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  • Calves at the feed bunk
    Young producer uses drylot as an alternative to summer pasture Read More
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    Today’s battle against bovine tuberculosis Read More
  • Doan family
    Next-generation cattle ranchers bring diversity Read More
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  • Across the nation, farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to overcome unpredictable variables like weather, commodity pricing, tariffs, and governmental regulations. These variables place an immense amount of financial strain and mental burden on farmers and will often have long-lasting impact on their farms’ profitability. Over the past decade the U.S. has lost an average of one percent of farms on an annual basis. In a study performed by the American Farm Bureau Association, they found that U.S. farm bankruptcies are at their highest rate since 2011—marking four consecutive years of rising bankruptcy rates as a proportion of the farm population.

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  • Circle A Ranch is a 24,000-acre, 7,000-head operation located in Iberia, Missouri. With the motto of “Quality Beef is Our Business,” Circle A makes raising premium beef a priority. With raising quality beef comes something we're all familiar with: crossbreeding.

  • Costing an estimated $900 million to cattle producers each year, it’s no secret bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the biggest threats to the profitability of feedlots in the U.S.

  • Despite producers’ best efforts, sometimes silage will succumb to yeasts, molds and other microbes that can cause spoilage. Heating, mold growth or mustiness are all signs the silage is aerobically unstable. The losses due to unstable silage can be huge: The most highly digestible nutrients go first, and then the tonnage of feed available starts to really drop.