Summer has definitely arrived in Oklahoma! Hot dry summer weather brings about heat and drought stress on summer annuals. Stressed plants such as the forage sorghums can occasionally accumulate dangerous concentrations of nitrates.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that $44.6 million is being awarded through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 states. Recipients for each project are providing more than $4.
With the extreme conditions we have been experiencing this summer, it is important producers diligently document and report their death losses for possible Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payments. It is a good risk management practice to keep good records anyway but it is at times like these that they can really pay dividends.
To help producers understand production goals better, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDB- CIA), utilizes the CHAPS program to calculate beef cattle performance by analyzing production traits.
To reduce their tax bill each year, families simply invest in machinery, equipment or other assets for their ranch. When selling their ranch, however, many ranch owners are either unaware of or misinformed about the tax-saving strategies available to them.
Have you ever heard the phrase “A butterfly flaps its wings in Amazonian jungle and a storm ravages half of Europe,” or something similar? Such phrases are used to illustrate the butterfly effect. It is a concept within the mathematical field of study called “chaos theory.
By close of trade Thursday afternoon, some respectable—and relieving—cash fed trade had developed. Over 28,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week at prices of $120-123 live and $194-195 dressed. These prices were well above the prior week’s prices of $115-116 live and $186-190.
A wide variety of internal and external factors are impacting beef and cattle price levels and volatility. Beef production is at a seasonal peak in June with weekly beef production since late May estimated to be nearly 7 percent above year-ago levels.
The U.S. hides and skins industry accounts for nearly $3.4 billion in total economic output, according to a new economic impact analysis conducted by John Dunham and Associates for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), an affiliate organization of the U.
The issue of market volatility, particularly in the U.S. beef market, was a point of great attention in the Rabobank report. Under the heading, “U.S. volatility needs to be resolved,” the report outlined four problems that are familiar to the U.S. cattle producer:.
Last September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released their final sage-grouse regulations for over 60 million acres across 10 states. A flurry of litigation from all sides followed. A strange silence fell, leaving westerners waiting for on-the-ground agency action.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of grazing in an Oregon case filed last year by several environmental groups claiming violation of a number of federal environmental policies. At the root of the discussion was the population of bull trout, a species listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, in the Klamath Basin area of Oregon.
Having a good working relationship with a farrier and veterinarian is essential to solving and preventing some of these problems. This article discusses common hoof problems as well as basic hoof care procedures throughout the year. Caring for a horse’s feet and hooves will safeguard its long-term soundness.
Volunteer wheat doesn’t all emerge at the same time, unfortunately. Some can start emerging early where wheat in the heading stage was damaged by hail, said Dallas Peterson, Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension Weed Management Specialist.
With wheat harvest right around the corner, the value of the straw is a very popular question. Over the past several years, baling and selling wheat straw has become a more common practice. While uses for wheat straw are varied, the increased demand is driven by livestock farms using straw as part of their feed rations.
On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows. Violations of drug residue regulations can result in expensive fines—or even worse, jail time—for the rancher and a “black-eye” for the entire beef industry.
Under Ed Koger’s care, the Hashknife Ranch is home to a thriving population of lesser prairie-chickens and a robust cattle operation. Koger’s conservation ethic is rooted deep in the Kansas prairie. A fifthgeneration Kansan, Koger recalls his maternal grandmother’s words when he was a boy growing up in the Flint Hills.
Through an extensive five-year joint process between Heartbrand Beef of Harwood, TX, and the Brazilian Group Origine, fullblood American Akaushi were recently exported to Brazil. This unique opportunity is the first live cattle export from the U.S. to Brazil of any breed in nearly two decades.
Ventenata dubia—also called wiregrass, North African grass or simply ventenata—is a shallow-rooted annual that competes with perennial grasses and forbs and offers minimal forage value for livestock and wildlife. It is affecting hay production in Washington and Oregon.