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2016 July 22
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017,” July 14 by a 231-196 vote. The measure contains numerous provisions that would limit regulatory overreach as well as measures important to.


2016 July 22
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule vacating the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rule was announced in the Federal Register and resulted from a court-ordered delisting following a lawsuit brought by numerous counties in New Mexico.



2016 July 22
This time of year can be an exciting one for horse owners. Many people enjoy doing the breaking and starting of their 2-year-olds and now is great time to get the process going. The goal of ground work is to make the riding part much easier and less worrisome for both horse and rider.


2016 July 22
A Montana landowner was sentenced last Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution after a grand jury in April found him guilty on two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into waters of the U.S. and one count of injury or depredation of U.S.


by WLJ
2016 July 22
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is pleased to announce the development and release of their Terminal ($T) and Maternal ($M) Indices. The release of $T Terminal Index and $M Maternal Index now allows commercial cattlemen to target their bull selections to achieve specific production goals.


by WLJ
2016 July 22
The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations.


by WLJ
2016 July 22
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program, the agency announced in a press release.


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.


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).