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The Leopold Conservation Award is given to farmers, ranchers and forestland owners across the U.S. in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Read more

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In 2020, the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology—Survey Research Services at Iowa State University was contracted to conduct an online and mail survey with dairy farmers in Iowa to learn about their current operations, needs and expectations for the future. Read more

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Kelly Flynn taught his daughters to raise a baby lamb, ride a horse, and ultimately, run a ranch. His land ethic was passed down from relatives who carved a living from the land since the 1860s. He recalled his aging parents pulling weeds on hot days. With those values etched in his mind, he spent a life caring for livestock, wildlife, and 6,000 acres of meadows, creeks and forests. Read more

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Handling grazing rangelands can be complicated, especially with the wide variety of rangeland types and plant populations. David Kraft, rangeland management specialist at Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, spoke recently about this topic at High Plains Journal’s Cattle U & Trade Show, July 29 to 30, in Dodge City, Kansas. Kraft said in Kansas there are typically three or four different types of rangelands, such as the tallgrass prairie, mid grass prairie, sandsage prairie and short gras… Read more

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Just like Goldilocks, an important part of a successful sheep or goat mineral program is balance. Too little intake, and your sheep and goats won’t get the nutrients they need. Too much, and your cost of mineral fed starts to climb. Read more

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Raising and marketing purebred livestock has never been easy, but in recent years, it has become increasingly challenging. For five weeks this fall, the Kansas Department of Agriculture will be offering a free webinar series designed to provide more insight into innovative livestock marketing plans and strategies. The five-part webinar series will be held Wednesday evenings, from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Read more

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Ranching may be full of new technology these days, but working dogs fill roles in many operations that cannot be accomplished by any microchip or data processor. From guarding flocks of sheep and goats to moving a herd of cattle on down the road, working dogs are valuable tools for ranchers from coast to coast. Read more

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Entries will be accepted through Oct. 10 for the next Missouri Steer Feedout, with weigh-in on Nov. 2, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. Read more

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Since the index case of the equine West Nile Virus was identified in Colorado on July 30, 2021, horses from multiple Colorado counties have tested positive for WNV. Four additional horses in Weld County, three horses in Adams County, two horses in Boulder County and one horse each in Elbert, Otero, Morgan, and Fremont counties have tested positive for WNV. This brings the total test positive cases in 2021 to fourteen. Read more

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U.S. Marine Corps recruiters used to say they were “looking for a few good men.” University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole says he is “looking for a few good heifers” to help beef producers through the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 26 announced its intent to designate Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a “protection zone,” a World Organization for Animal Health designation that allows the United States to maintain its current animal health status should there be a detection of African swine fever or other foreign animal disease on the island territories, according to the National Pork Producers Council in a news release. Read more

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on Aug. 30 expressed its recommendations for a resilient, diverse and secure meat processing system. Specifically, NASDA commented that flexible funding for solutions to workforce shortages and processing infrastructure investments for small- to mid-sized meat processing facilities is critical to ensuring our food system is built to handle future challenges. Read more

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Entries for the 2021 Kansas Livestock Foundation Club Calf Sale must be electronically submitted or postmarked and sent to the KLA office by Sept. 13. Entry fees are $50 per animal. The sale is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 2 during the Kansas Junior Livestock Show in Hutchinson. Read more

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Old MacDonald did indeed have a farm and what made his farm so entertaining to us as children, and perhaps now as we sing it with the children in our lives, was all the different animals he had. Multispecies farms are common around Oklahoma, and they do bring joy as the song indicates. There are, however, a few considerations when multiple species of animals are housed in proximity to one another. Certain medications, feeds and feed additives that are advantageous to the health of one sp… Read more

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For many hearing the term anthrax immediately brings to mind stories of people being poisoned via biological warfare. However, this disease occurs naturally and may impact the beef herd when the soil is disrupted say the veterinary experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute. Read more

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About 20 Kansas Team Beef members joined more than 2,000 athletes from across the globe in the oldest, and arguably one of the most difficult, continually held marathons in the U.S. Read more

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Anyone who owns livestock in Texas, including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, fowl and honey bees in a managed colony, need to be aware of key changes to the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act that will be effective Sept. 1, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law expert. Read more

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When it comes to precision agriculture, technology is often front of mind. But when planting or selecting cover crops to graze, tech often goes out the window for growers over word of mouth. Jaymelynn Farney, associate professor at Kansas State University, said during the Feed and Forage sector of the 2021 Kansas Ag Summit that there are quite a few “really good tools out there” to help make cover crop planting decisions, especially if grazing livestock is in the cards. Read more

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The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension is excited to announce a Goat AI Clinic, Sept. 18 and 19 at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds in North Platte. This will be an opportunity for goat producers, interested in Artificial Insemination of goats to learn proper technique from one of the leading educators in the country. Read more

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The sixth annual Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth is set for Aug. 26. The summit will celebrate agriculture and feature discussions on ag topics and presentations by influential ag leaders. The virtual event will also include updates on specific sectors of Kansas agriculture and discuss outcomes that have been identified for growth. Read more

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The South Dakota State University Center of Excellence for Bison Studies in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently published “Getting Started with Bison Ranching” as a guide for ranchers who are considering incorporating the native ruminant to their operation. Read more

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The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that cases of African swine fever were detected in the Dominican Republic serves as reminder to those in the pork industry about the need to put biosecurity first and reassure consumers pork is safe to eat. Read more

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The popular Longhorn Cattle Drive was held Aug. 7 as part of the 2021 Dodge City Days events. Kylene Scott got close to the action as the Longhorns paraded through town, following in the footsteps—or hoof steps—of cattle that were driven along the historic Great Western Cattle Trail. Read more