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by WLJ
2017 September 15
If you haven’t noticed, Montana has found itself in the center of a triad of unfortunate circumstances regarding water. The state is still undergoing statewide adjudication where water users must prove their historical use, claim water for formerly exempt uses, and defend challenges to their water use.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
There probably isn’t a beef producer out there who hasn’t thought about what must be done to pass their operation to another generation interested in cattle. While getting input from your family is important, so is the knowledge that professionals in legal and financial matters can share.
2017 September 8
Labor Day seems a bit early for many producers to be talking seriously about fall and winter stockers. However, a wet and cool August opens up a broader set of stocker possibilities than is typical in Oklahoma. Most of the state received upwards of double normal precipitation in August and forage is green and growing most everywhere.
2017 September 8
In announcing the decision, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said DACA immigrants “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.” Still, the White House claimed the DACA immigrants will not be priority targets for deportation.
2017 September 8
Silage time has arrived for many producers. Some producers have been forced to put up silage due to hail but many are considering silage over grain based on economical beef production when feeding silage. Here are some key considerations for beef producers to consider before and during use of silage in their operation.
2017 September 8
“People are inherently good, but there may be opportunists who seek to take advantage of people in desperate or serious situations,” Ellingson says. “Miscommunication also can lead to problems, so making sure agreements and arrangements are qualified in writing is important.
2017 September 8
The “value-added” calf sales will begin in October. Therefore, some of the required weaning dates are only a few days away. Most of the “value-added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cowcalf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy.
2017 September 8
Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, rangeland, and cropland have sadly gone up in smoke this summer in Montana. In addition to the devastating effect on personal property and direct loss of crops and livestock, fire can affect soil properties and soil nutrients.
2017 September 8
Planning now for winter feeding can provide an opportunity to become more efficient in the use of winter feed dollars. Thoughtful sorting of the cow herd during the fall months as the summer grasses become dormant allows the cows to be supplemented through the winter according to their needs.
by WLJ
2017 September 8
The dairy researchers in Florida and Colorado set out to see how the season of a heifer’s conception influences her later productive life. As you look at a pen of replacement beef heifers and judge their genetics, individual performance and disposition, this dairy study adds another variable.
2017 September 8
Labor Day kicks off the traditional fall bull selling season. It is an exciting time! The fall bull sale represents two years of work by the seedstock breeder from the time they made the breeding decisions that resulted in the bulls they are marketing.


2017 September 8
“Cash cattle prices last week [Aug. 28-Sept. 1] were the lowest for that week since 2010. Last fall, cash prices bottomed in October at $97 and there is concern that price will be revisited this year. But unlike the last 2 years, it is cash leading the market lower, not futures.


2017 September 8
Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas late last month while fires, many of which started in July, continue to burn in western states. In Montana alone, more than 1 million acres have burned while additional fires are burning in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.


by WLJ
2017 September 8
President Donald Trump announced dozens of nominations last week. Several of the positions were relevant to agriculture, including upper-level USDA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) positions. Though the senate has been slow to confirm Trump’s nominees, meaning these appointments likely won’t be.


by WLJ
2017 September 8
In 1987, Hyde served as the president of the American National Cattlewomen’s Association and served on the Oregon Cattle Women’s organization for decades. Among her many honors was being named the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Klamath Falls, OR, Herald and News.


by WLJ
2017 September 8
Lance Pekus, also known as the Cowboy Ninja competed Sept. 4 in Stage 1 of the American Ninja Warrior finals. The rancher from Salmon, ID finished with the fastest time of the night and advances to Stage 2 of the finals which airs Sept. 18 on NBC.
2017 September 8
Beef cattle producers count on replacement heifers to become fertile cows. In a six-month experiment, researchers in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences determined that cows clustered together in industry-standard dry-lot pens experienced delayed puberty despite adequate age and body weight development.


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