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2016 July 22
Most of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. However, the protein requirements for growth, milk production, and body condition maintenance of beef cattle do not decrease as the “dog days of summer” arrive.


2016 July 22
In a typical cattle cycle, we expect that a cow should be able to turn a profit around 6 years of age. This assumption is the crux on which stayability expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been built. Unfortunately, we have not seen anything that would indicate a “typical” cycle in a while.


2016 July 22
For the past week I have been traveling; first for meetings, then for vacation. However, a market analyst is never completely on vacation when there is a chance to observe agricultural conditions. A week ago, we traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the last bit of wheat harvest was finishing.


2016 July 22
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) outlined research, development and education priorities for the industry in a report released last month. The report came at the end of a nearly 15-month process that included review of scientific and economic journals and producer surveys.


by WLJ
2016 July 22
Like most of you, I’ve grown up in ranching, following several generations of my family in the cattle business. It’s been a way of life, and it’s something I really enjoy. While the ranch operation is predominantly cow/calf, I also began retaining ownership and taking them all the way to the feedlot.


by DTN
2016 July 22
I normally avoid state income tax issues in my column, given that our readership is national. But you might be amused at some of the political discussion in Minnesota over the state’s latest income tax hike. And there’s a lesson to be learned about a retired farmer’s ability to escape a high-taxing state.


2016 July 15
Checking cows for pregnancy is nothing new, yet its adoption rates are still incredibly low. According to the 2008 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey on cow/calf management practices in the U.S., only 18 percent of all operations and 58 percent of operations with 200 head or more check cows for pregnancy status.
by WLJ
2016 July 15
Last Monday, the Western Watersheds Project, together with two other wildlife groups, announced its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over its rejection of petitions to list the Yellowstone bison as a threatened or endangered distinct population under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


by WLJ
2016 July 15
Once again, it’s time to start sorting through your photos. Remember that great shot you took during lambing? Or the one you snapped while pushing the sheep to summer range? Or how about the one you’ve been planning to take of the flock out on...


2016 July 15
The cash fed cattle market was, like most of the cattle and beef markets, depressed last week. As of Thursday afternoon, almost 22,000 head had been confirmed sold. Cattle traded for $116-118 live and roughly $186 dressed, a $4 decline in all ranges compared to cash cattle the week before.


by USDA
2016 July 15
Based on simulations using farm-level survey data from USDA’s 2014 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), about 3 percent of farm estates would have been required to file an estate tax return in 2015, while 0.8 percent of all farm estates would have owed any federal estate tax.


by WLJ
2016 July 15
The report increased both area planted (94.1 million acres) and area harvested data (86.6 million acres). Even with a static yield estimate of 168 bushels per acre, this increase in expected harvested area brought up the projected 2016/2017 corn crop production to 14.


2016 July 15
A first step in market planning for calves this fall is to stay on top of markets, both cash and futures. While the cash markets are important at telling you where the market has been and to compare market strength among various options, the futures market has traditionally been the best predictor of where the market has been expected to go.


2016 July 15
As Montana’s last and largest Indian water compact chugs toward the finish line, heated debate makes for a wild ride. For over a decade, the compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or compact) on the Flathead Indian Reservation has been kneaded and pounded by state, tribal, and U.S.




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