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2016 May 20
For years, the accepted target weight for yearling replacement beef heifers at breeding was 65 percent of their mature weight. Recently that target has been questioned. Oklahoma State University reproductive physiologists have studied the weight that beef heifers reach puberty in relationship to their eventual mature weight.


2016 May 20
In many Midwestern beef herds, the beginning of breeding season coincides with green grass. As such, many producers have a tradition of estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) followed by immediately moving heifers and cows from the winter drylot to fresh spring pasture.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
The Shasta Historical Society in Redding, CA, recently recognized Ellington Peek, owner of the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard and Western Video Market (WVM) in Cottonwood, CA. The program, “Ellington Peek: The man behind the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard,” highlighted his impact on the surrounding community and on the national livestock market.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
found no conclusive evidence of cause-and-effect relationships between GE crops and environmental problems. However, the complex nature of assessing long-term environmental changes often made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions,” the committee pointed out in the report’s summary.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
“The goal of this program is to help aspiring ranchers develop an equity position in a ranching operation. Not only do these students leave college owning livestock, but the student herd here is also a very effective teaching tool while students are enrolled at NCTA,” says Dean Ron Rosati.


2016 May 20
But in a time when the public seems to search for cuts of meat with the least amount of fat, finding meat with just the right combination of leanness and flavor can become quite the quest. An expert at Texas Tech University, however, is part of a study that might have found the answer.


2016 May 20
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University (K-State) Livestock Economist and co-author of the “Analysis of 2010-2014 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow/calf Enterprise,” along with co-authors Youngjune Kim and Kevin Herbel, analyzed the differences between low-, medium- and high-profit cow/ calf producers.


2016 May 20
The State of New Mexico has filed for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop the federal agency from releasing more Mexican wolves into the state. The USFWS has so far released two wolves into New Mexico without the state’s permission, and has indicated it plans to release more.


2016 May 20
Last Monday saw comments close on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) proposed rule change on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) management programs. While the proposed rule changes are in part to improve flexibility and state control, cattle industry groups are concerned about some of the shifts being made.


2016 May 20
Joel DeRouchey, Professor in Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said that from a sanitation standpoint, any manure that is lying around could end up downstream, especially during times of heavy spring rains.


2016 May 20
Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, Uvalde, gave a presentation on stocking rate management and provided information and a practical demonstration on brush management. Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, Corpus Christi, gave a chute-side demonstration of low-stress cattle handling techniques.


2016 May 13
Nebraska farmer and livestock producer Kevin Fulton serves as Chairman of the council and said, “I am proud to serve alongside the distinguished farmers and ranchers for the HSUS’ National Agriculture Advisory Council. These individuals are proven leaders who represent the face of humane and sustainable agriculture in this country.


2016 May 13
Recent spring rains have been welcome to North Dakota and other farmers and ranchers across the country following a fall and winter of below-average precipitation. However, water quality in ponds and dugouts still may be compromised by concentrated levels of salts, minerals, and bacteria.