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by WLJ
2017 February 17
The American Angus Association recently announced its collaboration with participating universities to assess foot structure on behalf of breeders who seek help in assessing their herds. The new service allows animal science students and judging team participants to collect foot scores as they visit Angus operations.
2017 February 17
A bill intended to establish a fair and balanced process to conduct an accurate survey of land along the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma received House approval last week. Introduced by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX13) as the Red River Gradient Boundary Act (H.
2017 February 17
A three-year study at the University of Missouri (MU) shows liming helps grass but doesn’t increase ergovaline, a toxin that harms grazing cattle many ways, mostly in lost production. In recent frigid cold, farmers reported increased cases of fescue foot caused by the toxin.
2017 February 17
Dental checkups are essential for horses. As a horse becomes older, the shape and angle of its teeth begin to change and some problems may occur. Knowing what problem signs to look for will help prevent further dental problems.
2017 February 17
Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a viral infection of horses caused by the equine arteritis virus. EVA leads to respiratory illness, inflammation, bleeding, and abortion in pregnant mares, creating significant economic losses to the equine industry. The disease is caused by an enveloped RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus, which infects equine species.
2017 February 17
Beef exports increased 11 percent in volume (1.19 million metric tons; mt) and 1 percent in value ($6.34 billion) from 2015. December exports totaled 116,847 mt, up 24 percent year-overyear. This was the largest monthly volume since July 2013 and the largest ever for December.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
It has been well-documented in popular press and repeatedly confirmed at sale barns and coffee shops that the current calf market is about one-half of where it was just two-anda-half years ago. The shortterm projections for both the cattle market and weather are not favorable for ranchers.
2017 February 17
Attempts by President Donald Trump to scale back government regulations through an executive order signed Jan. 30 has hit a roadblock, as the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and two other interest groups sued the administration on Wednesday, Feb.
by USDA
2017 February 17
However, the rate of increase slowed in 2016, with all cattle dressed weights through November averaging about the same as year-earlier weights for the same period. Heifer weights increased during this period, but steer weights and cow weights were lower.
2017 February 17
Producer sentiment about the agricultural economy skyrocketed to an all-time high in January, jumping from 132 to 153, according to the latest reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Chart provided by Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer/David Widmar.
2017 February 17
In truth, feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgment as science. Judgment is required to balance between over- and under-feeding. Under-feeding limits performance and possibly quality grade. Feeding too much increases feed waste and more importantly can trigger acidosis, poor performance and increased death loss.
2017 February 17
Even with little winter snow cover to melt, the forecast still looks muddy for cattle producers this spring. Most areas in Iowa and other areas of cattle country had significant rain in the late fall and early winter before the ground froze.
2017 February 17
“We are pleased to add 10 American women to the ranks of inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history,” said Betty Bayer, the Hall’s Co-President and Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
VOG can be defined in multiple ways. Some have defined it as the difference in the value (weight × price) from the beginning of a growing period to the end of the growing period divided by the pounds gained. Another way to define it is as the amount of money the market is willing to pay for the next pound of weight a calf or yearling gains.
2017 February 17
The year 2017 is shaping up to be another year of tight margins for cattle producers. As much as ranchers would like to limit expenses during market downturns, some expenditures can’t be postponed. Bulls fall into this category. The necessity of having an adequate number of bulls goes without saying.
2017 February 17
Economists from USDA, the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri all said farm finances look to dip in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. Farmers are struggling, but not as bad as the 1980s yet and low prices are buoyed by higher yields.
2017 February 17
News circulated early in 2017 about a truck hauling Skittles to a producer in Wisconsin, where it was to be mixed into feed for cattle. Social media was abuzz with the strange thought of cattle tasting the rainbow. Apparently, however, the novelty of this story is not so unique.


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