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Making it work for land and livestock owners in a grazing lease

Pasture leases can be a tricky business or a great opportunity for both the land and livestock owners. Pat Reece, professor emeritus and now a consultant and owner of Prairie and Montane Enterprises, understands this from years of experience working with producers. FULL STORY »

Cattle producer health: Precautions reduce heat illness

Summer heat can be dangerous. Heat illness is a serious medical condition resulting from the body's inability to cope with a particular heat load. It is not a sign of weakness or frailty, and it can be a serious health risk even when the temperature is moderate. FULL STORY »

Preparing the beef calf for weaning

One fact on which cattlemen, veterinarians, and animal scientists can agree is that of all the events in most calves’ lives, weaning is the most stressful of them all. If a calf can weather this stress unscathed, they have cleared a major hurdle to a productive future in the feedlot or as a replacement in the breeding herd. FULL STORY »

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network fall sales

Once again the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) is preparing for fall sales. Last winter proved to be challenge for many in the state due to lack of rain, but thankfully many parts of the state received starting in late spring and continuing through the summer. FULL STORY »

NMSU developing food supp. to improve cattle digestive system

During drought, having cattle that can tolerate poor nutritional forage is the difference between a cow and calf operation going under, or staying in business. Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two. FULL STORY »

Growing bred replacement heifers

The strong cattle prices have encouraged more producers to develop replacement heifers to add to their current cow herd. Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. FULL STORY »

Where will beef cows expand?

It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed prices have dropped. Beef consumers continue to eat beef and are rewarding the beef industry with very profitable returns. FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices using LRP

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The controversy continues

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals delivers a setback to meatpackers seeking to overturn USDA’s Country-of-Origin labeling rules. But there are no winners in this battle. FULL STORY »

Establishing cover crops as annual forages in hail-damaged crop

Several areas of the state have a significant amount of weather-related damage, including wind and hail to both corn and soybean fields. Not only has grain production been reduced or eliminated, but much of the residue usually available as a winter forage resource has been lost. FULL STORY »

Insight into agriculture production in Australia

I was part of a group of 13 students who traveled to Australia to learn about their agricultural production systems for two weeks on a Faculty-led International Experience. FULL STORY »

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