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January 2018-Some Timely Tips On Preventing Ranch Thefts
Mention "livestock ID" nowadays and you're likely to get a wide range of reactions. Mention it to a rustler, however, and the reaction is likely to be a bit different.
Crooks and criminals in America's farm country are turning to an old crime — cattle rustling. While it sounds like something out of an old western movie, today’s cattle thieves and fraudsters rely on fast transportation and the internet to aid in their crimes.
Scott Williamson, a Special Ranger and Regional Supervisor for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Joins us today. Scott spent 8 years as a brand inspector and deputy sheriff and the past 22 years as a Special Ranger, investigating all agricultural criminal activity. Scott is commissioned by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation as a Ranger and is also a certified Peace Officer instructor in both Texas and Oklahoma.
Our Second Guest is Cody James, Director of the Animal Industry Division, and Chief of the Livestock Inspection Bureau, for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Cody is law enforcement certified and applies law enforcement expertise in the livestock inspection program to deter livestock theft.
March 2018- Are You Ready for Calving Season
For the nearly 90% of the farms and ranches across the U.S. who have a spring calving herd, this is the time of year that we likely look forward to the most, but we may also dread the most.
Indeed, in many respects, calving time is when the production year begins. It’s a report card on an important part of our genetic program and how well last year’s breeding season went, it provides an update on our herd health program and we look forward to the promise of the ideal summer and fall grazing season.
When things go well, it’s not so bad—a little sleep deprived, perhaps, but not too bad. But when things don’t go well, it can be a pretty depressing start of a difficult year.
Our Guests this episode are:
Dave Nichols is a name familiar to many in the cattle business. He often describes himself as a corn farmer from Iowa. And he is. But he’s much more than “just” a corn farmer.
The Nichols family started in the purebred business in 1953 when Dave bought his first Angus heifer for 4-H at age 13. Since then, Dave and Nichols Farms has been a leader in adopting new technology to improve their genetics. They started performance testing in 1956, produced a Certified Meat Sire in 1961, adopted EPDs in 1977, began ultrasounding in 1989, started using carcass merit DNA validation in 1998 and began genomic profiling the cattle in 2005.
Dr. Jeff Ondrak is a Beef Cattle Clinical Veterinarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center near Clay Center, Nebraska.
His responsibilities include teaching veterinary students in clinical electives, providing veterinary service to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, and conducting research focused on bovine reproduction with a special interest in bovine trichomoniasis.