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2016 February 22
This year’s 2016 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference is loaded with cutting-edge research and information from progressive farmers, forage researchers and educators across the Midwest and best of all it is open to everyone right at the Michigan State University (MSU) campus.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Global improvements in grassland management could see grasslands taking on a significantly more important role in food production. Better management would increase the production of meat and milk and prevent the need for additional feed for grazing livestock—feed in the form of grain crops that could otherwise be available for human consumption.


2016 February 22
Replacement heifers that have just reached puberty and started cycling may be vulnerable to any drastic change in feed intake. A small trial conducted at Oklahoma State University (White, et al., 2001) illustrates the impact that sudden severe reduction in energy intake can have on cycling activity in replacement heifers.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Last Tuesday, the Oklahoma State House of Representatives voted a unanimous 12-0 to pass House Bill 2250. The bill specifically targets animal rights charitable organizations or their solicitors and bars them from seeking contributions in the state that will not be used by programs in the state.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
Late on a Friday afternoon in early February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) quietly made final two rules regarding the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and a new policy.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recently filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) opposing any additional designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests of California.


2016 February 22
When it comes to nutritional management of growing and finishing cattle, the scientific aspects tend to get the most attention. In truth, feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgment as science, explained Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.


2016 February 22
FarmAfield, an online marketplace being developed by three University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students, has been named a finalist in the international Thought for Food Challenge. More than 500 entries from more than 100 countries were submitted in the competition aimed at finding creative ways to face the challenge of feeding the world.


2016 February 22
There is great interest across agriculture in cover crops and their many benefits to soil health and crop production. Upper Peninsula farmers—who face unique issues with cold climates and short growing periods—displayed their interest by turning out for cover crop educational meetings held by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension in the past.


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.




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