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2016 March 21
Interest continues to grow in alternative management systems for cow/ calf production. Pasture is scarce, land prices are high, fences have been removed…many cattle producers have experienced the situation firsthand. As producers look for ways to expand beef cow operations, confinement continues to be part of that thought process.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Although land may be a common personal asset, many often overlook it as a way to make a gift to the National FFA Foundation. There are several ways to make a gift using your real estate (such as a residence, farm, undeveloped land, vacation home or commercial property).

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Stielow operates Bar S Ranch Inc., comprised of approximately 12,000 acres, 800 cows, a small feedlot and a farming operation, selling approximately 200 bulls per year. All of their calves not sold as seedstock are fed and sold through Innovative Livestock Services, a multi-feedlot com pany.
2016 March 21
The American Angus Association has long been known as a leader in genetic evaluation. This is for good reason as they have been a pioneer in National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) for a number of years including the use of ultrasound, indexes, weekly analysis and genomically-enhanced EPDs (expected progeny differences).

2016 March 21
The charming voice and smooth lyrics of the classic song sure make being “unforgettable” sound like an awfully good thing. Even when applied to cattle, it certainly can be. There are those “bell ringer” groups that gain and grade. They never get sick and they earn premiums upon harvest.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Boy, oh boy, we who live in the “fly over country” sure lost some good men lately, and they were friends of mine. You all know what kind of friends I mean; you see them once or twice a year at a bull sale, in Denver at the Stock Show, been to their place for the Angus tour, or maybe they spoke at your convention.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Trouble often comes in the form of some new policy or directive from Washington; written by a lawyer who’s never been west of the Mississippi, tainted beyond recognition by the relentless litigation of radical environmental groups, and finally implemented according to the subjective interpretation of local field office staff.

2016 March 18
“We need a common currency for conservation,” said Eric Holst, Associate Vice President of Working Lands with the Environmental Defense Fund, in speaking at the event. He said that the current lack of a consistent system of valuation of habitat conservation has caused problems.

2016 March 18
A portion of the Cimarron National Grasslands (CNG) in southwest Kansas remains closed to all activity following the death of seven cattle last October and the closure in January. The cause of death remains unknown following a necropsy by a local veterinarian, but the investigation is ongoing.

2016 March 18
Last week Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science Committee, challenged a study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA study was in conflict with another study that claimed there was less global warming between the years 2000-2015 and it was less than scientists expected.

2016 March 14
In 1990-1996, the last complete herd expansion in the beef industry, the beef cow herd increased about 2.9 million head, from 32.5 million head in 1990 to 35.3 million head in 1996. This included one year of expansion of 3.


by USDA
2016 March 14
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing—where producers engage with consumers face-to-face at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on-farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements (CSAs)—brings benefits for consumers as well as the farm businesses.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report held few changes for meat and poultry, but attention was on the grain ending stocks and world supplies. The report was called neutral on the domestic side and bullish on the world stage by DTN Analyst, Todd Hultman.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
But Canada’s cattle herd is not growing much, a new USDA report—United States and Canadian Cattle and Sheep, released last Tuesday—shows. Whereas the number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2016 grew 3 percent to 91.99 million head, the Canadian herd grew very slightly, from 11.


by USDA
2016 March 14
Taylor joined FDA in July 2009 and was named to this position in 2010. Since that time, he has led the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping food safety reform in more than 70 years, and guided nutrition-related initiatives to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease and other adverse diet-related outcomes.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The purpose of the pasture management plan is to think through the specific management practices required to achieve the expected level of production for the growing season ahead. There are several aspects included in the specifics—location, timing, quantity of product, costs and efficacy.