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Drones a possibility for heat detection, and more

Imagine this: I hear I have a heifer out in the pasture in heat, so I send out the farm's drone to record a thermal picture of the group and tell me which one it is. It may sound like science fiction, but I already have activity monitors on the legs of my cattle and a "Fitbit" for my arm to track my activity levels, so maybe using drones to identify cows in heat isn't as far-fetched as it first seems.

Cow/Calf Producer

Data analysis provides value for receiving stockers

During the course of conducting grazing research at the Noble Foundation, we routinely receive and "straighten out" stocker cattle. Many of these cattle are sourced from sale barns and would be considered to be at high risk for contracting bovine respiratory disease (BRD, also known as shipping fever). In the fall of 2006 and 2007, we received 858 such cattle and tracked their performance and cost on an individual animal basis through our receiving program.

Markets

U.S. petroleum product exports reach record high in 2014

EIA’s December Petroleum Supply Monthly data show that exports of noncrude petroleum products from the United States averaged 3.8 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2014, an increase of 347,000 bbl/d from 2013, and a new record high. Increased exports of motor gasoline and hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), including propane and butane, were the main contributors to the trend, while exports of distillate decreased.

Industry

Online BQA Certification Training Modules: Free until April 15

Boehringer Ingelheim Inc. is generously sponsoring the BQA online certification program allowing beef and dairy producers to complete the certification training for FREE until April 15th, 2015. This saves producers $25 to $50 on the online certification modules offered through the Kansas State Beef Cattle Institute.

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Additional Farm Bill webinar and workshops added in March

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts will be delivering four additional decision aid workshops, as well as an additional online webinar, for the 2014 Farm Bill over the next two weeks.

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