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2017 April 14
It’s often been “Go big or go home” in this industry. Bigger calf crops, bigger cattle, bigger ribeyes, and more. But when it comes to calves and equipment, sometimes bigger isn’t better. And with an aging cattle industry, using the right tool for the job is increasingly more important.


2017 April 14
Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, said producing high quality hay can eliminate the need for protein and energy supplementation for beef cattle during the winter. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Forage Specialist, said improving Bermuda grass quality can be as easy as correctly timing fertilizer applications and cuttings.
2017 April 7
Fish and Wildlife to remove the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act (ESA) coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully different from other populations of jumping mice with healthy populations in a number of parts of North America.
2017 April 7
Good cow management includes a variety of factors. Cattle should receive: • Balanced nutrition (including water) that supports appropriate body weight and condition; • Wind protection and bedding to lessen the impacts of brutal weather; and •...
by WLJ
2017 April 7
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation recently launched a national cover crop initiative. The $6.6 million research initiative, made possible by a $2.2 million grant from FFAR, will promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops across the United States.
2017 April 7
“Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf,” said Ken Olson, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist. “Nutrition for the cow is important during this period because of its effect on subsequent reproductive performance.
by WLJ
2017 April 7
In response to a directive from President Donald Trump, the USDA authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas— the three states which were most heavily impacted by wildfires that started on March 6.
2017 April 7
“Inadequate nutrition during this time may have immediate impacts in terms of lower calf birth weights, weak calves and/or increased death loss, and decreased milk production,” says Janna Kincheloe, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Area Livestock Systems Specialist at the Hettinger Research Extension Center.
2017 April 7
It’s not just heifers and cows that need to be in the right body condition score (BCS) for breeding season success. Bulls need to be at the right nutritional plane to perform well during turnout. They will lose condition during breeding, so start them off right.


2017 April 7
“The clarification of beneficial use of stock water rights on federal lands in Idaho is a top legislative priority of ICA,” the letter states, adding that the bill will secure a path forward for stockmen across the state to file claim on the water they put to beneficial use.


2017 April 7
There have been some high-profile examples of human trafficking that have touched the agricultural world in recent years. During the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in 2015, for instance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Denver-area law enforcement rescued six minors aged 14-17 who had been trafficked for sex.


2017 April 7
It also notes that modern-day slavery does indeed occur in the U.S., is a widespread but mostly invisible crime, and is enormously profitable on a global scale. Some 21 million people are thought to be slaves across the world in any given year, and it generates billions of dollars in profits annually.


2017 March 31
The routine calving check is one of the most important tasks on the list of beef cattle producers during calving season. Most producers have their own plan for how often they give their calving herd the once-over, but some may have not considered how their animals’ physiology should guide this schedule.
2017 March 31
What is the gestation length of a cow? This question usually gets the answer of “it averages 283 days.” A better answer is “it can range from about 265 to as much as 295 days.” For breeds that have focused on low birth weight genetics for several generations, the average gestation length has shortened.


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