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Industry News

Full-Page Ad In USA Today Takes On Humane Society Of The United States

After the release of a highly successful Super Bowl ad,, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, is upping the ante with a full-page ad in today’s USA Today highlighting the shady practices and unethical behavior of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). View the ad here: Posing the question “which headlines are fake news regarding the Humane…

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Kansans: Ask Legislators To Vote “Yes” On HB 2095

KLA is encouraging members to ask their legislator to vote YES on Kansas HB 2095, which would increase the legal gross vehicle weight from 85,500 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. for a six axle semi-trailer combination (a semi with triple-axle trailer). The KLA-supported bill currently is awaiting action by the full House of Representatives, which likely will occur early next…

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Cow / Calf Corner

An Increase In Beef Cows Requires Cropland

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity. Competition is tough, and crop production…

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BCI Pregnancy Analytics App: How Is The Data Used?

By Dr. Bob Larson The BCI Pregnancy Analytics App was released in the fall of 2016 and is being used by veterinarians and beef producers to enhance monitoring and evaluating cowherd breeding season success. Veterinarians know that being able to visualize the percentage of a cowherd that becomes pregnant each 21-days of the breeding season…

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Stocker Special

Dewormer Dilemma

The benefits of deworming your cattle are well known: increased weight gains and breeding efficiency, reduced pasture contamination, improved immune status and more.  But it’s not as easy to know which deworming product to use. “To reap these benefits and reduce the risk of resistance, it’s critical to use the most effective product at the…

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Parasite Pressure Tool Online

Merial introduces a new parasite pressure tool that will allow cattle producers to monitor parasite pressure in their pastures and become aware of the conditions that could threaten their cattle. The tool was developed for and added to the Longrange® website. Parasite infections can lead to a number of herd health problems, including negative effects…

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HACCP Feed Industry Online Course Now Available

January 30 @ 8:00 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Integrated Carnivore-Livestock Workshop

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Company News

Bio-Vet Introduces Five New Products

Bio-Vet, Inc. introduces five new products for livestock producers. BYCEPS™ Paste – A new paste formulation of Calf BYCEPS™ B milk additive for neonatal calves, BYCEPS Paste is a nutritional/microbial supplement for calves at arrival, prior to and during routine stress-related outbreaks. Available in user-friendly 80-milliliter dial-a-dose tubes. ‘O’ Pecti-Cap™ Jr. capsules provide nutritional support…

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AgCompass Provides Secure Accessibility to Agribusinesses & CPA Firms

Especially during tax time, a virtual desktop can make secure collaboration for sharing files, data, and scanned documents easier. With a virtual desktop and your accounting software hosted by AgCompass, you and your tax preparer can upload and access data crucial for preparing your returns from anywhere and from multiple devices. “Security and data independence are…

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Feedlot Focus

Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting Set For March 7, Dixon

Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2017 Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting. The meeting will be held March 7 at Sauk Valley Community College just outside of Dixon, Illinois. The seminar will be begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. “This meeting is a must-attend…

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Finding Flavor, Incentivizing More

Scientists weigh in on “the next frontier” for beef quality research By: Miranda Reiman Life is not always heads or tails, black and white or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others. “Beef flavor is very complex. It’s not one attribute, but many, many flavor notes,”…

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Marketing & Management

Billion With A “B”

Angus producers knew they could create a brand of beef that would sell millions of pounds in a year. But more than a billion? Let’s not get carried away, the organizers would have said. Yet upon reflection, some might have wondered. That year has come and gone now. The Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand’s 38th…

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Beef News

Beef Bites

Already love Tater Tot Casserole but want to change it up? Give this Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole a try! Ingredients:  1-1/2 pounds ground beef 1 (3-oz) package real bacon bits 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 (32-oz) package frozen tater tots 1 (10.75-oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup 16-oz sour cream Directions: Preheat oven…

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