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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.
2017 February 17
In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is implemented, attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contend in a legal brief filed last Tuesday the agency followed the law.
2017 February 17
• The 179 expense election is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollar-for-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2,010,000.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
When economic times necessitate “tightening of the purse strings,” so to speak, too often livestock producers cut back severely on pasture management and associated expenses. This often leads to the deterioration of pasture resources, the basis of the food source required to sustain the livestock we strive to produce.
2017 February 17
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
2017 February 17
Draft Guidance for Industry 187 has genetic scientists concerned for the future of gene editing in agriculture. In classifying the results of gene-edited animals as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, the draft guidance could—if finalized—require researchers to jump through onerous regulatory hoops and kill the technology.
2017 February 17
When developing a cattle marketing strategy for 2017, producers should consider basis as well as the multitude of factors which contributed to the continued price decline, said Matthew Diersen, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Risk/ Business Management Specialist.
2017 February 17
Erosion at an auxiliary spillway of the Oroville Dam in Northern California prompted emergency evacuations last week as the risk of flooding in areas below the dam grew. As of press time residents were being allowed to return to their homes, but the situation was declared a disaster on Feb.


by WLJ
2017 February 10
All of the cattle that reacted to the initial screening test were subjected to enhanced post-mortem examinations that included more detailed inspection for the presence of lesions related to bovine tuberculosis. However, the number of infected cattle remains at six, and all of these six cattle were from the same farming operation.


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