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Some good news this week: Producers have made substantial progress in reducing the use of antibiotics.

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Some things make better sense together: peanut butter and jelly, grandparents and spoiled grandkids, and finally, Angus cattle and strong women. Twenty-seven Angus Cattlewomen from across the country gathered for the 5th biennial Women Connected Conference at the Certified Angus Beef Culinar…

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Texas sheep and goat producers are experiencing a mixed bag of good-to-stable prices amid increased market uncertainty as they get farther into 2020, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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As the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association recently decided to cancel the remaining events on the 2019-20 regional season.

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According to National Sorghum Producers, export sales were extremely strong the week ending March 20 with China committing to purchase 8 million bushels of sorghum. Total commitments were 14.4 million bushels with a large amount of commitments by unknown destinations.

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The full extent of the economic damage to United States agriculture caused by coronavirus may not be fully understood until the nation gets to the other side of the pandemic curve. However, Glynn Tonsor, a Kansas State University ag economist, offered a big picture look, to date, in the K-St…

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Since 2013, Merck Animal Health has partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to provide scholarship aid to hundreds of veterinary students. Through this partnership, in 2020, we are pleased to announce that 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships t…

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I don’t think much about cattle waterers, or how they’ve changed over the years.

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Eric and Amy Kinman are the owners of Meadowlark Farm, a regenerative farming operation located in rural Gasconade County, Missouri. Rooted on 8 acres, Meadowlark Farm began with just six head of heritage breed feeder pigs in 2013. Today, six head of hogs are shipped to the processor every t…

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Between the laborious efforts to round up cattle for vaccinating and arguments that ensue about who was supposed to shut the gate or do the ear tagging, cattle processing is quite an ordeal—especially when vaccines are not handled properly and cattle do not receive the full benefits of immun…

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The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the cattle market has been dramatic already. But that’s not the only threat to ranchers’ livelihood, according to Scott Williamson. The executive director of law enforcement, brand and inspection services for Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Associat…

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Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, held a conference call for media March 18. He noted the team has been “focused exclusively” over the past week on the unfolding COVID-19 situation, specifically its impact on the United States cattle industry.

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According to Livestock Marketing Association and the U.S. Cattlemen's Association, due to the COVID-19 emergency relief effort, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted livestock haulers from compliance with federal Hours of Service rules that limit drive time until at le…

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On March 17 Gov. Laura Kelly issued Executive Order No. 20-04, temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 or more to limit the spread of coronavirus. After preliminary communications with Kelly’s staff, Kansas Livestock Association believes that livestock sales are exempt from this mandat…

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Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is initiating a new research cow herd and they are using Beefmaster genetics as their crossbreeding tool. The research effort, led by Ryan Reuter, will focus on precision ranching for improved long-term…

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Two collegiate national championship teams will be crowned at the Hughes Trailer National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Collegiate National Championship Show in March. Held on the campus of Texas Tech University, the event will showcase top collegiate ranch and stock horse competitors, high…

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Following a record-breaking performance in 2019, U.S. pork exports maintained a torrid pace in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. January beef exports were also higher year-over-year, while exports of U.S. lamb trended lower.

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Most dairymen use a breeding technology also proven profitable for beef cattle enterprises, but no more than 10% of commercial cattlemen bother with it.

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Marbling, marbling, marbling.

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Patsy Houghton, McCook, Nebraska, is the 2020 Kansas Stockman of the Year. She was recognized during the recent 50th Annual Stockmen’s Dinner in Manhattan.

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Clostridial diseases can be lethal to dairy cattle, especially during times of stress, injury or changes in feeding practices.1 Using vaccinations paired with appropriate management practices can prevent common clostridial diseases for both the cow and calf.

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Producers are thinking about pasture management year round, but spring is like a fresh start when something can actually be done for pest control and grazing management. Now is a good time to get plans going for weed management, plant disease management, as well as prepare for insect damage.

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You can always tell when the first of the year rolls around in the cattle business. This is the time of year when your mailbox fills with bull sale flyers, catalogs, and every newspaper or cattle twice as heavy from advertisements. These ads feature calving ease bulls, bulls to improve your …

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According to KSU Range Scientist Keith Harmoney, the old “take half and leave half” rule of grazing management is probably the most common and most important rule of thumb for rangeland managers to follow. What does it really mean, though?

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Consumers are constantly bombarded with dietary information from sources of all kinds. And when it comes to protein sources, the validity of the nutrition information is often in question.

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Due to the recently elevated concern surrounding coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association executive committee voted unanimously to postpone the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo to fall. 

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Youth ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about the dairy industry will want to register for 4-H Dairy Cow Camp, scheduled for June 8 to 10. After more than 20 years at the previous location, the camp is now in its third year at the Lawrence County Youth Fair Grounds in Freistatt, Missouri.

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An upcoming beef production workshop from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service has been rescheduled for the evening of March 16. The forage workshop will continue as originally scheduled, at 9 a.m., March 19.

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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 two livestock export seminars featuring industry experts in exporting livestock and genetics. The …

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An upcoming series of workshops from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will help small ruminant producers identify a common parasite in sheep, goats and other animals, and determine the best course of treatment in a variety of circumstances.

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Bill Cooper is a cattle farmer from Wythe County, Virginia, where he raises Angus cattle on the same land that his family has operated since 1941. Cooper lives on the farm with his son, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Thousands of milk producers across the country, including approximately 500 producers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, will receive surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, as the agency collects information for …