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The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center recently announced the 12th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the…

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2020 will mark the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest. This long running program is an important part of the National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western.

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Livestock shows are a staple of Oklahoma. The bond between animals and students, especially children, is an illuminating experience. Grand champion smiles were especially radiating from the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid, Oklahoma. during the second annual Gold Star Classic-American Farm…

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This year’s National Red Angus Convention, hosted in Dubuque, Iowa, featured the Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium which allowed members to hear from industry professionals about opportunities to increase profit in their herds. The symposium theme, “Navigating the River to Profitability,” eff…

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Congratulations to these young men and women. They will receive heifers from their gracious donors later this fall. After a year of monthly reports, lessons, and breeding the heifers they will show at the 2020 NILE and then take full ownership. We’re excited to see young people interested in…

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If there’s one disease cattle producers should look out for in starting 300- to 500-pound cattle, it’s coccidiosis.

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Properly fragmented corn kernels in silage allow dairy cows to make the most of the starch component in silage—paving the way for energy and milk production. Properly breaking up the corn kernels by efficiently processing the corn at silage harvest helps open the path to energy and milk prod…

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Beef Quality Assurance, a nationally coordinated and state-instigated cattle husbandry, wellness and record keeping program, continues to draw new cattlemen to receive certification and assists the beef industry in providing a more consistent product to consumers.

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The 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium, the 26th iteration of this four-state educational event, will return to Nebraska with a Nov. 18 to 20 run at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell.

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The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust recently announced that Eric Schacht has been named executive director, following a brief appointment as interim executive director. Schacht has been with the WSGLT for four years and previously served as the conservation director, where he was instrument…

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Neil Bouray with Mankato Livestock is the newest member of the CattleTrace Board of Directors. He replaces Mike Samples with Farmers and Ranchers Livestock in Salina, who stepped down after serving one year on the board.

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The Kansas Junior Livestock Show will host 772 youth from 97 counties for the 87th annual event. Exhibitors have entered 1,906 head of livestock, which includes 134 market steers, 333 breeding heifers, 230 market hogs, 271 breeding gilts, 275 market lambs, 288 breeding ewes, 197 market goats…

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The Trump Administration recently announced an agreement in principle to provide greater access to the Japanese market for U.S. goods. While the details of the agreement are not yet available, it’s widely speculated that it will include reductions in the tariffs certain U.S. products face, p…

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Protein is not a popular subject. Most “nutrition-talk” revolves around carbohydrates—sugar and starch, to be specific, because they impact metabolic conditions that are a very real concern for many horse owners. We also talk about fat—types of fat, essential fatty acids, omega 3s, you know …

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Feed sampling is critical to proper nutritional management of cattle. The following is a list of standard practices to ensure an accurate, representative sample of stored forages and mixed diets.

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With volatile livestock market prices, farmers now have more appealing insurance underwritten by the USDA. The federally subsidized protection has been revised and simplified.

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The global outbreak of African swine fever, a disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks, is growing, with new cases appearing throughout southeast Asia and China. While there are no reported cases of ASF in the U.S., a grant recently awarded to the Swine Health In…

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Just 10 years after its inception, the Beef Checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy program celebrated its 15,000th graduate in August. The program was created to equip and engage beef industry advocates to communicate about beef and beef production. It is one of the strongest beef advocacy…

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Producer education has been a top priority of the Angus Convention since inception in 2014. The American Angus Association is excited to welcome Zoetis as the sponsor for the 2019 Angus University workshops during the Angus Convention held Nov. 2 to 4 in Reno, Nevada.

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Steers owned by G&J Meats Farm & Ranch of LeRoy and heifers owned by Arndt Farms of Emporia were the winners of grand awards at Flint Hills Beef Fest in Emporia. The awards are based on the best combined finish in the grass futurity and live stocker show.

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The inaugural American Lamb Summit challenged the industry to identify meaningful strategies that can improve the American Lamb industry’s competitiveness and ability to recapture market share from imported lamb. The Summit was also designed to inspire collaboration, networking and informati…

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In an effort to help Iowa beef producers remain profitable, Iowa Beef Center conducted several grazing and pasture management programs from 2013 to 2018. IBC extension program specialist Beth Reynolds said objectives for these programs ranged from improving grazing and management techniques …

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It’s the perfect day for a ride. But, while unloading your horse, he quickly steps back, lifting his head high to catch on the bare metal of your horse trailer. The gash is deep. What are your next steps?

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The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will host a first of its kind steer feedout this fall. The steers will be fed at the University of Missouri, South Farm Research Center in Columbia, Missouri. This is a born and raised in Missouri program that is sure to benefit all involved from the prod…

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The youth track for the 2019 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, held recently in College Station, gave real-world experience, hours of education and a beef quality assurance certification to 30 youth interested in expanding their beef cattle knowledge.

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Tyson Foods Chief Executive Officer Noel White recently announced the beef processing plant in Holcomb likely will be back online by January. According to White, some processing already has resumed in a portion of the plant untouched by last month’s fire. He said they have been able to keep …

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There have been 23 reports of animals testing positive for rabies, according to a year-to-date map released by the Arkansas Department of Health.

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Dairy farmers have a tight deadline to protect profits. They have until Sept. 20 to sign up for Dairy Margin Coverage at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office.