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The 2021 Iowa Pork Congress may not be an in-person event this year, but there are still virtual options for online sessions that will bring useful information to Iowa's pig farmers.

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The Kansas State University Youth Livestock Program, K-State Research & Extension, and the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will be hosting two virtual junior producer weeks in the spring of 2021. Junior Swine Producer Week will start Feb. 15 and end on Feb. 20. Junior …

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During a year of cancellations due to COVID-19, one event was able to bring cattlemen and women together for vital cattle sales and livestock exhibitions, while also ramping up a struggling economy in the red dirt state. The event, Cattlemen’s Congress, was announced in response to the Natio…

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A number of factors should be taken into account when determining whether or not a cow-calf operation is productive. Beef producers must nurture a number of relationships along with the cattle in order for the herd to remain healthy and productive. Their veterinarian is often at the center o…

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The Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch 12-week online course is open for registration. The program will be offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service from Jan. 25 to April 18.

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Anyone who has lived with teenagers can attest that their food consumption can be high as they are rapidly growing to their adult size.

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Anyone who’s driven the highways of the western half of Arkansas has seen it: overgrazed pastures, nearly denuded and almost bare of plant ground cover, save for some tall, brush-like weeds in one corner of the pasture or another.

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The Missouri Cattlemen's Association recognized a Salem, Missouri, cattle producer as the 2020 Cattleman of the Year at its recent annual convention. Bobby Simpson was presented the award for his efforts as a second-generation MCA president and third-generation cattle rancher.

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Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation awarded scholarships to 25 high school seniors and college students during the recent 53rd Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. The awards were presented during a banquet celebrating the achievements of youth in the cattle industry.

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The American Sheep Industry Association’s American Wool Council recently announced the awarding of four $5,000 grants to go toward the build or purchase of new wool presses.

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation is eager to distribute more than $25,000 in scholarships to students in 2021. The scholarships are available for current college students at an Oklahoma college or university with definite plans to continue in the fall or graduating high school seniors who…

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Since the Kansas Livestock Association was unable to hold a convention in person, the decision was made to extend 2020 cartridge collections through February. Therefore, members are encouraged to turn in empty Ralgro and Revalor cartridges now for counting. Collections for 2021 will run from…

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Texas beef producers can now learn more about how their checkoff dollars helped drive beef demand throughout 2020. At its recent board meetings, the Texas Beef Council approved its fiscal year 2020 program evaluations and released the results far earlier than in previous years.

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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2022 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 in conjunction with the 2021 annual meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, Colorado.

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Nebraska 4-H, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science, offered the second year of the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge in 2020.

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On Dec. 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration in a line of domestic pigs. The altered pigs are referred to as GalSafe pigs. Their cell surfaces are altered to remove alpha-gal, a galactose sugar present in most …

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Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Orient Point, New York, have made two important advancements against African swine fever virus, which causes a lethal disease in pigs.

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The Nebraska Cattlemen annual convention may have looked a little different this year, but the core importance is to elect new leadership and discuss Nebraska Cattlemen policy, which was all done virtually for the year 2020. Depending on the given year and leadership terms, elections are hel…

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For 30 years, the Northern International Livestock Exposition has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participated in …

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Due to a limited number of shows in some areas of the country in 2020, the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance has waived qualifying requirements for the upcoming National Championship Show scheduled for June 2021. This decision was made after careful consideration of alliance partners f…

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During High Plains Journal’s Cattle U virtual event, held Sept. 8 to 11, 2020, Dr. Tera Rooney Barnhardt, DVM, discussed the best cattle handling practices she teaches cattlemen to apply with their employees and stock.

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Cattle feeding pioneer John Matsushima celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec. 24, 2020. The Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association presented him with a crystal in recognition of the many years he has dedicated to the advancement of the cattle industry. Matsush…

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Sandy Johnson, beef specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, reminded attendees of High Plains Journal’s recent Cattle U to manage their expectations when looking at their operations, pregnancy rates and numbers of preferred gender.

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Cromeplated Sidekick left little doubt that he was the top Open horse at the 2020 the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show held in Abilene, Texas. The 2009 grey gelding dominated the competition, winning cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure for owner Linda Bouziden-Lackey …

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You can’t go to a cattle convention or a beef extension talk without hearing about how collecting whole contemporary group data will help you receive more accurate information from the national cattle evaluation.

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Browsing through the booths at the vast National Western Stock Show trade show is a tradition at the annual show. Visitors may not be able to walk through the booths in person this year, but they can still visit vendors virtually and shop for Western merchandise from home.

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The Harvard Business Review published its “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade.” The article highlights those organizations that have adapted and flourished in the last 10 years to become dominant players in their respective fields, and in many cases, these businesses have cha…

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Heifer selection is the foundation of a cowherd and without an intentional, thought-out plan for a herd profitability may suffer. Burke Teichert, retired vice president and general manager at Deseret Ranches, said ranchers should first ask if they are selecting for a cowherd or individual heifers.

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To earn a premium a cattleman has to pay attention to every detail when evaluating genetics.

Information is more readily available than it once was, according to Dave Nichols, of Nichols Farms, Bridgewater, Iowa. He recalled a time when the sharing of important traits was difficult, but producers learned that doing so led to nurturing the industry that is the standard for the rest of world.

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Pork producers and industry professionals have expressed the need to decrease pre-weaning mortality rates in piglets, and University of Minnesota researchers are uniquely poised to take on the challenge. In previous research, Minnesota researchers showed that elevated levels of zinc in the s…

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Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year. A new four-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has the informat…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced 28 new and reappointed members to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Two will continue to represent Kansas, including Kansas Livestock Association President-Elect Phil Perry of Oskaloosa, who serves on the CBB Executive Committee, and T…

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Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years and Kansas State University’s Mike Brouk expects that trend to continue.

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Bipartisan efforts to support local businesses and livestock producers continued in Congress, with the recent introduction of the Strengthening Local Processing Act by U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-SD, and Jeff Merkley, D-OR.

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The beef bulls consigned to the 69th annual Oklahoma Panhandle State University Bull Test have completed 56 days of the 112-day performance test. The bulls have an average daily gain of 3.99 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 2.84 pounds.

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Kansas State University swine nutritionists are making progress on studies that look at the best strategies for feeding sows prior to giving birth, work that they say will impact survivability and productivity in all phases of swine production.

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Domestic horses have evolved from creatures that could eat fruit, woody plants and a number of other coarse forages to survive. In doing so, their body structures have changed to suit their environment where humans provide the majority of their diets. And for a horse to perform its best, own…