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2016 August 12
Toxic fescue, which causes heat stress in grazing cattle, brings problems with a high heat index in hot summer months. Cattle heat stress combines impact of fescue toxin and high daytime temperatures. Stressed cattle stop grazing and head for shade or ponds.


by WLJ
2016 August 12
A new article authored by agronomy and horticulture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates that the expansion of eastern redcedar into grasslands reduces grazing capacity and therefore could reduce funding available for public school education in Nebraska.


by WLJ
2016 August 12
Before they left for recess, the House saw a short bill introduced that would bring one of the oldest mainstays of ranching law into the modern world. H.R. 5883— introduced by Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7)—would change the nearly century-old Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 to account for new technology such as online cattle auctions.


2016 August 12
Lloyd Ely, Velma, OK, was recently named Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Cattleman of the Year. The award is the highest honor that the OCA bestows upon a member and was designed to recognize OCA members who have made significant contributions to the OCA and to beef production.


by WLJ
2016 August 12
Laura Rowe, and Justin and Corinne Rowe hosted a Japanese food service group on their family beef farm near Minburn, IA, in July to share their story of beef farming in Iowa. The group took great interest in learning about the six generation family farm.


2016 August 12
Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow/calf enterprises. A 16-year-old Oklahoma State University (OSU) trial had the objective to economically evaluate stockpiled bermudagrass. The research found that this practice can reduce cow-wintering costs.


by DTN
2016 August 12
That defense is weakening this year after university entomologists have confirmed resistance in rootworm populations to eCry3.1Ab (found in hybrids containing Duracade) in Iowa and Minnesota cornfields and lower levels of resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 (the Herculex RW trait), found in SmartStax, Acre- Max XTreme and Agrisure 3122 hybrids.


2016 August 5
Last Monday, the USDA announced that Brazil had reopened its market to U.S. beef. Beef trade from the U.S. to Brazil was halted in 2003 following the U.S.’ first bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case. Also included—but downplayed—in the announcement was the detail that the U.


2016 August 5
New guidance issued by the current administration now calls for all federal agencies to consider climate change before taking any action, whether it’s building a military base, approving a logging job, or allowing grazing to continue on federal land. The guidance, released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Aug.


2016 August 5
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing rule changes that would lift the ban on U.S. imports of sheep and goats and their products from countries considered a risk of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
The case was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) against Robertson for nine ponds he created. The EPA and the Corps assert that in the creation of the ponds, Robertson discharged dredge and fill material into waters of the U.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
Several interesting things occurred on the science front last week related to the beef industry and agriculture. A pair of unrelated studies were released, one claiming a link between red meat consumption and increased risk of kidney disease. The other implicated meat consumption and sugar consumption as equally to blame for the.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
The AG’s office issued a press release saying more than 5,000 pages of reports, lab results, witness statements and other material were reviewed in reaching a decision. Wasden said the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt of the two deputies.


by WLJ
2016 July 29
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSDVL) at Kansas State University (K-State) is known for providing bovine testing services to veterinarians and cattle producers nationwide, and is now the new service provider for samples previously submitted to Gold Standard Labs.
by DTN
2016 July 29
Marvin Hall, Professor of Forage Management at Pennsylvania State University, offers producers some pros and cons of storing silage in large round bales. In order to make round bale silage, the forage must be wilted to 50-60 percent moisture, then baled in a round baler, then ensiled inside a plastic cover.
by USDA
2016 July 29
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infections cost cattle producers $50 to $100 per head of cattle. Most BVDV vaccines require multiple doses, and that increases production costs. Decades of vaccination and voluntary programs aimed at controlling the virus have reduced the disease’s prevalence but have not eliminated it in the United States.


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