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I’m a Drover: Regenerative Ag with a Twist

Sitting just outside of Missoula, Montana, the cattle at Oxbow Cattle Company is grass-fed and finished. For owner/operators Bart and Wendy Morris, treating their herd with the highest standard of care, while maintaining good stewardship of the land they work on is their utmost priority. The cattle graze pasture before being rotated, sometimes daily, to…

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Observations of Factors Controlling Daytime Calving

The following article was written by Brent Bunderson, a retired Utah State University county extension agent. Included are his observations of factors that may influence the occurrence of daytime or nighttime calving. Drovers submitted the article for review to two university animal science professors before agreeing to publish. While Bunderson’s observations may be accurate, the…

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Cash Cattle Markets And CME Futures Lower

All classes of cattle traded lower on the week. Fed cattle traded in the South at $122 per cwt., $2 lower. Trade in the North was mostly $121 to $121.50 live and $194 to $195 dressed, $1.50 to $5 per cwt. lower. CME Live cattle closed mixed on Friday, with feeders posting moderate gains. Both…

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Commentary: Beef Checkoff: Exports & Imports Bring Value to Industry

The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Beef exports and imports are certainly a challenging topic to tackle for American cattle farmers and ranchers, but they are an integral part of our beef industry here in the United States.   At first glance, the idea of importing foreign beef into…

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4 Key Takeaways From AgTech Expo

Three keynotes, 30 breakouts, an interactive expo and experts provided big ideas and tangible lessons during the 2019 AgTech Expo. 1. Data is Transforming Ag Three technologies — artificial intelligence, internet of things and blockchain — are enabling transformation in the agricultural industry, according to IBM’s Steve Laughlin. 2. Technology Must Evolve Farm technology will…

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Cattle Inventory Down Slightly, USDA Reports

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2020 totaled 94.4 million head, slightly below the 94.8 million head on January 1, 2019, USDA reported Friday. All cows and heifers that have calved totaled 40.7 million head, 1% below the 41.0 million head on January 1, 2019. Beef cows, at 31.3…

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Nalivka: One Voice – Thinking Beef Supply Chain

Last week, I accompanied the Oregon Beef Council and Oregon State University Extension Service to provide a tour for eastern Oregon ranchers at the CS Beef plant in Kuna, Idaho.  There was a great deal of interest and our final tally for the tour was 40 ranchers.  The two hours spent at this state-of-the-art plant…

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Beef Checkoff Prevails In Crucial Court Ruling

A Montana magistrate judge granted summary judgement Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2020) to the government and the 15 qualified state beef councils targeted in the R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue lawsuit. That decision will now be forwarded to the federal district court for a final ruling, a process that may take months or longer. It could continue to…

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Profit Tracker: Feedyard Margins Exceed $200 Per Head

Cattle feeding margins jumped $72 per head higher the week ending Jan. 25 as the value of feeder cattle calculated against those closeouts declined $8 per cwt. Average feedyard closeouts posted profits of $209 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Beef packer margins improved $25 per head to an average of $78.…

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USDA Invests Nearly $10 Million for Broadband in Maine’s Rural, Coastal and Island Communities

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ARROWSIC, Maine, Jan. 30, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy visited the Arrowsic Volunteer Fire Station to announce a $9.87 million investment in four infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 4,527 households and 215 businesses in rural Maine. This is one…

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