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Recent Stories by Amanda Radke, Freelance Writer

Radke: Junk science

August 13, 2018 — There's a frustrating trend in the scientific community to have a predetermined end result of a study in mind before research ever begins. This is the case for so many things related to beef. If certain biased researchers had their way, they would have consumers

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Cattle futures 101: Fundamentals of industry marketing tool explained

August 7, 2018 — Today's cattlemen utilize a variety of different tools to be successful in the beef cattle business. From fencing pliers to genomic-enhanced EPDs for performance indicators, simple and complex tools of the trade help cattlemen complete the day's work and make decisions to increase profitability. One

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Judge dismisses Two Rivers’ suit against Welton Water

July 3, 2018 — The shareholders of the Welton Land & Water Co. have been fighting a long battle to maintain their senior direct flow water rights, which date back to 1861. These shareholders are farmers and ranchers raising diversified crops and livestock in their rural community along the

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Genomic testing might be another tool in the heifer selection tool box

June 15, 2018 — Rising input costs in the beef business have ranchers evaluating ways they can save and operate frugally to reduce costs and improve their profit margins. At the same time, more seedstock and commercial cattlemen are seeing the value in investing in genomic testing to determine

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Radke: Move over kale

June 8, 2018 — Despite consumption of beef declining in recent decades, America's favorite protein is still a punching bag for many of our nation's health woes. From cancer to diabetes to heart disease and more, everyone loves to point the finger at beef and ignore the fact that

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Radke: Fake meats

May 4, 2018 — Despite the loud and proud rantings of the meatless movement, just 7.3 million of the 325 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle; however, an additional 22.8 million people follow a "vegetarian-inclined diet." Consumers may be basing their dietary choices

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Rakde: The livestock industry’s voice in the conversation about antibiotics

April 6, 2018 — Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly hot button topic, and the livestock industry is going to continue to be a huge part of the discussion moving forward. As a whole, the industry has already made great strides in doing our part. With the introduction of

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S.D. ranchers gift beef jerky to troops overseas

March 27, 2018 — As Easter fast approaches, families will be looking forward to attending Sunday church services, egg hunting with their kids and grandkids and gathering around the dinner table to enjoy a meal together. For the men and women serving our nation overseas, Easter will look a

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Got milk? Maybe too much

March 19, 2018 — Dairy producers are on edge right now with word that more than two dozen farmers across the country have lost their milk contracts. In early March, Dean Foods, who provides liquid milk for Walmart's Great Life brand, informed at least 24 producers who ship milk

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Gut feeling: Make sure your calves’ is a good one

March 14, 2018 — Want stronger calves at birth? Healthier calves at weaning? More fertile cows at breeding time? Higher gains in the feedlot? Who doesn't? The beef industry has spent decades individually researching the best production methods to achieve maximum performance and optimal health; however, the answer to

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Radke: The decline of rural populations

March 9, 2018 — In America, we have access to an abundance of some of the safest and most affordable food in the world. It's a luxury we often take for granted. After all, most of us don't have to hunt for meat, forage for fruits and vegetables, churn

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Collecting foot scores for improved structure

March 2, 2018 — A rancher's definition of the "ideal" beef animal may differ based on his or her opinions of body condition, muscularity, frame size, breed and overall appearance, but there's one thing every cattleman can agree on — structural integrity is the key to having cattle that

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Radke: Beef in the diet

February 2, 2018 — Health and wellness advice can be very contradicting at times. For example, we're told to avoid the sun to reduce our risk of skin cancer, but by doing so, we're becoming vitamin D deficient. Low vitamin D levels are often associated with cancer, cardiovascular diseases

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Radke: Eight things to accomplish in 2018

January 12, 2018 — Resolutions — nearly half of Americans make goals for the New Year, but very few actually stick to them. As we welcome 2018, let's make it our goal to follow through on our resolutions. I've listed my top eight areas that I plan to focus

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Advocacy isn’t just a buzz word

December 5, 2017 — A few weeks ago, a national media reporter called rural America a "core threat to democracy" on Twitter. This kind of commentary isn't unique to just one individual; it seems as urban cities grow and rural communities dwindle, it's becoming increasingly hard to connect today's

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Weather causes mycotoxins in corn, silage

December 4, 2017 — Feeding corn silage over the winter months may be cost-effective feedstuffs for the cowherd, but if mycotoxins are present, the choice may be costly. Not all molds are toxic, but plant stress in the corn crop during the growing months has resulted in extremely high

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Activists release video of abuse on Florida dairy

November 22, 2017 — Larson Dairy Farm located in Okeechobee, Fla., is making national headlines this month after a called the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) released video footage revealing abuse to the dairy cattle in one of the milking barns. According to an ARM report, which was submitted to

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The iPhone steak emoji

November 9, 2017 — Over the weekend, we moved our last group of cows from a pasture down the road to a corn field adjacent to the home place. With four-wheelers in both ditches, a pickup leading the way and following behind, plus a few vehicles parked to block

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SALE Act would offer protection to auction markets and producers

October 30, 2017 — The Packers and Stockyards Act has regulated auction markets, packers, and livestock dealers since 1921, but with today's fast-paced speed of commerce, it's become abundantly clear that updates must be made to better apply to current times. To address this growing concern, Rep. Roger Marshall,

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Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy farmers lose contracts with Canadian milk processor

April 18, 2017 — In early April, 75 dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota opened their mailboxes to find an unsigned, generic letter. The letter, sent by Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., informed recipients that on May 1, 2017, the farmers' contract with the milk processing plant would come to

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