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by WLJ
2016 July 22
The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations.


by WLJ
2016 July 22
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program, the agency announced in a press release.


2016 July 22
Most of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. However, the protein requirements for growth, milk production, and body condition maintenance of beef cattle do not decrease as the “dog days of summer” arrive.


2016 July 22
In a typical cattle cycle, we expect that a cow should be able to turn a profit around 6 years of age. This assumption is the crux on which stayability expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been built. Unfortunately, we have not seen anything that would indicate a “typical” cycle in a while.


2016 July 22
For the past week I have been traveling; first for meetings, then for vacation. However, a market analyst is never completely on vacation when there is a chance to observe agricultural conditions. A week ago, we traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the last bit of wheat harvest was finishing.


2016 July 22
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) outlined research, development and education priorities for the industry in a report released last month. The report came at the end of a nearly 15-month process that included review of scientific and economic journals and producer surveys.


2016 July 15
Checking cows for pregnancy is nothing new, yet its adoption rates are still incredibly low. According to the 2008 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey on cow/calf management practices in the U.S., only 18 percent of all operations and 58 percent of operations with 200 head or more check cows for pregnancy status.
by WLJ
2016 July 15
Last Monday, the Western Watersheds Project, together with two other wildlife groups, announced its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over its rejection of petitions to list the Yellowstone bison as a threatened or endangered distinct population under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


by WLJ
2016 July 15
Once again, it’s time to start sorting through your photos. Remember that great shot you took during lambing? Or the one you snapped while pushing the sheep to summer range? Or how about the one you’ve been planning to take of the flock out on...


2016 July 15
As Montana’s last and largest Indian water compact chugs toward the finish line, heated debate makes for a wild ride. For over a decade, the compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or compact) on the Flathead Indian Reservation has been kneaded and pounded by state, tribal, and U.S.


by WLJ
2016 July 15
Cheramie Viator has joined the Westway Feed Products team as Marketing Manager. In this role she will work with the management team to implement marketing and advertising strategies. While based at the company’s headquarters in Tomball, TX, Viator will assist the Westway sales teams across the U.S.
by WLJ
2016 July 15
The deadline to submit nominations for the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence has been extended to Friday, July 29. The awards will be presented at the fifth annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, hosted by HighQuest Group, this year in Chicago, Sept.


2016 July 15
As we head toward the “dog days of summer,” heat and drought may cause plants intended for hay or grazing to be stressed. Summer annuals most often include the forage sorghums and when stressed they are capable of accumulating toxic levels of nitrates or “prussic acid.




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