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Gov. Jared Polis recently named Meghann Blach of Eckley, and Luke Larson of Fowler, to the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors. The new appointees bring unique qualifications to the eight-member board, having raised and promoted beef both on the hoof and directly to consumers. Joining other beef producers and industry leaders on the board, Blach and Larson will help direct Beef Checkoff investments in promotion, research, and education programs to grow beef demand. Read more

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As of Sept. 1, there were 73.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 1% from September 2021 but up 2% from June 1, 2022, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more

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In this video, K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist Jason Warner says that a lack of moisture for most of 2022 has “proven to be very challenging for our cow-calf and stocker operators” in Kansas and surrounding states. Read more

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A record 1,694 FFA and 4-H members recently participated in the 2022 Oklahoma State Fair Livestock Judging Contest at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The contest, sponsored by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee, kicked off the festivities for the 2022 Oklahoma State Fair. Read more

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The beloved working ranch, home, and showcase of NFL legend and Fox Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw and his wife, Tammy, which was also the filming location for the E Television series "The Bradshaw Bunch," has been listed as back on the open market with the Icon Global Group, after a buyer failed to close a prior transaction. Read more

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Extended drought is challenging livestock producers to carefully manage their fall cornstalks grazing. High nitrate levels may be not only in rainfed (dryland) fields, but also in pivot corners or field edges where plants have been severely moisture stressed. Read more

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is announcing a ninth confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The last case in Nebraska was discovered in April. Read more

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For many, hands-on learning serves as the most engaging, interactive and practical way to retain information. The Talon internship program provides college-aged students the unique opportunity to spend their summer on an Angus operation gaining valuable, hands-on experience. Interns will gain extensive ranching knowledge while complementing their skills as advocates for the beef industry. Host applications for the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program internship are due Oct. 31,… Read more

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For the third consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will partner with the checkoff to sponsor the 42nd season-opening race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 is scheduled to kick off the season on Feb. 18, 2023, the day before the 65th annual DAYTONA 500. Read more

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I recently returned home from the Kansas State Fair and was extremely impressed by the talent and diversity of the Kansas State 4-H members. As a Kansas 4-H member myself, I know how much hard work goes into each and every project. Yet once again, Kansas 4-H youth knocked it out of the park, from livestock to leadership it was truly outstanding. Read more

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Forage and cattle management considerations for this fall and into the next year will be the emphasis of a series of meetings planned across the state to help producers make decisions given limited on-farm forage production and high feed costs. Read more

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In a recent National Cattlemen’s Beef Association webinar, Dr. Denise Bonilla, DVM, and cattle fever tick eradication program manager at U.S. Department of Agriculture, discussed the Asian longhorned tick and its impacts on United States agriculture. Read more

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Last spring my father-in-law purchased a handful of ewes to graze a pasture near his house. The pasture had not been grazed in a few years, and he liked the idea of having some animals on his farm after getting out of the cattle business about six years ago. He decided to purchase the ewes and make it a project with the grandkids. Read more

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High Plains Journal's CattleLog livestock feature provides cattlemen with detailed information about bull-buying, profitability, and innovative industry partners. Download the Fall 2022 guide now. Read more

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Ask any new or soon-to-be mother and they’ll tell you they only want the best for their child’s health, development and future. Cattle producers feel the same way about their stock and they only want to make sound, practical decisions for each calf crop. Those management practices in question often center on topics such as breed, calving season, nutrition, health protocol, and breeding techniques. Read more

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The Kansas Junior Livestock Show will host 826 youth for the 90th annual event. Exhibitors have entered 1,827 head of livestock, which includes 152 market steers, 380 breeding heifers, 229 market hogs, 152 breeding gilts, 310 market lambs, 213 breeding ewes, 210 market goats and 181 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Read more

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What appeared to be a mysterious illness that killed more than 20 dogs recently in northern Michigan was later identified as canine parvovirus. No outbreaks have been reported in Oklahoma, but the disease is still a threat. Read more

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With any recipe, it takes the right blend of ingredients to make the perfect batch, but if something is missing, the nutritional value changes. Read more

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Last week, during a press conference and roundtable discussion in Kansas City, Missouri, stakeholders in the Kansas and Missouri agriculture and business industries, including Kansas Livestock Association, urged swift action to fix labor shortages. The event was coordinated to call attention to the need for new agricultural workforce solutions as negotiations surrounding this topic continue in the U.S. Senate. Read more

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It’s no secret that we are in challenging times right now. Inflation is unsettling the economy, droughts and floods are causing havoc throughout the U.S., supply-chain issues and other lingering impacts from COVID have no doubt caused many Americans—beef producers included—to have to reassess their business, financial and personal decisions. Organizations are not insulated from this and, in fact, find it more necessary than ever to take a hard look at themselves. Read more

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Farmers are always on the lookout for ways to generate more income streams from their operations. But a small outfit with farms in California, Missouri and Tennessee has come up with a truly unique business model. The Gentle Barn sells contact with farm animals as therapy and stress relief—and it’s been in operation since 1999. Read more

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The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Sept. 14 at noon Central Daylight Time will feature Brian Dougherty, field agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Dougherty’s research and outreach focuses on the effects of cropping systems and management practices on soil health and water quality. Read more

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One thing that unites us as a nation is land. Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2003, Ranchland Trust of Kansas has been doing just that for the people of Kansas. Now, RTK has renewed its land trust accreditation, proving once again that, as part of a network of more than 450 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public's trust in its conservation work. Read more

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The impact of inflation on beef demand, balancing nutrition and cowherd productivity in the face of rising input costs, and forage management tips and techniques are the topics on the agenda for tomorrow's Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day. The event will be held near Westmoreland at Burgess Land & Cattle, owned and operated by the Gary Burgess family. Read more

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Young children separating from their parents to start kindergarten—and even young adults moving out of the house and headed to college or their first job—bring about transitions that often involve high stress for all. Read more

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Cornstalk residue is a tremendous resource for fall and winter grazing; however, this year care needs to be taken in grazing drought-stressed cornstalks due to the potential of high nitrates in the feed. Read more

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A Kansas State University-led study has found that reintroducing bison—a formerly dominant grazer—doubles plant diversity in a tallgrass prairie. The research involves more than 30 years of data collected at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and was recently published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, or PNAS.

The study found that plant communities also were resilient to the most extreme drought in four decades. These gains are now among the largest recorded increases in species richness because of grazing in grasslands globally, researchers said. Read more

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The old axiom “good fences make good neighbors” sounds good but an ag law expert reminds farmers and ranchers that it is only a saying without a purpose. Having a binding agreement can ease angst.

Roger McEowen, professor of agricultural law and taxation, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, says that fence law is difficult at times because different states have their own case precedents, so it is one reason he tries to help educate farmers and ranchers and encourage them to get agreements in writing. He says states throughout the West have different provisions, which is why finding an attorney well versed in agricultural law is critical. Read more

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Jared Lierman, president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association announced the addition of five new directors. Directors can serve up to three two-year terms. “I am excited to add these diverse individuals to the board of directors. Gaining from their knowledge and experiences, will ensure continued opportunities and success for Nebraska’s pork farmers”, said Lierman. Read more