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Cattle Outlook: U.S. herd has grown

The January cattle inventory survey said the U.S. herd has grown for the second consecutive year. According to USDA, the country started 2016 with 92 million cattle and calves, up 3.2% from a year earlier and the most cattle at the start of a year since 2011. The 3.2% increase is the biggest annual inventory increase since 1974. USDA lowered their estimate of the January 2015 cattle inventory by 657,000 head.

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Thompson: Are you a proud omnivore?

If you are, the Animal Agriculture Alliance wants you to: Take #ActionPlease! The organization is challenging farmers to focus on solutions, and it is making the same commitment.

Drovers Cow/Calf

What method of bidding you prefer when you can’t make it to a production sale in person?

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Malheur and the Whiskey Rebellion

That Oregon incident; was it a first attempt at a modern day Boston Tea Party or the failed (again) repeat of the Whiskey Rebellion? Certainly the debate about the wisdom of the armed action will be debated for a long time.

Drovers Cow/Calf

Assisting the backwards calf

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards. Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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