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Where’s the beef?U.S. consumption is in decline

For the past decade, cattle ranchers and meat packers watched with despair as America’s beef consumption steadily declined, ceding ground to leaner meats as well as vegetarian trends among the health conscious. Most recently, high unemployment in the world’s wealthiest nation had cash-strapped Americans avoiding restaurants where beef is a common entree and had them

Drought Intensifies In U.S. South, No End In Sight

Record-breaking triple-digit temperatures were prolonging a devastating drought that has been baking the U.S. South and the dry spell could extend into next year and beyond, climate experts said last Thursday. Just when you thought it couldn t get any worse… we are seeing expansion of this drought. This drought will continue to persist and

Pickled Stover Works For Cattle Feed

New research has shown that a substantial portion of the grain in cattle feed can be effectively replaced with corn stover – the plant’s stalks, cobs and leaves – when these harvest residues are treated with a common food ingredient known as hydrated lime, or pickling lime. The alternative feeding strategy, which could improve feeders’

How Should You Feed A Cold?

Can you see the love floating out of the bowl?” my husband asked our 12-year-old daughter as he brought her a steaming bowl of chicken soup. “I’m kind of hungry. This is the best chicken soup ever,” she said as she propped herself up on our couch and took a sip of soup. She looked

Measuring Your Cattle Operation’s Productivity With ADAs

“If you’re working against nature, I’ll tell you what, you’re going to lose. That’s all there is to it. And the number one thing you’re going to lose is money.” – Terry Gompert Cow Longevity Is Everything Forget everything else, says Terry Gompert, because cow longevity is the most important factor in ranching. “You’ll start

Agriculture Hall Of Fame – for Aug. 20, 2009

John Murray Cormack was born and raised on a family farm at Rossburn, Manitoba. He obtained a BSA from the University of Manitoba, an MSc from the University of Nebraska and a PhD from Iowa State University. Murray and Cather ine (nee Crookshank) raised four sons: Ron, Ken, Neil and David. From 1957 to 1959,