Ranch News Today – January 26, 2013

Posted on January 26, 2013


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Why are these issues important to cattle producers? For starters, cattle producers support a reduction of the federal deficit while assuring funding for farm bill priorities.

The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in December fell for a seventh straight month, a government report showed on Friday, in a sign of high feed costs continuing to roil the industry after the worst drought in half a century.

Stories by State

Austin Peter Rawlins will spend two days in jail and three years on supervised probation for the starvation death of 11 cows last winter at remote Flag Prairie.

Today’s rancher is faced with three major challenges — a looming financial crisis that is slowing consumer demand for beef, the lowest cattle supplies since the 1940s and a lingering drought that has expanded to other parts of the country.

The right of power companies to condemn private property for a transmission line is headed for another battle at the Montana Legislature, as a Republican state senator wants to repeal a two-year-old law defining that right.

Do you know how often we face water deficits for pasture production? Come and find out — the statistics may surprise you! The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Meeting will be held Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg.

Worth a Read

Cecil Neckels, 79, of Deer Lodge has enjoyed almost everything he’s done in life, based on the principles of love for God and family, patriotism and service to others.

He looks like the stereotypical rancher wearing his work cowboy hat, a vest and jeans. And he drives a big ol’ pickup truck. But the Bluetooth earpiece is a signal that he’s not an old school rancher.

An early riser, Glenna, 76, says she likes to get outside to do chores, check the cows and to get exercise. Calving starts in February, and as the season progresses she often has some calves to feed on nurse cows. Ranching is a lifestyle rather than a typical job. For as long as they can, Glenna and Earl, 78, expect to continue working…

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