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2017 April 21
Once you have completed the quarantine period and none of the animals have exhibited any signs or symptoms of illness or disease, it is safe to integrate them into the rest of the herd. — Katie Ockert, MSU Extension.
2017 April 21
For many farms, across all of agriculture, the returns are poor relative to the cost of production. The result is great stress among many farm families. During times like this, it is easy to lose perspective, have difficulty making decisions and to be discouraged.
2017 April 21
The grass is turning green across the Midwest and the annual surge of cool season grass growth is just around the corner. Cattle grazing the lush new growth of spring can be at risk for grass tetany. Begin offering high magnesium mineral supplements now to prevent grass tetany this spring.
2017 April 21
I was reminded of this the other night as I turned the corner to walk past the local recreational facility. I was met by several massive tigers. Fortunately, they each were in their cage. Long story short, I walked away. But I still was thinking that if a cage door had come open, what would I do? Let me repeat, they were big, fullgrown tigers.
2017 April 21
Cattle buyers got down to business last week and that business was likely pleasing to cattle feeders. By close of trade last Thursday, over 114,000 head of cash fed cattle had been confirmed sold on the negotiated market. Prices Thursday reached $129-134 live and $208-220.
2017 April 21
Brown’s announcement was followed a few days later by a notice from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that the State Water Project (SWP) would supply 100 percent of the contract for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and 85 percent of requests for other contractors.


2017 April 21
In 1967, Ringo Starr of the Beatles asked, “Does it worry you to be alone?” Western ranchers on public lands can feel very alone when disagreeing with federal agencies. But ranchers could benefit from Starr’s suggestion and try with a little help from their friends.


by WLJ
2017 April 21
Jacobson was a pioneer in the meat packing industry and opened National Beef in Liberal, KS, in 1968. For the past four years, he has been actively working with Dr. Barry Booth at veteran’s events, especially talking with school children about World War II.
2017 April 21
In the fall of 2016, the Chinese government indicated a willingness to open China to U.S. beef. Although talks have been ongoing, no agreement has been reached on protocols for U.S. beef to move into the Chinese market. The Trump administration recently reaffirmed that talks will continue under the new U.
2017 April 21
A.G. Kawamura wants to start a new dialogue about agriculture. The former California secretary of agriculture said it’s time for everyone to recognize that the clock is ticking and that people need to become more resilient when it comes to water and food security.
2017 April 14
It’s been nearly 14 years since China allowed sales of U.S. beef in that country, but that may be about to change. And that’s very good news for the U.S. beef and cattle industry, according to a Kansas State University (K-State) agricultural economist..
by WLJ
2017 April 14
“To address the reasonable desire for information about whether pesticide use changes are positive or negative, several researchers have attempted to quantify overall pesticide impacts using simplified measures; however, the two most commonly used...
by WLJ
2017 April 14
In a surprisingly speedy turn-around, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIP- SA) responded to stakeholder comments on one of the so-called “Farmer Fair Practices” rules. GIPSA announced last Wednesday that implementation of the “Scope Rule” would be delayed until October, 2017.
2017 April 14
Beyerlein went on to say that, “Following investigation, the survey may be cancelled, corrected, or reinstated, either in whole or in part, but no administrative action based on the plats filed for these three surveys may be initiated or completed by BLM while these surveys are suspended.
2017 April 14
Today’s agriculture is more specialized: The two dairy cows became a large modern dairy; the two sows moved to an automated farrowing center; the flock of 50 hens is now a complex of buildings housing thousands of broilers or laying hens; several...
by DTN
2017 April 14
I remember a situation many years ago in which a son told his “retired” father to stop interfering in the business, and he threatened to call the sheriff the next time Dad set foot on the ranch. Calling law enforcement? That sounded so extreme, I thought.


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