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The Iowa Purebred Swine Council recently named Bill Owen, Riceville, and his son, Bob Rice, Saratoga, the 2019 Master Seedstock Award winners. The award recognizes outstanding seedstock producers who exemplify integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred …

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In the most diverse and competitive applicant pool to date, 19 candidates representing 11 states competed for the coveted 2020-2021 Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship awards. Five students were selected and will receive financial assistance for their academic excellence and commitment to making a…

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With all the day-to-day responsibilities a beef cattle producer has, marketing may not always be at the forefront of your mind. When you start talking about consumer product labeling, that part of marketing may seem so far down the chain that it hardly seems to affect you. However, laws and …

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The New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association named Dr. Tim Hanosh (left) the state’s 2019 Veterinarian of the Year. Hanosh, who is director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Services Division, is pictured participating in a New Mexico Agriculture Livestock In…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced the agricultural organizations that are recipients of the Fiscal Year 2020 funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. The American Sheep Industry Association has once again…

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A wet, humid fall not only can delay harvest, it can also set the stage for mold growth and increased risk of mycotoxins. The 2019 harvest was a wet one in many regions of the U.S. Even if the season ended on a dry note in your area, the feedstuffs you buy or raise might have been exposed to…

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For cattle producers, bull sale season has arrived. Prospective buyers are flipping through the sale catalogs and studying the pedigree information, performance data and bull pictures trying to determine where they want to make their investment.

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Bull buying time is here for many producers, and cattle selection tools and resources are constantly evolving. Join the Cattlemen’s Webinar Series as genetic selection experts Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. (UC Davis) and Matt Spangler, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska) provide an overview of how …

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Fifth-generation Florida rancher Marty Smith was elected president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the annual Cattle Industry Convention this afternoon. He replaces Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tennessee, 2019 NCBA president.

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“Continuous improvement” has become a catch phrase in livestock production. It’s what we have to do to demonstrate to consumers that we’re committed to getting better. It’s how we measure progress.

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Beef production from conception to consumption is a complex biological system where cause and effect are often distant in time and space. For example, things that occurred to a calf while it was developing inside of a cow can impact that animal throughout its life all the way to harvest. Thi…

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s misrepresentation of a gene edited livestock research project is its latest stall tactic designed to rationalize a regulatory grasp on an emerging technology that must be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture if the United States is to mainta…

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Now is the time to seed oats and clovers to improve spring cattle grazing resources and reduce costs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis.

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Cattle producers who have not yet started the spring calving season still have time to plan ahead, and a Kansas State University veterinarian notes that could make a big difference in having a successful year.

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The fall of 2019 and the ongoing winter have been particularly wet, with some unfortunate, negative effects on pastures throughout Arkansas. Wet soil is more susceptible to a host of “ills” that show up later in the season, many of which boil down to soil compaction.

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U.S. pork exports posted new volume and value records in 2019, reaching nearly $7 billion, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Exports of U.S. beef were below the previous year’s record levels, while lamb export volume was the second largest on…

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The adverse weather conditions experienced by most agriculturalists in 2019 certainly impacted sugar beet production. The reduced volume of sugar beets available for sugar production has impacted the amount of the by-product, sugar beet pulp, available for beef cattle diets this winter.

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Recently, the House Agriculture Committee favorably passed HB 2437, which would require transparent labeling of fake meat products. It now will be considered by the full House. Kansas Livestock Association members are encouraged to contact their legislators and indicate support of the bill, …

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The Kansas Beef Council again has partnered with the national food and fitness blog Meal Prep on Fleek for a checkoff-funded collaboration that focuses on sharing meal preparation and planning solutions using beef with health-conscious millennial and Gen-Z consumers. The year-long partnershi…

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Sustainability seems to be the buzzword of agriculture currently, and at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show it was no different. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said everyone has a different definition what sustainability is about. For him it includes the environment, social and economic aspects. 

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Although often thought of as the most mischievous animals in the barn yard, goats are making their mark these days with their unique taste in vegetation, athletic abilities and willingness to go where nothing else will go. Goat brush eating businesses are becoming more popular and making wav…

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Learn how to condition calmness in both humans and animals at the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association's 2020 annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin. On April 9, Don Höglund will teach in a general session and an optional hands-on post-conference session about how animals respond to different …

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The American Gelbvieh Association is pleased to announce the Carcass Data Collection Project as its latest breed improvement endeavor. The Carcass Data Collection Project is a joint effort of the AGA and American Gelbvieh Foundation and is designed for AGA members and their customers.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion regarding the ingredient composition and purported benefits of plant-based fake meat products.

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The 2020 World Pork Expo is back at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for its 32nd year. The expo will take place June 3 to 5, providing pork professionals with three full days of education, innovation, and networking.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that authorizes funding for 740 new agricultural inspectors at land, air and seaports to prevent African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases from entering the United States.

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While many organizations have applauded a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, the leader of one beef organization who has been critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement says its replacement could also continue to harm producers.

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With spring calving season approaching, many ranchers will have to deal with the dreaded uterine and vaginal prolapse. Both prolapses are closely associated with calving, but each has very distinct causes and occurs at different times. It is important to recognize what type of prolapse you a…

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Cattle producers are invited to hear two speakers to discuss the state of the beef industry at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, 3083 U.S. Highway 83, in Oakley, Kansas.

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A sold out crowd, talented trainers and their mustangs made this Extreme Mustang Makeover one for the books. Fifty adult trainers and 33 youth recently vied for the chance to win top honors at the Fort Worth, Texas, event in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. However, it…

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As alternative proteins gain popularity, the controversy of what to call them has turned legal.

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Kansas State University’s Southeast Research and Extension Center will host the Tamegrass Stocker Field Day on Feb. 20 to help the area’s producers improve the health, nutrition and pasture management for their cattle herds.

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Animal type and their safety needs are important factors to consider before putting up a fence, says Steven Sarson, a Bekaert Fence Pro and Technical Sales Manager.

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Everybody says there is no use in crying over spilled milk, but in the case of the dairy farmers of the world, preventing the milk from spilling in the first place could mean the difference between survival and failure of their family farms.

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Could dental pain be the culprit for your horse’s behavioral problems? A recent study published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science established a link between common equine behavior problems and abscessed cheek teeth. Periapical infections or abscessed cheek teeth are common in horse…

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Dr. Megan Williams, DVM, works as an assistant professor of equine surgery at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. In early January 2020, she brought one of her sheep in for treatment—a pregnant ewe of the Hampshire breed.

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The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up with University of Nebraska to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at three Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The session will be held in person at West Point, Neb., and via an intern…

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Saidi Ringenberg, left, of Lexington, and Arlene Soria, right, of Kearney, represented Nebraska at the National Make It With Wool competition held in conjunction with the recent American Sheep Industry Association Convention, in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Andrea Nisley, State Make It …