The loss of a calf to predators is nothing new to ranchers. Everyone who’s raised cattle for any length of time has a story of finding a tiny ravaged body that sticks with them over the years. James Holmes’ story is fairly recent, but it motivated some changes on the Cherokee Ranch.
I used to think multitasking should be a top goal of management here. Within natural systems like forage and cows, lots of things are always going on at the same time. What if I could do enough things correctly and on time to fit those systems together just right?.
It’s no secret that the increased use of social media by the American public has changed marketing in all sectors. That’s why the Beef Checkoff Program has turned almost exclusively to these channels to efficiently and economically market beef to consumers.
Last week saw a concerning multi-part collapse in the cattle markets. Cash fed cattle trade amounted to more than 20,000 head by close of trade on Thursday at prices significantly lower than those seen the week before. Live cattle traded for $118-122, $4-8 lower than the prior week, and dressed cattle went for $187-196, a whopping $9-23 lower.
The U.S. government seems increasingly intent on tearing itself apart these days. While the increasing nastiness of the ongoing presidential campaign is certainly center stage in that regard, there is a less obvious battle going on in the courts. At issue is state versus federal agency power, and state power recently scored a win.
director of the WGFD. It provides a flexible system of control, management, protection and regulation of all wildlife in Wyoming. The commission includes seven members who are appointed by the governor for six-year terms with state senate confirmation..
Westerners often decry the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as having little use other than as a regulatory blunt object that demolishes economies wherever it’s employed. To date, it has had a 1.5-percent success rate at recovering species.
The fight over Mexican wolves in the Southwest is heating up as more groups line up on the battlefield. Last week saw a quartet of environmentalist groups file a motion to intervene in an ongoing case that pits the State of New Mexico against the federal government.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) commissioned a study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of beef, pork, and lamb. The independent study was conducted by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm.
In today’s horse industry there are numerous competitive opportunities for very young horses. Many young horses are shown in weanling and yearling halter futurities. A high percentage of young horses are ridden as long yearlings in preparation for 2-year-old performance classes.
As we move into the growing season, dandelions can cause many potential headaches; not just in your lawn but also in your alfalfa field, according to Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Forages Field Specialist, and Paul Johnson, SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator.
Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd. In addition, they like to use a shortened 45- to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers. The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season.
Only two weeks after the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) ruled that landowners have the right to seek judicial review of a “waters of the U.S.” designation on their land, several small business groups are urging the court to take up a case seeking the same for critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve the great beef-producing families and other beef industry stakeholders in Colorado, who feed consumers not only in our state but across the nation and the world,” says Bloom.
The so-called extender legislation late in 2015 made permanent the provision allowing a retiree to move funds directly from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a charity without income recognition. The key feature is that these transfers count for the annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) that every IRA holder over age 70.
Hellevang warns that using aeration could warm the grain, which may increase the moisture content of the grain slightly. Aeration fans should be covered to prevent wind and a natural chimney effect from warming the grain. Wind blowing into uncovered fans or ducts will move air through the grain in a way that is similar to operating an aeration fan.
Sometimes called butterweed, the winter annual often springs up in no-till corn and soybean fields. Burndown herbicides are typically used to control it early in the spring when the plants are smaller and more susceptible, but that’s not an option in forage and wheat crops.
When livestock, especially horses, eat too much of the small legume it brings on excessive saliva. It’s not the clover but a fungus that grows on legumes in excessively wet summers, Roberts said. “This year some grass pastures look as though they have become clover fields.