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Jones: Ads for beef in Montana might cease

August 23, 2017 — Montana cattlemen and women have always been leaders when it comes to beef promotion. In fact, Montana's cattlemen were responsible for one of the first two state beef councils ever established, created way back in 1954. That's why it concerns me that attacks – many […]

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Straight Talk: A country divided will fall

August 22, 2017 — I've spent a lot of hours in the skid loader piling cedar trees this week and it's given me a lot of time to think. The divisiveness in our country dominating the news is beyond saddening. We know from history that when people within a […]

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Vaughn Meyer: Fowl Play Results in Stolen Identity

August 22, 2017 — In 2015 U.S. cattlemen were victim to the $20 billion dollar identity theft initiated in large part by that so-called superficial producer/devious packer organization known as NCBA. Many ranchers were just beginning to recover from the game rule changes which eliminated $400 plus dollar cow/calf […]

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: The art of the story

August 18, 2017 — "Merle and my dad would sit in that living room of his and laugh and laugh, and even if you didn't have a clue what they were talking about you would still get caught up in the laughter. Eventually the whole house would be laughing; […]

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BeefTalk: Diversity Helps Mitigate Drought Effects

August 17, 2017 — Are you interested in increasing soil water absorption by 685 percent? Remember the commercials that showed paper towels absorbing copious amounts of water, more than a competitor's paper towel? Is one paper towel better than another in water absorption? I think we know the answer: […]

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Ferley out for season, Incentive fund ends, Black Hills Horse Expo deadline, ranch horse competition

August 15, 2017 — The cooler weather sure has been a blessing. The rain that fell on the area was enough to get the grass to try to grow with the nicer temps. That grass is desperately needed, and it sure put a bloom on the calves. I hope […]

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Lee Pitts: Six Degrees of Friendship

August 14, 2017 — Six Degrees of Friendship There are six degrees of friendship… (#6) Facebook Friends- In most cases you couldn't even pick out this "friend" in a police lineup because you've never actually met. For all you know this friend could be a serial killer or a […]

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Managing drought through proper soil health

August 10, 2017 — Tough times are times that allow producers to ponder that next turn in the road and think through better ways to prepare for Mother Nature's wrath. Drought is one of those times. Effective mitigation of drought is improved soil health; thus, it's more effective utilization […]

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John Nalivka: Pork packer capacity — motivated by economics

August 10, 2017 — There is always plenty of discussion concerning packer capacity and more often than not, capacity is discussed with regard to livestock prices. Capacity is important to market performance in agriculture regardless of the industry or the sector being considered and is tied to economies of […]

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Lee Pitts: The special ones

August 9, 2017 — I've always laughed at city folks and their duded up dogs and fully clothed cats but I can relate to them on some level. I can even sort of understand the bleeding hearts trying to save the so-called "wild" horses," even though many of them […]

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Baxter Black: The Historic Star Valley Beanfield War

August 9, 2017 — I guess it never would have happened if Raymond hadn't sold his cows. The Star Valley Beanfield War, I mean. Cy talked him into planting a bean field. They both had time on their hands. The two of them would do the work. Cy put […]

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Corn can save forage

August 9, 2017 — BROOKINGS, S.D. – Drought-induced forage shortages across some areas of South Dakota has livestock producers looking for different ways meet forage needs left when pastures and hay ground are no longer an option. Corn is one such option, said Julie Walker, Associate Professor & SDSU […]

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Jan Swan Wood: Clay Ashurst benefits, rodeos, team ropings, ranch rodeos, Labor Day, horse sales

August 9, 2017 — This cooler weather sure has been nice. With the little showers in my area, it's trying to grow a little grass after all the hail knocked it down. I'm grateful for every mouthful of it too. There are several benefits being held for Clay Ashurst, […]

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Jan Swan Wood: Ranch rodeos, Belle Jackpot time change, steer roping, cow working/ranch roping clinic, bronc riding

August 3, 2017 — It finally cooled off a little and we've had some rain in some of the driest country. I know it's not enough, but it's a start. There are still lots of fires burning in the west, so some heavy rains in those areas would sure […]

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Lee Pitts: Droning On And On

August 1, 2017 — You can't pick up an ag publication these days without finding a story on how drones will revolutionize the cow business. Supposedly, they'll do everything from checking on float valves to spotting a trespassing hunter. They'll even find cattle on a far flung ranch. I've […]

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Baxter Black: Parakeets And Dogs

August 1, 2017 — Most of us who deal with animals on a regular basis are familiar with the books of that well-loved veterinarian and author of All Creatures, Great and Small, James Herriot. He seems to embody everybody's image of the kindly, competent country practitioner. Occasionally wrong, but […]

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Day Writing: The Ag Mom Resume

August 1, 2017 — The beautiful, blessed and busy life of an ag mom doesn't leave much time or need for an updated resume. However, watching a recent tv ad (while feeding the baby) about updating or creating a quality resume made me consider what one may look like […]

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R-CALF CEO: ‘We are independent’

July 27, 2017 — Editor's note: this letter was written in response to Kendal Frazier's opnion piece "Unholy Alliances." I don't recall ever meeting the NCBA's new CEO, Kendal Frazier. However, I just read his opinion piece "NCBA CEO: Unholy Alliances" published July 24, 2017 in Drovers. It was […]

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John Nalivka: A Few Thoughts – Sustainability – Risk or reward?

July 27, 2017 — I have often written about sustainability in production agriculture and expressed my basic definition of sustainability — that is, managing your resources for long term profitability. Ranchers and farmers must manage resources, environmental and financial to limit risk. The reward to managing for sustainability and […]

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NCBA CEO: Unholy Alliances

July 27, 2017 — By now you've probably seen that there's a determined effort by activist organizations to undermine the beef industry. Groups like Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Public Justice are attempting to change the way we do business and they've banded together with groups […]

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