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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

Female markets mixed in light test

Last year’s drought weighed heavily on female markets, but this year finds many producers with plenty of forage while others are still under the ravages of drought. Full story.

U.N. population growth analysis

Based on the most recent update, the world population in 2010 was 6.916 billion. This is below the number forecast for 2010 in 1994 of 7.032 billion but more than the 6.826 billion projected in 2000. Full story.

July sees soft fed market

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

Columns MORE

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.

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.

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.

VX Series Single Auger Vertical Mixer

The new VX Series Single Auger Vertical Mixers by Roto-Mix, offers the small to medium sized dairies, cow/calf and heifer ... Read More

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