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2016 May 20
Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, Uvalde, gave a presentation on stocking rate management and provided information and a practical demonstration on brush management. Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, Corpus Christi, gave a chute-side demonstration of low-stress cattle handling techniques.


2016 May 20
Having another marketing option available will be exciting to watch but the big question mark is: Will the Southern Plains feeders use it? They have cited transaction costs as their main motivation for using the formula pricing system. It will be key for this new market to establish a certain amount of volume to make this thing work.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
In a stunning display of federal overreach, on March 1, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Service (collectively EPA) issued a “Scientific Investigations Report” draft report arguing that the Clean Water Act (CWA) can also be used to regulate the amount of water in the nation’s rivers and streams.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
Serious divisiveness among Klamath Irrigation District (KID) board of directors is mirrored by equally serious divisiveness occurring within the Flathead Joint Board of Control (FJBC) located upon the Flathead Indian Reservation. The issue in common, of course, is water and who controls it.


2016 May 13
Almost all of last week’s cash fed cattle trade occurred on Thursday, with over 74,000 head confirmed sold by end of day. Prices ranged from $129.50-132 live and $200-210 dressed, both far higher than the prior week’s prices of $126-130 live and $196-200 dressed.


2016 May 13
Beef production for the year to date in 2016 is up 3.0 percent year-over-year. This increase is faster than expected as earlier expectations were for more of the annual increase in beef production to occur in the second half of the year.


2016 May 13
Nebraska farmer and livestock producer Kevin Fulton serves as Chairman of the council and said, “I am proud to serve alongside the distinguished farmers and ranchers for the HSUS’ National Agriculture Advisory Council. These individuals are proven leaders who represent the face of humane and sustainable agriculture in this country.


2016 May 13
Recent spring rains have been welcome to North Dakota and other farmers and ranchers across the country following a fall and winter of below-average precipitation. However, water quality in ponds and dugouts still may be compromised by concentrated levels of salts, minerals, and bacteria.


by USDA
2016 May 13
USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) at a recent meeting in Columbus, OH.


2016 May 13
Hay quality is a key component to animal performance and proper hay storage is a key component to hay quality, Hall said. Hay loss can be expected, even under a barn, so mitigation and risk management are the keys to protecting as much of your investment as possible.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
“The horses at Fonner Parker were quarantined for 21 days where they were monitored closely. During that time, no further cases were confirmed so the quarantine has been lifted,” said Hughes.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.


2016 May 13
A growing chorus of cattle producers is expressing frustration regarding feeder cattle futures markets. For many years, I have defended the value of futures markets and the role of speculators in making those markets possible. However, it is increasingly important to ask and deal with questions and concerns, or the alternative may be undesired.


2016 May 13
Black flies aren’t like run-of-the-mill house flies or other biting flies, such as horn or stable flies, Swiger said. They’re tiny, powerful blood-feeders who aren’t picky about their host. They attack humans as readily as domesticated animals and wildlife, and feed at various times throughout the day.