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Even during a global pandemic, swine experts at Kansas State University are committed to making research a cornerstone of their program.

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Preventive care, vaccines and proper nutrition are all vital to cattle health, but if the feet or legs—which literally carry cattle from one stage of production to the next—are neglected or misdiagnosed, that animal’s profitability is at a standstill. Dr. Meredyth Jones, DVM, and associate p…

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Feed, especially during the wintertime, is the biggest cost of production for cow-calf operations. Therefore, we often see the cull cow market dive at this time of the year as producers haul open cows to the sale barn rather than feeding them for another year without a return. Historically, …

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There is often fear associated with grazing alfalfa due to bloat potential or hurting the alfalfa stand. These are very valid concerns, but with additional management and timing alfalfa stands can provide supplemental forage. In a haying system during the spring and summer, fall and winter g…

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CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach will kick off the Kansas Livestock Association Convention on Dec. 3 by offering his perspective on the cattle and beef markets during Beef Industry University, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas. The convention will be held at th…

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It’s no secret that every sector of the beef cattle industry has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. For stockers specifically, the impact is estimated at a loss of $159.98 per head, which equates to $2.5 billion in damage to the entire sector. Volatile cattle prices and decreased margi…

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Kansas Livestock Association officers and staff will host a series of seven roundtables during November. Five of the meetings will be in person and two will be virtual. During the meetings, members are encouraged to bring up issues KLA may need to address, as well as share how the organizati…

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Nothing lasts forever. A fence is no different. Vehicles or trees destroy them. Animals run through them. Time and weather rust the wire, erode the posts and ultimately, wear down fences to the point of no return. When a fence’s time has come and gone, landowners have two choices: repair it …

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The 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in the state of Kansas recorded a total of 3,888 Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2020, according to Mark McCully, Association chief executive officer.

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Winning exhibitors at the 88th Kansas Junior Livestock Show earned premiums, while others were presented scholarships for excelling academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. The largest youth livestock show in Kansas featured 661 showmen from 93 counties, who exhibited 1,395 head of…

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Chuck flap, rib-eye filet, tomahawk steak, Denver or Sierra cuts, flat irons and tri tips—the landscape of the local grocery meat case is changing when it comes to beef cuts, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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A federal grand jury in Colorado made public the indictments of six more current and former officials of chicken-processing firms for price-fixing on Oct. 8, bringing the total number of industry officials to 10 that have been charged with price fixing since June.

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The 96th Southwest Missouri All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale will be held at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Bull entries are low this sale with 34 Angus and two Gelbvieh.

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Iowa remains the country's top pork-producing state, even as 2020 has doled out a constant barrage of changes.

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The old saying “scratch an itch” means to satisfy a desire or a need for something. While cattle producers have a need to grow healthy animals for a successful operation, lice are on a different track and ready to thwart that effort. They’re all about making animals miserable, affecting thei…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that there were 79.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of Sept. 1, 2020, up 1% from September 2019, but down 1% from June 1, 2020, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today.

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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 and the program “What does this season’s corn silage look like?” features a presentation from Neal Wininger, feed and forage consultant, Dairyland Labs Arcadia, Wisconsin.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently named Michelle Lehmann, a cow/calf producer from Powderhorn, Colorado, to the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors. Lehmann will join other beef producers and industry leaders on the board, which directs state Beef Checkoff investments in promotion, research, an…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the appointment of five members to each serve three-year terms on the American Lamb Board. The terms begin January 2021 and end January 2024.

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If you’ve stared one cow in the face, you’ve seen them all … right? New technology being developed at Kansas State University is likely to debunk that thought, capitalizing on the power of artificial intelligence to build a database of facial recognition technology for the cattle industry.

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All across the nation, events are being postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19, and agricultural events are no exception. The Oklahoma State Fair is an annual event that over 1 million people attend. It has taken place every year since statehood with the exception of 2020 and 1945. After the…

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A thunderstorm rolls in above the parched Great Plains with all the usual effects, but no rain. Disappointment, like a tender steak without flavor.

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Now is a good time for beef producers to take advantage of stronger than normal prices for culled cattle, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Wesley Tucker.

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The Kansas Professional Rodeo Association Finals were held in Dodge City, Kansas, Sept. 25 to 27.

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Faced with one of the biggest challenges pork producers have ever seen, the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University spent the spring and summer of 2020 trying to help the industry prepare for the worst, and respond constructively to what was already happening.

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The best advertisement for a herd is the cows themselves, and there are no genetic traits that can outperform poor quality forages. Rebecca Kern, professional animal scientist, Ward Laboratories, Inc., spoke to attendees of High Plains Journal’s recent Cattle U about the importance of analyz…

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Turkeys raised in South Dakota during 2020 is forecast at 4.50 million birds, unchanged from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Turkeys raised in the United States during 2020 is forecast at 222 million, down 3% from…

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On Oct. 1, a bipartisan group of U.S. House members introduced the Price Reform in Cattle Economics Act, to deliver industry reforms for livestock owners and processors, according to Congressman Roger Marshall, a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

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The beef supply chain has many aspects, but it must start somewhere. Those calves that are going into the initial stages of feeding need to be healthy and strong to perform.

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From live cattle entering a packing plant to the consumer’s kitchen table, a Texas A&M AgriLife-led research project aims to develop an accurate way to predict potential contamination with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, throughout the food supply chain.

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The Kansas Beef Council recently debuted a new video that promotes beef as the go-to protein source to fuel student success. The new campaign is part of the One Simple Ingredient promotion that highlights the positive nutritional attributes of beef and one key area where alternatives cannot …

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The following young men and women will receive heifers from gracious donors later this fall through the Northern International Livestock Exposition’s Merit Heifer program. After a year of monthly reports, lessons, and breeding the heifers they will show at the 2021 NILE and then take full ow…

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In 2019, 21 steers were donated to participate in the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Steer Carcass Challenge. The Steer Carcass Challenge is designed to provide an opportunity to donate to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation while creating a venue for friendly competition based on performan…

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The 10th annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship, sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, LG Seeds and Double D Western, was recently held in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

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Despite widely advertised tensions, progress is happening in agricultural trade relations between the United States and China. U.S. beef exports to China are expected to increase by 100% from last year, and pork exports by 80%. That was the message of agriculture export officials in a Sept. …

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When Hughes Abell was new to Texas, he did a lot of driving. And on those drives, he noticed a lot of blue Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association posted signs. He always wanted to run cattle, and knew once he got the opportunity, he’d join that association. Recently, he was elec…

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By their very nature, native grasses are suited to survive year-to-year in their native environs. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things the calendar-minded pasture manager can’t do to help maximize a land’s potential.

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The rodeo team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is a member of the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. With Covid-19 precautions in place, the Ozark Region’s season began in Marshall, Missouri, at the Missouri Valley College Viking Stampede, where 15 te…