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A job report at the beginning of 2022 estimated about 200,000 people found jobs – about half what we expected. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell. This result means fewer people are now working or looking for work. This unusual circumstance is being called “The Great Resignation.”

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Researchers from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are working on a new way to use satellite imagery for rangeland management – using the grazing patterns to predict cattle weight gain over a period of time.

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The time in which calves are weaned is typically based on their age or weight or because “that is when it has always been done.”

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The cause of grass tetany (also called grass staggers, milk tetany, lactation tetany, magnesium tetany, winter tetany, wheat pasture poisoning, crested wheatgrass poisoning, barley poisoning) has been poorly understood, yet death losses cost producers millions of dollars.

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Grazing management affects animal performance and both short-term and long-term pasture productivity. Grazing management includes decisions such as timing (when pastures are grazed), intensity (forage removed) and duration (how long they are grazed).

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It’s that time of year again. Young calves on the ground, ranchers exhausted, wondering how they ever got through calving season in harsh winter weather.

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