Daily Archives: January 11, 2016

Agriculture’s Image is No Joke

Agriculture’s Image is No Joke

Damian Mason

Damianmason.com

Stanford University’s band used halftime of this year’s Rose Bowl to insult the Midwest and Agriculture. Stanford’s “routine” included music from the FarmersOnly.com commercials and a romantically dejected bumpkin tipping over a pretend black and white cow. It was classless, not funny, and frankly, inaccurate.

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I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff.

I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff.

Keith Nantz

Washington Post

This week, the Ammon Bundy-led seizure of a federal wildlife refuge thrust Oregon’s ranchers into the spotlight. While I don’t agree with the occupiers’ tactics, I sympathize with their position. Being a rancher was always challenging. And it has become increasingly difficult under the Obama administration.

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Red Angus Association of America Acquires Interest in Top Dollar Angus

Red Angus Association of America Acquires Interest in Top Dollar Angus

A Steak in Genomics

The Red Angus Association of America recently acquired a major share in Top Dollar Angus, Inc. RAAA President Kim Ford made the announcement at BrainTrust during the Red Angus activities held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.

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Land Grab: It’s a new year but the age old fight over land and resources continues

Land Grab: It’s a new year but the age old fight over land and resources continues

The Cattle Business Weekly

While it may be a new year, it seems old issues are at the forefront of the news this week. Land controls, federal agencies and eminent domain are trending topics at the start of the new year.

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Beef 509 Course coming in February

Beef 509 Course coming in February

People’s Defender

Beef production is more than just feeding cows. Understanding what consumers value and look for when purchasing meat can help livestock producers increase their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry. Beef 509 is a two-day course that will provide beef producers with a more in depth look at their industry. I went through this class a few years ago and found it to be very informative and an eye opener.

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Feeding livestock and managing forage waste

Feeding livestock and managing forage waste

Mark Landefeld

Drovers

Stockpiling forage for winter feed was fairly limited this year in our area due to dry soil conditions when most stockpiling growth should have occurred. More stored forage will be required this year and feeding hay has started much sooner than in recent years for many producers.

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Ethics in agriculture: Should I do it if I can get by with it?

Ethics in agriculture: Should I do it if I can get by with it?

Kari O

Progressive Forage Grower

On the farm or ranch, there are many times when we find ourselves in situations where we have to question our right versus our moral obligation to take a particular action. There are still deals made on a handshake or based on someone’s word.

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Latent Effects of Blizzard a Concern for Cow-Calf Producers

Latent Effects of Blizzard a Concern for Cow-Calf Producers

Kay Ledbetter

AgWeb

As the snow melts away from Winter Storm Goliath and cattle are gathered back into pens and pastures, cow-calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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OSU’s Derrell Peel Previews 2016 Cattle Market Outlook

OSU’s Derrell Peel Previews 2016 Cattle Market Outlook

Oklahoma Farm Report

With the start of a new year, the cattle markets have made a big transition. From high cattle prices in late 2014 to a severe drop in the second half of 2015. Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel said the markets showed recovery at the end of the year and this set the stage going into 2016.

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Herding dogs move cattle at Denver’s National Western

Herding dogs move cattle at Denver’s National Western

Tom McGhee

The Denver Post

At about 45 pounds each, Slik and Zoe are small compared to the cattle they boss around each day. The two border collies take on herds of Charolais cattle with maniacal eagerness, circling crowds of the 1,500-pound beasts with a slinky run, dodging hooves that spring toward them without warning, and staring the bovines into immobility.

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