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DES MOINES — Each year, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association honors outstanding cattlemen and women through several different awards. In December, awards were presented to cattle producers from Garner, Centerville and DeWitt at the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit.

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Since 1980, the Angus Foundation has delivered an elite Angus Foundation Heifer Package at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver to generate unrestricted funds for Angus education, youth and research efforts. The Angus Foundation also offered five cutting-edge confirmed heifer pre…

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It was a tough fall for manure application. In many places of the state it was wet and harvest was delayed. On top of that, winter arrived earlier than it has in the past couple of years. Many people were forced to apply manure on top of frozen soils or even snow. We’ve gotten a lot of quest…

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Midwest Ag Supply & Veterinary Service of Watertown has announced they will be presenting two lucky winners with open, replacement heifers at this year’s Watertown Winter Farm Show set to run Feb. 5-9 at the Codington County Extension Complex.

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CROOKSTON, Minn. — When Temple Grandin was 14, her parents divorced and her mother remarried, leading Grandin from Boston to an Arizona ranch and her first exposure to cattle.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its eff…

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Last year, wet weather had many producers putting up hay much later in the season than normal. A late harvest date means grasses have already produced seed heads and are rapidly declining in forage nutrient value. While having even low quality hay on hand for winter feed is better than none,…

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Each fall, ranchers bring cattle in off of summer grazing pastures and prepare for weaning. This gives an opportunity to handle these cattle and administer animal health products as a part of a preventative herd health strategy. Product usage and management strategies that are implemented ar…

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Simmental sires are now recognized by Integrity Beef Alliance (IBA) as part of their value-added program. IBA is a comprehensive beef production system, through which members can utilize standardized management practices, marketing outlets, data utilization, assistance procu…

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As the beef cattle industry focuses on stewardship in animal health and antimicrobial use, we are continually reminded to follow FDA labels on all animal products. We understand the importance of strong vaccination programs, proper diagnosis and treatment, and the good stockmanship when hand…

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On Jan. 17, AGCO Corporation hosted its annual AGCO Berlin Summit. The international industry event aims to bring together decision-makers in politics, economy and society to share their experiences and discuss the future of the agricultural industry.

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Body condition scoring is a management tool that can be used to evaluate the nutritional status of beef cattle. The tool uses a numeric score, 1 to 9, for evaluating the fleshiness, or body energy reserves, of the beef cow and does not require the gathering and working of cows. Body conditio…

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Planning for the future can be a very frustrating process especially in times of tariffs and market volatility. Planning typically pays high dividends. For most farm and ranch managers, developing realistic commodity price expectations is one of the most difficult and complex tasks of the pl…

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Orlando, March 6-8, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from Pork Act delegates a…

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Transportation plays an important role in cattle production. The majority of cattle in the United States have been transported with a stock trailer or semi cattle truck at least once in their life time.

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The Beef Improvement Federation Conference last year marked the organization’s 50th meeting, and this landmark provided a good opportunity for reflection. Over the years, BIF has sought industry cooperation in applying science to improve beef cattle genetics. When the first performance data …

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After calving, cows go through a period of temporary infertility known as postpartum anestrus. Cows will not experience estrous cycles during this time. Another common term associated with this phenomenon is postpartum interval, which is the time from calving to the subsequent conception. Po…

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Cow-calf production systems that rely heavily on harvested and purchased feeds have less potential to be profitable. At the Antelope Range and Livestock Research Station in northwest South Dakota research evaluated the effectiveness of developing replacement heifers grazing forages through t…

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One of the most cost efficient methods of a successful breeding program is the breeding soundness exam (BSE) conducted on bulls. Bulls are responsible for breeding 20 to 50 cows each breeding season while cows are responsible for one calf each year. Having a BSE conducted on the bulls is cru…

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