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2016 February 22
If you ask a youth if they learned science through raising an animal, often their response would be “no.” Science is sometimes hard for youth to describe. However, youth are using science in almost all aspects of raising animals.


2016 February 22
All of the buzz about soil health—benefits for crop production, how to improve it, how to measure it—has left some Michigan farmers wondering where they fit into the discussion. Two main practices stand out front and center in the soil health discussion: no-till or reduced tillage planting systems; and inclusion of cover crops into rotations.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
In order to strengthen the ongoing partnership between the dairy and beef segments of the cattle industry on animal-care issues, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Beef Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance Program announced...


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Witte has served in many important roles throughout her tenure as a CattleWoman. Witte, joined the Roadrunner CowBelles in 1963 and has been an active part of the CattleWomen ever since.


2016 February 22
Speaking at a recent Red Angus Brain Trust, Dr. Ken Odde of Kansas State University presented a summary of a research project that studied the last five years of Superior Livestock Auction lot prices based on breed description and found that this description significantly impacted sale price (See Table 1).


by WLJ
2016 February 22
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting a forum on Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) for beef producers and animal health officials in conjunction with the NIAA Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016. The forum, “BVD: An Industry Prevention Strategies & Solutions Forum,” will be April 7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.


2016 February 22
Sometimes, the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, she said, adding that although such warnings are more common in forested areas of the western United States, they have increasingly been issued in Kansas and other Plains states as a way to alert people of critical fire danger.


2016 February 22
Because protection measures such as defensible space around homes and communities, use of fire-resistant building materials, and adequate road access can help protect homes and communities, the public should exercise safe, responsible behavior when...


2016 February 22
To best serve western South Dakota cattle producers, Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, will now work from two South Dakota offices, one at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station near Philip and the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Rapid City.


2016 February 12
Trade representatives from the 12 countries representing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement met Feb. 4 to formally sign the agreement that would open trade and reduce tariffs on a number of U.S. products including beef. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was in Auckland, New Zealand, for the signing ceremony.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
They say everything’s bigger in Texas; the sky, the land, and life in general. It should come as no surprise then that Texas contains one of the country’s—and even the continent’s—biggest ranches. At almost 800 square miles, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is roughly half the size of the State of Rhode Island and has remained under one family for 167 years.


2016 February 12
Last fall’s moderate weather allowed alfalfa plants to harden well for winter, leaving them with a high concentration of nutrients in their roots and adequate soil moisture. This winterized condition enables alfalfa crowns and roots to withstand temperatures down as low as 5 degrees above zero.


2016 February 12
The annual Cattle (inventory) report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year-over-year at 92.0 million head. From various inventory categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For Jan.