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State veterinarians discuss key health threats at WSLHA meeting

Officials stress importance of diagnostics in disease-management programs. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to protect ranch assets

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money. FULL STORY »

John Deere’s 2014 product launch heavy in hay equipment

More than tractors off the assembly lines at John Deere these days. FULL STORY »

The cure to record prices

I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices. Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”. FULL STORY »

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Will corn be a viable option for backgrounders this fall?

As fall approaches, many beef producers are making plans for weaning this year's calf crop. With record high calf prices, many calves will be marketed without being weaned or preconditioned. FULL STORY »

Boxers or Briefs? Underwear buried to demonstrate unhealthy soil

Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority

States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

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