Recent Stories | TheFencePost.com

Recent Stories by Lindsay King, Freelance Writer

Oklahoma fires seen from space, more than 300,000 acres lost so far

April 23, 2018 — Low humidity combined with high winds sweeping down the Oklahoma plains the perfect recipe for a wild fire in the Sooner state. Crews were battling flames reaching over 70 feet in places last week while images from space clearly depicted the flames and smoke blowing

Learn more »

Reducing pain and stress becoming high priority in the cattle industry

March 28, 2018 — As prey animals, cattle typically hide their pain. Predators target the young, old and sick or crippled. This makes locating herd health issues in beef cattle a little more difficult. Researchers, many in Canada, are working to better understand pain in cattle and build best

Learn more »

A lurking bacteria in cattle finally surfaces

June 26, 2017 — Something lurks just below the surface: bibersteinia trehalosi. A mouthful to say and a handful for cattle ranchers to deal with in their herds. A relative to mannheimia hemolitica and a strain of pasteurella, this bacteria is not new. "It was probably about 2011 when

Learn more »

Mild winters lead to tick population increases and concern for livestock health

June 7, 2017 — Mild winters combined with increased deer populations over the past three years have led to increasing tick populations and concern for livestock health. Livestock are at-risk for both tick-borne disease as well as the simple effects from a heavy tick infestation. The environment and availability

Learn more »

Cattle markets looking up as ranchers come off a tough three-year dry spell

May 11, 2017 — In the past three years, cattle ranchers have been hit hard with drought, low market prices, high input costs and, most recently, tough weather conditions and natural disasters. Cow/calf producers scooped up peak prices in 2014, making up to 10 times their normal profit. The

Learn more »

Components of LB 461: Nebraska speaks up about property tax reform

May 3, 2017 — The bill labeled "LB 461" currently moving through the Nebraska legislature is composed of two other bills, "LB 337" and "LB 338." An agricultural coalition of various commodity and communication groups from across the state have joined forces working to adjust the current property tax

Learn more »

Five of the ‘Big 6’ agricultural corporations looking to merge

April 24, 2017 — Mergers between five of the "Big Six" agricultural chemical and seed corporations — Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Pioneer; ChemChina and Syngenta; Bayer and Monsanto — are raising concerns for farmers nationwide. These leading companies control more than 60 percent of the market for seeds,

Learn more »

Kangaroos in Wyoming?!

April 5, 2017 — News of 90 kangaroos released in Wyoming as part of "Project Sage Hopper" spread like wildfire across the internet on April 1. The web-based news outlet, County 10, serving northern Wyoming, broke the story. "Our COO, Fabian Lobera, came up with the idea because he

Learn more »

Wyoming Business Council grants Wyoming Sugar Co. $5.6 million relief loan

March 31, 2017 — Wyoming sugar beet producers and processers had a lot to deal with from mother nature this past fall. Late rain accompanied by multiple freezes gave way to difficult harvesting and processing conditions for the Wyoming Sugar Co. and its members in Worland, Wyo. As a

Learn more »

Outlook for livestock health after Kansas, Colorado fires

March 31, 2017 — March brought more than just the first day of spring, wildfires raged across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. These fires claimed thousands of acres of grassland, miles and miles of fencing, and the lives of both livestock and the people who cared for them. KANSAS

Learn more »

Self-taught bronze sculptor Dawn Weimer, remembered

March 24, 2017 — Not many in this life can say they have a God-given talent and passion for their craft, but for the late Dawn Weimer, that is exactly where her talent for bronze sculpting came from. Dawn never attended college for anything related to art despite telling

Learn more »

Small, mighty northeastern Colorado town rallies after wildfires tear through area

March 17, 2017 — Firemen alongside farmers and ranchers fought to save their small but mighty community of Haxtun, Colo., March 6. As volunteer and career firemen from all around fought the blaze head-on, community members raced ahead. Some pulling stock trailers to get livestock out of the way,

Learn more »

Hadley Barrett: The voice that filled the arena

March 10, 2017 — A competitor, musician, announcer and the type of person all should aspire to emulate, the late Hadley Barrett was the voice that filled rodeo arenas all across the nation. Barrett passed away from heart failure at the age of 87, a mere five days after

Learn more »

Trade agreement changes could spell trouble for ag exports in Colorado

February 17, 2017 — Days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump retracted the U.S.'s participation in the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. An agreement between 11 other countries to increase trade and lower costs of American exports to the Pacific Rim and Asian-Pacific countries, opening up market access for

Learn more »