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by USDA
2016 April 22
Egg prices are expected to fall between 0.5-1.5 percent as the egg industry recovers from the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak, which reduced the supply of eggs in the U.S. market and drove retail egg prices up by 17.8 percent in 2015.

2016 April 22
Researchers at the Kansas State (K-State) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases, both in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, have established a set of models to evaluate the space-time pattern and environmental drivers of a devastating cattle disease, bovine anaplasmosis, in Kansas.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
The beef sector is important to our dairy industry because our cows will eventually end up in the beef supply. On our farm, we always look to the beef side as the final product for our cows. We love the fact that we can make milk with them, but they have a dual purpose in providing nutrition for consumers through the beef they provide.
2016 April 22
Forage fertility management should not be something you make up as you go. Strategic planning by means of soil testing, following recommendations and having forage yield goals are vital in forage fertility management, according to A.J. Foster, Southwest Area Agronomist for Kansas State University Extension in Garden City, KS.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe of Winters, TX, as its new President April 10 at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention. Thorpe, along with his family, owns and operates Mesa T Ranch. He also has a medical degree from Texas Tech University.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) brand officials are offering tips to accomplish the goal of producing crisp, clear images that leave no doubt concerning the ownership of your livestock.

2016 April 22
In most cases, Rusche explained that yearling bulls have been developed on higher energy diets than what will be available to them during the breeding season. Therefore, he said simply turning young bulls out to the breeding pastures increases the likelihood of excessive weight loss and potentially a reduction in fertility and libido.

2016 April 22
“It’s the manure that serves as the source of bacteria for uninfected cattle,” Daly said. “Since Johne’s disease primarily affects the intestine, an infected animal sheds the bacteria (Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis) through their manure.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.



2016 April 22
Losses on both CME live and feeder cattle futures early last week has made buyers extremely cautious. Last Monday saw limit down trading in the live cattle futures when the April prices fell by the CME daily limit of 3 cents to $1.28 per pound. Cattle futures also saw a downturn, falling 3 cents to $1.

2016 April 22
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.

2016 April 15
The cash fed cattle market was slow last week and what had come in was mixed. By close of trade on Thursday, only 15,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though that is sufficient for a weekly trend, it is a far sight lower than the prior week’s 50,000+ head that had been confirmed sold by that time.


2016 April 15
“The first priority for reestablishing the sage-grouse has been the removal of junipers and pinyon pine trees, then reestablishing [the landscape] by coming back in and reseeding with a variety of native grasses and sagebrush for the sage-grouse, which also helps the cattle and sheep that graze on those lands with wildlife.