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2017 March 17
Some records are made to be broken, but when the wildfires broke out earlier this month no one wanted a Kansas record to be shattered. It happened though when the fire that also included land in Oklahoma consumed a massive 702,000 acres, surpassing the Anderson Creek Fire in March 2016.
2017 March 17
Four former occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were found guilty on felony charges Friday, March 10, after a jury trial in Portland, OR. All four men were released, but will face sentencing on May 10. The defendants may file appeals of the verdict.


2017 March 10
Beef exports totaled 96,488 metric tons (mt), up 17 percent from a year ago, valued at $515.5 million— up 18 percent and the highest ever for the month of January. Exports accounted for 12.2 percent of total beef production and 9.5 percent for muscle cuts only—with both ratios being fairly steady with January 2016.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Smaller-sized feedlots did increase capacity adding 2,000 lots (locations) compared to 2015 and increasing the number of head marketed during 2016 by just over 200,000 head year-over-year. This relatively large increase in small feedlots is driven by cheap feed, but is unlikely going to be a long-term trend.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
A good set of financial records are a must when considering economic decisions in your operation. Understanding how to pull the needed data out of those records and how to interpret them is key to providing you with usable information to make your decisions.
by DTN
2017 March 10
Last Monday, wildfires pushed through the area, burning everything in their path—including the farmhouse that Robinson and her sister grew up in. While her nephew, who lived in the house, was not hurt, Robinson said the loss of buildings, livestock and fence was extremely overwhelming.
2017 March 10
Lamb comes to Texas A&M after serving as Assistant Director of the University of Florida-North Florida Research and Education Center. In Florida, he was responsible for administrative oversight of the animal science programs with primary roles overseeing budgets, staff and marketing of livestock as well as research, extension and teaching programs.
2017 March 10
Wind-whipped wildfires raced across the Texas Panhandle on March 6-7, leaving in their wake tragic human losses, as well as about 440,000 acres of charred land in eight counties, hundreds of miles of burned fences, and uncounted number of dead or injured animals with the flames still moving.
2017 March 10
“With the development of the ‘pour on’ products, along with the generic products, the use increased, and in some cases, these products were used multiple times per year,” he adds. “So whether we are dealing with resistance in lice or less efficacy at the appropriate dose, the result is the same—a lack of control.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
In Texas, most rural land is evaluated as agricultural for tax purposes. The agricultural evaluation (1-d-1 open-space) is commonly referred to as an agricultural tax exemption. This is not a true exemption because landowners of land classified as agricultural still pay a tax, but the tax is at a reduced rate.
2017 March 10
Although many people have argued that rising carbon dioxide levels would benefit crop production, a recent model of the effects of increased CO2 shows that it’s not that simple and that elevated levels could have a much less positive effect on plant photosynthesis than previously predicted.
2017 March 10
The primary function of markets is to figure out what gets produced and what resources are used to accomplish that production. While broader supply and demand forces determine what gets produced and how much is produced, the question of how to produce is particularly tricky in the cattle industry.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Where present, tree scars are the most common indicator of fire frequency and return interval in a particular area, assuming the sampled trees were scarred during each fire event. For example, if tree scars indicate a particular location burned 10 out of 30 years, then the fire frequency would be once every three years.
2017 March 10
“With today’s consumers interested in knowing more about the way agricultural products are grown, this online training program will equip anyone associated with the beef industry or other areas of agriculture, with added knowledge on the latest industry information,” Gordon said.
2017 March 10
“The reason I got into it was the country is so rough that you can’t buy replacements. I decided to improve my herd, but I can’t just go out and buy cows and turn them out because they just die. They don’t know what to eat and their feet aren’t used to the rocks so they get sore-footed and they literally starve to death.
by WLJ
2017 March 10
Most negative AI experiences can be avoided, however, with careful planning and management decisions. Paying attention to factors such as body condition, operator skill, and heat detection strategies can greatly improve your experience with...
2017 March 10
The use of artificial insemination has been used in commercial cow herds for years as a way to quickly improve the genetics of a herd. It allows producers to breed cows to high accuracy bulls without having to invest in a bull and helps plan calving times.


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