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Extension launches new app for cattle producers

STARKVILLE — Cattle producers have access to a free app that calculates a variety of factors impacting their livestock management decisions. The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator Dec. 2 for Apple devices. Brandi Karisch, an assistant professor of animal and dairy sciences at MSU, is the Extension beef specialist who provided technical information to develop ...

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CATTLE RUSTLIN' — Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

Livingston Springs Farms in Flora raises Belted Galloways, commonly called “oreo cows,” for grass-fed beef. It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record ...

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State's ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, rains across most of the ...

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Annual cattle sale rings in at $1.3M

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi cattle producers continue to go online to connect with livestock markets throughout the country. The sixth-annual Mississippi Homeplace Producers’ Sale was broadcast live to viewers across the state and nation Aug. 5 from Southeast Mississippi Livestock in Hattiesburg. Since 2008, the sale has been conducted with the assistance of Mississippi State University’s Extension Service. “This sale gives ...

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Invasive stem maggots threaten state's pasturelands

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Forage producers and their livestock are not the only ones admiring the plentiful bermudagrass fields and pastures across the state this year. Another invasive insect has arrived in Mississippi, this time to take a bite out of potentially strong hay yields. Stem maggots are joining the list of invasive species in the state that includes fire ants, ...

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La. company recalling thousands of pounds of stew

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Acadian Fine Foods LLC of Church Point, La., is recalling 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stews because labels don’t list whey and soy as ingredients. Some people are allergic to those substances. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday. The agency says the single-serving stews were distributed to stores ...

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Scientist finding native grass best for livestock forage

STARKVILLE — Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best. Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mississippi grazing pastures, with native, warm-season grasses. “The ...

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Cattleman to change plea to guilty in loan fraud case

ABERDEEN — Court records say a man will plead guilty to hiding the sales of cattle and using fake invoices to avoid paying back a federal loan. A filing in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen says Clint Mann intends to change his plea. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 19. Court records say Mann obtained a $64,000 line of credit from ...

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Drought shrinking ranchers' profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will be the most impacted, both ...

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Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record levels and thieves out for a lucrative score begin trying their hand at rustling. Cindy ...

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