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2016 May 6
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a three-year conservation strategy for the lesser prairie-chicken at the end of April. Noting that the bird’s habitat is located almost exclusively on privately-held lands, the emphasis on partnering with landowners in ways that are mutually beneficial was strong.


2016 May 6
“Cattle might possess the greatest genetics for growth and carcass merit and be fed the most finely tuned ration nutritionists can formulate, but if the feeding environment is too stressful, those animals will simply not perform as well as expected,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.


2016 May 6
“A slimelike mucilage is secreted by microbes when they break down organic matter. This substance cements tiny soil particles into larger ones,” said David Trinklein, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “The result is porous soil, which is important for good root growth.


2016 May 6
If you wait too long, perhaps until this fall, time will have mellowed most of the events and one soon has difficulty matching a calving season with particular problems. Plus it may be too late to make the necessary changes to reduce calving losses. Now is perhaps the best time to make a few notes on what to change for next year.


2016 May 6
With headquarters in Billings, MT, R-CALF filed its case with the District Court in Montana, claiming its members are having their First Amendment rights denied because USDA forces the ranchers to pay into the state’s chapter of the checkoff program without having a say in the marketing strategy.


2016 May 6
Let’s start with managing self-feeders. Just dump the feed in and the calves take care of the rest. Right? Wrong. First, we have to consider whether we want the calves on limited feed intake or “full feed.” If limit feeding is the plan, we usually use roughage or perhaps salt to limit intake to the desired level.


2016 May 6
Yet Glanz has already been told his corn crop will face a quality control audit this growing season by Des Moines-based Rain and Hail LLC after Glanz informed his insurance agent that he plans to interseed a cover-crop mix into his standing corn crop this year.


2016 May 6
A new online course from Nebraska Extension has been developed for feedlots to teach workers, pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care. This one of a kind online certificate course is available 24/7 to allow cattle operations the flexibility of providing training to their workers as needed.


2016 May 6
The tool uses a numeric score, 1 to 9, for evaluating the fleshiness, or body energy reserves, of the beef cow and does not require the gathering and working of cows. Body condition score (BCS) utilizes a score from 1 to 9, with 1 being emaciated and 9 being very obese, with the ideal BCS being 5 to 6.


2016 May 6
The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations was held April 25-29 in New York City. Although a final agreement has not been reached, U.S Assistant Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission Lead Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero expressed optimism that a conclusion to the talks is near.


2016 May 6
Here we go again. Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) just filed suit against USDA citing First Amendment free speech rights over the Montana Beef Council’s advertising efforts to promote beef. Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, and our old friend, J.


by WLJ
2016 May 6
All agree the real driver of beef demand is its unique flavor, and marbling drives flavor. This key component of quality grade has grown in the last few years, to where the U.S. beef industry is probably producing the best eating experience in its history.


by WLJ
2016 May 6
Denmark proposed a tax on all beef sold in the country in order to discourage beef production and consumption. The tax was an offset to their notion of the contribution cattle raising made to global warming from cattle as methane producers.


2016 May 6
Ritchie was born Aug. 3, 1935 to Donald and Irma (Johanson) Ritchie in Storm Lake, IA, where he grew up on a general livestock farm. Upon graduation from Albert City High School in 1953, he enrolled in Iowa State University (ISU) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry.