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by WLJ
2016 July 1
Last September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released their final sage-grouse regulations for over 60 million acres across 10 states. A flurry of litigation from all sides followed. A strange silence fell, leaving westerners waiting for on-the-ground agency action.


2016 July 1
A federal judge has ruled in favor of grazing in an Oregon case filed last year by several environmental groups claiming violation of a number of federal environmental policies. At the root of the discussion was the population of bull trout, a species listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, in the Klamath Basin area of Oregon.


2016 July 1
Having a good working relationship with a farrier and veterinarian is essential to solving and preventing some of these problems. This article discusses common hoof problems as well as basic hoof care procedures throughout the year. Caring for a horse’s feet and hooves will safeguard its long-term soundness.


2016 July 1
With wheat harvest right around the corner, the value of the straw is a very popular question. Over the past several years, baling and selling wheat straw has become a more common practice. While uses for wheat straw are varied, the increased demand is driven by livestock farms using straw as part of their feed rations.


2016 July 1
On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows. Violations of drug residue regulations can result in expensive fines—or even worse, jail time—for the rancher and a “black-eye” for the entire beef industry.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
Under Ed Koger’s care, the Hashknife Ranch is home to a thriving population of lesser prairie-chickens and a robust cattle operation. Koger’s conservation ethic is rooted deep in the Kansas prairie. A fifthgeneration Kansan, Koger recalls his maternal grandmother’s words when he was a boy growing up in the Flint Hills.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
Through an extensive five-year joint process between Heartbrand Beef of Harwood, TX, and the Brazilian Group Origine, fullblood American Akaushi were recently exported to Brazil. This unique opportunity is the first live cattle export from the U.S. to Brazil of any breed in nearly two decades.


2016 July 1
Ventenata dubia—also called wiregrass, North African grass or simply ventenata—is a shallow-rooted annual that competes with perennial grasses and forbs and offers minimal forage value for livestock and wildlife. It is affecting hay production in Washington and Oregon.


by DTN
2016 July 1
Some alfalfa growers in the western part of the South Dakota have not been able to even get a first cutting yet, according to Karla Hernandez, Extension Forages Field Specialist at the South Dakota State University Extension, Watertown Regional Center.


2016 July 1
Changes in these new regulations will help integrate sUAS into the national airspace, while lessening the previous stringent qualifications for sUAS operations, Asebedo said. This will lead to more people being able to operate sUAS, and help increase technological advancements in agriculture.


2016 July 1
“It is well documented in western South Dakota that water from wells, dams, dugouts and creeks are often high in total salts and especially sulfates regardless whether the water source is small or large or has a lot of water or a little,” Salverson said.


2016 July 1
For cattle to reach their performance potential, they must be healthy. Therefore, a sound herd health program is a must in today’s competitive beef production program. A proper health program will vary from herd to herd. A single program will not fit all herds throughout the state.


2016 July 1
Three Water Technology Farms have been created recently in response to public input and identified in the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas (Water Vision). They are demonstration farms that allow the installation and testing of the latest irrigation technologies on a whole-field scale.


2016 July 1
While some parts of the country have received ample rainfall during the early growing season, other areas have not and are experiencing reduced hay crops and lack of pasture regrowth. In addition, these areas are having water quality issues in places where rainfall is needed to refresh stock ponds and watering holes.


2016 July 1
The aberrant behavior of the futures m a r k e t continues to play havoc with the live cattle market and cattle feeders’ ability to hedge cattle. Its irrationality and volatility have caused producers to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in the past 18 months.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
Reproductive technology and mating programs have significantly improved herd performance. However, decreasing the effective gene pool in some instances may result in a higher frequency of recessive gene traits and defects. Congenital bovine abnormalities can be caused heritable traits, toxin effects, nutritional inadequacies, and infections.


2016 June 24
“Last week 5-area average steer prices were $120.62, the lowest of 2016 and the lowest since the market bottomed in December,” he noted last Monday morning. “Last week’s cash price was the lowest for that particular calendar week since 2012 when prices averaged $119.

2016 June 24
If purse strings are the new regulatory reins, the Senate is certainly trying to pull back on several government agencies with reputations for overreach. A Senate committee approved cuts to the budgets of both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the tune of many millions of dollars.

2016 June 24
A number of fires are burning in western states, having consumed 304,732 acres as of last Thursday morning. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported fire activity throughout the West.Significant areas of U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state and private land have been damaged including residences and other minor structures. The good news is that minimal reports of livestock injuries or losses have been reported.



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