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Producers who regularly deal with high-risk cattle — those animals that may weigh a little less or have been commingled with others from different backgrounds — have seen what Mycoplasma bovis can do to cattle health. However, even the best-prepared operations can experience the disease.

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In the midst of one of the worst droughts in Texas history, ranchers across the region are slowly realizing that the devastation left by a continuing drought and wildfires stretches far beyond their dusty soil.

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A new report from the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense at Texas A&M University identifies several major priorities for developing the next generation of disease screening tools for livestock, milk and other products.

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A long-term study verifies multi-paddock grazing improves vegetation, soil health and animal production relative to continuous grazing in large-scale ranches, according to Texas AgriLife Research scientists.

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A two-year study by a Texas AgriLife Research team in Amarillo has helped bring a new product to market that could allow the cattle feeding industry to realize efficiencies in mills and more weight on cattle, according to Jim MacDonald.

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Let's take a look at what has happened to box beef prices, fed cattle prices, feeder cattle prices and corn prices over the last year. I will start with USDA Choice box beef prices. In June of 2010, the price averaged $157 per cwt. and increased to $168 by January 2011. In April of this year, the price increased to $188 and on June 1, 2011 the price had decreased to $178 per cwt.

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