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Grazing in the Round: Rotational grazing methods are good for pastures and rangeland – and your bottom line

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Not all that long ago vast herds of buffalo made their living off the expansive grasslands and prairies of this country. They grazed a patch of land, trampling and fertilizing it in the process, and then they left. The rains came. The buffalo returned.
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Notes & Quotes: Study examines ways to increase marbling in beef without adding fat; consumer perceptions; good news for Ogallala

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Brad Johnson, a professor at Texas Tech University and an expert on skeletal growth in cattle, and Texas A&M professor Stephen B. Smith recently led a study examining ways to increase marbling in beef without increasing overall fatness.

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Collaborative Farming: Sharing resources and equipment helps farmers compete in markets with shrinking profit margins

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Independence is a virtue, but it doesn’t hurt anything to lean on somebody else for the common good. That’s the idea behind what’s being called collaborative farming, an idea that two heads — and operations — are sometimes better than one.
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Farm Bureau, farmers big winners in state supreme court decision on ‘prior appropriations system’ of water allocation

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Things will be different along the Brazos River when the next drought hits, thanks to a Texas Supreme Court decision in February to let stand a lower court ruling that the state can’t divvy up water based on its own criteria during a drought, or any other time.
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The Devolving Longhorn: This iconic symbol of Texas is in far shorter supply than you might think

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The Texas longhorn is in decline, and we’re not talking about the University of Texas football team. The animal, which represents more than any other breed the heritage of the Texas cattle industry, is on The Livestock Conservancy’s “critically endangered” list.
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Plenty of ag groups support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but many others have good reasons to oppose it

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W hile agriculture has been one of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s  biggest supporters, National Farm Union President Roger Johnson said in a conference call last week that the industry is far from unanimous in its support of the agreement, which includes the United States and 11 other countries that collectively account for 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.
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TPWD studying ungulates to help landowners make decisions about raising exotics on their properties

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When Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) took over operations of a ranch that had 14 species of exotic ungulates in 1997, the original idea was to get rid of all of them and start over.
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Buying A Better Bull: Extension beef cattle specialist explains why a little pre-purchase homework pays big dividends down the line

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A  commercial cow-calf operation recently hired Jason Cleere, a professor at Texas A&M University and a beef cattle specialist with AgriLife Extension, to find a bull that suited the operation. Cleere found a ranch with a set of Charolais bulls for sale, but before he went to the ranch he got hold of data sheets on the ranch’s bulls.
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Cattle buyers starting to offer lower returns for producers who don’t employ value-added calf methods

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Cattle raisers have known for at least 20 years that a value-added calf (VAC) is worth more than a calf that’s simply taken from its mother and put on a truck, a practice that consultant Whitney Whitworth of Lyssy & Eckel Feeds in Llano calls “weaning on I-35.”
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Agricultural economist wonders if cattle market prices will drop below the cost of production

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For at least a year before it actually happened, Bill Thompson and every other agricultural economist worth his or her salt said the record-setting beef cattle market would come back to earth and prices would drop.
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