RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, My brain on pasture... Posted on 4/4/13 at 8:49 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Are you cutting back on beef?
U.S. live cattle futures hit record highs last week, then fell back sharply, according to the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association.
Industry analysts say the fallback was prompted by concern that ... Posted on 3/5/12 at 1:53 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Minnesota cattle TB restrictions over, opening national markets
Minnesota cattle producers faced six emotional and financially challenging years, but now they celebrate a re-opening of markets nationwide after the state has been declared free of bovine tuberculo... Posted on 12/8/11 at 5:34 AM
The state Department of Agriculture is seeking a $49,000 judgment against NABC in Cass County District Court. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the company failed to pay farmers in accordance with an agreement with the state.
Transplanted North Dakota cattle are thriving in Kazakhstan's cold climate, but many of the former Soviet republic's cowboys are still greenhorns, so it has hired Great Plains ranch hands to help out and is sending some of its own to the U.S. for training, a state trade official said.
North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states. Requirements now have been relaxed back to the level that applies to cattle from most other states.
The North Dakota Stockmen's Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps authorities track down the person or people who shot and killed 14 cattle in a pasture in the southeastern part of the state.
One of my favorite times of the year growing up on the farm is spring. Not only are there signs of new life all around me in the form of greened-up grass, budding trees and blooming flowers, there also are young animals on and around the farm to remind me of the renewal.
Connie Piotter tells KFGO radio that her husband Marvin was doing chores with their dog Buddy when one of the cows attacked him. Connie says the dog held the cow at bay until Marvin could crawl to safety.
It is difficult to say who is most responsible for unsettled debts of North Dakota Natural Beef LLC — whether a legal or moral duty lies with that company’s board, or with the board of the North American Bison Cooperative LLC, which has become its majority owner.
Lloyd Wieland of rural Dazey, N.D., says he understands the company’s explanations that the recession affected their markets for meat, but he also says he was “shocked” to realize the company could be in such financial crisis, considering the pillars of North Dakota agriculture who were involved.
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