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Shorten the breeding season to increase calf value

This may be the summer to finally do something about that long breeding and calving season in your cow herd. FULL STORY »

Experts: Farmers not to blame for high food prices

Farmers and ethanol producers have braced for what they expect could be widespread criticism as corn prices are rising rapidly and other food costs are following. FULL STORY »

Cautious optimism in fed-cattle market

Back in early 2010, with cattle trading in the low-$80 range and losing about $25 per head, Drovers/CattleNetwork posed the question: “What would you do for $90 cattle?" The market did improve, with prices peaking at around $100 per hundredweight last April and May. FULL STORY »

Corn, soybean futures soar as USDA data stokes supply concern

Corn futures in Chicago soared the daily 30-cent limit and soybean prices also rallied sharply after government data exacerbated concern over dwindling U.S. grain stockpiles. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Industry leaders predict a slight increase in cash cattle prices this week

A survey of cattle-industry leaders suggests the average price for cash cattle will increase $2.04 to $116.22 per cwt this week. FULL STORY »

Texas ranch quarantined after anthrax kills cow

KYTX reports a ranch in Hill County, Texas will be quarantined for the next 10 days while cattle are vaccinated to keep the disease that killed on cow from spreading further. FULL STORY »

2012 farm bill: Are you ready to loosen your grip on direct payments?

Mark your calendar for the first Congressional hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill, which has been set for April 9th in East Lansing, MI, by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Attendees, at this hearing, and all future ones will likely be asked for their ideas, particularly how to reduce what the government spends on agricultural programs. FULL STORY »

EU talks on banning food from cloned animals fail

European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. FULL STORY »

U.S. corn plantings expected second-highest since World War II

U.S. farmers are expected to boost corn plantings this spring to the second-highest level since the end of World War II, though analysts say that probably won’t be enough to assuage the concern over tight supplies that’s kept prices for the grain above $6 a bushel most of the winter. FULL STORY »

Good nutrition vital from calving to breeding

A cow herd's greatest nutrient requirements occur immediately after calving and continue through peak milk production. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The omnivore’s (consumer) dilemma (puzzle)

Given the track record, Oprah’s “Farewell Season” was bound to include at least one episode featuring veganism. Ms. Winfrey didn’t disappoint – she and 378 staff members, under the direction of author Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness), omitted meat, milk and eggs from their diet for an entire week. Oprah’s previous veganism run occurred several years ago; she went on a 21-day vegan fast initiated by her association Freston. FULL STORY »

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