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by WLJ
2017 September 29
“We wanted to test the interest in a new award that would recognize innovations in the sheep business. ASI awards have traditionally recognized service and media coverage associated with the organization, so this Industry Innovation Award is an exciting addition.
2017 September 29
“Pinkeye, or keratoconjunctivitis, is an infectious disease of cattle that costs producers money in several ways,” says Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian. “These include increased labor, cost of antibiotics, decreased weaning weights and decreased price paid at market for animals with scarred eyes.
by WLJ
2017 September 29
Tucked between the midwestern plains and the western prairies lie some of our nation’s most iconic forests. These lands comprise an incredibly diverse ecosystem, support local economies, and provide critical water supplies, recreational opportunities and sanctuary for wildlife populations.
2017 September 29
The U.S. beef industry lives or dies by how well beef sells in grocery stores and in restaurants. Retail demand right now is stronger than it has been in quite a number of years. Sales have more than recovered from the challenges in 2014 and 2015 when retail prices reached record high levels because of tight cattle and beef supplies.
2017 September 22
Value-added projects are those that process a raw product, enhance a commodity, physically segregate a commodity, create a locallyproduced food, and establish farm-based energy operation or market an agriculture product.
2017 September 22
Preconditioning is a generic term that means different things to different people and encompasses the different operating procedures that may be applied to a calf prior to shipping. Preconditioning activities may include weaning, vaccinations, dehorning, castration and starting calves on a high-energy diet.
2017 September 22
“In areas that have received late-summer rains, producers may be able to benefit from green-up of pastures and hay land, regrowth from cereal and annual forages cut for hay, or crop volunteer regrowth,” says Janna Kincheloe, the North Dakota State...
2017 September 22
Populations of these flies tend to peak in June. The hot, dry days of summer tend to decrease the overall population. However, in late August to September as the temperatures begin to decrease and humidity increases, the horn fly population tends to peak again.
2017 September 22
It’s always difficult to forecast weather, but if dry field conditions persist, the potential for combine and field fires this fall could be a problem. All it takes is a single high-temperature source in the engine area or an overheated bearing to ignite dry plant material.
2017 September 22
October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements.
2017 September 22
A group of 20 Democratic U.S. senators and an independent senator is opposed to rescinding the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which is still tied up in court, according to a letter sent to the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.
by WLJ
2017 September 22
NCBA’s latest video in the campaign features Buck Wehrbein, who manages Mead Cattle Company in Eastern Nebraska. In the video, Wehrbein discusses proposals on Capitol Hill to eliminate the deductibility of interest payments for businesses—an idea that he says would be “catastrophic” for businesses like his.
by USDA
2017 September 22
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urged state foresters last week to join in calling on Congress to address the way the U.S. Forest Service is funded. Currently, the agency has to borrow money from prevention programs to combat ongoing wildfires.
2017 September 22
Smoke inhalation can cause both immediate and long-term harm. If cattle have burned muzzles or faces, or crusty noses, they are more likely to have smoke inhalation issues. In the short term (first day), fluid may build up in the lungs, causing them to swell and resulting in coughing with rapid, moist breathing.
2017 September 22
A survey of more than 1,000 farmers showed that a large majority did not understand how to interpret research results and, according to Sara Berg, South Dakota State University (SDSU) extension agronomy field specialist, the language used in reporting may be to blame.
by DTN
2017 September 22
It’s becoming routine to see court cases backing the IRS against taxpayers who trip over the rules when donating assets to charity. Checks are difficult enough. Any single contribution of $250 or more requires a written receipt from the charity at year’s end, or the deduction becomes zero.


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