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August 2013
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Fluffly cows cast light on beef

When photos of Matt Lautner’s prize show bull Texas Tornado appeared on a popular online forum Reddit, he had no idea it would create an Internet sensation. Full story.

Measuring food security

American farmers and ranchers have been challenged in recent years to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing population. There will be 9 billion humans on Earth by 2050, and many estimates say we’ll need to double food production by then. Full story.

Declaring sovereignty (over food)

It may be a little early to call food sovereignty an actual movement, but should it become one, Maine will have led the way. Full story.

Features MORE

Fluffly cows cast light on beef

When photos of Matt Lautner’s prize show bull Texas Tornado appeared on a popular online forum Reddit, he had no idea it would create an Internet sensation. Full story.

Declaring sovereignty (over food)

It may be a little early to call food sovereignty an actual movement, but should it become one, Maine will have led the way. Full story.

Markets MORE

Yearlings strengthen into summer

All classes of stocker and feeder cattle posted gains during July, with the greatest demand for heavy yearlings. Full story.

July sees soft fed market

July proved a tough month for participants in “Monday Market Sentiment” (MMS). Full story.

Indicators point to improvement

Eight key economic indicators suggest the cattle and beef industries are headed for better days ahead Full story.

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Improving U.S. beef production

U.S. beef production sets a high standard for production efficiency. Worldwide, it is recognized that our production systems for growing beef are highly developed. But could the cattle industry further increase productivity? Full story.

What is the ideal cow size?

A hot-button topic for many producers is how big is too big and how small is too small? The 1,200-pound cow seems to be the universal measuring stick, yet it may be impractical or impossible for your specific operation. Full story.

I'm a Drover: One generation at a time

Mark and Kim Harms will readily tell you they are living their dream — raising cattle and their family in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Full story.

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Profit Tips: Cow-culling decisions

During drought, our focus is generally on what we don’t have and can’t do. Culling a portion of the cow herd can be necessary and provides an opportunity to reshape the herd. Full story.

Profit Tips: Effect of corn processing on feedlot performance

Steam flaking corn helps cattle feeders improve digestibility and availability of starch in feedlot rations, and processing corn to lighter densities generally improves digestibility compared with processing to heavier densities. Full story.

Profit Tips: App helps monitor heat-stress risk

Besides just being hot outside, a number of weather factors including humidity, wind speed, nighttime temperatures and the duration of high temperatures contribute to the risk of heat stress in livestock. Full story.

BiG X

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