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United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:

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Each year the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management recognizes a rancher, or ranch family, who exemplifies a strong land ethic that is the heart of the society’s mission. The Choquette family of Upland, Nebraska, was recently recognized by the Society during the section’s 2019 annual…

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Jerry Volesky, of North Platte, Nebraska, was recently awarded the 2019 Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management, Range Management Service Award at the NE Section-SRM 2019 Annual Meeting. The Range Management Service Award recognizes range management professionals for outstanding servi…

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Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for producers who are working to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. Producers who still need to put up hay this fall may want to consider making…

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Beef producers have a responsibility to provide a safe and wholesome product for consumers. Daily production practices can influence the quality of the final product.To assist beef producers in fulfilling this responsibility at a higher level, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extensio…

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Jack Arterburn, of Chadron, Nebraska, was recently awarded the 2019 Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management, Outstanding Young Range Professional Award. This award recognizes contributions of younger range professionals to the advancement of the art and science of rangeland management.

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Milton Ranch has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Montana Leopold Conservation Award.Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on p…

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Fed cattle, feeder cattle, and calf cash prices have all been stronger than expected through this fall. Live cattle and feeder cattle futures contract prices have also shaken off the pessimism of abundant supplies compounded by the unexpected closure of the Tyson beef plant in southwest Kans…

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Members are encouraged to bring empty Ralgro and Revalor cartridges to the Kansas Livestock Association Convention Dec. 4 to 6 in Wichita. For each empty cartridge, Merck Animal Health will donate $0.25 to help fund Kansas Livestock Foundation scholarships. Based on the number turned in at t…

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September exports of U.S. beef were steady with last year in volume but export value trended lower, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Pork exports were above year-ago levels in September but pulled back from the large totals posted in June, J…

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All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association’s fifth annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup sponsored by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Corn Growers Association.

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Now is the time to begin making plans for the 2020 American Sheep Industry Annual Convention—Reverence for the past, innovation for the future. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona, will play host to the convention on Jan. 22 to 25, 2020. Online registration for the conventi…

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Amid popular reports of a possible bacon shortage, many consumers wonder what the future holds for their favorite cut of pork. 

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Dean Foods Company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, announced in a press release Nov. 12 that it and its subsidiaries has initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas. Dean Foods intends to use the process to protect and support its ongoing busi…

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Lab-tested forage samples are showing lower protein levels and Arkansas livestock producers will need to adjust their herd’s winter rations to compensate, said Shane Gadberry, professor-ruminant nutrition for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Cold stress increases a cow’s energy requirement and can pull down her body condition.  We think many cow/calf producers experienced this last year.  While we don’t know what mother nature has in store for us this year, it is good to think ahead and have a plan. A good start is to evaluate b…

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With the wet weather this year, putting up quality hay and keeping it protected from the elements has been a challenge. While some weathering of bales is to be expected, those that were put up a bit wet, have been sitting in water, or were otherwise saturated need some special considerations. 

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Roundworm populations cause a great deal of irritation to a cow’s stomach, often leading to suppressed appetite, reduced feed intake and a negative impact on overall herd performance.

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Whether ranchers and farmers are raising cattle, bison, horses, sheep or other livestock, reliably providing fresh water is a necessity throughout the year. This is a particularly challenging during winter when standing water sources can ice over and that is where East Peru, Iowa-based Cobet…

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Rotational stocking and other management practices may give grassland birds a chance to rebuild their populations, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor-animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Responding to the potential threat of feral swine entering Montana, the Department of Livestock, Montana Invasive Species Council, and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services will host a feral swine summit on Nov. 15 in Billings, Montana, at the Northern Hotel. Key stakeholders from Canada and the regi…

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This Veterans Day, to honor its employees who have served in any branch of the military, National Beef Packing Company, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri, (National Beef) is making a $50 donation in honor of each to Mission 22, an organization working to end veteran suicide through awareness and tr…

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University of Wyoming horse judging team members and their trophy and ribbons received at the competition are, from left, Josey Bailey, Kaylee Davis, Mikaela Moore, Hannah Jankovsky and Tanner Sperle.

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It’s been 16 years since the “cow that stole Christmas” shut down exports from North America and cost the beef industry an estimated $9 billion. Those were the days when terrorists also threatened to infect United States’ herds with anthrax.

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Kansas Livestock Association Vice President of Communications Todd Domer retired Oct. 31 after more than 34 years with the organization. Since February 1985, he has served as editor of the Kansas Stockman and KLA News & Market Report, the voice of KLA radio and television programs, contr…

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Missouri dairy farmers are in a good position to switch to beef with some changes, says University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey.

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You’ve celebrated the arrival of your first egg and your hens are laying breakfast daily—or so you thought. Have eggs suddenly gone missing from the nesting box? Is your hen moody and taking a vacation from laying eggs? Don’t fret. There are ways to get hens back on track.

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The American Sheep Industry Association is again offering a grant program of $5,000 to five shearers, warehouses or individuals to assist with the purchase of a wool press in 2020. The shearers will cover the bulk of the costs associated with their press purchase, but ASI seeks to assist as …

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Buyers know your calves by their history and connect that to your name. Sometimes it’s all they know about you, good or bad. With a “good name,” you can make deals by phone, sealed with a handshake. Not preparing or knowing how calves perform after weaning keeps a lid on sale prices.

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There was plenty of sunshine for the 2019 Minnesota Beef Expo. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the annual Minnesota Beef Expo brought cattle producers and youth livestock exhibitors together to celebrate and promote the beef industry. This four-day event is the largest all-breed bee…

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig, D-MN, and Lloyd Smucker, R-PA, that would provide flexible and common-sense relief from Hours of Service rules for agricultural haulers.

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We think of the cattle industry as big business, but in reality the cow-calf sector is made up of a large quantity of small-scale operations. According to Oklahoma State University, 68% of cow-calf producers in Oklahoma have cowherds with less than 100 cows.

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The sun dances back and forth behind the clouds of an Oklahoma sky as it shades and illuminates a pasture of tall fescue and four horseback riders driving a herd of Angus cattle up a hill. The scene is authentic, all the way down to mud-crusted spurs and cinches soaked with sweat from the hu…

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An eastern Colorado livestock operation scored a victory on Oct. 24 when the state’s Court of Appeals threw out a state attorney general’s claim that 5 Star Feedlot was liable for what it called “one of the largest fish kills in the state’s history.”

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We speak with pride about what our forebears did to build up the land and business. But there’s more to each generation than how many have carried on the ranch name.

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In September, the Kansas Department of Agriculture participated in a trade mission to Uruguay, where the team attended the Rural del Prado 2019, the most prominent livestock show in the country. In addition, the Kansas delegation had the opportunity to meet with officials from the U.S. Embas…

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The African Swine Fever virus is a highly contagious disease that spreads rapidly in pig populations. It has no impact on people, so pork remains safe to consume. To help keep the U.S. ASFV-free and protect the country’s pigs, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and the National…