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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

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By Rayford Pullen

We have not had much luck bringing in the new year on a positive note the last couple of years so here is hoping our luck will change for the better. According to the many predictions from cattle economists around the country, our cattle inventory continues to shrink, heifer slaughter is high and the backlog of cattle waiting to be processed is getting current which all leads them to believe cattle prices will increase substantially this year. Here is hoping they are right.


January and February are normally our two toughest months of the year as it relates to costs and tough conditions. Later this month, we will begin spring calving, in the middle of winter, which is what we must do in order to take full advantage of the spring grasses when they arrive in mid-March.

To read more pick up a copy of the January 2022 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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