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by WLJ
2016 April 4
Ranches that successfully attain these goals will profit immensely from the sustainability that will inherently follow. The first steps in designing a successful intensive grazing system are to determine a paddock grazing period and a pasturerecovery period, or rest period.
2016 April 4
“When operating margins are strong, as was the situation for several years prior to 2013, this concern seldom came to mind,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist.
2016 April 4
Cow/calf producers with fall-calving cows have options as to the optimum date to wean the calves. Traditionally, fall-born calves are weaned at an older age than spring-born calves. Late summer grass will usually allow cows to regain body condition before the next calving season begins in early September.
2016 April 4
Wildlife officials in Montana confirmed wolves killed two yearling heifers near Roscoe in south central Montana on March 25. The same Rosebud pack has a history of livestock depredations, according to USDA’s Montana Wildlife Services State Director, John Steuber.
2016 April 4
The economic basis for cow/calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow/calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.
2016 April 4
The result was The Strategic Alliances Field Study, published in August 1993. This seminal work laid the foundation for the valuebased marketing of fed cattle. At the time though, such was the outrage at the suggestion of producers working with packers that one would have thought NCA had signed a pact with the Devil.
2016 April 1
Cash fed cattle trade got over and done with by the end of day on Thursday, but perhaps not to the tune cattle feeders would have hoped for. With more than 42,000 head confirmed sold by the end of day last Thursday, prices slipped up to $6 at $131-135 for live cattle, and $214-215 for dressed cattle, a $1-4 decline.


2016 April 1
A massive wildfire that started March 22 in Oklahoma quickly spread to Kansas to become the largest wildfire in Kansas’ history. Dubbed the Anderson Creek Fire, it burned an estimated 367,620 acres. The fire was mostly contained by last Monday due to firefighting efforts of local and state crews.


2016 April 1
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.


2016 April 1
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.


by WLJ
2016 April 1
July can’t come soon enough. The Republican National Convention is on the horizon and “politics as usual” has taken its course over the last month. The name-calling, political positioning, and campaign negativity surrounding the remaining candidates have been escalated.


by USDA
2016 March 28
In California, measures of exposure to local water shortages are only part of how the drought is affecting farms. California agriculture relies heavily on irrigation, and much of the irrigation water is supplied by large-scale state and federal water projects that store, transport, and deliver water across hundreds of miles.
2016 March 28
First, the basics of the report: Marketings of cattle out of feedlots with a 1,000 head or greater capacity during February were up 5 percent, largely due to the effects of an extra day from leap year. Placements into feedlots during February were up 10 percent compared to February 2015.
by WLJ
2016 March 28
The lawsuit was dropped following a declaration filed in the U.S. District Court of Montana on March 14 by Andrew Hammond, PhD, Director of the Pacific West Area of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), saying the sheep would not be grazed...
by USDA
2016 March 28
APHIS has held extensive conversations with livestock producers and related industries while developing our FMD preparedness plans. During these discussions, everyone involved recognized there is an increased need for a steady vaccine supply to combat this devastating disease should it enter the country.
by WLJ
2016 March 28
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 17 issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules (IFRs) designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as “mad cow disease,” in human food.