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by WLJ
2017 March 17
Thomas Smith;1927-2017 Thomas Joseph Smith, 89, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at E.W. Thompson Health and Rehab Center in Sedalia, MO. He was born south of Sedalia on Dec 24, 1927, the ninth child of
2017 March 17
“Bull buying is not a onesize-fits-all decision. There are many options to choose from including breed, age and genetics,” Grussing said. “Sire selection plays a large role in the profitability of the cow/calf operation. Take the time to make strategic breeding decisions that will benefit the cow herd and set yourself up for success this year.
2017 March 17
Cattle brucellosis has been eradicated across the country, except for areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park, where wildlife remains a reservoir. As a result, many states have dropped requirements for brucellosis vaccination of heifers for their resident cattle and for animals entering from other states.
by WLJ
2017 March 17
Although President Donald Trump announced his choice for USDA secretary in January, the official paperwork has only recently been completed. On March 10 Trump officially submitted his nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
by WLJ
2017 March 17
The average cattle feeder wants to be rewarded for above-average beef quality, and many have turned to some type of value-based “grid” marketing to earn premiums. After selling a few pens on a packer grid, some feeders lament it’s less about quality and more about dressing percent, the whole-carcass yield of beef, including bones in those cuts.
2017 March 17
“Things started on the electronic Fed Cattle Exchange auction where packers started buying cattle in Texas/Kansas for $125-126 but then packers in the north began gobbling up cattle in Nebraska for $129-131.50 live so the southern cattle finished up on the auction at $127-128.
2017 March 17
Some records are made to be broken, but when the wildfires broke out earlier this month no one wanted a Kansas record to be shattered. It happened though when the fire that also included land in Oklahoma consumed a massive 702,000 acres, surpassing the Anderson Creek Fire in March 2016.
2017 March 17
Four former occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were found guilty on felony charges Friday, March 10, after a jury trial in Portland, OR. All four men were released, but will face sentencing on May 10. The defendants may file appeals of the verdict.


2017 March 10
Beef exports totaled 96,488 metric tons (mt), up 17 percent from a year ago, valued at $515.5 million— up 18 percent and the highest ever for the month of January. Exports accounted for 12.2 percent of total beef production and 9.5 percent for muscle cuts only—with both ratios being fairly steady with January 2016.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Smaller-sized feedlots did increase capacity adding 2,000 lots (locations) compared to 2015 and increasing the number of head marketed during 2016 by just over 200,000 head year-over-year. This relatively large increase in small feedlots is driven by cheap feed, but is unlikely going to be a long-term trend.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
A good set of financial records are a must when considering economic decisions in your operation. Understanding how to pull the needed data out of those records and how to interpret them is key to providing you with usable information to make your decisions.
by DTN
2017 March 10
Last Monday, wildfires pushed through the area, burning everything in their path—including the farmhouse that Robinson and her sister grew up in. While her nephew, who lived in the house, was not hurt, Robinson said the loss of buildings, livestock and fence was extremely overwhelming.
2017 March 10
Lamb comes to Texas A&M after serving as Assistant Director of the University of Florida-North Florida Research and Education Center. In Florida, he was responsible for administrative oversight of the animal science programs with primary roles overseeing budgets, staff and marketing of livestock as well as research, extension and teaching programs.
2017 March 10
Wind-whipped wildfires raced across the Texas Panhandle on March 6-7, leaving in their wake tragic human losses, as well as about 440,000 acres of charred land in eight counties, hundreds of miles of burned fences, and uncounted number of dead or injured animals with the flames still moving.


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