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2017 February 24
A bill pending in the Montana Legislature would define an electric fence for the purpose of property boundary lines. During the 2015 legislative session, electric fences were added to existing fence laws as a legal fence option, however there were no criteria established for what constituted a legal electric fence.
2017 February 24
The last two months of a cow’s pregnancy is when most of the unborn calf growth occurs. Feeding an adequate diet to meet the cows’ basal metabolism, activity, growth, pregnancy, and lactation requirements is needed. Heifers are still growing and have a slightly higher nutrient requirement than a mature cow.
2017 February 24
“This is excellent news for NCTA in providing a lowcost affordable education for all students, particularly those who are residents of nearby states to Nebraska, and who are seeking a customized agriculture in a two-year degree program,” said Ron Rosati, NCTA Dean.
2017 February 24
Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors including age, quality, weight, stage of gestation, hide color, time of year and location. Research at Oklahoma State University (OSU) has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value.
2017 February 24
Dr. Ian Sheldon—the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE)—said if Trump were to implement a 45 percent tariff against China and a 35 percent...
2017 February 24
Outlaw said projections indicate 17 of the 23 feed grain and oilseed farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; nine of the 11 wheat farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; 11 of the 15 cotton farms...
by WLJ
2017 February 24
He truly lived life to the fullest and had a contagious, ornery grin that was sure to make you smile. He was genuine, determined, independent, godly, and had a positive impact on all those who knew him. Meriwether graduated from Waynoka High School in 2012 where he was active in FFA, weightlifting, football, basketball, FCA and FCCLA.
2017 February 24
Your year-long investment in each cow, and her success or failure, will live or die by the calving event. To prepare for potential calving problems, a review of some basic equipment and management recommendations to assist with calving will not go amiss.
2017 February 24
The digital farm of the future uses all kinds of sensors—drones, fiber-optic cables, radio-frequencies— to collect all kinds of sensory information. But what does a farmer do with all this information? Chad Higgins, an environmental engineer at Oregon State University (OSU), helps make sense of sensory data.
2017 February 24
In short, the standards tightened in 2011 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Barack Obama administration are designed to force the auto industry to build new cars that go farther on less fuel. The CAFE target is to reduce liquid fuel consumption by about 80 percent by 2050.
2017 February 24
“Biosecurity” is actually just a fancy way of saying “common sense” as it refers to preventing disease introduction into a herd. Calf diarrhea or calf scours is a disease entity that can transported onto a cow/calf ranch when common sense should intervene and help prevent the introduction of new calf scour pathogens.
2017 February 24
Soren Schroder, Chief Executive Officer for Bunge Limited, told analysts Feb. 15 in a quarterly earnings call that it would require a price shift in Brazil and Argentina to significantly change the market flow of exports. He noted, “The extent to which there is any switching that takes place to South America, frankly, it all depends on price.
by WLJ
2017 February 24
I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. Heifers were due on pasture leases the first of May, so the family consensus was that we could not wait much more than a week for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) in early May.
by WLJ
2017 February 24
Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing, is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners.
2017 February 24
The answers seem at our fingertips, but the solutions are far off at times. The business of beef initiates within a very large, de-centralized base of independent producers. The model is good, but inherent within the vastness of environments the beef industry functions in, change is slow.
2017 February 24
By close of trade last Thursday, nearly 128,000 head had been confirmed sold last week and the prices were refreshing; live cattle trading for $124-125 and dressed cattle traded for $196. This is a far cry from the prior week’s $116-120 live and $187 dressed.


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