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DENVER — The American Lamb Checkoff Program has positively contributed to American lamb demand and industry profits, according to the Texas A&M University 2019 report “Return on Investment in the American Lamb Checkoff Program” conducted by agricultural economists Gary Williams and Dan H…

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The calendar says it is June and summer is here. I, for one, am glad to see summertime. I try to be outside as much as possible. With all the rain this spring, our pasture grew really fast and were ready to cut before the first of June. A local farmer usually cuts and bales it for us. He has…

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. I imagine by now, with our last 2-inch rain and more forecasted, the corn planting is over for the year in our area. Ours finally got in last week and is just now emerging. I don’t think I’ve been stuck more times in the last few decades than this spring, but our row…

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Well, I think everyone around Bloomington has their crops in, finally. The weatherman calls for today and tomorrow to be dry and then four more days of rain. My lambing is pretty well done. The annual forage field is not very dense, but it is feeding the flock.

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Providing that you don’t have flooded creek bottom pastures, this grazing season looks really good so far. We got started baling excess pasture for hay and got our Teff grass seeded on some acres where we had been grazing wheat. We had intended to bale a lot of wheat hay, but during the rain…

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I just reread my writing to you from May 3. Little did we know what we were in for at that time. With rain nearly every day in May and a total of 10.5 inches, it has been a challenge like I have never seen before in my 50 years in the cattle business. I just realized when I started thinking …

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Another month down the tube and it seems like the same old song and dance — more rain and mud. It was Memorial Day weekend before anyone in our neck of the woods had any chance at all to plant a seed of corn. Even that weekend was a short-lived window to get any work done.

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Summer interns in animal sciences arrived at the University of Illinois’ DixonSpringsAgriculturalCenter on May 28 as part of the I-BELIEF internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This year, there are two students participating in the 10-week internship at DSAC. Sar…

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FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Video exposing alleged animal abuse at a famous northwestern Indiana dairy farm is politically motivated, said an Indiana lawmaker who drafted legislation in 2013 that would have barred undercover video filming at the state’s agricultural operations.

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FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Retailers began pulling Fairlife products from their shelves as police investigated alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that’s a popular destination for scho…

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Many horse owners are experiencing extreme difficulty during the spring and summer of 2019 finding decent quality forage in most parts of the Midwest due to extremely wet spring weather. Although some Western states have plentiful hay supplies, it is difficult and expensive for horse owners …

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas-based meat processor Tyson Foods is suing a federal agency for $2.4 million, saying it had to destroy 8,000 carcasses because a federal meat inspector lied about checking hogs at a plant in Iowa.

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ST. CHARLES, Ill. — The Illinois Milk Producers Association and University of Illinois Extension will host the eighth annual Dairy Technology Showcase on June 28.

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WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the availability of a new web-based tool — developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin — to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage program.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hundreds of dairy farmers from across the nation will convene July 16-18 in Saint Paul for the Dairy Experience Forum to gain a deeper understanding of today’s consumers and how their different values, shopping habits and consumption patterns impact how the industry can col…

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It has been a busy month on our farm and mill. Even though the weather has not been very cooperative, we have already completed many things on our spring task list. One of our spring tasks is to get the barn cleaned out. Thanks very much to my husband for spending a lot of time on this. The …

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow! Lambing season is in full swing now. It’s a whole lot easier now than it was back in January and February. Hopefully, the rainy season will taper off for the lambs’ sake, as well as for the rest of us. The cooler temps have slowed grass growth, but April brought much…

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Trying to lamb on pasture without any shelter while getting over 7 inches of rain has been difficult, to say the least. I thought I had enough high ground to last out the rains, but some of the lots did get pugged up a little.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a proclamation proclaiming May 2019 as Illinois Beef Month in recognition of the importance of Illinois’ beef industry to the state’s economy.

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HOMESTEAD, Iowa — The Region III and VII combined American National Cattlewomen Meeting will be June 13-15 at Die Heimat Country Inn B&B and Next Door Event Center, Homestead, Iowa.

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DENVER — After 34 years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the past four as CEO, Kendal Frazier announced his plans for retirement.

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Well, we should have grass. Fortunately, we took advantage of the few dry days we’ve had and got plenty of manure pumped out of our barn to be comfortable until we get the wheat harvested. We are grazing wheat with all the cow groups that can get access to crop fields. We have pulled the cow…

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It seems as though we often begin these articles with weather-related comments. Obviously, there is very good reason for that, since we are yoked to the weather closely, whether we like it or not. At the moment, we don’t like it very much. Our grazing year had begun with good weather and dry…

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Rain, rain and more rain. A bit more than seven inches scattered throughout the month. The silver lining in this continuous cloud is that it has finally warmed up enough for the grass to grow. The cows are back to feeding themselves. The pastures are coming back to life.

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To say that we have been receiving adequate rainfall in southern Illinois would be an understatement, as it is raining again as I prepare this report. Recent high temperatures have grass growing in the southern part of the state. I just made a trip to our main University of Illinois campus a…

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ROCHESTER, Ind. — The Indiana Sheep Association will host a National Sheep Improvement Program educational seminar and farm tour June 15 at Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron, and Hidden Valley Polypays Farm in Rochester.

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The weather in 2019 has been interesting, to say the least. I would never have thought there would be more snow in northern Illinois on Palm Sunday than on Christmas. Only positive is the snow is moisture for the ground. April snow brings May flowers?

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. This past week has given us the nicest weather in the last six months it seems. The animals are rejecting their winter diet of hay if they can scrounge the new grass, but our winter lambing flock is still cooped up in the barn lot. We have yet to get the lambs tagged…

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Well, my luck is holding up sort of. Saturday, I had the whole flock sheared, and on Sunday, I ended up with an all-day rain that equaled 0.4 inches with a little snow mixed in, 10 to 20 mph wind and a high temperature of 36 degrees. To the north of me 30 miles or west of me 10 miles, they h…

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A total of 2,520 beef producers throughout Illinois became Beef Quality Assurance-certified at workshops help throughout the state or by completing an online certification course in 2018.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University is revitalizing its beef herd and Beef Research Center through a recent initiative with the Red Angus Association of America.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be more regulated by internal, annual biological rhythms than by environmental factors such as heat and humidity, according to Penn State researchers who studied more than a decade of production recor…

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I cautiously feel like winter is finally over. Pastures have greened up, and the cows are spending far less time at the feed line and most of their day scattered to every corner of the pasture nibbling at anything resembling green grass. The mud around our feeding areas is a nonstarter for b…

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In reviewing our grazing records for 2018, I find, as expected, that we had another very good year, although our winter grazing wasn’t a good part of that. We just had too much moisture to get a good return on our stockpiling during November and December, plus we left more pugging behind tha…

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March left us still on the wet side here in southern Illinois. We only logged in around 5 inches of rain total, but it started wet and it seems like it almost will start to dry right before we get another shower. The temperatures are starting to moderate some, and that is allowing the grass …

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With the sun shining this morning, green grass is just around the corner. Everyone in southern Illinois is anxious to see grass growing and the cattle pastures to dry up a little after an abundance of rainfall this winter. Cows are roaming the pastures in search of the first blades of grass.

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