Livestock

Heat lamp in chicken coop cause of Wyoming fire

· October 23, 2017

The Laramie County Fire District #2 has determined a heat lamp in a chicken coop was the cause of a fire in Wyoming last week that took out a mobile home, a camper, two older vehicles, and a 20-foot enclosed box trailer. The chickens were able to escape, but officials estimate the damage at $20,000. […]

National Pork Board seeks next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

· October 23, 2017

The search is underway for the 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open for the industry award through Nov. 21. The award, in its second year, is designed to recognize, inspire, and connect with the next generation of American pig farmers. This award recognizes future farm leaders, ages 18 to 29, who intend […]

New mapping tool keeps cattle from catching brucellosis

· October 23, 2017

Ranchers in the greater Yellowstone area have a new mapping tool for reducing the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle. A team of biologists from the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Geological Survey have built a computer model of elk behavior during spring migration to identify habitats with the highest risk of brucellosis […]

Timing and application critical in getting ahead of cattle lice

· October 20, 2017

The winter of 2016-17 was a challenge for controlling lice in the beef cow herd and varying weather conditions may have been the heart of the issue. “The weather the fall of 2016 was mild up through Thanksgiving, so lice didn’t really begin to replicate until early December,” said Jon Seeger, DVM, managing veterinarian with […]

National Dairy Council takes students on virtual farm tour

· October 20, 2017

Some lucky students are getting the opportunity to take a virtual field trip to a third-generation Colorado dairy farm, thanks to a new educational initiative. In an effort to educate students about the innovative dairy community and where their foods come from, National Dairy Council, America’s farm families and importers, and Discovery Education are launching […]

Wisconsin Holstein breaks U.S. milk production record

· October 19, 2017

Wisconsin has a new record-breaking Holstein. Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 has set a new 365-day milk production record of 78,170 pounds of milk, with 3,094 pounds of fat and 2,393 pounds of protein. This record breaks the previous 365-day record of 77,480 pounds of milk, set by Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET, owned by the Kestell family of […]

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South Dakota rancher: Only way to fix drought is moisture

· October 19, 2017

We can talk about drought until we are blue in the face, but sometimes you have to see it to put it in perspective. South Dakota Public Broadcasting recently took a tour of Josh Geigle’s family ranch near Wall. While the family has ranched for a full century, Geigle says this drought is different than […]

Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico dairies, help is on the way

· October 19, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s agriculture sector, including dairy operations. That’s why the USDA is providing emergency assistance to dairy operators in Puerto Rico. “We’re dispatching additional USDA staff to the island, but we also continue to ramp up material assistance as well,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “Dairy producers need help immediately, […]

Virginia farmer is 2017 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year

· October 19, 2017

A first generation Virginia farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2017. As an eighth grade student in an agriculture class, Robert Mills, Jr. decided to become a farmer. As soon […]

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