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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Even cows have emotions and a happy cow is a better milk producer than one under stress. But how do dairy farmers read an individual bovine animal not known for its facial expression amongst a herd of up to 10,000?

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Animal mortality management is not a popular discussion topic. However, the reality of animal agriculture is mortalities will happen in any livestock operation. While the losses are usually a small percentage (1-5%), illness, defects, age, and other natural causes will claim an occasional an…

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Even though a lot of stores are selling pumpkin spice flavored foods and beverages, I do not feel ready for fall. The weather the past week has been more summer like, which is nice for the crops that were planted late. The fall season is the beginning of a busy time around my farm and fiber …

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. We were blessed again with an inch and a half of rain last Thursday night. Our cover crops are growing great on the wheat stubble, and I had a highboy blow rye and turnips on the corn the last day of August. It’s amazing how that germinated even before any rain, and …

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Hello from McLeanCounty where it has been kind of dry. About every week, I get about half an inch of rain that has added up to 2.5 inches over the last month. My pearl millet in my summer annual mix even has trouble growing, so I’m getting kind of short on feed. So, with the dry conditions, …

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which brings the dairy community together to advance a shared social responsibility platform, is accepting nominations for the ninth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Pork Producers Association is recruiting for the 2020 State Ambassador Internship. This individual will serve as a representative of the association and the pork industry during the upcoming year.

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Most years, we are well into chopping silage and hurrying so the corn doesn’t get too dry on us. This year, not so much. If we get started by the first of October, I will be surprised. While the cool weather has been much to the liking of this somewhat hefty writer, it has not been conducive…

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My local supermarket is so crowded with multiple choices of many products that they now set some displays in the middle of the aisle. There is barely room for the shopping cart to get down the aisle. Apparently, the consumers are demanding this many different choices. I am just a simple meat…

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It has been one of the best summers I can remember for grazing cattle. We logged in another 4.5 inches of rain this past month — most of it coming the first couple of weeks. There has been active fescue pastures all summer. We really haven’t had extreme heat to go along with it. The summer s…

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MADISON, Wis. — World Dairy Expo announced the addition of Fitting and Showmanship Achievement Awards and an Overall Fitter Award to its 2019 youth contests.

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DENVER — Value-added programs are on the rise in the beef industry as input costs increase and margins remain tight. Enterprising beef producers are exploring new ways to improve their return on investment and open doors to new marketing avenues.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Oct. 24, in conjunction with the American-International Charolais Association events in Kansas City, the American Charolais Foundation will award its first post graduate disbursement of the Russell W. Ludeke-Harold Christopher Truax II Memorial Award.

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AMES, Iowa — The National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s ninth annual Antibiotic Symposium will be Oct. 15-17 at Iowa State University in Ames.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The National Pork Board named Jerry Flint as vice president of engagement and outreach. Flint, who has a doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky, joins the Pork Checkoff from Corteva Agriscience in Johnston.

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ELIZABETH, Ill. — Join Teresa Steckler, a University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator, for a program on raising sheep and goats. The program will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth.

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This past month has been a little exhausting, but rewarding and fun. I am finishing the column late tonight after traveling to Springfield and back for the Illinois State Fair Shearing Contest. First, I would like to thank all the volunteers who make the shearing contest a success, as well a…

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. The lawn mowing vacation is over for a while. We just got over two inches of rain on Sunday morning with more to come and it was enough to cheer the heart of this old farmer. Whether it be row crops or pasture, we’re back in the game. Our cover crops are now able to …

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This year, it appears that planting season will never end. We will just take a few short breaks to fix the equipment. We finally gave up on planting corn and switched to sorghum/sudan on our acres after wheat harvest. We pumped manure on those acres first and then jumped on the seeding to tr…

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No matter how bad the weather has been so far in 2019, we have survived it and now seem to be settled into a typical summer season. The last two weeks have provided tolerable temperatures and drier conditions. We did receive two fast hard rains in July, 1.2 on July 3 and 1.3 on July 17 — I a…

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As the weather woes continue across the Midwest, I feel like we are in pretty fair shape down here in southern Illinois. We logged in around three inches of precipitation for the month of July. That doesn’t sound like much, but we came into the month on the wet side and the timing of the rai…

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MENOMONIE, Wis. — Vets Plus Inc., in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, recently presented the first-ever international conference on the growing use of nutraceuticals to benefit companion and production animal health.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Zoetis has signed an agreement with Colorado State University to establish a research lab at CSU that will explore the livestock immune system and target new immunotherapies — paving the way for new alternatives to antibiotics in food-producing animals.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fuel Up to Play 60, a program created by the dairy checkoff and National Football League to improve health and wellness in schools across the country, celebrated its 10-year anniversary at its annual student ambassador summit in Cleveland.

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These are the summer days I was dreaming of during the polar vortex in February. Interesting how much of a temperature swing there is between this week in July and the negative 30 degrees in February. In northern Illinois, there has been enough rain to keep the pastures and crops from burnin…

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