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by WLJ
2017 March 24
Along with the descriptions of unprecedented funding increases to the military and the need for greater focus on efficiency, President Donald Trump’s Budget Blueprint included some less-than-clear descriptions of funding cuts in areas that may impact agriculture.
by DTN
2017 March 24
Cattle producers often comment on seeing more dogs on their farms and that they hear coyotes at night and finding what appears to be dog manure on top of a hay bale. They then ask, “Do I need to worry about neospora infecting my cow?” Veterinarian Ken McMillan says it is first important for producers to understand what neospora is.
2017 March 24
Legislation that would limit nuisance lawsuits against responsible livestock operations is making its way through the Iowa Legislature. Senate File 447 was approved by the state Senate on March 14 and is expected to be heard in the Iowa House of Representatives (HF 468) in early April.
2017 March 24
Cash prices continued their climb last week. By Thursday afternoon, over 23,000 head of cattle had been confirmed sold at prices ranging from $125- 137 live and $210-215 dressed. Though not nearly as rapid-paced a weekly sale progression, the prices were up considerably from the prior week’s prices of $125-132 live and $204-210 dressed.


2017 March 24
If President Donald Trump gets his druthers, the U.S. government will be a lean, mean defending machine. A budget plan recently released by Trump and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, takes aim at government waste and regulation, while proposing a $54 billion increase for defense, veterans, and homeland security for 2018.


by WLJ
2017 March 24
While she spent most of her life in West Texas, Buxkemper was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Sistersville, WV, to Amalee and Robert Thomas Jones Sr. and was raised in Michigan.
by WLJ
2017 March 24
While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C. It means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well.
by WLJ
2017 March 17
Thomas Smith;1927-2017 Thomas Joseph Smith, 89, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at E.W. Thompson Health and Rehab Center in Sedalia, MO. He was born south of Sedalia on Dec 24, 1927, the ninth child of
2017 March 17
“Bull buying is not a onesize-fits-all decision. There are many options to choose from including breed, age and genetics,” Grussing said. “Sire selection plays a large role in the profitability of the cow/calf operation. Take the time to make strategic breeding decisions that will benefit the cow herd and set yourself up for success this year.
2017 March 17
Cattle brucellosis has been eradicated across the country, except for areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park, where wildlife remains a reservoir. As a result, many states have dropped requirements for brucellosis vaccination of heifers for their resident cattle and for animals entering from other states.
by WLJ
2017 March 17
Although President Donald Trump announced his choice for USDA secretary in January, the official paperwork has only recently been completed. On March 10 Trump officially submitted his nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
by WLJ
2017 March 17
The average cattle feeder wants to be rewarded for above-average beef quality, and many have turned to some type of value-based “grid” marketing to earn premiums. After selling a few pens on a packer grid, some feeders lament it’s less about quality and more about dressing percent, the whole-carcass yield of beef, including bones in those cuts.


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