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Clover Clover

by Markie Hageman

From Idaho to the Dakotas, sprawling over rolling hills and stretching across the flat lands, creeping through timber and dispersed amongst cropland, a sea of lemon yellow laps at the horizons. Since mid-June, the prevalence of sweet clover has been the subject of old timers and youngsters, ranchers and townspeople. Conversations range from questioning haying quality to myths

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Grass for a Group

By Mayzie Purviance

In an effort to support young producers and encourage their return to Montana farms and ranches, Montana Farmer’s Union (MFU) is researching the establishment of a grass bank and grazing district, or a “Chapter 15 Shared-Services Co-Op”.  With mass consolidation continuing in the industry each day, competition for access to grass can be tough for a young producer

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Honoring a Montana Rodeo Legend

by Hannah Gill

Although it had been over thirty years since the bareback rider stepped aboard a bucking horse, Montana rodeo legend Larry Peabody said an all too familiar feeling returned when he stepped on stage on August 3.  Peabody was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs where he offered an acceptance speech.

“It was about like getting

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A Mysterious New Friend

“Where is it?” Banjo muttered.  He rummaged through an overflowing bucket in the tack room.  He tossed out a curry comb, a mis-matched set of gloves, a screwdriver, a wad of baling twine and various other items.

When he couldn’t find it at the bottom of the bucket, Banjo dumped it over to ensure every last remnant of goods had fallen

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Vesicular Stomatitis Running Rampant in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Agriculture confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in Adams, Alamosa, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Delta, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Pueblo and Weld counties (all in Colorado).  Currently, 254 locations are quarantined statewide and 177 released quarantines.

VSV is a viral disease which primarily affects horses and cattle but can

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Once again, last Friday I really thought cattle futures would open higher on Monday morning with the news of up to $116 fed cattle.  But again, cattle futures were limit down in both live cattle and feeders, they opened limit down and stayed there.  The plunge was attributed to the Tyson processing plant burning down in Kansas on Friday night. 

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Down The Primrose Path

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the yellow roses along the primrose path are dazzling distractions from what, in a matter of days, has already been a long month for farmers and ranchers.  Worse, a long harvest and bitter winter also loom as President Donald J. Trump threatens even tougher trade sanctions on key U.S. food buyers

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Thoughts from the Editor

This past week we saw yet another major meatpacker announce their own venture into the “fake meat” market.  Marfrig Global Foods is partnering with Archer Daniels Midland Co. to produce alternative protein products in Brazil.  Marfrig Global Foods CEO Eduardo Miron said the “100 percent vegetable protein-based burgers” will have the “same taste and texture of beef.”

Now before you write

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Crop Yields are set to Decline

The latest AccuWeather 2019 crop production analysis predicts a significant decline from last year’s corn and soybean yield, as well as a noticeable variation from the July U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates.

AccuWeather analysts predict the 2019 corn yield will be 13.07 billion bushels, a decline of a 9.3 percent from 2018 and 5.8 percent lower than the latest USDA figures.

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Idaho Young Cattle Producer’s Conference Recap

The third annual Idaho Young Cattle Producer’s Conference (YCC) was recently held in Lewiston and the surrounding area.  Nineteen emerging beef leaders under the age of 40 successfully completed the intensive 3-day program presented by University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Cattle Association. 

The conference kicked off with an overview of the beef industry in Idaho.  The opening session titled

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One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never got my pilot’s license. I often wonder what kind of career I’d have had if I took the money I spent on getting a college degree and spent it instead on auction school and flying lessons.

I’ve always been mesmerized by small aircraft and I come by it honestly. I

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Bucks for Burke

South Dakota CattleWomen (SDCW) are accepting “Bucks for Burke” in efforts to assist with severe damage by a tornado earlier this week for the community of Burke, South Dakota.

All donated funds will be given to the Rosebud Rancherettes CattleWomen Club to be donated as they see fit to the Burke community.

“The Rosebud Rancherettes have a long tradition of not just

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Levi Carter brought home two goat kids that a nanny wouldn’t accept for his wife Tabi to help care for – their daughter Nova couldn’t wait to get her hands on them.

“There’s no denying that we have ourselves a little farm girl,” Levi wrote.

The family raises goats and cattle near Burlington Junction, Missouri.


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A Humorous Take on Math

School is about to start, which means teachers are having back to school dreams, kids are buying supplies and clothes, and parents are celebrating the fact that they made it through summer vacation.  My thoughts turn to the book I plan to write about education.

As a former English teacher, I absolutely love the manual, “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” by British

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Sommers Recognized for Conservation

Pinedale, Wyoming native Albert Sommers said his father instilled within him the principle, “if you take care of the land, it will take care of you.” This saying stuck with Sommers in all his endevours, making him the perfect recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.

Sommers is set to receive the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award for his exceptional support

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Non-logic and the NCBA

By Gilles Stockton, Grass Range, MT

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is currently making a media and lobbying push to have the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) – better known as NAFTA 2.0 – ratified by Congress.  In their press info NCBA states: “USMCA maintains science-based trade standards while rejecting failed policies of the past, like mandatory country-of-origin labeling.” 

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Christopher “Chris” Cameron October 22, 1933 – August 9, 2019

On the afternoon of August 9, 2019, at the age of 85, Chris passed away as a result of a pickup accident while checking cows, his favorite pastime.

Chris was born October 22, 1933 in Miles City to John and Jessie Cameron.  He attended school at Dick Creek school until 1944 when his family moved to Miles City.  He graduated from

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Anthrax Outbreak in North Dakota

“Anthrax has been confirmed in a group of cows in a pasture in east Billings County,” Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, said.

North Dakota’s state veterinarian said the state’s first reported case of anthrax this year is a reminder to livestock producers to take action to protect their animals from the disease, especially in areas with a past history of

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NCBA and PLC Launch Campaign Focused on Grazing

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) recently launched a four-week digital campaign focused on the value of grazing with key elements benefiting the environment, rural communities and local U.S.  economies.

The campaign kicked off with a video and blog post featuring California ranch and 2017 Thomas Fire survivor, Rich Atmore.  With the use of livestock

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