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Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:06:00 -0600

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AG TRADE CONTINUES TO CLIMB IN VALUE

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:06:00 -0600

U.S. agricultural export trade reached $135 billion in 2016 as farm commodities were a big economic driver helping to feed a growing global population, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.



CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS HAS IMPACT ON POND LEVELS

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:05:07 -0600

Terms like climate change or global warming may elicit different responses depending on your political viewpoints, but one thing is certain: Our weather is changing.



BLACK INK -- PIGS, PEOPLE AND PROFIT

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:04:23 -0600

We lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city when my husband made the first livestock purchase of our marriage.



IMPROVE PREGNANCY RATES WITH PROPER SEMEN HANDLING

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:40:28 -0600

In addition to proper heat detection, the area in which operations can make huge strides in improving pregnancy rates to artificial insemination is in correct handling of semen.



BREEDERS MUST IMPROVE HEAT DETECTION

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:39:32 -0600

Artificial insemination can be one of the most powerful tools used on a ranch. It allows for use of supreme sires, control of possible disease transmission and also reduces the need to buy and keep as many bulls. It does require a great deal of planning, special training, and special facilities. If there is any area that most operations can improve on, it is in heat detection.



IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU MAY BE A TOOL NUT IF . . .

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:10:18 -0600

There's nobody I admire more than someone who knows their tools, unless it's someone who also collects them.



MANAGE PAIN IN HERD TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:40:04 -0600

Cattle experience pain. Even though they can be very good at disguising it, they do. Pain can come from injury, age (arthritis), natural activity (calving), disease or common management practices.



HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRANSITIONAL YEAR AHEAD

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:53:17 -0600

Arguably, this year is shaping up to be a year of transition from market realignment and balancing to what passes for normalcy in the modern age.



PLANNED BREEDING SCHEDULE PAYS DIVIDENDS

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:20:04 -0600

Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/ pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.



BEEFMASTER BULLS INCLUDED IN BEEF ALLIANCE PROGRAM

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:19:25 -0600

Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef's board of directors for inclusion in the program.



RANCHERS HOPE TO ERADICATE DISEASE CARRYING TICK

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:00:49 -0600

In the late 1800s and early 1900s a disease termed cattle fever caused enormous economic losses to the cattle industry. It is deadly to cattle that have not developed an immunity, and the mortality rate is estimated to be up to 90 percent in these “naive” cattle.



BLACK INK -- EXCELLENCE CAN CUT COSTS

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:59:45 -0600

Working as a waitress throughout high school, I hated the sight of an empty table. It meant one less chance to make a tip.



HOW WILL NEW TAX LAW AFFECT LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:21:46 -0600

The new tax law signed by President Trump, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), has several provisions beneficial to owners and breeders in the horse and livestock industries.



TAKE STEPS TO GUARD AGAINST LAMENESS WITH HOOF CARE

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:21:01 -0600

If you raise cattle, at some point in time you will have to deal with lameness issues. Some causes of lameness, such as foot rot, can be easily treated on-farm if caught early. Other lamenesses can be more severe, requiring veterinary intervention and long-term follow-up.



USE BODY CONDITION AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 15:14:56 -0600

Body condition of cows determines whether they give birth to strong, healthy calves, and rebreed on schedule. Keeping track of body condition can help a rancher determine the nutritional needs of cows through winter and spring until they are safely rebred.



MINERAL NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT PART OF MANAGEMENT

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 15:36:18 -0600

Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However, in reality, mineral nutrition is just a part of a good nutrition and management plan.