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What’s in your Balage? Inadequate fermentation may risk Botulism

Round bale silage is an alternative to baling dry hay that allows shorter hay curing time and saves valuable nutrients in the face of approaching adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

The critical role of broadleaf pollinator plants in pastures

In February, grassland professionals from SDSU and Pheasants Forever were invited to address the annual SD Weed and Pest Conference about the role of pollinator species in grasslands. FULL STORY »

Corn procurement strategies for cattle feeders

Last fall's record-large 13.925 billion bushel corn crop drove prices down and helped restore profitability and optimism to the cattle feeding sector at the beginning of the year. FULL STORY »

Wholesale Prices Peak

The wholesale beef market enjoyed an extraordinary first quarter this year. The comprehensive boxed beef cutout (averaging wholesale prices for Choice, Select, Branded and other categories of beef) gained a little over 18 percent between the first of the year and the end of March. FULL STORY »

After Japan beef deal, Australia eyes cattle sales to China

Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize for its beef industry by persuading China to open its market to live cattle sales. FULL STORY »

Texas town eyes new fertilizer plant a year after deadly blast

Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with "OK." FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures settle lower

Live cattle futures settled lower on Tuesday, with the most pressure seen in the 3rd quarter contracts. This weeks’ cash will likely remain untapped until the last couple of days of the week. We hear that northern numbers are short enough that we could continue to see Kansas cattle moving that direction. FULL STORY »

Weather will dictate cattle trends this year

Commercial cow slaughter has run at historically low levels so far this year, partly due to short supplies but also indicating ranchers intend to stabilize or expand their herds. The situation remains volatile though, and with drought appearing to be expanding in the West and Southwest, weather conditions will help determine the direction of herd numbers, according to the April Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

Soy, wheat markets surged Tuesday

Spillover strength supported corn futures Tuesday. The latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, but they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash

A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West. FULL STORY »

Next generations need quality, communication Play video

John Paterson, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, talks about what today's beef consumers want and why cattlemen should pay attention to that. FULL STORY »

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