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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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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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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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J.W. Brune was recently named recipient of the Golden Book Award and was formally seated to the American Simmental Association Board as a trustee. The Golden Book award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbr…

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Rod and Wendy Peterson of Peterson’s L7 Bar Limousin, Pukwana, South Dakota, were recently honored as the 2019 Stockman of the Year at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Petersons have been active in the Limousin business since the early 1970s and celebrated their 40…

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Ron Miller has been named the recipient of the American Simmental Association’s 2019 Lifetime Promoter Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Lifetime Promotor is one of the hi…

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Colonel Jerry Flowers steps into the room, clad in cowboy boots, a tan Stetson, starched jeans and a button down shirt under a wool vest. He is the spitting image of Wyatt Earp right down to his mustache, holstered gun and western swagger.

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The goal of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference is to expose young and emerging leaders to a variety of areas of the beef industry and provide them with necessary leadership tools. During the two-year program, YCC members are provided training on professional communication, given the opportunit…

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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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Robert McKnight Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, joined Rep. DeWayne Burns, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and other prominent property rights advocates at a news conference recently to announce the filing of HB 991 and SB 421. 

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The Limousin and Lim-Flex Pen and Carload Show capped off the Limousin activities at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. This year’s show saw 20 pens and 3 carloads exhibited. Justin Gleghorn, Amarillo, Texas, Mark Hoge, Good Hope, Illinois, and John McCurry, Burton, Kansas, teamed up to e…

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Members of the North American Limousin Junior Association paraded their Limousin and Lim-Flex entries in the 2019 National Western Stock Show junior show. The show was held in the NWSS Stadium Arena, Denver. Judge Jake Scott, Gordon, Nebraska, evaluated the 16 Limousin and 37 Lim-Flex animals.

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Beef producers and agri-business professionals still have an opportunity to obtain their Beef Quality Assurance certification in northwest Iowa, according to Iowa State extension beef specialist Beth Doran. The Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef …

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For us, a cold winter night is improved by a toasty fireplace and something warm to eat. For cowherds, especially when cows begin to calve, winter can be uncomfortable if cattlemen are not checking off all the winter preparedness boxes.

David Lalman, professor and Extension beef cattle specialist at Oklahoma State University, says what cattlemen do between now and calving will directly impact next year’s calf crop and pregnancy rate.

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In anticipation of the 2019 calving season, Kansas State University Research and Extension offices from Gray, Ford, Hodgeman, Edwards, Pawnee, Mead and Haskell counties are planning to host the popular K-State Calving School on Jan. 16, 2019, at the Hy-Plains Education and Research Center, 5…

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After record returns during the farm economy boom, recent cow-calf financial conditions have been dominated by declining revenues and slow-to-adjust expenses.

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Al and Mary Knapp of Basehor, Kansas, were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2019. The induction took place during the awards banquet at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Now is the time to begin feeding your herd in the evening. Some reading this column may be asking, “Why would I need to do this?” The answer is simple, it will make cows and heifers more likely to calve during daylight hours. Even though the answer is simple, the explanation is not well understood.

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Four regional directors and four executive officers were elected at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Angus Auxiliary. The meeting took place during the 2018 Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

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From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, the USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources, and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs, and innovation. 

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Independent cattle producers gathered in downtown Maple Hill, Kansas, in the meeting room of NextGen's Chophouse, the evening of Dec. 12 for an animal health and policy seminar put together by Kansas Cattlemen's Association. Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas Animal Health Commissioner, provided an up…

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An American delegation representing ABBA and the American Brahman breed recently traveled to Vietnam. Joe Paschal, livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Armelinda Ibarra, ABBA recording secretary, and Carolyn Falgout, owner of K Bar Farms, attended and spoke at the ABBA …

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Grand champion horned bull, BR Belle Air E133 ET first won the horned senior bull calf division. Owned by Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas, Belle Air is a Nov. 30, 2017, son of BR Belle Air 6011. The reserve grand champion horned bull and spring bull calf champion titles went to TKC Casacade 80…

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Beef producers are in a new era of marketing with more changes rapidly coming. This new era will be the focus of Feedlot Forum 2019, set for Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.

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The premier educational event cow-calf producers in Iowa is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Io…

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There are several stressful periods in the life of a calf. Two of the most stressful—the period after weaning and when they move into a confined feeding situation—come early in life and can hinder performance.

Dale Blasi, Kansas State University professor and Extension specialist for beef cattle nutrition and management, conducts research trials of limit feeding newly acquired calves and tracking how they perform. Blasi, who is also manager and director of the KSU Beef Stocker Unit, spoke at the 5 State Beef Conference in Greensburg, Kansas, Nov. 13.

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New Mexico ranchers are invited to meet with Mexican cattle buyers from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in Albuquerque at the Sandia Resort & Casino, located at 30 Rainbow Road Northeast. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting the meeting in the International Room for attendees of t…

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The 51st Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is set for Jan. 4-6, 2019, in Columbia, Missouri. The annual event is once again featuring a “Cattlemen’s College” made possible by Zoetis. According to Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President-Elect Bobby Simpson, the inte…

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The deadline for participating in the 82nd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on Dec. 1. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef ca…

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The Red Angus Association of America recently announced that R.A. “Rob” Brown has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait award. The award is the highest honor bestowed on an animal agriculture leader who has made major contributions to the livestock …