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2015 December 27
As the year comes to a close, there are some stories and issues that stand out more than others. The year 2015 was dominated by politicking, regulations, and courtroom battles. Endangered species fights and pushback against federal agency overreach seemed to be the order of the year and will certainly set the stage for 2016.


2015 December 27
Congress came together with bipartisan support on Dec. 18 to pass the $1.15 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill that will fund the government through fiscal year 2016. The House gave approval with a 316-113 vote followed by a 65-33 nod in the Senate..


2015 December 27
“It was eye-opening,” she says. Golian holds a master’s degree from MU, but she quickly found out she had much to learn about owning a farm. There were leases, fences, estate laws and other topics to learn in the months and years following her husband’s death.


by USDA
2015 December 27
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing updates to its brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) program regulations. The changes outlined in the proposed rule were developed over several years of close collaboration between APHIS and its state, tribal and industry partners.


by WLJ
2015 December 27
Shane Bedwell has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director of Breed Improvement of the American Hereford Association (AHA). In this role, he will lead the AHA performance department and oversee the National Reference Sire Program and Whole Herd Total Performance Records program.


by USDA
2015 December 27
Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a scientific assessment released by the USDA on global food security and its implications for the United States. The report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.


2015 December 27
Wheat forage is generally marginal to sufficient in phosphorus and magnesium, high in potassium, and low in calcium. Therefore, calcium is the mineral that most often limits growth in cattle grazing wheat. A 550-pound steer gaining 3 pounds per day has a calcium requirement of 33 grams.


2015 December 27
Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.


2015 December 27
Beef producers across the country have taken advantage of precision agriculture management practices to more efficiently feed cows. Mechanical technologies are available in the form of large bale slicers, mixers and scales that allow cattlemen to mix rations to perfectly meet the nutrient requirements of the cow herd.


2015 December 27
These pleasant December days (after the rain and ice storms of the previous week) could be put to good use in preparation for the spring calving season. Now is a good time to check the pens, calving stalls and the equipment that will be used in February and March.


2015 December 27
Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) filed an amicus brief on Dec. 14 in support of the State of Wyoming in its 10th Circuit Court appeal of the District Court decision regarding seven Herd Management Areas (HMAs) administered by the BLM in central and western Wyoming.


2015 December 27
I’m sure cattle feeders will be happy to see 2015 come to a close. It was by far the toughest year ever for cattle feeders. Jim Robb at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) and I were trying to figure out what kind of year cattle feeders had, the LMIC calculated the average loss on fed cattle was $295 per head, and with 23.


2015 December 27
Using crop aftermath and late-season dry forage can cut production costs; however, this can result in consequences. Cows need to receive a balanced ration to halt poor performance or even the loss of condition.


by WLJ
2015 December 27
has exposed weakness in sectors and the cattle industry as a whole. Vertical integration is a process that continues to streamline the efficiency of beef production from birth to plate.


2015 December 18
As obesity rates have increased during the past decade, consumers and the nutrition community have continued to ponder this pivotal question: “What should eating right look like?” The answer, in short: Physical activity and eating right are important at all life stages, and the benefits last a lifetime!

by WLJ
2015 December 18
Winter pasture (wheat, rye, barley, etc.) can be a valuable asset for many cattle operations. It is often the most cost-effective way to put weight on stocker cattle or condition on developing heifers. I previously have written on winter pasture establishment (find the articles at bit.



2015 December 18
The markets continued lower last week, with the cash and futures markets of both live cattle and feeders, as well as wholesale beef, heading downward. By Thursday afternoon over 61,500 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated market of the week. Live steers traded for $114-117, down from the prior week’s $115- 119.





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