Meet the NCBA President
Tennessee beef producer and cattle market owner Jennifer Houston is this year’s president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) after ascending through several years on the board of directors. She is the first woman to serve as the organization’s president since Jan Lyons of Kansas in 2004.
An Efficient Use of Cover Crops
Northern AG Network
What do we do if it is time to wean calves, but the pen isn’t ready? That can be a real concern during wet fall seasons, such as 2019. Putting calves into muddy pen conditions is far from desirable, but holding calves on the cows deep into fall increases the risk of adverse winter weather and tends to pull body condition off the cows.
Ergot in Western Wheatgrass and the Potential Effects for Winter Grazing
Ergot is a fungus that grows on the seedhead of cereal grains and grasses. The fungus produces toxic compounds called ergot alkaloids which are vaso-active causing severe vasoconstriction of small arteries, leading to reduced blood flow especially in extremities (feet, tails, etc.).
Cattlemen Participate in White House Event Spotlighting Federal Overreach
Two members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today joined President Trump at a White House event spotlighting past federal overreach by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the event, the President signed two Executive Orders that will provide more clarity and transparency to often-daunting and complicated federal regulatory processes.
How will the farm’s next generation make decisions?
We’re responsible for making the final call, so we get good at efficient decision-making for our farm businesses. That’s a positive thing. However, when you want your farm’s legacy to continue and there’s another generation on the farm who hopes to lead in the future – it’s time to start thinking differently about decision-making.
KLA Presented Don L. Good Impact Award
Kansas State University
The highlight of the evening each year is the presentation of the Don L. Good Impact Award, which recognizes a person or entity that has had an impact on the livestock and agricultural industry. The 2019 Don L. Good Impact Award was given to the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA).
Assisting Difficult Calving
Floron C. Faries
AgriLife Communications and Marketing,
Dystocia is the scientific word used to describe a difficult delivery during the birthing process. In cattle, such difficulty occurs most frequently in first-calf heifers. On the average, 50 percent of dystocias in cattle occur in first-calf heifers and 25 percent occur in second-calf heifers. The remaining dystocias are distributed throughout the rest of the calving cow herd
Kansas cattle producers challenge oversight of $10 million beef checkoff program
Garden City Telegram
A pair of organizations aligned with independent cattle producers Wednesday condemned as improperly close the Kansas Livestock Association’s affiliation with a council responsible for handling $9 million to $10 million annually from the state’s beef checkoff program.
16 practical tips for selecting productive replacement heifers
Heather Smith Thomas
An important part in sorting the wrong kind from the right kind is how heifers are managed from weaning to breeding. One rancher offers her time-tested tricks to pick the best replacements.
What Sparked Cattle Markets’ Explosive Reaction to Tyson Plant Fire
The fire at a Tyson beef packing plant in August sparked an explosive reaction in the markets, but was it basic economics that drove prices or something else? Three economists weight in. One fire lit up the cattle markets in August, proving that a single event can have an explosive impact. Two months after the fire subsided, the cattle industry is still trying to wrap its head around the fact that one fire, at one beef packing plant in Kansas, could shake up the market the way it did.