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Mother Nature Fighting Agriculture

A cow that survived the cold and muddy conditions.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Gene Dubas owns and operates Dubas Cattle Company and has marketed Silencer Chutes across the nation and world.  His team has sold equipment all over the country – Florida, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Australia, Mexico, and Russia, just to name a few.

Because of his involvement in the cattle

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Montana’s T. rex to the Nation’s T. rex

The T. Rex will be on display in the nation’s capital at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for 50 years.

By Hannah Johlman

Short of their wedding day and the days that their children were born, Tom and Kathy Wankel, who ranch near Angela, Montana, said one of the most exciting days of their life was the day

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A Win-Win for Montana Ranchers

Roger Indreland welcomed NativeEnergy representatives, potential carbon credit purchasers, soil scientists, ranch consultants, and Montana ranchers to their family ranch near Big Timber, Montana for an educational field day.

by Kayla Sargent

Montana ranchers have the opportunity to adjust their grazing practices in order to increase carrying capacity, and get paid to do it.  Acknowledging the critical role that livestock

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A Smitten Lion

Marty had never had such butterflies in his stomach.  He watched the golden tan of her fur wave softly in the summer breeze.

“Hm,” he said quietly to himself.  “She’s like the sunshine on a rainy day, the flower bursting from the dry ground, the sweet essence of a tomato on top of a salad… awww.”

The mountain lion was smitten.  Marty

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Just a button…

Note: This first appeared in the October 31, 1956, issue of Western Livestock Reporter

When I was just a button, my mother was cooking for the C Bar cattle outfit.  I was the only small boy in that country and the cowboys got a lot of fun out of teasing me and telling me big lies when I asked them questions. 

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Disaster Bill Helps Farmers and Ranchers Weather the Storm

After significant delay, Congress passed a disaster assistance bill on June 5.  The $19.1 billion package will provide assistance to individuals and communities across the country affected by extreme weather events in the past year and a half, including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and snowstorms.

A significant portion – just over $3 billion – of that will

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Tariffs on Mexican Cattle Could Restore Opportunities for U.S. Cattle Producers

According to R-CALF USA, the proposed implementation of a five percent tariff on Mexican imports will benefit U.S. cattle producers.  Last year, the R-CALF USA board of directors unanimously called upon President Trump to impose new tariffs on cattle, beef, sheep, and lamb imported from countries that maintain substantial trade surpluses with the United States.

The group said underpriced imports were

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American Angus Association $Value Indexes Updated

By Kate Ryan, American Angus Association

The American Angus Association® Board of Directors approved changes to the $Value Indexes during the February board meeting.  Updated $Value Indexes are now available, and changes include revisions to Beef Value ($B); the construction of a new Maternal Weaned Calf Value ($M); updated economic models for Feedlot Value ($F), Grid Value ($G) and Cow Energy

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Livestock Producers Exempt from EPCRA Reporting Requirements

On June 4, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler finalized a rule exempting livestock producers from reporting air emissions from animal waste under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

“This final rule provides clarity and certainty to the regulated community that animal waste emissions from farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA,” Administrator Wheeler said.  “This

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Sustainable Agriculture

“Our cash flow is not flowing,” I informed my bookkeeper, who just so happens to also be my wife.  “I have decided to use my brilliant business mind to raise some cash.  Take a letter would you?”

“Who should I address it to?” my secretary/wife asked.

“To anybody with an ecologically sound mind and way too much money.”

“Dear Sucker,” wrote my secretary

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MLRA to Host Beef Quality Assurance Workshop

By Trina Jo Bradley, MRLA Vice President

As beef prices continue to drop and the cost of producing that beef keeps climbing, ranchers have had to get creative and go the extra mile to get a premium for their calves in the fall.  Marias River Livestock Association (MRLA) has worked for several years to help its members not only survive the

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Fond Father Memories

As Father’s Day approaches, I find it hard to believe that my father would have turned 100 this July.  He has been gone for 22 years, but he still lives large in my memory.  He was one of those people with the classic cowboy look, and that look landed him on the front of the Montana map tipping his hat

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Coffee Consensus

How much coffee is too much?  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a study showing more than six cups per day increases the risk of heart disease by 22 percent.  However, this week, UK data showed no deleterious effects until beyond the 25-cup mark.  Last Sunday, a personal mishap suggested that a single cup of coffee could damage

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Thoughts From the Editor

National companies are finally acknowledging the importance of intact grasslands and managed livestock grazing, AND Montana ranchers are being paid to offset the carbon footprints of these companies.  This is great news for our industry.  Even though this is a small-scale project right now, the concept is something that needs to be highlighted across the country.

I titled the front page

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National Beef, Iowa Premium Merger Complete

by Kayla Sargent

The acquisition of Iowa Premium (IP) by National Beef Packing Company, LLC was completed on June 10.  National Beef, majority owned by Brazilian-based Marfrig Global Foods, is a member of the “Big Four” beef processors in the U.S.  Iowa Premium was the nation’s twentieth largest beef packer prior to the merger.

The finalized acquisition will add over 850 employees

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Beef, Dairy Collaboration Launches HOLSim™ Program

The American Simmental Association (ASA) and Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) have announced the formation of the HOLSim™ branded program. The program identifies elite SimAngus™ bulls with specific production attributes as mating solutions for dairy producers who breed some of their herd to beef.

The program’s objective is threefold: to provide additional revenue to dairy producers through the production of value-added terminal

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National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Boise and D.C.

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet July 9-11 in Boise, Idaho, and October 29-31 in Washington, D.C.  The Board will discuss the pressing challenges of wild horse and burro management, including the number of unadopted and unsold animals in BLM facilities and the effects of overpopulation on public lands.

Both meetings will

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Ecosystem Services Market Consortium Expands with Eight New Members

Just three months after its official launch, the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) announced that eight more private-sector companies and nonprofit organizations have joined the group.  The move demonstrates the groundswell support surging throughout all levels of the agricultural supply chain as it seeks to advance the development of a market-based approach to promoting land stewardship to build healthy soils,

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Last Friday, the U.S. Meat Export Federation released data detailing April 2019 export numbers.  I know trade talks have been on the forefront of everybody’s minds since China negotiations fell apart a couple of weeks ago.  This leaves many wondering what the status of U.S. exports has been throughout the turbulent trade environment.

After reading this release a couple of times

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Hearing Highlights Implications of ERS, NIFA Relocation for Agricultural Research

During a hearing held on June 5 by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, key stakeholders expressed concerns about the current and potential ramifications of reorganizing and relocating two major agricultural research agencies.  In accordance with previous announcements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing with plans to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National

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Just as well start them young!  Harrison Irigoin, six-months-old, sure has those baby lambs curious.  This little one will be raised right on Michael and Mary Irigoin’s farm north of Lambert, Montana.

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USDA Designates 28 Colorado Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 28 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas.  Producers who suffered losses caused by recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

The Colorado counties with the primary natural disaster designation include Alamosa, Archuleta, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La

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Hereford Breeders Strengthen Marketing Skills at ‘The Brand’ Marketing Summit

More than 200 Hereford enthusiasts traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, June 3-4, for two days jam-packed with sessions featuring some of the best marketers in the business.  With presentations from professionals representing all sectors of the cattle industry, attendees at “The Brand” Marketing Summit gleaned insight on using traditional and digital platforms to better market their programs and to be

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American Gelbvieh Association Relocates Headquarters Office to Lincoln, Nebraska

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters office to Lincoln, Nebraska.  This relocation is taking place the first week in June.

After careful consideration and much planning by the AGA Board of Directors in 2018, the AGA began final preparations for the move earlier this year.  This new location places the office in a

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Mark McCully Named American Angus Association CEO

By Angus Communications

The American Angus Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mark McCully as the new chief executive officer of the American Angus Association, effective June 10, 2019.  McCully will serve as the chief executive officer for the American Angus Association and for each of the Association’s subsidiaries: Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Angus Genetics Inc., and

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