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Making recommendations on climate change mitigation

The latest assessment of global climate change is out and scientists from around the world have recommended changes including some in agriculture, forestry and other land use designed to mitigate their effects on climate change. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef export sales continue to break market-year highs

U.S. beef export shipments continue to trend up, moving 3 percent higher than the previous week to 12,700 metric tons. The increase did not impact the 4-week average, but dropped the 27-week average slightly to 13,183 MT. FULL STORY »

Slow start for U.S. beef imports in 2014

The forecast for U.S. beef imports in 2014 was raised 40 million pounds to 2.325 billion pounds, an increase of 3 percent year-over-year. Import demand is expected to strengthen due to a forecast decline in U.S. beef production. FULL STORY »

Saving the lesser prairie chicken: What landowners should know

Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FULL STORY »

Beef exports strong to Asia

U.S. beef exports were up 4 percent through February 2014 compared with a year earlier. Strong demand from Japan, Mexico, and Hong Kong more than offset declining shipments to Canada, South Korea, and Taiwan. FULL STORY »

Cattle import forecast raised

U.S. cattle imports totaled 364,804 head through February 2014, about even with a year earlier. Imports from Canada were up 7 percent, while imports from Mexico have fallen 6 percent. Imports of slaughter cattle from Canada were unchanged from 2013, but feeder cattle imports have increased 12 percent this year. FULL STORY »

Calf branding/processing time and BQA

It is spring and that means branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. FULL STORY »

Crop markets reacted differently to Thursday's export data

Corn traders seemed disappointed by Thursday’s Export Sales report. Potential improvements in spring planting conditions have been weighing are probably weighing on corn futures. FULL STORY »

Weather will drive cattle inventory dynamics

Drought continues to parch most of the West and Southwest United States and appears to be spreading farther east and north into the Southern and Central Plains. The winter rainy season in California and the Southwest was disappointing at best, portending another drought year. The rainy season for the Plains usually begins about mid-April and continues through mid-June. FULL STORY »

The cost of not testing a bull

The cow-calf business is an intricate business with many moving parts. Some of the moving parts are constantly in motion while others are seasonal in nature. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

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