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Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Wed

Live cattle futures were mostly moderately higher on Wednesday, with the cash trade yet to surface and asking prices and bids well separated. FULL STORY »

Four tips to prepare the herd for spring and summer grazing

Late spring and early summer pastures provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf at her side and her developing fetus. During this period, pasture management is especially important as pasture forages can provide highly variable nutrient levels. FULL STORY »

Economics of using mesquite biomass for electricity generation

Using mesquite biomass for electricity generation may become economically feasible if ecological and agricultural factors are considered, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper being published in the BioEnergy Research journal. FULL STORY »

USDA: New grassland establishment programs deadline approaching

Recently, the US Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service has launched three programs that offer assistance to landowners interested in improving grassland habitats on their properties under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program . FULL STORY »

My Beef Checkoff: April dairy edition

The beef checkoff Eat Better. Eat Veal. retail promotion ended March 28. The checkoff is excited at the number of entries and interest in this year’s first quarter promotion. Look for the winner and results in next month’s issue. FULL STORY »

My Beef Checkoff: April beef edition

The beef industry has embraced Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), funded in part by the beef checkoff, because it is the right thing to do, and certification shows producers’ commitment to raising the best beef possible. And for a second year, the checkoff-funded BQA program is offering beef producers the chance to become certified at no cost, thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute, housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification normally is $25 to $50; from now until April 15, 2014, however, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will defray the cost of the certification or recertification, making it free. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare for youth: Part 3 – Three Circles Model

The Three Circles Model is the next building block to help youth understand animal welfare. It addresses both the object science and human values used in evaluating welfare. FULL STORY »

USDA raises 2014 beef production forecast

In the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, the USDA raised both beef production and cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Evaluate alfalfa stands for winter injury

As alfalfa stands break dormancy and begin growth, growers should make plans to take some time to evaluate the health of those stands and determine if there was winter injury. FULL STORY »

Baleage: Fermenting forage

This high moisture, fermented forage product has been catching attention in parts of the country where baling a dry hay crop can be close to impossible. FULL STORY »

WASDE: Corn prices climb but stay under $5

The USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report shows a slight uptick in corn prices, a 125-million-bushel increase in projected corn exports and a 9 percent drop in corn stocks. FULL STORY »

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