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2017 March 10
The use of artificial insemination has been used in commercial cow herds for years as a way to quickly improve the genetics of a herd. It allows producers to breed cows to high accuracy bulls without having to invest in a bull and helps plan calving times.
2017 March 10
Synchronizing estrus in a beef herd can shorten your calving season, produce more uniform calf weights, and last but not least, provide the opportunity to use proven genetics through artificial insemination (AI). As cow herds rebuild, many producers are synchronizing heifers and replacing bull power with AI sires as bull prices increase.
by DTN
2017 March 10
President Donald Trump should make reestablishment of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for pork and beef part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an open markets advocate told a National Farmers Union (NFU) audience last Wednesday.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Acting USDA Deputy Secretary Michael Young recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.
by DTN
2017 March 10
As Republican House leaders released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called “ObamaCare”), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said last Monday that dealing with health care will be at the top of the list of issues Republicans have to address before the farm bill.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Beef exports were up 25 percent with Korea and Japan both increasing purchases during recent months. The U.S. has also benefited from a drought in Australia that now is broken and Aussie producers are rebuilding their herds and have less beef to export. These are natural and fundamental factors that will always be present in global world trade.
2017 March 10
He thinks about decisions that will keep him profitable here and now, but the long-term goal isn’t to retire rich. The reason he invests money, time and brainpower into better genetics and management is to leave a cow herd and ranch that the next generation will want to own.
2017 March 10
Land use is embedded in long-term thinking and the individual desires of those involved in farming and ranching. Agricultural production systems incorporate land eco-types, along with associated capital purchases and investment in equipment. Once these systems are implemented, change is difficult to initiate.
by DTN
2017 March 10
Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. Part of this enduring attention is understandably tied to Dinklage’s historical contribution to the development of large-scale cattle feeding.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Barrett started his rodeo career in the early 1950s. In the early days, he would ride bulls and bareback horses, fill in for the announcer, then set up and play the rodeo dance all night long. Barrett and his band, “Hadley Barrett and the Westerners,” played music for 34 years and was inducted.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Although many farm operators are self-employed, in the majority of farm households either the operator or spouse is employed off-farm. In 2015, more than half of farm household members had health insurance coverage through an employer—close to the rate for the overall U.
2017 March 10
“The concern producers expressed about current economic conditions is consistent with other measures of conditions in the farm economy,” said James Mintert, barometer Principal Investigator and Director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.
by USDA
2017 March 10
Members of households with very low food security reported cutting back on or skipping meals, and in some cases, going a whole day without eating. The prevalence of very low food security varies considerably across household characteristics.
2017 March 10
After the prior week’s impressive gains, last week saw cash fed cattle prices increase even more. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, almost 110,000 head had been confirmed sold at $125- 129.50 live and $200-204 dressed. This was up a few dollars for live cattle and steady for dressed cattle compared to the prior week.


2017 March 10
In another court settlement aimed at settling a grazing dispute in Nevada, a U.S. District Court Judge ordered Wayne Hage to pay more than $587,000 and remove all livestock from federal lands. The decision was issued Feb. 27 by Chief Judge Gloria Navarro.


2017 March 10
The Senate voted 51 to 48 in a mid-afternoon vote last Tuesday to pass House Joint Resolution (H.J.Res.) 44. The vote came exactly a month after the House of Representatives passed it. If signed by the president, the resolution would effectively kill the Planning 2.


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