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Fair trade keeps American farms competitive

May 18, 2017 — Fair trade is critical to American farmers and ranchers and our nation's economy. That's why opening new markets—and maintaining the ones we have now—is a top priority at the American Farm Bureau. Agriculture is fueling our economy, as well as putting food on our tables. […]

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BeefTalk: Proactive Cow Penning

May 18, 2017 — A beef producer needs a set of "liquid cattle" – the group that is easy to round up and sell as weather changes, feed becomes short or the labor force changes. Selling this group creates opportunity for the remaining herd by lessoning the demands on […]

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka– Reason for optimism but don’t throw caution to the wind

May 18, 2017 — Last week, China announced they will begin importing U.S. beef no later than July 16th. This new export business will add to this year's already robust beef export market. For the 1st Quarter of 2017, U.S. beef export tonnage was up 22 percent from a […]

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Lee Pitts: Sorry cattle

May 17, 2017 — It was a strange phone call. Everyone knew that old Bean Belly Bill always sold his cattle to the same buyer every year, so why was he calling Red, a field man for an auction market 500 miles away? Despite his reservations, Red returned Bean […]

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Outside Circle: Hulett Rodeo, barrel clinic, horsemanship clinic, Kaycee broncs, kids jackpots

May 17, 2017 — We had a little more rain come through. I know some areas not far from here had a lot and I'm sure happy for them. I took a trip up to Hardin, Mont. last week and the country was in it's Sunday clothes all the […]

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Baxter Black: Ol’ Duffy

May 17, 2017 — Ol' Duff slept in the bunkhouse in the corner by the wall Nobody slept beside him. It was self-defense, that's all 'Cause Ol' Duff was a chorus of expulsions in his sleep That sounded like a freight train goin' through a band of sheep! His […]

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Ponder this: $2,000 each for your steer crop

May 12, 2017 — Calving is just finished or winding down for many. Although some would say this is premature, now actually is the time to start thinking about cash flow and income the 2017 calf crop will generate. Many opportunities in the beef business exist when time is […]

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No, I won’t go

May 10, 2017 — I didn't want to go to church yesterday! Did not! I started thinking of excuses of why I couldn't go on Saturday afternoon. Here's some of them… "I need some time alone!" "I don't ever skip church, it will be okay this one time!" "Nobody […]

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Outside Circle: Leather show, team roping, playdays, clinics, jackpots

May 10, 2017 — The weather sure did warm up. If we could get some more rain, the grass could really take off again. As it is, I'm still feeding a little hay and caking the cows every day. They're sure chasing that green though. I was saddened to […]

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Pastor in the Pasture: Stop comparing and keep walking

May 10, 2017 — It's easy to compare. You daywork for your neighbors and immediately you start comparing your rig, your trappings, your horse, and your performance. You pull up and see 'ol Fred's 2nd Gen Dodge pickup that is used but it's nice. His trailer is used as […]

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Lee Pitts: Zero to 60 in 20 years

May 9, 2017 — I've been a hustler all my life. In high school I was the richest kid in my class and if I wasn't sleeping, going to school or running, I was working. After a photo appeared on the front page of our newspaper with me holding […]

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Cow population

May 9, 2017 — (The following excerpts are from the Oklahoma Livestock Committee meeting on Species Relations. Voting members include beef cows, feedlot steers and dairy cows.) "Will the secretary please read the state demographer's report?" "Yes, Madam Cowperson. For the first time in the history of the state, […]

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Heather Hamilton-Maude: The most important job

May 4, 2017 — The early years of motherhood are quite a rollercoaster, at least in my experience. I feel like I entered motherhood with a proverbial face plant. Our wonderful little boy arrived on schedule, healthy as a horse, and was truly precious. He also brought unprecedented change […]

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Mother’s Day Branding

May 4, 2017 — Oh, blessed is the woman who invented Mother's Day, a time to show our gratitude in kind and thoughtful ways. But why does it have to be that same Sunday every May? That's the day our neighbor has his annual branding day. Of course one […]

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Beef Talk: Cows pregnant again in 82 days

May 4, 2017 — Are the cows ready to breed? Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be […]

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Baxter Black: Who’s in charge?

May 4, 2017 — Sometimes we forget who's in charge. There has been so much concern lately regarding man's ability to change the environment. We worry about cutting down the forests, damming up the rivers, endangering the species, warming the globe and paving the wetlands. We have begun to […]

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Lee Pitts: How to load a horse

May 4, 2017 — Here is the correct way to load a horse. 1. First, catch your horse. Using apples, carrots and sweet talk, draw it near. When it's eating out of your hand, rub its neck and attempt to put the lead rope around its neck. After this […]

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Grass founder, ranch rodeos, ranch broncs, playday series, bronc futurity

May 2, 2017 — Lots of wind, a little wind, and some sunshine the past week. Calving is going on like clockwork through it all. I sure feel for those folks on the southern plains that were caught in that blizzard. It killed quite a few cattle and damaged […]

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BeefTalk: Why Did the Calf Die?

April 27, 2017 — A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, […]

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Outside Circle: Ranch roping clinics galore, Derby day, horsemanship clinics, horse sales

April 27, 2017 — That half of a foot or so of wet snow will sure get the grass growing! It's sloppy and muddy out there as I write this and I couldn't be happier. The cows took a calving hiatus during the snow storm but got right back […]

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