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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

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By Rayford Pullen

What a ride it has been this summer, but hopefully things will turn the corner. While we will not come out of this drought unscathed, we are just hoping at this point to survive.

When you are out of grass and/ or water, you are out of business in our occupation, and the drought has done its best to do that coupled with high fuel, feed and fertilizer costs. I will admit I am addressing this issue in the first week of August, and I hope and pray that relief has come as you are reading this.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

As the crisp mornings of fall start to break, many Wyoming ranchers start to move their cattle and sheep from their mountain pastures back to the lowlands. Many ranchers rely on good neighbors to get through this busy season filled with long days.

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Dropping Like Flies: Prussic Acid in Cattle

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By Rosslyn Biggs, DVM and Barry Whitworth, DVM

As the year progresses many producers look to move cattle to alternative pasture. Unfortunately, certain weather conditions, including drought or freezing, can set up some plants in the sorghum family, including Johnson grass, to become toxic. Even after limited grazing, deaths may be seen due to the ingestion of prussic acid, also known as hydrocyanic acid or cyanide. A classic call to the veterinarian is, “My cattle are dropping like flies.”

Prussic acid toxin is created when the harmless hydrocyanic glycosides in plants are stressed and break down. Once the hydrocyanic glycosides in the plants are damaged through actions like cattle chewing or a swather and crimper, they quickly convert to prussic acid.

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The Next Generation of Ranching

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By Steve Collins | cctranch@gmail.com

Family farms and ranches form a foundation of American agriculture and support the values and viability of our rural communities. The sustainability of family farms and ranches is now being challenged by many trends, including, among other factors, an aging agricultural producer population and taxes.

The age of producers has increased substantially during the last 20 years. Planning by families for the preservation and succession of the family farm or ranch is complicated by legal issues, tax rules and family dynamics. In an effort to assist family farmers and ranchers, the Northern Prairie Grazing Land Coalition, a chapter of the Texas Grazing Land Coalition, is offering The Next Generation of Ranching: Generational Transition Conference.

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