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2015 April 24
There are fewer cows going to slaughter and more meat in the bank, so to speak. Monthly USDA reports released last week are a glimpse at the changing scenery of the current market; fewer, heavier animals are going to slaughter and increasingly more of them are steers than females, and the strong...


by DTN
2015 April 24
The U.S. could become a major exporter of agricultural products to Cuba, but current law prohibits USDA from promoting sales to Cuba, White House officials said last week in the Obama administration’s first testimony on Capitol Hill on the potential for increasing U.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking comments on proposed listing activities on 10 species. Upon preliminary review, the USFWS has determined the proposed listing activities—ranging between new listings to one delisting—may be warranted.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
“Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City,” said Rebecca Christman, Ag United for South Dakota Outreach Director.


2015 April 24
HumaneWatch.org, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, released a new video interview last week with a former undercover investigator for Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In the video, the subject grants Humane- Watch an exclusive interview, which sheds new light on the activist group while exposing the real intent of HSUS.


2015 April 24
Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that aid farming and that can substitute for costly fossil fuel-based inputs.


2015 April 24
A recent Kansas State University (K- State) study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.


2015 April 24
For some cow/calf operations, the bulls go into the breeding pasture with replacement heifers in mid-April. As the bulls are being removed from the replacement heifers in two months, this would be an ideal time to call and make arrangements with your local veterinarian to have those heifers evaluated for pregnancy after another 60 days.


2015 April 24
The National Beef Checkoff’s 30-Day Protein Challenge was introduced this spring with the goal of helping consumers understand the importance of consuming balanced amounts of protein with each meal. The program is intended for anyone looking for a fun, step-by-step way to get an optimal amount of protein throughout the day.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
The family consulted with Terry Mader, retired Nebraska Beef Extension Specialist, to develop a plan for dealing with the problem days: the hot, humid and still. He says shade is just one of the many management and facility options producers have to help their animals through those times.


2015 April 24
While not the final Guideline, the report, issued Feb. 19, 2015, is used as the foundation for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, which will be released later this year. This advisory report is intended to provide current, scientific data related to diet, nutrition and health.


2015 April 24
He explained that to maintain a 365-day calving interval, re-breeding has to occur within 82 days after calving. A cow needs to recover from calving and start cycling again during that time period, while at the same time providing enough milk for her growing calf.


2015 April 20
Dr. Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska Beef Specialist, explained that livestock are most productive when fed a ration balanced according to their nutrient needs. But, because many rations are balanced using averages or values for feedstuffs, the result can be over- or underfeeding some nutrients.


by WLJ
2015 April 20
“Establishing forage requires planning and great attention to detail,” said Keith Johnson. “If all elements are considered, your efforts can result in a great forage stand that will provide healthy, sustainable and cost-effective feed for livestock in all seasons.


2015 April 20
“What you would do with this is you’d put the crowd gate on the first notch, step through the mangate, and step on that little platform right at the center pivot point and then take a flag and make the cattle come right on around you,” Grandin said, noting that the crowd gate doesn’t need to be pushed tight.


2015 April 17
Amid growing concerns over antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and an increasing tendency to lay those concerns at the feet of the livestock industry, a bill currently being considered in the Oregon Senate could drastically impact the use of antibiotics by the state’s livestock producers.


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