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Producers need to understand marketing and planning needs for direct beef sales

FORSYTH, Mo. – Selling beef directly from the farm to consumers gained significant popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Though adoption has slowed, selling direct to consumers remains a popular option for beef producers as an alternative to selling live animals, as it allows the producer to capture additional value otherwise ...

Wearing Cowboy Ware

At the crossroads of fashion and function, Sarah McEntire has transformed her lifelong passion for horses into a thriving business venture, launching a unique line of western shirts designed for the working cowboy and the competing equestrian. Driven by a deep understanding of the demands of ranch work and performance ...

Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas to Celebrate 50 Years

(LOCKHART) - The Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas (ICA) will host its Annual Convention & Tradeshow this July 1-3, 2024, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center. Established in 1974, ICA serves as the voice for independent Texas cattle producers in Austin and Washington, D.C.  The ...

Hotter-than-expected economy deflates chances for interest rate cuts

Don’t expect to see the Fed cut interest rates soon. Ryan Loy, extension economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the April 5 jobs report and Consumer Price Index both showed a still-hot economy, despite the Federal Open Market Committee’s efforts to tame inflation with four ...

McGregor Research Center Field Day set for May 1

Texas A&M AgriLife Research will host the McGregor Research Center Field Day on May 1 with topics to cover nutrition, rebuilding the cow herd and utilizing technology in production practices. The field day will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the center, located at 773 Ag Farm Road. There is no ...

CDC confirms bird flu in one person; poultry, ruminant experts warn of avian influenza outbreak

LITTLE ROCK — On April 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a human case in Texas of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as H5N1 bird flu. According to a release from the CDC, the “person had exposure to dairy cattle in Texas presumed to be ...

Atascosa County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent recognized by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association 

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 24, 2024) – Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced Dale Rankin, an Atascosa County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, as the 2024 Outstanding County Extension Agent – Beef at the 2024 Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo held in Fort Worth March 22 – 24. The ...

Just Your Standard Bull

            March 1—and here begins the run of spring production sales. With the January-February rainfall, and the recent stretch of warm weather, optimism for a strong spring is very high.             In this issue of the Southern Livestock Standard, you will see the results of the 33rd Annual San Antonio All Breed Bull ...

Bull selection criteria and cost

The spring bull sale season is underway. Producers are studying catalogs, comparing EPDs and individual animal performance numbers, and choosing which bulls will be the next herd sires. This article addresses some of the things producers should consider before heading to the sale. Hint: It's more than just the lunch ...

What if cows could talk

You may not know it, but cows share information every time they burp, moo, and chew that speaks volumes about their health and welfare.  Through the work of researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we may soon know more about what cows are “telling” us and be ...