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2016 February 12
Sugar beet pulp has historically been a great energy source for supplementing beef cows and growing calves (http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ g2239.pdf.) It is usually available October through February for those who sign contracts with the sugar factory by April.


2016 February 12
A caveat to the 2014 farm bill is that it requires the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to calculate yearly county yields for ARC-County payments. Therein lies the problem. At least a couple of law firms and others are holding meetings with farmers in parts of the Plains and Midwest to argue that FSA did not accurately calculate county yields.
by WLJ
2016 February 12
Jesse “Babe” Amaral Jr., former owner of the Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in Petaluma, CA, whose sale of meat from condemned and uninspected cattle led to a nationwide food recall two years ago, was sentenced last week to one year in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.


2016 February 12
Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.


by USDA
2016 February 12
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from organizations representing lamb producers, seedstock producers, feeders, or first handers interested in nominating members to the American Lamb Board. Applications are due by March 7, 2016.


2016 February 12
A total of 72 steers from Missouri were sent to southwest Iowa to be fed in cooperation with the Tri- County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) June 4. Following harvest dates of Nov. 24 and Dec. 29, the seven owners of the steers received sobering news. During the feeding period, the 72 steers lost an average of $609.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Cody Norton, a Senior Beef Pricing Analyst for JBS Swift, has been awarded the Max Deets Leadership Award for 2016 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the cattle industry.


by USDA
2016 February 12
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of Dr. Warren Preston as USDA Deputy Chief Economist, effective Feb. 21. He has served as Senior Economist for Agricultural Policy in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) since August 2015, after serving as USDA’s acting Deputy Chief Economist beginning in February 2015.


2016 February 12
“Most colleges do not start showing until late February, so getting to have one show under our belts before our regular points show season is critical in preparing the riders as well as the horses,” Hergenreder said. The BHSS contest is open to all categories of riders including professional competitors.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
North Texas community leaders stepped up to the plate for Texas youth on the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s final day on Feb. 6, as more than $3.4 million was generated from the 2016 Junior Sale of Champions. Local business owners, executives and individuals were responsible for purchasing 292 steers, barrows, lambs and goats.


2016 February 12
The Purdue Comparative Decision Support matrix, known as PCDS, includes a spreadsheet tool that allows users to create an operating budget based on their own fixed and variable costs, cash flow and expected revenue. The PCDS2 profit/loss analysis function uses cost and price information to calculate potential earnings.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
A week-long celebration of 75 years! For anyone attending Red Bluff on a normal year, you will find pictures of past events, consignors, and animals spread throughout the Tehama District Fairgrounds. For the 75th anniversary, however, honoring the history and tradition while promoting future events were well balanced.


2016 February 12
“For 4-H members, the youth day activities are a key component to the Experiential Learning Model of Do-Reflect-Apply. Throughout their 4-H careers 4-H members have been studying and honing their skills in different project areas.


by USDA
2016 February 12
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest conservation program by acres impacted, that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands.