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Controlling burrowing rodents
Controlling burrowing rodents

April 25, 2019

Rodents like prairie dogs, ground squirrels and pocket gophers can damage fields, pastures and crops. When these critters move into your barnyards or pastures they may need to be controlled. Robert M. Timm, PhD, Extension...


Invasive plants to look for after the flood

April 23, 2019

Early Detection and Rapid Response is a concept to identify potentially invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is taking place. An Integrated Pest Management plan can be developed to...



Report “orphaned containers” from flood to 1-877-253-2603

April 23, 2019

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency to identify, report and remove containers of potentially hazardous materials that were displaced by the March 2019 floods. Those who find these...


Farm groups react to ITC report on USMCA

April 22, 2019

A range of farm groups said Friday that the International Trade Commission’s report on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade proved that Congress needs to approve the agreement even if the report did not cover the...


New technologies for range and pasture management
New technologies for range and pasture management

April 19, 2019

This article appears in the April BeefWatch online newsletter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s beef production website, https://beef.unl.edu. A new BeefWatch is posted every month, and interviews with the authors of BeefWatch newsletter articles become...


Proper storage of medicines critical to animal health
Proper storage of medicines critical to animal health

April 19, 2019

Properly storing vaccinations and medications can be key to ensuring animal health, according to Nebraska’s Bovine Quality Assurance director. Rob Eirich told producers during an Animal Health Stewardship and Product Care seminar that antimicrobial resistance...


CSU facility pairs science and industry
CSU facility pairs science and industry

April 19, 2019

Gary and Kay Smith are the namesakes of the new meats lab facility on the campus of Colorado State University. Smith was a faculty member in the animal science department for 20 years and was...





Bandit Eyes: The calf who lived in our bathroom
Bandit Eyes: The calf who lived in our bathroom

April 12, 2019

Calves in the kitchen were a fact of life our children grew up with. The first calf that lived in our old log house arrived one cold December night 49 years ago when our son...


Fake meats: Will consumers bite?
Fake meats: Will consumers bite?

April 12, 2019

Cell-cultured proteins. Lab meats. Fake meats. Petri-dish patties. Whatever you want to call them — they are a hot topic of discussions these days. Developed in “meat breweries” and proclaimed to be safer, cleaner, more...


Rabobank: Rising African Swine Fever Losses to Lift All Protein Boats

April 11, 2019

Production losses from African swine fever have eclipsed initial estimates. The Chinese pork production shortfall, along with shortfalls in Southeast Asia, will create challenges and opportunities for animal protein exporters, according to the latest RaboResearch...


EHV1 confirmed in Wyoming

April 11, 2019

A horse in Johnson County, Wyoming, was diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus neurologic disease, or Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy through laboratory testing and reported to the Wyoming Livestock Board staff veterinarians on April 4. The horse has...


Beef, dairy collaboration launches HOLSim program

April 11, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The American Simmental Association and Holstein Association USA have announced the formation of the HOLSim branded program. The program identifies elite SimAngusTM bulls with specific production attributes as mating solutions for dairy...


2017 Census of Agriculture data now available
2017 Census of Agriculture data now available

April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including...


C-BT water quota increased to 70 percent

April 11, 2019

BERTHOUD, Colo. – Above average regional water storage coupled with above average snowpack prompted the Northern Water Board of Directors to increase its 2019 quota allocation for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project to 70 percent. The...