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2017 April 7
“Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf,” said Ken Olson, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist. “Nutrition for the cow is important during this period because of its effect on subsequent reproductive performance.
by WLJ
2017 April 7
In response to a directive from President Donald Trump, the USDA authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas— the three states which were most heavily impacted by wildfires that started on March 6.
2017 April 7
“Inadequate nutrition during this time may have immediate impacts in terms of lower calf birth weights, weak calves and/or increased death loss, and decreased milk production,” says Janna Kincheloe, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Area Livestock Systems Specialist at the Hettinger Research Extension Center.
2017 April 7
It’s not just heifers and cows that need to be in the right body condition score (BCS) for breeding season success. Bulls need to be at the right nutritional plane to perform well during turnout. They will lose condition during breeding, so start them off right.


2017 April 7
“The clarification of beneficial use of stock water rights on federal lands in Idaho is a top legislative priority of ICA,” the letter states, adding that the bill will secure a path forward for stockmen across the state to file claim on the water they put to beneficial use.


2017 April 7
There have been some high-profile examples of human trafficking that have touched the agricultural world in recent years. During the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in 2015, for instance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Denver-area law enforcement rescued six minors aged 14-17 who had been trafficked for sex.


2017 April 7
It also notes that modern-day slavery does indeed occur in the U.S., is a widespread but mostly invisible crime, and is enormously profitable on a global scale. Some 21 million people are thought to be slaves across the world in any given year, and it generates billions of dollars in profits annually.


2017 March 31
The routine calving check is one of the most important tasks on the list of beef cattle producers during calving season. Most producers have their own plan for how often they give their calving herd the once-over, but some may have not considered how their animals’ physiology should guide this schedule.
2017 March 31
What is the gestation length of a cow? This question usually gets the answer of “it averages 283 days.” A better answer is “it can range from about 265 to as much as 295 days.” For breeds that have focused on low birth weight genetics for several generations, the average gestation length has shortened.
2017 March 31
“Typically, coarse marbled beef is discounted or there is a prejudice against coarse marbled beef,” O’Quinn said. “By coarse marbling, I mean the flecks of fat within the ribeye are larger. The pieces of fat are actually bigger in coarse marbled beef, though there is no difference in the total amount of fat in the steak.
by USDA
2017 March 31
“Wearing the proper gloves and other PPE when handling insecticide products prevents exposure to the skin. Insecticides can penetrate skin to varying degrees,” said Adam Varenhorst, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Field Crop Entomologist.
2017 March 31
During a very congenial confirmation hearing on March 23, USDA Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue reassured members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that if confirmed he would be a tireless advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers.


2017 March 31
Last week saw three milestones along political paths of note. Last Tuesday saw a House hearing on the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on economic development. The day before, President Donald Trump signed House Joint Resolution (H. J. Res.) 44, killing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) “Planning 2.


by WLJ
2017 March 31
When Christensen was 7 1/2, his parents sent him to Page Military Academy in Los Angeles, CA. He attended school there through sixth grade. For the seventh grade, his mother moved to Gillette and he went to school there. Starting in the eighth grade, he entered University Prep School on the campus of the University of Wyoming (UW).


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