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Beef Checkoff Budget Set for 2019


By Kayla Sargent

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) recently set the budget for fiscal year 2019, investing $40,521,900 into six key program components.  Seven contractors brought forth 14 Authorization Requests (ARs), all of which were approved.  The difficult task, however, was trimming $5 million from the $45 million requested to fit the total budget.  The budget is still

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Coalition Calls for Action on Wild Horse and Burro Management

Wild Mustang Horse in the Nevada desert.

by Kayla Sargent

As wild horse and burro populations continue to rise at a steady rate, so does the need for successful management solutions.  The National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition (NHBRMC) submitted written testimony on the state of the nation’s rangelands to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that is

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Feast Not Famine Thanks to Hardworking Farmers; Celebrate Farmers This Friday

A John Deere combine cuts wheat on the Wheeler farm north of Valier, Montana.

Story and Photos By Todd Klassy

October 12 is National Farmer’s Day –  a small gesture to thank those who produce a food supply that is affordable, abundant, and among the safest in the world. Once called Old Farmer’s Day, National Farmer’s Day honors all of America’s

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NILE Horses Caught in a Loop of Success

The 2017 NILE Snaffle Bit Futurity Class.  WD Photos.

By Hannah Johlman

With hundreds of horse sales to choose from in the region, the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) realized long ago that to incentivize the Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale there had to be something special about the sale that has been the backbone of the NILE for many years

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National 4-H Week Theme ‘Inspire Kids to Do’ Rings True Year-Round


Stephanie Hove takes the first bite of her ‘poorly produced’ cupcake that she bought at auction.

National 4-H week, October 7-13, is celebrated once a year and has been for 76 years, but this year’s theme “Inspire Kids to Do” is practiced year-round in many 4-H clubs. Leaders of the Dawson Daisies and Diggers 4-H Club in Glendive, Montana, led

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Jr. Fed Market Show Grows By 100 Entries

By Bailey McKay

The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Billings, MT offers many competitions for individuals, ranches, farms, and companies to show off their product, animals, or services. The Jr. Fed Market Show is no exception, though it is geared toward the youth.

The Jr. Fed Program has been around since 1970. The focus of the show is to give both

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NILE 2018 — Keeping the Tradition While Adding New Events

by Kayla Sargent

NILE attendees, whether returning for the tenth year or visiting for the first time, can look forward to a full schedule of events honoring many aspects of agriculture.

“It’s a solid week, Saturday-to-Saturday, of great events,” NILE General Manager Jennifer Boka said, while glancing through their lengthy schedule.

The standby events will still remain the same, but the staff has

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Nebraska Ranching Family Hits the Big Screen

By Erin Wicker

A movie as universal and timeless as agriculture itself recently made its debut.   ‘Ocean of Grass’ features a year in the life of a 130-year-old ranch in the sandhills of Nebraska. Truly a grassroots effort, the movie was created and produced by Georg Joutras and features the McGinn family ranch near Broken Bow.

“It’s not necessarily telling a story,

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Legendary Cutting Horse Sire Dual Pep Dies

Photo by Cam Essick

By Lilly Platts

At the age of 33, the legendary Quarter Horse Dual Pep has died. The sorrel stallion was euthanized after living many healthy years in retirement in Texas. Dual Pep was extremely successful in the cutting pen himself and had an even larger impact as a sire, producing offspring with earnings of almost $25 million

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More To The Griz Attack Than Meets The Eye

Last week, Banjo and a couple of his ranch friends said good-bye to one of their new friends, but just for the winter months.  He left them a bag full of tricks, but as they looked through the gift, Banjo had an inkling they needed to get back to the ranch and quick.  What happened while Banjo and his friends

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Scholarship Opportunity for Beef Industry Students

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship is an investment in the next generation of cattle producers. CME Group is pleased to support the brightest talent of cattlemen

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Certified Hereford Beef Modifies Program Marbling Score Specification

The Certified Hereford Beef® and the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to modify the minimum marbling score requirement of the current Schedule G-10 for the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) brand.

The minimum marbling score requirement will be modified from a Slight00 marbling score to a Small00 marbling score to elevate the quality level of the CHB brand

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R-CALF USA Tells USTR to Stop Catering to Big Agribusiness

On October 3, R-CALF USA sent a letter to U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer stating that while the group fully supports the Trump Administration’s goals to put America first by buying and hiring American, ending unfair competition, and preventing undue influence by globalized oligopolies, the current text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) does not achieve any of these goals

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Frozen Friday Night Lights

Even though our high school football team is undefeated, I find myself sitting home with my three-year-old grandson instead of putting on all my winter clothes to watch them tonight. I am at a point in my life where I am not following any kids or grandkids to all of their games, but it won’t be long until the marathon

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Shaylin O’Neil sent this photo of her son, Yukon, giving orders from atop his trusty mount, Hoot, at the Red Canyon Ranch outside Forsyth, Montana.

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Thoughts From the Editor

Just about a year and a half ago I attended one of several Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Outreach Meetings being held across the nation.  USDA-APHIS held these public comment sessions to gather producer input on the current ADT system and where it needed to go in the future.  Following the series of meetings, USDA-APHIS compiled a report to present at

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Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Opposes Wild Life Sanctuary

Each year, the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association (CICA) spends time at the annual convention discussing, at length, the issues that threaten the independent live cattle industry in Colorado. At the 2018 convention held this past June in Pueblo, CO, one of the concerns of producers living in the southeastern part of the state was the proposed Wild Animal Sanctuary, called

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USDA Outlines Next Steps for Advancing Animal Disease Traceability

On September 25, Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs, announced USDA’s four overarching goals for advancing animal disease traceability (ADT) to protect the long-term health, marketability, and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry.

“The landscape surrounding animal disease traceability has changed dramatically in the past decade and producers across the nation

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One of the major topics of conversation throughout this entire year has been the huge amount of beef in the supply chain.  It seems like every month we have talked about record numbers of cattle on feed and pounds of beef being processed.  I have mentioned several times during this time frame how beef demand is strong and we are

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High Stakes and Bad Bets

On October 1, U.S. farmers and ranchers joined President Donald Trump to praise one of his Administration’s biggest international achievements, a reworked trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Ironically, October 1 also brought a massive domestic failure – the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill. The president and his revelers, however, never mentioned it during their NAFTA 2.0 victory

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When Hate Becomes a Tool

When declaring our independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson acknowledged our Creator as the origin of natural rights.  Government only secured those rights and this made America exceptional.  Later, our Constitution purposely restricted the federal authority to specific and enumerated powers, ultimately making ours a nation of limited government, individual liberty, and equal opportunity.  True conservatives endorse these principles and this

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The 127th Annual SDSGA Convention and Trade Show a Huge Success

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) wrapped up their 127th Annual Convention and Trade Show Saturday, September 29, after the Board meeting that morning.  An empty seat was hard to find at times, with attendance up more than fifty percent from the year before.

“This was such a great convention, I was so happy to catch up with folks I had

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