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  • With more pork processing coming on-line, the National Pork Producers Council is stressing the need for more trade agreements to export potential excess production. (DTN file photo)

    Calling for More Trade Deals

    NPPC was one of the biggest backers of the Trans Pacific Partnership. With new processing facilities coming on-line in the next few years, the group's leaders say trade agreements are needed to export some of that increased production.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $2, at $94 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were higher on average thanks in part to spring downtime maintenance.

  • A court settlement reached Monday will limit the scope of information released on concentrated animal feeding operations. (DTN file photo)

    CAFO Suit Settled

    A new settlement will narrow the scope of information released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

  • As researchers talked to ranchers about how to manage drought, they found being proactive, and being willing to consider the unconventional, can pay off.(DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Chris Clayton)

    Crazy Ideas

    Though planning for drought pays off, buying Holsteins helped one rancher avoid destocking his calves and paying the associated consequences down the road.

  • Set aside warm-season perennials to extend grazing and cut hay-feeding costs.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Stockpile For Savings

    Dixon Shealy was able to stockpile 60 acres of bermudagrass in 2015, which he used to graze cattle until January. When he tallied it all up, he had only fed hay 80 days thanks, in large part, to the stockpiled grass.

  • One ill-timed nitrogen application can increase toxins in tall fescue, setting back herd health and reproduction. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Mark Parker)

    Forage Management

    Toxins in the plants that cattle feed on can come back and bite, even if an effort has been made to acclimate the herd to such toxins.

  • Hailey Wilmer, a researcher at the USDA-Northern Plains Climate Hub in Colorado, hopes to find ways to help those affected by drought better adapt to changing climates. (Photo by USDA-ARS)

    Drought Management

    If you are raising cattle in a drought area, do you have a weather-management plan in place? Are you following it?

  • Dewormer resistance came as no surprise to parasitologists, Ray Kaplan says, but it did shatter some long-held illusions in the beef industry. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Challenge the Norm

    A change in on-farm deworming practices may not only prevent resistance but reverse it.

  • Some minerals now require a Veterinary Feed Directive for purchase. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Ask the Vet

    I feed a mineral containing an insect growth regulator (IGR) for fly control. My supplier told me the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) would no longer allow him to sell a mineral with an IGR. What should I do for fly control this year?

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was down $2, at $92 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices have weakened as current demand is flat and supplies remain abundant, pressuring prices.

  • Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. (Photo courtesy of Drovers)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The release of USDA's Feb. 1 Cattle on Feed report sparked DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington's memories of large-scale cattle-feeding pioneer Louis Dinklage.

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