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BeefTalk: Crossbreeding: It works for feral pigs

January 13, 2017 — Crossbreeding, bringing together parents that are distantly related but capable of producing viable offspring, has increased hybrid vigor within domestically raised livestock. Extensive research has shown positive improvement for several production traits, particularly survival traits that are lowly heritable. Interestingly, sometimes if one looks at […]

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Guest Opinion: Repealing Obamacare Puts Rural Hospitals at Risk

January 13, 2017 — Plans are being laid in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act as soon as Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office. Hidden inside the law is a little-known provision unrelated to the health insurance expansion that helps rural hospitals across America stay open. […]

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Baxter Black: Keeper of the Key

January 11, 2017 — There’s a strange group of people who speak in sacred tongues. They gather in convention halls and really test their lungs. And to those on the outside, they’re god-like and they’re wise As they try to win a convert with passion in their eyes. They […]

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Lee Pitts: A Faults Alarm

January 11, 2017 — There’s an unwritten rule of nature that says when two species share the same territory the weaker one will sooner or later leave or be run off. This is called “competitive exclusion” by educated people who want to show how smart they are. Basically, it’s […]

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Whitchers honored, Lockwood wins at Madison Square Garden, dummy roping, WinterFest

January 11, 2017 — It’s one more day closer to spring! The weatherman is saying that there’s a warmup headed out way in the next week or so. I’m so confident that he is right and that the snow will melt, now is the time to get the hay […]

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Spend time with family to manage stress

January 11, 2017 — All families require strengthening and nurturing on a regular basis. However, in times of crisis and stress research tells us that family stress impacts even the youngest members of the family. Stress, whether it comes from family finances, a death, divorce, bullying, or what children […]

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BeefTalk: New Year’s Resolution: Earn $300 More Per Cow

January 5, 2017 — Every new year brings with it a New Year’s resolution, and this year, mine would be to earn an extra $300 per cow. Think about it. Why not make it happen? I would anticipate trying would be better than simply griping. A new year started […]

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Panhandle perspectives: Stripe Rust update

January 5, 2017 — Reports of stripe rust in wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, were noted this fall throughout Panhandle wheat fields, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties. Now, reports of additional epidemics ranging from Garden County in the east to the Wyoming border in the […]

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Family meetings

January 4, 2017 — Family Meetings First, I have two clarifications from my last column. It was my mom, not my dad, who drove to Lance Creek to get my horse, Royal. Also, he was the third place QH gelding at the Wyo. State Fair. My family lined me […]

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Lee Pitts: Cattle traiting

January 4, 2017 — Expected progeny differences (EPDs) have done wonders in improving the quality of our cattle. My only problem with EPDs is there aren’t enough of them for traits that I’m most interested in. I wish some professor or breed association would come up with the following: […]

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Bling is gone, BHSS ranch bronc riding, Miss Rodeo SD coronation, skijoring, schools

January 4, 2017 — Another cold, windy week here on old Dry Creek. I wish the snow would melt as quickly as the hay stacks are. In weather like this, it really doesn’t matter how much hay you had at the beginning of winter, it probably doesn’t look like […]

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Baxter Black: A journey to the FDA

January 4, 2017 — I have never seen the Taj Mahal, the Vatican or Fort Knox, all monoliths wrapped in mystery, placed beyond politics, Google and the Rubix Cube. But I can now claim I have seen the FDA in the Land of Acronyms, Washington DC, and survived. In […]

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Pastor In The Pasture by Wendel Elliott: Charging in to 2017

January 3, 2017 — The battle lines had been drawn. Horses pawed the ground and pulled at the bit in anticipation. Riders had their lances in hand, raised and awaiting the opportune time to be lowered into a battle ready charge. Brothers were pitted against brothers in this scene. […]

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Senator Al Davis: Rural Nebraska losing residents

December 30, 2016 — The New Year is upon us, full of resolutions to better ourselves, and an opportunity to look back on the past year—something I’ve done extensively in the past six weeks. This will be the last column I write as your senator, although I may continue […]

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BeefTalk

December 30, 2016 — 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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Baxter Black: John’s Scrapbook

December 29, 2016 — I stood with George, ears perked, eyes alert, like border collies waiting for the signal. John, (we’ll call him John), finally made his momentous decision known, “We’ll do a C-section! But, I want pictures for my scrapbook!” John was a senior veterinary student spending the […]

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Lee Pitts: Phony Food

December 29, 2016 — Vegetarians are always bragging about how much healthier a meat-free diet is and about famous vegetarians like Cesar Chavez, Twiggy and Michelangelo. They never mention that Hitler was a vegetarian and that people like Beethoven, Helen Keller, John Wayne and Abe Lincoln ate meat. They’re […]

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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Weather if frightful, Garrett inducted, team ropings, barrels races, clinics and schools

December 29, 2016 — Hasn’t this weather been a doozy! We were snowed in for Christmas and stayed that way for several days. We guesstimate that we got a foot or so of snow but the wind was just horrendous at 65 mph when it got rolling. It pushed […]

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka: Efficiencies are a driver to U.S. livestock production

December 28, 2016 — Anyone involved in U.S. agriculture is constantly reminded of the ever-increasing efficiencies that are drivers to the industry. One might look no further than the indicated yield of this year’s record corn crop or the pigs per litter in USDA’s December 1 Hogs and Pigs […]

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BeefTalk: Breeding Systems are Coming of Age

December 22, 2016 — Pondering in life is good. So let’s ponder this: “Can the beef industry produce terminal and replacement bulls?” Historically, the answer is “yes.” Through the decades, many breeding programs have been proposed to offer cattle producers the opportunity to implement cattle-breeding systems that involve terminal […]

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