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One-third of the U.S. is in drought, predominantly in the Western half of the country.

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A $500,000 grant from the USDA will allow researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) to examine the minutiae of cattle and fescue microbiome interaction to find targets that will help mitigate the effects of fescue toxicosis, a forage-related condition that costs the U.S. beef industry more than $1 billion each year.

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Winter wheat is used for grain-only, forage-only or dual-purpose systems targeting cattle grazing and grain production. In the Southern Plains, stocker producers interested in grazing winter wheat pastures often begin planting wheat in late August or early September. The desire to jump-start wheat forage growth by planting early in the fall must be balanced against frequent seasonal drought and hot soil temperatures that prevent wheat germination.

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The traditional meat processing system has experienced several setbacks and ups and downs in the chaos that followed the arrival of COVID-19. Since then, more and more interest has arisen from beef producers and consumers about selling beef directly from the ranch. 

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Even though ranching mostly deals with cattle and land, dealing with people – relatives, neighbors, the government – is unavoidable and can be a lot more complicated. During Texas A&M’s virtual Beef Cattle Short Course, three ag lawyers created a presentation to help ranchers get a handle on some common legal issues. The presenters, Tiffany Lashmet, Jim Bradbury and Stephanie Fryer, covered some of the intricacies surrounding landowner liability protection, fence law and succession planning.

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