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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its January 2020 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Jan. 10, and the report reduced the 2019 total red meat and poultry production estimate from December, based on lower pork and turkey production despite higher beef production …

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It is a bothersome subject to bring up in some circles, but just like anything we do not want to deal with, the topic of electronic cattle traceability regulations is coming. To many cattlemen’s chagrin, it might be here sooner than we expect. Currently, cattle producers are governed by the Animal Disease Traceability rule, or ADT. 

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The Kansas State University Youth Livestock Program, K-State Research & Extension, and the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will be hosting two junior producer days in spring 2020. Junior Beef Producer Day will be Feb. 29, and Junior Sheep Producer Day will be March 14.

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A short course that combines both classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Jan. 27. Iowa State extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said this course will instruct cattle producers in areas specific to beef calving man…

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A Lambing and Kidding School will be held at two locations in Nebraska on Jan. 25. Each location will have speakers in the morning and will have a farm tour in the afternoon. The locations for the program will be the Chadron Fire Hall located at 302 West Third Street in Chadron NE and 4-H bu…

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The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently announced its new website and updated resources. With the mission of the alliance being to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, its website features resources to help farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and supporters of the industry engag…

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More consumers are developing a taste for goat cheese, milk, and meat as they become aware of the high protein and great taste of these products. While U.S. goat producers are enjoying this steady trend, they remain focused on keeping their animals healthy, especially from scrapie—a fatal br…

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Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and the second of a four-part webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help them do just that. The session is set for Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, and focuses on calving time management.

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Can you imagine going to bed hungry? What about not having any food or a limited amount of food over the weekend? Childhood hunger is a real issue, and many school-aged kids across the country rely on free and reduced-cost meals from their public-school systems to provide them with balanced …

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The 51st Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference is set for Feb. 4 at the National Guard Armory in Monett. The trade show will begin at 3:30 p.m. following the Dairy Conference.

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The National Pork Producers Council recently called Impossible Foods’ naming convention for its plant-based products designed to mimic real pork a brazen violation of labellng law. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, …

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CattleFax is conducting its annual Cow-Calf Survey, sponsored by Crystalyx. Information requested in the survey provides participants and the rest of the industry with valuable data regarding industry benchmarks and trends.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has selected Brandi Buzzard Frobose, blogger, Kansas rancher and influencer, as the 2019 Advocate of the Year. This honor is given annually to an outstanding Masters of Beef Advocacy program graduate to recognize h…

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Dunlap Livestock, Dunlap, Iowa, reported receipts of 3,761 head of feeder cattle selling on Jan. 3, compared to 3,126 head on Dec. 20, according to the USDA-Iowa Department of Agriculture Market News, Des Moines, Iowa.

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Keoco Livestock, Sigourney, Iowa, reported receipts of 1,334 head of feeder cattle selling on Jan. 6, compared to 673 head on Dec. 16, according to the USDA-Iowa Department of Agriculture Market News, Des Moines, Iowa.

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Ericson Livestock Market, Ericson, Nebraska, reported receipts of 2,710 head of cattle selling on Jan. 4, compared to 4,673 head on Dec. 28 and 3,741 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Nebraska Department of Agriculture Market News, Kearney, Nebraska.

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High Plains weekly average direct cattle sales report for the week ending on Jan. 5, indicated receipts of 71,031 head compared to 48,782 head a week ago and 101,736 head a year ago, according to the USDA Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News Division, St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Benchmarking is a useful tool that allows businesses to compare their performance to others. However, limited data is available to cow/calf producers for this purpose. Management practices associated with calving can influence calf health and survival. A recent publication reported data from…

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Joe Leathers with 6666 Ranch has been named as the seventh member of the CattleTrace, Inc. board of directors. Leathers is the general manager of the 6666 Ranch located near Guthrie, Texas, and will be representing the cow-calf sector on the CattleTrace Board. Established in August 2018, the…

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Lexington Livestock Market, Lexington, Nebraska, reported 2,637 head of cattle selling on Jan. 3, compared to 2,461 head on Dec. 20 and 3,672 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Nebraska Department of Agriculture Market News, Kearney, Nebraska.

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Russell Livestock, Russell, Iowa, reported receipts of 4,723 head of feeder cattle selling on Jan. 6 compared to 1,947 head on Dec. 16, according to the USDA-Iowa Department of Agriculture Market News, Des Moines, Iowa.

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Tama Livestock, Tama, Iowa, reported receipts of 687 head of feeder cattle selling on Jan. 6, compared to 1,010 head of slaughter cattle selling on Dec. 30 according to the USDA-Iowa Department of Agriuclture Market News, Des Moines, Iowa.

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Fort Pierre Livestock, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, reported receipts of 3,927 head of feeder cattle selling Jan. 3, compared to 8,487 head on Dec. 13 and 5,034 head a year ago, according to the USDA-South Dakota Department of Agriculture Market News, Worthing, South Dakota.

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For almost 30 years, the Northern International Livestock Exposition has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participa…

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This bull sale season, profit-minded cattle producers will utilize expected progeny differences and economic selection indices when selecting their next group of bulls. These tools are far more accurate at predicting the average difference in offspring than visual appraisal or actual weights…

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A delegation of Costa Rican beef sector stakeholders visit the Smoky Y Ranch Red Angus in Monument, Kansas, as part of a reverse trade mission in December, including (from left) Juan Carlos, Kelly Younkin, Randall Younkin, Cody Younkin, Daniel Vega, Ronnie Cobb, Allen Monge, Suzanne Ryan-Num…

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Hub City Livestock, Aberdeen, South Dakota, reported receipts of 4,858 head of feeder cattle selling on Jan. 4, compared to 4,971 head on Dec. 18 and 6,092 head a year ago, according to the USDA-South Dakota Department of Agriculture Market News, Worthing, South Dakota.

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Amarillo Livestock, Amarillo, Texas, reported receipts of 572 head of cattle selling on Jan. 6, compared to 739 head on Dec. 16, according to the USDA-Texas Department of Agriculture Market News, Amarillo, Texas.

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The Tulsa Stockyards, Tulsa, Oklahoma, reported receipts of 4,194 head of cattle selling on Jan. 6, compared to 2,171 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Market News, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Missouri, reported receipts of 13,074 head of feeder cattle, compared to 3,055 head on Dec. 19 and 13,853 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Missouri Department of Agriculture Market News, Jefferson City, Missouri.

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“There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against…

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As consumers glean more information about where their food comes from, producers need to focus on how they manage their farm or ranch. Beef Quality Assurance certification is a good place to start, said Josh White at the recent Angus convention.

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Dairy and beef producers are invited to attend one of two advanced calving clinics in mid-February in Edgewood and Dysart. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said anyone who attends will learn something new at the clinic regardless of experience with calving out cows.

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Borden, one of America's iconic dairy companies, founded in 1857, announced Jan. 5 that it and certain affiliates (collectively, "Borden" or the "company") have initiated voluntary reorganization proceedings in the District of Delaware under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.

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Midwest pig farmers who attend the 2020 Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 22 to 23 will find a variety of educational seminar and training opportunities, along with more than 300 trade show exhibitors. All the events will take place at Hy-Vee Hall in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Cen…

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The American Simmental Association launched the whole herd reporting system called, Total Herd Enrollment, in April 1999. Twenty years later, THE remains at the center of thorough data reporting to fuel the genetic evaluation.

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The Montana Department of Livestock recently reported that a single cow on a Madison County ranch within Montana’s brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area has been confirmed positive for brucellosis.