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2016 June 3
Calf preconditioning should be a priority for every herd health program. An effective program can be developed to fit most operation and management approaches. For vaccination to be effective, it must stimulate the immune system to create a defense mechanism against important disease pathogens.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
In the Southern Great Plains, pastures of native grass mixtures have been shown to increase wildlife habitat, lower annual maintenance cost, and improve land value compared to introduced pasture species such as Bermuda grass and old world bluestem.


2016 June 3
“The amount of stress cattle are under is affected by both the air temperature and the relative humidity,” Rusche said, referencing Figure 1. “The combination of high temperatures plus high relative humidity is particularly dangerous, especially when there is little to no nighttime cooling.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
A division of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the American Wool Council developed a new logo after months of consultation with the Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, CO. American wool is vigorous enough to support the U.S. military on the frontlines of battle, yet elegant enough to grace red carpets and magazine covers.


by USDA
2016 June 3
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to “actively engaged in farming” determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year.


2016 June 3
Each year, thousands of youth all across the country participate in an animal science project and learn about the multiple aspects of animal husbandry. However, one area that is sometimes forgotten is the role youth play in the agriculture industry with their project.


by USDA
2016 June 3
USDA recently announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location.


2016 June 3
Storing hay with a moisture content of more than 20 percent without using a preservative could allow the growth of bacteria that release heat and cause mold formation, said Keith Johnson, Purdue Professor of Agronomy. This process increases the inner temperature of the bales, sometimes high enough to cause spontaneous combustion.


2016 June 3
The second most important holiday week/weekend for retail beef sales is now behind us. But how sales went over the Memorial Day week will be vital for the wholesale beef and live cattle markets this month. Retail sales over the holiday week last year were a bust.


2016 June 3
Forward or backward are two options. Once the clutch is engaged and the accelerator pressed, action is necessary. Is the operation in “drive” to move forward or in “reverse” to move backward? Let’s hope cattle producers are moving forward, but slowly, however.


2016 June 3
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD) and USDA, are unifying responses to prevent the spread of a new antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacterium with a gene that could defeat lastresort antibiotics and is new to the United States.


2016 June 3
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
I was in my tractor listening to a radio report one day and the message I got was how disassociated people are with agriculture. I took it a step further and found 98 percent of the population today are not associated in any way with ag and that’s a big challenge for our industry.