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Friday, December 12,2014

Farming, ranching is more than a livelihood: It's a way of life

by WLJ
If farming and ranching were simple endeavors, everyone would be involved in production agriculture because those who have the fortitude are drawn to the way of life as much, if not more, than the livelihood.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Vet's Perspective

Winter conditioning for problem calves

by WLJ
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Did You Know

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

by WLJ
Sex No. In Weight Final Avg. Days Avg. Daily Feed/ Avg. Cost Weight on Feed Gain Gain (Dry Basis) % Death Loss of Gain Weight Steers 71,168 791 1,402 163 3.73 5.72 1.18 92.46 Heifers 96,537 722 1,245 159 3.26 6.15 1.27 98.61 Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Focus on Feedlots newsletter (July, August and September 2014 data).

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Friday, December 5,2014

Preparing beef cows for winter conditions

by WLJ
The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow/calf producers. Many producers experienced severe conditions that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states. Cold stress, mud and marginal feed quality and supplies lead to significant losses in many areas and nobody wants a repeat of last winter.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NWSS announces the 2015 Grand Marshal

by WLJ
A true Colorado native, Billups has grown up in the city that embarks on the 109th year of the National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Ranchers participate in Food for Tomorrow Conference

by WLJ
It’s estimated that today’s consumer is four generations removed from the family farm. As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation about food and the farmers who produce it. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), partially funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, took part in the first annual New York Times.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Meeting beef demand in 2015

by WLJ
Many years of cattle herd liquidation, due to drought and other factors, have left the beef industry with such low cattle inventories that severe reductions in beef production are inevitable. Beef production in 2014 is projected to total roughly 24.4 billion pounds, down 5.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

by WLJ
It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Management tools to prepare for 2015

by WLJ
It is no secret that crop prices this season are lower and production costs higher. For those who are old enough to remember the 1980s or who have studied that time in U.S. agricultural history, the question may be: Will we see a repeat? No one knows the answer, but there are some fundamental management thoughts to consider as we begin 2015.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NCBA, PLC 2015 internship applications due Feb. 9th

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC’s) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the summer 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Feb.

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