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Using Vaccines This Spring? Keep ‘Em Cool.

Vaccines are effective tools against a host of cattle diseases but how they’re handled – from the time purchased to the time used – can significantly affect their efficacy. “It’s our job to keep as much of that vaccine effectiveness as possible until we actually get it injected into the animal that is going to…

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Overhe(a)rd: Gen Z Farmers and Trump’s Packing Plant Executive Order

In Episode 1, Season 2 of Overhe(a)rd, we look at the future of farming with data about millennial and Gen Z farmers, talk about the nation’s banana bread obsession and examine the latest updates on packing plants, including the POTUS’ executive order to keep the nation’s packing plants open.   Have you he(a)rd: The latest…

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Fuel Your Cows With Robust Grass

If you’ve built a powerhouse cow herd, its best fueled with robust grass. “We all understand that a ranch has to be economically viable in the short term to have any opportunity to be economically viable in the long term,” says Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations for Noble Research Institute. That’s why management needs…

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The Widening Emerging-Developed Market Gap

What sets emerging markets apart in 2020 isn’t just the levels of debt but their near-term trajectory.  France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and US have announced stimulus/relief recovery legislation that could easily push budget deficits in those nations into the 20-30% of GDP range in the next year.  By contrast, nations like China,…

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Executive Order No Quick Fix For Bottlenecks

Cattle and pork industry groups praised President Trump’s executive order this week invoking the Defense Production Act to mandate that packing plants continue to function. It was a sign of support from the administration and acknowledgement that America’s protein industries are in crisis. Unfortunately, Trump’s order will do little to ease the bottleneck currently plaguing…

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Choosing an Inoculant to Address Two Major Corn-Silage Concerns

Many common silage problems result from two common challenges: Poor fermentation during early ensiling Aerobic spoilage during feedout. The right forage inoculant can help address each of these concerns. Poor Fermentation To help ensure a rapid and efficient fermentation, use an inoculant proven to provide a quick pH drop. This helps preserve maximum nutrient value…

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Drones, Data Could Track Cattle Health

Building trust in food begins with empowering farmers through one of the largest and most diverse conservation- and sustainability-focused public-private partnerships in our nation’s history: America’s Conservation Ag Movement. To find the latest news and resources related to the Movement, visit AgWeb.com/ACAM. Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, are testing different…

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Surviving COVID-19

Frustration levels were high in cattle country even before the worldwide coronavirus pandemic shuttered restaurants and other businesses, crippling the U.S. economy and hammering commodity markets. Indeed, many cattle producers believe their markets are broken and the past two months has solidified ideas the system provides too much leverage to the four major beef packers…

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COVID-19: A Complete Imbalance In Livestock And Meat Supply

The following commentary is from Dale R. Woerner, Ph.D., associate professor, and the Cargill Endowed Professor in Sustainable Meat Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. The impact of COVID-19 on the livestock and meat industry is peaking, leaving livestock producers and processors on the edge of economic sustainability…

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Conflicting Narratives

In the world of equities, the conflict is between optimism about reopening economies around the globe relative to the growing pessimism about the downsizing and cutbacks in many large companies due to their financial distress amid expected weak demand for a long time due to the impaired incomes of consumers.  The dimension of the conflict…

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