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Feedlot management: The key to finding and keeping good help

Sense of ownership, community and respect are key elements for feedlot employee retention, says Conquering the Labor, Hiring and Retention Battle panel speakers at the 2014 Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, Neb. FULL STORY »

Timing and method is everything for dehorning and castration

When it comes to castration and dehorning procedures practiced by beef and dairy producers, timing is crucial to insure animal welfare and effectivness, says the new Cattle Castration and Dehorning Guidelines published by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. FULL STORY »

Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? FULL STORY »

Free BQA certification

During the months of September and October, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, is paying the fee for Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers to get BQA certified. This will allow producers to save the $25 to $50 fee during the open certification period. FULL STORY »

Consider a fall pasture weed inventory

Fall is a good time to assess your range and pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying the weeds of concern can take place in the fall and control plans for the next growing season can be determined. A good weed inventory in the fall will tell ranchers what the predominant weed species are in the pasture. FULL STORY »

Feeding weaned calves during a pre-conditioning program

Spring born calves have already been, or soon will be weaned to meet the 45 day requirement for value-added calf sales. FULL STORY »

Cattle and beef trade reacts to U.S. market situation

International cattle and beef markets are reacting as expected to record U.S. market prices. The latest monthly trade data for July confirms that beef exports are declining; and beef and cattle imports are increasing as markets adjust to shrinking U.S. beef and cattle supplies. FULL STORY »

USDA funds wetland and farmland conservation projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. FULL STORY »

Congress urged to bring common sense to Endangered Species Act

The Arkansas Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation today called for clear, cost-benefit analyses from regulatory agencies that enforce the Endangered Species Act. Since current rules account only for government expenditures, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said the often oppressive cost of ESA enforcement on the private sector gets ignored. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Is water the new oil?

We've fought ugly wars over oil. We've developed horrendously expensive infrastructures where nothing existed before so we can transport oil from where it was to where it needed to be. Tankers the size of small cities ply the oceans to bring oil from there to here. FULL STORY »

2014 corn harvest kicks off (for some)

Corn conditions are holding strong as more states begin reporting harvest progress. FULL STORY »

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