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by WLJ
2010 May 28
Last week, the dairy group Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced a new round of dairy herd retirements with an immediate sign-up period starting last Friday and running through June 25. The program is expected to send cull dairy cattle to slaughter from July to early August, a time of seasonally low beef cow slaughter.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
The growth of grasses on South Dakota rangeland provides forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and a number of ecosystem services. For ranchers, grass growth affects the health and profitability of the cattle they graze as well as the value of their land.
by DTN
2010 May 28
One of the statistics people forget is how much farmland is owned by folks who do not farm it. Throughout the central Midwest, 50 percent or better is owned by people who do not farm it. Its all land that is leased to farmers either custom farmed, share cropped or cash rent, Farrell said.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multiuniversity study across the central Great Plains on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed soil.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Neutral detergent fiber (NDF) concentrations can help producers determine when to harvest alfalfa, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have long-term studies underway to examine growing camelina as a bioenergy crop for producing jet fuel for the military and the aviation industry.
by WLJ
2010 May 28
An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle. To do it, hes using a key ingredient of the brewers art: hops.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Last week, in a letter sent to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) leaders, including President Steve Foglesong, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns over the proposed changes to NCBA’s governance structure and asked the group to
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Herd health is key to a successful cattle operation. Just ask any cattleman. Bobby North, owner of North Farms in Ennis, TX, takes effective measures to protect and continue the success of his herd. About four years ago North started testing his bulls for the venereal disease Trichomoniasis,
by WLJ
2010 May 21
First-quarter 2010 exports of U.S. beef increased 25 percent from 2009. This growth largely stems from the increasing U.S. sales in several Asian markets, namely in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Firstquarter 2010 exports to Japan and South Korea improved 30 and 9 percent, respectively, above yearearlier levels.
2010 May 21
Trying to spur some new blood in farming and ranching, USDA rolled out a program recently to encourage retiring landowners with land leaving the Conservation Reserve Program to sell or rent that land to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Amanda Zamudio of Elfrida, AZ, was recently selected to serve as the 2011 Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador. Zamudio begins her yearlong term in May. She is currently entering her senior year at the University of Arizona (UA) majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Education.
by DTN
2010 May 21
Although the federal estate tax law is currently in congressional limbo, its still important to plan for your farms succession. For those who die in 2010, Congress has eliminated the federal estate taxjust for one year.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
The federal TB program recently relaxed the rules for movement in a TB Modified Accredited Advanced Zone (MAAZ) to provide free-movement of unaffected cattle herds. Until this order was signed, a bovine TB test was required on all MAAZ cattle before crossing a federal zonal boundary, even if they were not near TB-infected wildlife.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
The Choice-Select spread has been a leading indicator for decades, but a current analysis suggests it can mislead if taken at face value. A lot more commodity Choice came on just as the economy was closing the menu on middle-meat steaks cut from that commodity pool, which no longer represents much of an advantage over Select.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
In a ruling last week, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Oliver Wanger, in Fresno, CA, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) restrictions on water pumping from the delta for irrigation and municipal water supplies was based on...
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Proper livestock handling and animal care is a major industry topicand now livestock auction market personnel can fine-tune their handling skills, thanks to a new partnership between Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.
by WLJ
2010 May 21
For cow/calf producers, survival and operational profitability are reliant upon efficiently producing uniform calves for target markets in an economical fashion. Doing so requires a clear management plan, set goals for the cow herd, proper bull selection, and a concise marketing strategy.
by WLJ
2010 May 15
USDA released its first estimate for corn production for the coming year and showed that farmers are putting in a potentially record crop. The report, released last Tuesday, pegged the 2010 corn crop at 13.4 billion bushels, which would set a new record if realized. Initial estimated acreage was set


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