all corn,” said Chuck West, plant and soil science professor at Texas Tech University.

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A team of Kansas State University researchers is using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture—and an additional grant from the state of Kansas—to study how to effectively control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the nation's meat and poultry pr…

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Oklahoma State University Regents professor emeritus Robert P. Wettemann has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Society of Animal Science L.E. Casida Award. The national honor recognizes excellence in the education of graduate and postdoctoral students to conduct research in repro…

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The 2020-21 Missouri Steer Feedout entries are now being accepted through University of Missouri Extension field specialists in livestock. The entry deadline is Oct. 10 and the desired deadline to wean the prospect steers is Sept. 19.

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Grazing drought-dried corn and cornstalks offers cattle inexpensive, nutritious forage, say two University of Missouri Extension specialists.

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is celebrating youth involved with agriculture by announcing the winners of NDA’s Poultry Photo Contest. The annual contest was open to Nebraska 4-H and FFA members from around the state.

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Wheat planting is now on the mind for many growers and for some farmers and ranchers, that also leads to cattle on wheat pasture. According to Marty New, Oklahoma State University Extension southwest area livestock specialist, there is a set of concerns every cattle raiser needs to be cogniz…

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The future of America’s national mammal continued to brighten as officials from South Dakota State University, the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation formally launched the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies, to be headquartered at SDSU’s West River Research an…

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Virtual Cattle U registration is free and remains open at www.cattleu.net. All registered attendees will receive a free eight-week trial subscription to High Plains Journal and access to Cattle U virtual content online. They may sign up for monthly beef cattle news updates through the HPJ Di…

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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is moving to Texas in December 2020. Arlington’s Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, will host the Wrangler NFR 2020—the first non-baseball event at the park. Event organizers confirmed the event will comply with all health and safety protocols for…

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The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will hold its annual fall tour on Sept. 12. This year’s event will be in the Halltown vicinity of eastern Lawrence County.

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Congressman Fred Keller from Pennsylvania introduced the Giving Increased Variety to Ensure Milk Into the Lives of Kids (GIVE MILK) Act late last month. The legislation aims to increase milk consumption in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children by giving p…

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Cattle U continues at 9 a.m. today. The free virtual Cattle U will feature a series of live sessions presented over Zoom during the week of Sept. 8 to 11. The sessions will also be recorded and posted at www.cattleu.net for registered attendees to view at their convenience. Free registration…

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As college kids leave home for the first time, it is important that they transition with a plan that includes being current on immunizations, following good study habits, establishing self-control at the buffet counter and having financial support in place so they have the greatest chance fo…

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Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association members and friends will gather virtually next month to hear industry insights, consumer trends and practical management tips during the Cattle Raisers Virtual Convention.

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Cattle U begins at 9 a.m. today. The free virtual Cattle U will feature a series of live sessions presented over Zoom during the week of Sept. 8 to 11. The sessions will also be recorded and posted at www.cattleu.net for registered attendees to view at their convenience. Free registration is…

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Making alternative ration ingredient changes work, beef cattle market outlook and nutrition, management, and economic aspects of limit feeding are among topics planned for the 2020 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Virtual Field Day on Oct. 1.

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When it comes to mastitis, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of milk, which means even the small things can make a big difference. Preventing mastitis infections in the dry period is your opportunity to set cows up for successful production and good health in the next lactation.

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The Amarillo area beef and dairy communities presented a check for $81,500 to the Snack Pak 4 Kids Beef Stik Program. The money will provide beef sticks to hungry students through the Snack Pak weekend hunger program. The check was presented at the second annual Beef 4 Kids Classic golf tournament.

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Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Department of Animal Science partnered with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council to host the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the university’s Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learni…

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Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, gave attendees of the virtual Certified Angus Beef Feeding Quality Forum, Aug. 25, a high level look at how the world looks in terms of COVID-19, and how it’s affecting the United States economy and cattle producers.

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Ending a long-festering dispute between the two nations, Taiwan said that it has agreed to lift restrictions of United States pork and beef fed with ractopamine, a feed additive that increase leanness. The move could ease the way to a free-trade agreement with the U.S., something Taiwan’s go…

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The Kansas and Nebraska beef councils joined together to sponsor a checkoff-funded session at the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Summit. The session sought to provide health and fitness professionals with science-based information that can lead to a greater understand…

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High Plains Journal recently announced the final schedule of sessions for its free virtual Cattle U, to be hosted online Sept. 8 to 11.

It was decided in July to transition the publication’s signature Cattle U & Trade Show to a virtual format in light of ongoing accommodations for the current global pandemic. With that change in format, the decision was also made to make the educational sessions free to all registered attendees.

The new virtual Cattle U will feature presentations over a series of live sessions presented over Zoom during the week of Sept. 8 to 11. The sessions will also be recorded and posted on the www.cattleu.net website for registered attendees to view at their convenience.

The schedule is as follows:

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The American sheep industry will get a needed shot in the arm this fall when the old Ranchers’ Lamb of Texas plant comes back online as the newest member of the Double J Meat Packing operation, to be known officially as Double J Lamb Inc. of Texas.

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Pasture-raising heifers can offer significant feed cost savings, but these animals may have a new friend from the wrong side of the tracks … or grass, in this case. Millions of parasite eggs are deposited on grazing pastures every year. The moment dairy heifers hit even a well-managed pastur…

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The Montana Department of Livestock is asking Montanans to follow all animal import requirements to help protect the health of the state’s livestock industries. Recent packing plant closures throughout the country have resulted in a backup of pigs going to feeding and slaughter. Many farmers…

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A new $500,000 grant will help a Kansas State University researcher look for ways to control one of the most important viral agents in pigs: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

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University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel is a self-proclaimed “science geek.” She likes pawing through the latest science journals to keep on the cutting edge of dairy research that could improve the bottom line of Missouri dairy producers.

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Whether livestock owners are looking for alfalfa, grass, mix or other hay types, the 2020 Colorado Hay Directory is now available to connect hay producers and buyers.

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“All spring we wait and we watch out our windows and we wonder if there's going to be enough grass to support our livestock out on our native range lands,” Dannele Peck said.

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Milk production in Kansas during July 2020 totaled 328 million pounds, up 3% from July 2019, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 167,000 head, 5,000 head more than July 2019. Milk production per cow averaged 1,965 pounds.

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Grass in native pastures might still be green right now, and the rumblings of an occasional summer thunderstorm can be heard in the distance. Cows munch contently on that precious resource.

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding for economic development and connectivity in the state. These federally provided dollars are being awarded in the form of grants to eligi…

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Most county fairs across the state are reporting an unexpected phenomenon during the current economic downturn—an increase in total gross sales at University of Wyoming Extension 4-H livestock auctions compared to previous years.

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding for economic development and connectivity in the state. These federally provided dollars are being awarded in the form of grants to eligi…

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The Missouri Cattlemen's Association is gearing up for the second year of the "Top 100" Profitability Challenge. The steers will be fed at the University of Missouri, South Farm Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, and data will be collected on each steer's efficiency throughout the program.

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The Fencing and Grazing Clinic, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, is set for Sept. 9 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said a v…

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a 3-month-old ram in El Paso County with neurologic signs tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory.  This is the third case of rabies in domestic livestock in Colorado in 2020; …

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Oklahoma beef cow-calf operators, veterinarians and feedlot operators are urged to take part in an online Oklahoma State University survey focusing on the impact of calving date from time management, economic and animal health standpoints.

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The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has issued movement restrictions for horses in four Arkansas counties in reaction to the detection of the vesicular stomatitis virus, commonly referred to as VSV, in southern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.