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In an agricultural state such as Arkansas, the substantial damage feral hogs do to row crops is well known, and the financial impact is easier to estimate. Most damage estimates, however, include only the crop itself, said Jennifer Caraway, staff chair for Miller County Cooperative Extension…

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Beef prices and marketing continue to be an uphill climb for cattlemen. To improve markets, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has developed a program called Oklahoma Prairie Beef Solutions to pump up prices for cull cattle markets in the state and provide more local marketing opportunities.

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The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science has received commitments of more than $2 million in private donations for Iowa State University’s new Turkey Teaching and Research Facility.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon implement the Dairy Donation Program as established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The program will facilitate the timely donation of dairy products to nonprofit organizations that distribute food to persons in need and prevent and …

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Teaching about the challenges ranchers face and using hands-on learning are part of the Wyoming Ranch Camp May 24 to 28 near Evanston presented by University of Wyoming Extension educators.

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Caldwell, Kansas—The Border Queen—was established in 1871 because of its location along the Chisholm Trail. The town will be celebrating its 150th birthday May 7 and 8 with many activities, including a western art show, buffalo soldier camp, gunfights and saloon show, opera house shows, tour…

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In the second of a four-part series that seeks to raise awareness of ecological drought, Rachel Gregg, senior scientist with EcoAdapt, shared her thoughts on how to strengthen an ecosystem’s resilience and mitigate the impacts of droughts, and how to plan and prepare for future droughts.

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It was 1867 in post-Civil War Texas; the economy was in a major recession following the war and Texas was cattle rich, but poor in marketing opportunities as the railroads had not yet reached the Texas plains. The Longhorn cattle in the state had continued to multiply while the war progresse…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County will offer an online Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series from April through October.

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Developed by Performance Parts Plus, Salina, Kansas, the patented Bac-Pac is a tool that can be used to assist ranchers who have hydraulic bale beds. In an effort to support educational training programs, the inventor is seeking programs that may be in need of a student project and in turn have an interest in fabricating units for program sponsors.

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Spring-calving cow-calf pairs grazing on green pastures is often a sign that spring has arrived. However, it is also a time that cattle producers need to be watchful for cows experiencing grass tetany, according to Kansas State University beef cattle experts.

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University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, in collaboration with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, will hold a FAMACHA training workshop 8 a.m. to noon April 17.

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many human activities, it hasn’t stopped feral hogs from reproducing and causing damage. Throughout 2021, the Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other p…

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Making a difference is easier said than done but it is a message Rusty Kemp takes to heart and is the impetus to the opening of a new beef plant in North Platte, Nebraska.

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Cattle producers are familiar with the Beef Quality Assurance program, which trains farmers and ranchers on best practices for cattle management. A new educational tool, Calf Care & Quality Assurance, will provide similar guidelines and a framework for calf raisers.

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A coalition of state agriculture leaders and their organizations has formed to oppose Initiative 16, a potential 2022 ballot initiative that would ask voters to criminalize commonly accepted veterinary and animal care practices in Colorado. It would also ban the slaughter of livestock that h…

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In high level sports, coaches not only train their athletes to perform on the field, they also make sure players are in top condition by offering them strength training and managing their diet to make sure they are ready for peak performance at the time of the competition.

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The Kansas Horse Council, with support from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, is seeking equine owners across Kansas to participate in an Equine Economic Impact survey to generate data and information regarding this segment of the Kansas livestock industry.

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Professional agricultural speaker Damian Mason discussed how factors like religion, ideology, protein, profit and power influence the agricultural industry overall during the recent National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Reboot event.

When it comes to religion, Mason says many folks in the business of agriculture are believers. This is good, but in America, organized religion is declining and food is quickly becoming a new religion.

“Why do I say food is a new religion, because it is and it's not about, “Oh, I worship ice cream” or “I just absolutely think that the steak is divine,’” he said. “No, I'm talking about the movement of food. The movement of food and beliefs and foodieism is on the verge of religion.”

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As of March 1, there were 74.8 million hogs and pigs on United States farms, down 2% from March 2020, and down 3% from December 1, 2020, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published March 25 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Scholarship applications are now available for college students involved with the Angus breed. The Angus Foundation awarded more than $312,000 in scholarships in 2021 alone. The Angus Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and trade school students each year to help Angus …

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A coalition of state agriculture leaders and their organizations has formed to oppose Initiative 16, a potential 2022 ballot initiative that would ask voters to criminalize commonly accepted veterinary and animal care practices in Colorado. It would also ban the slaughter of livestock that h…

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Because of growing concern about the lack of access to veterinary services in rural Kansas, a group of statewide organizations and higher education leadership have combined resources to form the Rural Veterinary Workforce Development task force.

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Capstone Headwaters, a middle market investment banking firm, has completed the sale by Dairy Farmers of America of the former Dean Foods Company milk processing plants located in De Pere, Wisconsin, and Harvard, Illinois. The purchaser of both plants is a new partnership between New Dairy O…

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There still is time to register for the Beef Insights webinar hosted by the Kansas Beef Council, which will take place March 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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While Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared Saturday, March 20, to be “Meat Out” day in the Centennial State, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt responded by standing up for the farmers and ranchers in his state by proclaiming March 21 to 26 as “Eat Meat Week.”

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The 2021 World Pork Expo will take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Professionals in the pork industry can expect three days of networking, education, and innovation from June 9 to 11.

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Small and mid-size meat processors experienced demand resurgence during the pandemic. Overnight lockers across the state of Kansas and elsewhere were inundated with calls to take animals for processing, with dates booked well into 2022. But will that demand last long enough for them to imple…

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Myriah Johnson, Ph.D., senior director of beef sustainability research at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, spoke recently at the NCBA Winter Reboot about analyzing beef’s sustainability and conveying that message to the public.

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National Beef Packing Company, LLC, a leading beef processor in Iowa, has announced plans to increase capacity and add a second production shift at its Iowa Premium beef processing facility located in Tama, Iowa.

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It’s 3:30 in the morning. The cow in the chute needs immediate help. Instead of loading her in the trailer and heading to the local veterinary clinic in a rush, the producer picks up his cell phone and checks his text messages to see the vet is on his way. A call for help was made when the o…

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The need for quality horse hay—shorthand for attributes desirable in hay fed to equines—has not quite lifted yet.

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Avery Schiereck from El Dorado Springs, Missouri, was recently crowned the 2021 Missouri Beef Queen during the 53rd annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Schiereck represented the Cedar County Cattlemen's Association and is the daughter of Jarod and Amanda Schiereck. She…

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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team is hosting a field day focused on dairy technology on the farm. The April 14 field day will feature two farm visits where attendees can see automated feeding and milking system technology in action and learn about calf barn manageme…

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Texas lamb and goat meat producers continue to command high prices in a niche market driven by high demand and low supplies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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A new resource is available through MU Extension to help farmers direct-market beef to consumers in Missouri. “Successfully Direct Marketing Beef” provides guidance to producers on a variety of critical topics related to selling beef through direct channels.

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Cattle producers have come through an incredible time over the past few years—with the aftermath of the August 2019 Tyson fire and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, according to Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO.