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Capital investments, income management for cow-calf enterprise

Cow-calf producers are looking at the potential for significant positive cash flow for 2014 due to record high calf prices along with reduced harvested feed costs and income from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. FULL STORY »

Crunch time for beef demand

Beef demand has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. Wholesale and retail beef prices have increased fast enough to maintain decent margins for beef packers and allow feedlots profitability for the first three quarters of the year. FULL STORY »

Corn harvest pace picks up, but…

…the current progress is still well behind average. FULL STORY »

USDA helps landowners conserve water in Ogallala region

Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Underlying about 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, water from the aquifer is vital to agricultural, cities and industry, making up 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America. FULL STORY »

BVD testing could pay off big

Because BVD has the potential to affect all of these beef industry segments, many in the industry are paying closer attention to it and paying a premium for calves that test negative as persistently infected (PI) with BVD. FULL STORY »

Feedstuff Inventory: Quality and quantity

Summer has brought cooler temperatures to our growing season, and with this in mind we need to start thinking about feedstuff inventory both in terms of quality and quantity. FULL STORY »

Might be a good year to creep feed calves

With record-high cattle prices, many Kentucky beef producers might look to creep feeding to put additional weight on calves before weaning. If producers are careful, they could cash in. FULL STORY »

Calm cattle and carcass quality

Easily excitable cattle can be dangerous to themselves and cattle-handling personnel. And according to a recent project conducted at North Dakota State University, they may also have lower quality carcasses than calmer cattle. FULL STORY »

Maximize tax savings from health insurance costs

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the individual mandate requires farmers to obtain and maintain "minimum essential coverage" (MEC) for themselves and dependents. FULL STORY »

Working cattle with safety as a mindset

Recently I attended an OSHA Ten Safety Training Seminar and was reminded again, of how dangerous the agricultural occupation is for cattle producers. FULL STORY »

U.S. judge restores federal protections to wolves in Wyoming

A U.S. judge restored federal protections to wolves in Wyoming, at least temporarily, in a victory for wildlife conservationists that was sure to draw criticism from ranchers and hunters who see wolves as a threat to livestock and big-game animals. FULL STORY »

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