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The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension are hosting a lambing kidding school, March 2, 10 a.m. at the Custer County Fairgrounds. The school consists of 6 presentations and a hands-on tour.

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shea said recently that the agency will commit to providing some plastic scrapie tags in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. This was in response to industry concerns after the agency decided in the past year to provide only metal tags f…

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The beef checkoff has been on the books for more than 30 years and it is a producers’ success story, according to the past chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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Every year is unique in Oklahoma. Current conditions are very different from the same time last year for those managing pasture. Temperatures have been warmer and rainfall has been much greater. These conditions significantly affect how cattle producers manage grazing, fertility, and weed issues.

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With a dose of moisture from Mother Nature alfalfa and forage producers may have a reason to be more optimistic as they look ahead to the 2019 production season.

Alexandre Caldeira Rocateli, a forage systems Extension specialist and assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, said, “If the favorable trend continues, we will have good amounts of soil water storage for a promising alfalfa crop and pastures.” 

However, Oklahoma weather is unpredictable where every promising season can turn to a challenging one in a matter of days, he cautions. Producers need only look back to 2018.

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On top of dealing with harsh winter weather in feeding cows, cattle farmers must guard against too much nitrate in poor-quality hay.

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Love reaping the benefits of farm fresh eggs, but feel lost when it comes to actually butchering the rooster who has spurred you for the last time? Have no fear, Oklahoma State University Extension has heard your plea and just released an instructional video explaining step-by-step how to sa…

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Consumers demand more and more transparency in their food supply chain, and companies like Walmart, McDonald’s and others are changing how and where they source their food to reflect that.

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A new range of weigh scales by Gallagher USA Electronic Fencing, Kansas City, Missouri, provides producers with an unprecedented ability to record more details and data about their stock, transforming the scales into a valuable business tool for tracking livestock performance. The system’s a…

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The 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course, held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo, will focus on the importance and value of dairy beef bull calves in today’s marketplace. As dairy and beef producers continue to experience economic struggles, increasing the value of bull calves can ad…

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A recently invaded tick species known as the long-horned tick could establish itself in wide swaths of North America­—if they are transported accidentally. This prediction was published in a new study in Nature’s Scientific Reports by Ram Raghavan, assistant professor at the Kansas State Uni…

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Livestock producers can learn how to improve pastures and profits during the March 18 Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon.

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Members, directors and advisors traveled from across the country to attend the 10th annual meeting of the American Goat Federation. Information on feedlotting market goats; goat operation record keeping and performance programs; a new marketing platform for all breeds of goats and goat produ…

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The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has conserved the 543-acre Peryam Ranch located near Riverside, Wyoming, in the Upper North Platte River Valley. The ranch was conserved in partnership with the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and t…

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In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is supplied, but students are often encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.

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Winter feeding of forage to beef herds doesn’t rank high as a favored job for herd owners. But there’s a bright side to feeding fescue, whether in hay or grass. Fescue toxins are down.

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CattleFax elected a new slate of officers at this year’s annual business meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new CattleFax president is Don Quincey of Chiefland, Florida, a fifth generation rancher and cattle feeder in Florida and past president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

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Mercaris, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released its monthly market update as the halfway point of the 2018-2019 corn and soybean marketing year approaches. The report analyzes organic broiler slaughter data and …

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While many of you are in sire buying mode this time of year, more are deciding whether this year’s bull calves retain the ability to become sires.

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There are many pieces to the soil health puzzle. According to some of the livestock producers on the panel at the Soil Health U event, Jan. 24, in Salina, Kansas, cattle play an integral role in their success.

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Kansans are prominent among leadership in national beef organizations. During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jerry Bohn from Wichita was elected vice president of National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Bohn, a past Kansas Livestock Association president, ser…

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If you have treated a sick calf or purchased a flea and tick collar for your puppy, you probably have done business with the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. In fact livestock producers and pet owners around the world could say the same thing, such is the reach of the corridor.

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Leeton, Missouri, producer Duane Harms knows all too well that calm handlers make for calm cattle. It’s a concept Harms has learned over time and was reinforced when he attended the Western Farm Show’s Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration three years ago.

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The 2014 farm bill provided the most comprehensive reform to the United States federal safety net in decades by replacing countercyclical income and commodity price support programs with a margin-based insurance-style safety net.

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CattleFax has introduced its annual Cow-Calf Survey. Information requested in the survey provides participants and the rest of the industry with valuable information regarding industry benchmarks and trends.

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Brad Morgan, the senior director of protein for the Performance Food Group, highlights the program for Kansas State University’s 106th annual Cattlemen’s Day, scheduled for March 1.

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Make plans to attend the inaugural Stock Growers Field Day on March 26. The event will be highlighted by a market outlook from CattleFax and presentation on increasing production efficiency from the well-known reproductive physiologist Rick Funston. The field day, held in Beloit, Kansas, is …

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a Livestock Mortality Workshop in Garden City on March 20 for cattle, swine and dairy owners to learn about options for managing large-scale mortality in their herds. The workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Gary Flory of G.A. Flo…

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Just two-tenths of a point separated the top three spots in the professional division of the 2019 Black Hills Stock Show National Sheep Shearing Championship recently in Rapid City, South Dakota. When the dust settled, Iowa’s Davin Perrin claimed the top spot—his third national championship,…

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Linda Davis, a cattlewoman from Cimarron, New Mexico, has received the respected 2019 Swan Family Leadership Award for her decades of service to the cattle and beef industry. The award was given at the Best of Beef Breakfast during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in…

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“While I was in the gang unit and working a drive-by shooting, usually that day’s victims were tomorrow’s suspects,” said Jerry Flowers, chief agent of Investigative Services with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “Additionally, law enforcement were often unappreciat…