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2016 March 28
In an effort to evaluate this change in management, a review was conducted comparing overall performance of the center’s herd for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011(mid-March calving) to the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (mid-May calving).
by WLJ
2016 March 28
We all know dairy cows serve a dual purpose. In the words of our 2016 Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award winners Reid and Diane Hoover, “Our love for the dairy animal goes beyond just making milk. We know that animal has a unique quality in life in both milk and meat production.
2016 March 25
What the market gives it also takes away. Last week saw all sectors of the cattle and beef markets fall. In most cases the losses from last week returned all of the gains made the week before. In the cash fed cattle market, over 22,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday afternoon.

2016 March 25
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) named Kendal Frazier as its Chief Executive Officer last week. NCBA President Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands.



2016 March 25
“We are filing this petition to force unelected bureaucrats to follow the law,” said PLF Staff Attorney Jonathan Wood. “This illegal regulation imposes onerous regulatory burdens on property owners and small businesses, and ultimately hurts the very species it purports to protect.

by DTN
2016 March 21
Phil Seng, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), said the time is not ripe to make any volume increase forecast for exports to Japan, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will surely enhance the competitiveness of

2016 March 21
Continuing implementation of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, which includes programs such as SodSaver and policies such as conservation compliance (restraining cultivation on highly erodible or marginal lands), provides incentives to enhance conservation of grasslands.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
The Wyoming Beef Council (WBC) is seeking dedicated volunteers to serve Wyoming’s beef industry. The WBC has three upcoming vacancies: two on the governing council; and one WBC-appointed national director position. Applications and descriptions of each position can be found on the WBC website,


2016 March 21
“There is no reason to rush out and do spring tillage in March if the goal is to plant corn in mid-April or to plant soybeans in late April or early May,” said Purdue Extension Agronomist Tony Vyn.

by DTN
2016 March 21
As many Midwest farmers do after the corn harvest in the fall, Daren Niemeyer grazes his beef cows on his corn stalks. The Bladen, NE, farmer uses the leftover crop residue as inexpensive feed for his cows and also for the benefits he believes it has for next year’s crop.

2016 March 21
The importance of bull selection to South Texas cow/calf producers in rebuilding their herds has been fleshed out in a new publication by experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi and Texas A&M’s Department of Agricultural Economics in College Station.


2016 March 21
First, know what your cows need to complement their genetic strengths or weaknesses. “Do you have records that indicate you need more milk, more growth, more muscling, more marbling, more docility? Then look for a bull that can help those areas,” said Cole.

by USDA
2016 March 21
Growing cattle inventories and increased pork production are pushing cattle and hog prices lower. For the fourth quarter of 2015, hog prices (51-52 percent lean) averaged about $45 per hundredweight, down about 33 percent from a year earlier and nearly 50 percent below the prices received in the second quarter of 2014.


2016 March 21
“Predation on sheep and goats on large West Texas operations is arguably that industry’s biggest problem,” Redden said. “For many ranchers, controlling predators has gotten to the point where it’s almost impossible to effectively conduct predator management by traditional lethal means.