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Royal Heritage: American Royal prepares for a move

January 18, 2018 — The American Royal will be making its move to Wyandotte County, Kansas, after being rooted in Kansas City, Missouri since 1899. What originally began as the National Hereford Show has evolved into a multifaceted event featuring livestock shows, a rodeo, The World Series of Barbecue,

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An Ounce of Prevention: AQHA 5-panel stallion test helps reduce chance of disease

January 18, 2018 — American Quarter Horse Association World Champion stallions such as Impressive and Poco Bueno have passed on to thousands of registered offspring their athletic ability, good conformation, easy-going dispositions and innate cow sense. But, underneath the athleticism and refinement, these horses, among others, have passed on

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Feeding and managing young bulls for optimum fertility and longevity

January 18, 2018 — For many years, most seedstock breeders overfed young bulls, often putting them on high concentrate rations for feed trials to see how much they could gain in a short time.  Some bulls were gaining four or more pounds per day, which can be detrimental to

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Leather and Silver: Andy Stevens works in two mediums for beauty and function

January 18, 2018 —   After nearly 25 years creating leather and silver items, Andy Stevens has his own style that sets him apart. While he may not be able to put his finger on exactly what makes him different, his customers recognize the differences in quality and craftsmanship. 

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Stockyards Ranch Supply, a long-time Denver establishment

January 18, 2018 — Tom C. Jordan was 18 when his dad's asthma prompted a move out of Iowa.   In 1949 Jordan ended up in Aurora, Colo., and within a few years started to work at Barr Lumber in Denver, two weeks after it opened near the Denver Coliseum.  

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A cavvy of bloggers target savvy horse owners

January 18, 2018 — The equine industry is bursting with resources and information about horse training, health, bonding, enjoying and more, and Cavvy Savvy, http://www.CavvySavvy.com, offers the same and more: the perspective of horsemen and horsewomen who live, breathe, breed, train, ride, start, and use horses on working cattle

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Transplanted to the Sandhills: Hoffman family brings Herefords back to Hereford Alley

January 18, 2018 — In the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, Hereford cattle graze the native grass and their presence is a nod to the thousands of Hereford cattle that used to range "Hereford Alley," the land along highway 83 from Thedford to Valentine.  Hoffman Herefords is a name

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Protecting the predator: Raven attacks on the rise in Colorado

January 18, 2018 — Entirely black. Legs, eyes, beak and feathers. Not usually social and typically found alone or in pairs. Unless they are at a feeding ground, that is. Ravens, the black is deeper than what meets the eye for many livestock producers.   Currently protected under federal law,

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Jamison Herefords and Quarter Horses focus on genetics, market for success

January 18, 2018 — An interest in purebred livestock and top-notch genetics has always run in the Jamison family. From Gordon Jamison's grandfather raising Percheron draft horses back in the 1890s to his father purchasing purebred Hereford cattle in the 1940s, and finally, to Gordon Jamison himself, who says

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Duly noted: Proper management includes appropriate use of financing

January 18, 2018 — I set out to write a story about how a ranching operation can exist without needing loans. I know it's possible. The ranch we're on operates under that premise, but after speaking with John Hewlett, a farm and ranch management specialist of Agricultural and Applied

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Volks raise low-input, high-efficiency Salers in the Colorado mountains

January 17, 2018 — A registered herd of Salers cattle graze contently at the base of the Ragged Mountains in the northwest corner of Gunnison County. The way they're raised is what sets them apart. "They receive no special treatment," Gary Volk says of the cattle. "We raise registered

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Nebraska’s Box O Ranch wins AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

April 10, 2017 — When Jecca Ostrander married her husband Cash Ostrander, she didn't know that the string of cowhorses she brought along would earn her the acclaim they have in the past few years. The cattle ranch in Gordon, Neb., has born the name Willow Creek Ranch since

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Video: Selection and breeding technology improve beef quality

February 21, 2017 — Braden Schaal, owner and manager of Schaal Cattle Company talks about the selection and breeding technology that have improved beef quality in his commercial Angus herd. Courtesy of Certified Angus Beef

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Condition bulls for all-star performance this breeding season

February 7, 2017 — Condition your bulls for an all-star performance this breeding season. SHOREVIEW, Minn. — LeBron James. Tom Brady. Usain Bolt. These names bring with them a certain performance standard. Each season, fans expect these athletes to be in top form, to perform and to achieve results

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Crossbreeding and breeding systems yield larger calves

January 17, 2017 — Herd size and fence are determining factors when bull selection is used, at least when the concepts of crossbreeding and breeding systems are discussed. If the goal is to excel in calf growth and maintain a cost-effective cow herd, crossbreeding the available breeds of cattle

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Preparing for the spring cattle breeding season by maximizing herd productivity

June 3, 2016 — With spring breeding season in full swing, producers may be thinking about how to maximize their herds. One key factor is making sure the herd sire or sires are up to the task. Nora Schrag, veterinarian in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, said

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Colorado, Kansas Breeders breed big business with small animals

December 18, 2014 — The Jessen family's farm in Loveland, Colo. is far from average. A pen in the family's yard is home to Pogo, a red kangaroo, and Micah, a wallaby. Chickens dart freely around pens, side by side with miniature donkeys and a two-year old girl in

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2014 Breeder’s Connection

June 17, 2014 —

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Breeding Replacement Heifers: Rebuilding the cow herd through feed management, natural mating

March 31, 2014 — I know some of you have been calving, in many cases first calf heifers, during this terrible cold and snowy weather. I realize that cattlemen have had a tremendous work load and stress during this time as the cold east winds just wouldn't relinquish its

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Breeder’s Connection (Horses)

January 12, 2012 —

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