Editorial

Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened species

In a move that has lawmakers, farmers and ranchers, oil and gas companies, and other energy companies calling foul, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday, March 27, its plans to list the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species List. FULL STORY »

Commentary: It’s more than selling a bull

As I write this, it is the day after my family’s annual production sale and the first day of preparation for the next. Like hundreds of fellow producers across the country, sale day is the biggest day of our year. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Playing the extinction card

Activists are busy sharpening another dart to throw at ranchers — now they’re accused of sending the wildlife we love to watch (on TV) into extinction. But guess who’s pushing back? FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Cash prices cause "sticker shock" Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold unevenly steady to 3.00 higher. For the most part, feeder markets defied last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report with even CME Feeder Cattle contracts opening the week with sizeable gains and continuing strong through the week. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new record highs this week. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $152.26/cwt, up $2.16 from a week ago, up $24.50 from a year ago, and up $1.60 from the last week of February which was the old record holder. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The upside of going veggie

Most folks would classify an upward trend in the number of people embracing vegetarianism as a negative development. But here’s a different, more upbeat, way to view those data. FULL STORY »

Ag’s time to shine: ‘Farmland’ set to release May 1 Play video

Coming soon to a theater near you is the widely anticipated “Farmland,” a film created by award-winning filmmaker James Moll and following six young farmers and ranchers from across the country. FULL STORY »

Farmers’ issues in other parts of world different but similar

Our understanding of the issues facing US farmers is not limited to what we have learned during the course of our academic endeavors. FULL STORY »

More rustlers stealing cattle for meth money

Cattle rustling may be a crime straight out of a John Wayne Western, but in an ABC News report, modern rustling combines an old crime with a modern, “Breaking Bad” twist. FULL STORY »

Fed cattle inventories remain low, but growing

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Mar 21). FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with antibiotics (and my pet pig)

For now, let’s focus on the use of antibiotics with all creatures, great and small. We will examine pigs as well as people, cows, goats, chickens and cats. FULL STORY »

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