Cattle Features

Jolley: Five minutes with antibiotics (and my pet pig)

For now, let’s focus on the use of antibiotics with all creatures, great and small. We will examine pigs as well as people, cows, goats, chickens and cats. FULL STORY »

Five Minutes with Nicholas Kristof, a parody on his NYT column

Nicholas Kristof is a New York Times columnist who occasionally writes about food, constantly attacking modern agriculture, always repeating what he's learned from an interesting cabal of very elitist foodies. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with the "Not Cool" Farm Bill

Maybe I should subtitle this column "Forever With the Farm Bill." Five minutes just won't cut it for something so complicated and cumbersome that it seems to always be a bone of contention. It's supposed to be a five year plan but just as soon as we get past the six or seven years it takes to put it together, we're off and running on the next 'plan.' FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: It pays to read the tag

Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types, which were the breeder, multiplier and commercial producer. FULL STORY »

Five minutes with Chuck Schroeder and the RFI (Part II)

Chuck Schroeder is wrapping his hands around a new challenge as the Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. It was something he touched on in our previous conversation. I asked him a few more questions about what he wants to accomplish as he moves the Institute forward. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: In search of good sires

Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed - birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area - the Dickinson Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values. FULL STORY »

Five minutes with Chuck Schroeder and the Rural Futures Institute

Chuck Schroeder has been in the cowboy biz for a long time. He grew up on a Southwestern Nebraska ranch, headed up the National Cattlemen's Beef Association during its formative stage and took the lead in reviving an ailing Cowboy Hall of Fame. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: What's changing in the beef industry?

What is changing in the beef industry? Reviewing the data from the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) program, beef herds seem to be fairly constant. FULL STORY »

Jolley: How the farm bill is like taking out the trash

The farm bill seems like it might become a victim of yet another 'continuing resolution' until the auctioning of elected officials' votes is done, giving a broader meaning to the term 'sale barn.' FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with the top stories of 2013

There were so many stories, ranging from the trivial to the amusing to those things that really created a moment when we had to ask "WTF" (Where's the Farmer). I'm sure this year's top stories were no different in their impact on our lives than last year's biggies. We've been chasing a lot of the same issues for years. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Dr. Jude Capper, social media maven

What's a Bovidiva, you ask? That's her blogging ID. She also Facebooks, Tweets, emails and travels the world to talk face-to-face with the public about cattle. FULL STORY »

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