Ron Williams laughs as he says it, reflecting on a combination of hard work and self-described good fortune that allowed him in the mid-1990s to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a working cattle ranch.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule last week to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.
“Rich is a dedicated family man, an active member in the Denver community, and a true ambassador of our western lifestyle as evident in his family’s love for horses,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “We are honored to have a Denver legend and passionate Stock Show sup porter.
Winter pasture (wheat, rye, barley, etc.) can be a valuable asset for many cattle operations. It is often the most cost-effective way to put weight on stocker cattle or condition on developing heifers. I previously have written on winter pasture establishment (find the articles at bit.
Due to the slower pace of fed cattle marketings seen in recent months, the estimated beef production for 2015 declined 50 million pounds (mp) to 23.73 billion pounds (bp). Reduced placements of light cattle late in 2015 are also expected to reduce the estimated 2016 production to 24.
Farmers and ranchers were reminded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) opened last week, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) participated in an Iowa meat trade mission trip to meat retailers and packers in China and Japan from Nov. 14-17. IBIC representatives included Executive Director Chris Freland and beef producer Jenni Peters, Bellevue, IA.
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized six individuals who joined the organization in 1965 for 50 years of continuous membership during the KLA Convention Dec. 2. The group currently has 98 members who have been members a half-century or longer.
Most instances of poor reproductive performance in a herd are due to inadequate nutrition. Body condition score (BCS) is a proven tool to determine nutritional status of an animal. The Beef Improvement Federation emphasizes that, “Current body condition influences subsequent growth, reproduction, milk production and life span.
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced the launch of its new consumer website, TheMeatWeEat.com on Nov. 23. This innovative site was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.
Wright was appointed to the WBC in 2012 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as a representative of range cattle producers and was reappointed to a second term in 2015. Wright also serves as one of Wyoming’s three directors to the Federation of State Beef Councils.
The National Western Stock Show has named former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan the 2016 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.
With cooler weather evident, it is important to remember that what producers do and don’t do during the winter months can affect next year’s calving success, conception rates, and weaning rates. Colder weather means more energy is needed in the diet in order to maintain weight and increase a herds’ body condition score.
The Western Folklife Center and its 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering recently announced the launch of the third annual spoken word poetry competition on YouTube for the next generation of poets ages 18-35.
Youth scholarships: Four $500 scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to major in agriculture at a short course, vocational technical college or a four-year university. Any high school senior who has participated in FFA, 4-H, any of the various breed organizations or any other agricultural organizations is eligible to apply.
Students may receive one scholarship as a high school senior and one while in college for a maximum of two scholarships during their academic career. Students who have already received two scholarships through this program are not eligible to apply. For more information, visit www.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week issued a second call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory board. The BLM published its second request for nominations in the Federal Register on Nov. 25.
The first incident report from private land in the Upper Williamson River area, states a rancher reported an injured 350-pound heifer on Oct. 31. The next morning the carcass of a different calf was found in the same pasture, and on Nov. 2 another injured calf was found.