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2016 March 14
• Refrigerant. Dry ice is most commonly used as the refrigerant. If the branding does not take too long, 15 pounds of dry ice will be sufficient for a small herd of cattle. If the branding will not be done immediately or if the dry ice must be transported a distance, it is wise to buy more.


2016 March 14
The Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC) is the result of years of planning and coordination by UNL, AGCO, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Auburn University, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, Ohio State University, Mississippi State University, Raven Industries and Topcon Positioning Group.


2016 March 14
Research at Iowa State University (ISU), funded by the United Soybean Board (USB), suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention, and has no negative effect on yield.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The WBC features Wyoming producers on its website and in its marketing efforts as a means of introducing the millennial target consumer in the United States to the ranchers and farmers who produce nutritious, wholesome and delicious beef. To view these features, visit www.


2016 March 14
Mycotic abortions, or fungal abortions, are often sporadic in cattle. As producers determine the need to provide supplemental feeds to their calving cow herd, they must also be aware of the causes of these often mysterious mycotic abortions, as well as how to diagnose them.


by USDA
2016 March 14
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 7 announced the availability of up to $20 million in competitive grants through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. The program aims to spark the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers, ranchers and other landowners.


2016 March 14
“Allergy sufferers hate it, and ranchers dread its invasion of their pastures,” said Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Sonora. “The two predominant species in Texas—redberry and blueberry juniper—even surpass mesquite as a rangeland nemesis since their range is much wider.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
In February, the CME Group proposed a number of changes to its live cattle futures contract. Among those proposals was a proposed seasonal discount of $1.50/cwt. applied to deliveries tendered to Worthington, SD, for the October contract. The comment period for this proposal has been extended to March 21.


2016 March 14
“Given the current economic environment in agriculture, the natural tendency is to save money on each acre planted. We always maintain that seed is the one input in which you can’t afford mistakes, including the purchase of cheap or low-quality products.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
Cargill is eliminating 20 percent of shared-class antibiotics, those deemed important for human medicine and farm animals, from its four feed yards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, and four additional feed yards operated by Friona Industries, which is a strategic business partner that supplies the company with cattle.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
In a letter March 9, AFBF and 254 other groups called on congressional budget and appropriations leaders to oppose additional cuts that would further reduce spending for programs such as conservation, nutrition assistance and the nation’s farm safety net.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The well-being and humane management of animals has long been a hot topic among consumers, and the fire doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon— with good reason. Buyers and retailers have responded to the increased demands for gentler animal handling and alternative management styles.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
Less talked about is the impact of longer feeding periods on feed efficiency (or as measured by feedyard managers, cost of gain). It seems logical from what we learned in our nutrition classes that we lose efficiency as cattle are fed longer, to fatter compositional end points.


2016 March 11
As with the prior week’s market, last week’s cash fed cattle market dallied and put off relevant sale volume until Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, not even 5,000 head had sold throughout the week, posting no trade trends that could be compared to the prior week’s $132-136 live and $210-214 dressed prices.

2016 March 11
Following decades of conservation and success in recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on March 3 proposed removing the bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.