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by WLJ
2016 April 4
Ranches that successfully attain these goals will profit immensely from the sustainability that will inherently follow. The first steps in designing a successful intensive grazing system are to determine a paddock grazing period and a pasturerecovery period, or rest period.
2016 April 4
“When operating margins are strong, as was the situation for several years prior to 2013, this concern seldom came to mind,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist.
2016 April 4
Cow/calf producers with fall-calving cows have options as to the optimum date to wean the calves. Traditionally, fall-born calves are weaned at an older age than spring-born calves. Late summer grass will usually allow cows to regain body condition before the next calving season begins in early September.
2016 April 4
Wildlife officials in Montana confirmed wolves killed two yearling heifers near Roscoe in south central Montana on March 25. The same Rosebud pack has a history of livestock depredations, according to USDA’s Montana Wildlife Services State Director, John Steuber.
2016 April 4
The economic basis for cow/calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow/calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.
2016 April 1
A massive wildfire that started March 22 in Oklahoma quickly spread to Kansas to become the largest wildfire in Kansas’ history. Dubbed the Anderson Creek Fire, it burned an estimated 367,620 acres. The fire was mostly contained by last Monday due to firefighting efforts of local and state crews.


2016 April 1
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.


2016 April 1
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.


by WLJ
2016 March 28
The lawsuit was dropped following a declaration filed in the U.S. District Court of Montana on March 14 by Andrew Hammond, PhD, Director of the Pacific West Area of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), saying the sheep would not be grazed...
by USDA
2016 March 28
APHIS has held extensive conversations with livestock producers and related industries while developing our FMD preparedness plans. During these discussions, everyone involved recognized there is an increased need for a steady vaccine supply to combat this devastating disease should it enter the country.
by WLJ
2016 March 28
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 17 issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules (IFRs) designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as “mad cow disease,” in human food.
2016 March 25
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) named Kendal Frazier as its Chief Executive Officer last week. NCBA President Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands.



by DTN
2016 March 21
Phil Seng, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), said the time is not ripe to make any volume increase forecast for exports to Japan, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will surely enhance the competitiveness of

2016 March 21
Continuing implementation of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, which includes programs such as SodSaver and policies such as conservation compliance (restraining cultivation on highly erodible or marginal lands), provides incentives to enhance conservation of grasslands.