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Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural)

Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural)

After a full day of work at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds last month, Mark Goodrich went home to his ranch outside Glenwood City to check on the cattle.

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Minn. dairy industry crowns 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Minn. dairy industry crowns 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, Minn., representing Carver County, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Aug. 20.

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Goehring urges action to counter flooding in ND

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging farmers and ranchers in western and central North Dakota to take action to protect their livestock and other property from possible flooding.

Study: Deadly US pig virus can be carried in animal feed

A research study has shown for the first time that livestock feed can carry a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd, the study’s lead author says, confirming suspicions among farmers and veterinarians battling outbreaks.

Drones could be ag’s next big thing

Drones could be ag’s next big thing

After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone. The Dallas, S.D., cattle farmer and his friend Brad Kahler, of Colome, live two miles apart and were checking out a drone demonstration on Aug. 19, the opening day of Mitchell’s Dakotafest. The drones look cool, for sure, hovering and flying, with the high-quality models traveling up to 35 to 40 mph and weighing only 3 to 5 pounds.

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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Next week, Agweek's cover story focuses on farmers and elevators in South Dakota coping with the poor rail traffic. They're making massive outdoor piles of grain and using bag storage. The Aug. 25 issue will also include coverage of a potato tour and a discussion with the new owner of the Aberdeen, S.D., beef plant that was involved in the "pink slime" issue.

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Belarus cancels import ban on live cattle from EU

Belarus, aiming to boost food exports to neighboring Russia, has cancelled a ban on live cattle from the European Union, Yuri Pivovarchuk, the head of veterinary surveillance at Belarussian agriculture ministry, said.

SD Farmers Union hosts farm bill meetings

South Dakota Farmers Union will host farm bill meetings across South Dakota in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

Tyson looks for other pork export markets after China ban

Tyson Foods Inc. plans to find other export markets for its pork products after a recent delivery to China triggered an export ban of half its U.S. hog slaughterhouses, the company says.

VIDEO: Local trade profits

Bart Beattie and herdsman Dave Schledewitz, Sumner, Neb., find profitable opportunities by partnering with a local feedyard on the two-way street of producing better beef.

Parasites eat away profits

Internal parasites in cattle — often called worms — eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University, which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a best management approach.

Keep cattle records

Keep cattle records

As summer appears to be waning and fall soon will be upon us, a quote from former Dickinson (N.D.) Research Extension Center employee Harlan Hughes rings true: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

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Preparing calves for weaning

Weaning is the most stressful event in a calf’s life. If calves can weather this stress unscathed, they have cleared a major hurdle to a productive future in the feedlot or as a replacement in the breeding herd, explains Russ Daly, associate professor and extension veterinarian at South Dakota State University.

Rail service shortage continues

Crews at Fordville Cooperative Marketing Association’s elevator loaded a 100-car unit train Aug. 10. For the next three days, a constant convoy of farm trucks large and small rolled through town, most of them delivering spring wheat from last year’s harvest that has been stored on farms. John Capp, who farms south of Lankin, N.D., waited early afternoon Aug. 12 in his 1973 International truck for his turn at the elevator.

Canadian Pacific's Harrison: We will get better

Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, showed his pride and disappointment in his railroad’s ability to move North Dakota grain in a meeting Aug. 11 with shippers and two U.S. senators in Minot.

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