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A little more than 30 years ago,Randall Spare and his wife, Michelle, had recently purchased a struggling veterinary practice in rural Clark County and moved their young family to an area where cattle far outnumber people. As the practice grew and the need for another veterinarian became evi…

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Low stress cattle handling can provide a multitude of benefits, including improved performance, animal welfare and handling efficiency. However, with a variety of techniques and approaches advocated by different experts, cattle producers may be unsure which direction to take with their own o…

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While enjoying a ride with your horse on a perfect, sunny day, you sink into the saddle in pure relaxation. Then suddenly, a horse fly lands on your horse’s rear end. He swishes his tail and the tranquility of just moments ago is halted as your horse bucks mid-air to rid the biting pest. Can…

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The Kansas Beef Council recently hosted an educational training session during the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education virtual conference. The webinar focused on equipping educators with science-based information and providing tools to help dispel common beef nutrition and …

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Driving demand for dairy foods through partnerships is critical for the dairy industry’s future. One dairy checkoff tactic has been working together with foodservice partners for over a decade. Partnerships with Domino’s, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and KFC are driving innovation and da…

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Educational sessions for the Aug. 18 Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Uniontown will include a panel discussion on the utilization of cover crop grazing systems, an outlook on the markets and the factors that affect them, optimizing cowherd…

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It was supposed to be a simple exchange between ranchers. One from East Texas and the other from West Texas, meeting somewhere along the way to transfer three recently sold Beefmaster bulls. Unfortunately, the buyer, Willie Paul Jopling from Garrison, paid with a worthless $10,000 check.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers."FSA aut…

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Chuck Coffey, Springer, Oklahoma, was named Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's Cattleman of the Year. The award is the highest honor that the OCA bestows upon a member and was designed to recognize OCA members who have made significant contributions to the OCA and to the Oklahoma beef indust…

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Oklahoma cattle producers can earn Beef Quality Assurance certification at an in-person meeting Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds in Cherokee with appropriate social distancing and other coronavirus precautions in place.

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Horse owners, as well as producers of other hooved animals, should be on the lookout for a highly contagious virus among their stock that was recently confirmed in Benton County.

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The Kansas State Fair is adding an open class and a 4-H poultry show to its schedule of livestock events slated for September. The show will take place Sept. 5.

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Drought increases the chance of nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning. High concentrations in plants and water can harm or even kill animals.

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Watering livestock can pose dangers and health issues to them. When drinking stagnant, standing water, livestock are susceptible to West Nile and Zika virus because the water can attract mosquitoes carrying the viruses. Algae collecting in the stagnant water is another problem, bringing bact…

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For the first time in its 38-year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show will not be held at the Iowa State Fair. Due to the cancellation of this year’s fair, Iowa State University will host the event.

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Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.39 million cattle on feed on July 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 1% from last year. Placements during June totaled 425,000 head, down 1% from 2019. Fed cattle marke…

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During the recent Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association general business meeting, OCA President Mike Weeks presided as OCA members reviewed the committee recommendations and elected new officers. Weeks has served one year of his two-year term.

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There is not a sadder sight than a moldy, ruined round bale, especially after all the work it takes to grow forage, bale it and stack the end product. Kevin Shinners, professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said hay growers can cut their hay storag…

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The term herd immunity has been rolling off just about everyone’s tongue during COVID-19 conversations, and since the word “herd” is associated with animals, it seems fitting that a cow could change the direction of this corona-coaster by providing humans immunity and treatment. In response …

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The results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s boxed beef and fed cattle price spread investigation, launched by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue August 2019, has been eagerly awaited by many in the cattle industry.

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Midwest Dairy recently hosted the third annual Dairy Experience Forum convening more than 400 members from the entire dairy supply chain to discuss trends, opportunities, innovation and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme, “A Disruptive Forum on Today’s Consumer and Dairy’s Opport…

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Pork producers warned in a July 21 phone-in press conference they are still facing an unprecedented crisis that requires immediate congressional action. Pork producers stand to lose $5 billion this year alone, and bankruptcies are looming for many if more help is not forthcoming.

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While lambing season gets all the hype, breeding season is the key to your flock’s success. A successful breeding season means more ewes pregnant, more lambs on the ground and more money in your pocket. And a key to breeding success is offering your flock mineral.

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There is no I in team, and no one player can possess every skill on the field, the same is true when it comes to animals grazing a pasture and controlling weeds and brush.

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U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-KS, and Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, introduced the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processers for Upgrading Plants Act. This legislation would provide grants to meat processors to make improvements necessary to become federally inspected.

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Last week the National Cattlemen's Beef Association launched the nationwide #BenefitsofBeef grassroots campaign and is calling on cattle producers to submit public comments in support of federal dietary guidelines that recognize beef's role in a healthy diet. This campaign is in response to …

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Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall, a Republican and a member of the House Agriculture Committee, was appreciative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture releasing one of its reports about the impact of the Tyson beef plant fire in Holcomb in August 2019, and he noted the continued investigati…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking sheep and goat owners across Kansas to participate in a Sheep and Goat Survey to generate data and information regarding this segment of the Kansas specialty livestock industry.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has now identified positive cases of vesicular stomatitis virus in 20 counties in Kansas. KDA’s Division of Animal Health continues to respond to the outbreak that began in south central Kansas in mid-June and has now expanded its reach to the north and e…

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Nearly 100 cattle ranchers and industry stakeholders recently gathered around their computers for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Election and Social Hour. Leaders were recognized and the CCA Board of Directors settled into their new roles; while attendees saw familiar faces …

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Two confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis virus have been reported in cattle in Montgomery County, Kansas, according to a spokeswoman from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is pleased to announce that Ogden Driskill of Devils Tower, Wyoming, will be the recipient of the 2020 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award. Driskill is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, private property, and water…

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Hot, dry conditions in early summer have taken a toll on grass growth in much of the Great Plains this year. There are several options cattle producers may want to consider to conserve grass in these dry areas.

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After much consideration and thought, association staff, Hormel Foods, and the Mower County Fair Association have made the challenging but necessary decision to cancel 2020 National Barrow Show scheduled for Sept. 12 to 15 in Austin, Minnesota.

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Bovine respiratory disease, one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year. Quickly diagnosing the illness could improve the well-being of anima…

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A state-of-the-art egg conveyor system smoothly and efficiently transports eggs at Iowa State University’s new poultry teaching and research farm. The system, gifted by Lubing Systems, LP, headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, assures the eggs safely arrive in the packing area soon after be…