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Industry News

Livestock Guardian Dog webinar set Sept. 25

published: September 21st 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Livestock Guardian Dog Program will hold a virtual Livestock Guardian Dog webinar on Sept. 25. The event will run from 3-3:45 p.m. There is no cost, butpreregistration is required....

Pastures & Forages

Grain markets improve amid reduced crop estimate

published: September 17th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas grain producers are experiencing better market conditions this fall compared to where prices were mid-summer, thanks in large part to reduced U.S. corn yield estimates in the nation’s grain-producing states, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....


Weaning – Improving outcomes through decreasing stress

published: September 16th 2020 by: Kaite VanValin, assistant Extension prof source: University of Kentucky Extension

The classic definition of stress according to Hans Selye is, “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Dr. Selye was an endocrinologist by training and is largely regarded as the grandfather of the study of stress....


July Beef and Pork Exports rebound, but still below year-ago

published: September 15th 2020 source: USMEF

  July exports of U.S. beef rebounded from recent lows but remained below 2019 levels, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). U.S. pork exports, which are on a record pace in 2020, were also down from a year ago in July but increased compared to June....

Industry News

Honey bee nutrition might be key to healthy populations

published: September 14th 2020 by: Gabe Saldana source: Texas AgriLife Today

A  newly funded Texas A&M AgriLife Research project seeks to slow population losses among more than 2.6 million managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. Honey bees provide pollination services that uphold $16 billion in U....

Industry News

Reseachers analyze safety of industrial hemp as cattle feed

published: September 10th 2020 by: Joe Montgomery source: K State Unversity

A pair of studies at Kansas State University is bringing new insight to farmers and producers seeking to incorporate industrial hemp in cattle feed.   After the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production in the U....

Industry News

Who’s going to take over the farm/ranch?

published: September 9th 2020 by: Linda Geist source: Universityof Missouri Extension

It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about until the owner dies or can no longer run the farm, says Wesley Tucker. Tucker is a fourth-generation farmer and succession planning coordinator for University of Missouri Extension....

Pastures & Forages

Main Street Data now forecasts national corn yield at 178.1.

published: September 8th 2020 source: Main Streeet Data

Using sophisticated weather-based modeling techniques that correlate to crop stage, Main Street Data forecasts a 2020 national yield of 178.1 Bu/A for corn. Despite setbacks from storms and a lack of rain, this yield forecast of 178....

Industry News

College Aggies Online, kicking off this month, offers students more than $20,000 in scholarships

published: September 4th 2020 by: Emily Solis source: Animal Agriculture Alliance

  September 3, 2020 – College students across the country are gearing up for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s annual College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition which kicks off September 14....

Herd Health

How to use a veterinary diagnostic laboratory effectively

published: September 3rd 2020 by: Dr. Michelle Arnold source: University of Kentucky Extension Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Unusual or unexplained sickness and death loss of farm animals is an unavoidable occurrence for all producers at some point. Whether it is one animal affected suddenly or multiple animals developing symptoms of disease in a short span of time, most producers want to find the cause, the best effective treatment and how to prevent reoccurrence....

Pastures & Forages

Hay-producing areas report below average season

published: September 2nd 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A bevy of issues amounted to below-average yields for most hay producers in East and Central Texas, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceexperts Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said many hay producers missed out on multiple cuttings due to weather conditions or lower yields due to pasture conditions or pest infestations....

Breed News

Brahman association sets up Laura relief fund

published: September 1st 2020 source: American Brahman Breeders Association

  The effects of Hurricane Laura have been felt by many people across southwest Louisiana. The agricultural industry is no stranger to hardship and this time is no different. The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) has set up a fund to be distributed directly to those effected by Hurricane Laura....

Industry News

Herbicide failure on rangelands addressed in Sept. 3 webinar

published: August 31st 2020 source: Texas AgriLife Today

Herbicide treatment failure will be the topic of a Sept. 3 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Unit range webinar. The “Why Herbicide Treatments Fail” webinar is part of the Texas Range Webinar Series, scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p....


June remained a tough month for beef exports

published: August 28th 2020 source: USMEF

June exports of U.S. pork fell below year-ago levels for the first time this year but exports remain on a record pace in 2020, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

Feed & Nutrition

Ears provide the clues in corn production

published: August 27th 2020 by: William Wiebold source: Universityof Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It sounds corny, but if we use our ears, corn ears will tell us why yields are down, says University of Missouri Extension state agronomist Bill Wiebold. Corn ears tell and show us what went wrong during pollination and fertilization, the most critical time of yield establishment....


Prices move up last week

published: August 26th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Pric-es on a live basis were primarily $106 to $108 while dressed prices were mainly $168 to $170. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $106....


Valuing bred beef heifers

published: August 25th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on rules of thumb for valuing bred beef heifers. This led to a question this week about rules of thumb related to valuing bred cows and their appreciation and depreciation....

Industry News

Texas Beef Council presents Checkoff update, prime rib demo at 2020 Beef Cattle Short Course

published: August 24th 2020 source: Texas Beef Council

  AUSTIN, Texas  – The Texas Beef Council presented a Beef Checkoff Update during the annual Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station, held this year on August 3-5....

Industry News

BBU Convention postponed

published: August 21st 2020 source: Beefmaster Breeders United

  BOERNE, TEXAS – Due to the elevated concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Beefmaster Breeders United Board of Directors voted unanimously to postpone the 60th BBU Convention until October 2021....

Industry News

Retail beef price drop reflects lower wholesale prices

published: August 19th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Beef consumers should be seeing lower prices on beef, whether steaks or ground chuck, at grocery stores as production increased and wholesale prices continue to decline, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

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