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Beef Northwest is a diversified agribusiness with cattle feeding operations in Nyssa and Boardman, Oregon, and Quincy, Washington.

With a one-time capacity of 95,000 head, Beef Northwest is the Northwest’s largest supplier of quality cattle to Tyson in Wallula, Washington, and naturally raised cattle to AB Foods, in Toppenish.

Committed to the economic and environmental sustainability of the communities it serves, Beef Northwest traces its roots to the 1800s, when the Wilson family first raised cattle on Oregon’s productive rangelands.

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Meat of the Matter: GMO — OMG!

Turns out that ‘The Science Guy’ revised his opinion of genetic engineering (to a positive take) after a sit-down with — of all people — a bunch of scientists! Who could have predicted that?

Photo of the day: "Snow day"

Today’s photo goes to Ratia Ranch for this beautiful Highland in the snow. Check out @ratiaranch on Instagram for more photos of her ranch.

Be sure to follow  @droverscattlenetwork on Instagram for snapshots of all sectors of the beef industry.

Genomic Gains: Bringing value to seedstock and commercial herds

You look across the way and she catches your eye immediately. You’ve had your eye on her for a while now, but with the decision imminent, you can’t help but notice – she’s got “that look.” She’s structurally sound. She’s calm in the pen and pasture. She’s grown rapidly and early and has the body type you like in a cow. Decision made – she made the cut and is headed to the pen of replacements instead of the feedyard with the steers.

Jolley: In Defense of Modern Agriculture

The thing about modern American agriculture is that most of it is big – Texas big – especially in our midsection. There might be a thousand times as many small farming operations left in the prairies, valleys and mountain sides of this country but the vast majority of the land is farmed and ranched by the big boys and girls and they are incredibly productive.

Meat of the Matter: The Great Debate

Who’s right? ‘Hardcore’ activists who want complete elimination of livestock? Or ‘reformers’ who want to make production humane? Who cares? Let’s just hope they just keep on fighting.

It’s always nice to get some recognition.

After years — decades, actually — of refuting the activists’ messaging and rebooting industry’s positioning, I guess I feel good that somebody’s paying attention, especially the so-called “serious” opposition to animal agriculture.

Meat of the Matter: Meatless Fridays?

In the weeks before Easter, millions of people avoid eating anything made with meat or poultry every Friday as a sacrifice during the Lenten season. That’s great — and here’s why.

With Easter Sunday still weeks away, we’re right in the middle of the Lenten season, for those of that religious persuasion.

Meat of the Matter: A nutty proposition

It didn’t take long for the self-proclaimed dietary experts to follow up the Dietary Guidelines recommendation to cut back on meat with their (allegedly) superior alternatives.

We’ve just seen the mission to pin the Earth’s environmental woes on livestock producers come full circle, with the “scientific” report (sorry to have to use quotes) of the Dietary Guidelines gurus urging Americans to shun beef — all meat and poultry is suspect, but cattle are being branded as the primary culprits — in an effort to promote “sustainability” and save the planet.

Show Mom Diaries: It’s a girl!

I could barely contain my excitement when I got the text from my husband during lunch last Tuesday. Waylon’s first show heifer, Bella, had her calf.

Even better? A heifer!

Once Waylon’s show heifer from last year, Velma, calves in the next month or so, the Lee calving season will be complete.

Yup. Two cows. Two calves.

We don’t even pretend that we have what could really be considered a “calving season.” My brother manages a ranch in Oklahoma that will calve about 900 cows this year. My dad once managed a ranch that calved 1,000-plus cows yearly.

Size matters

According to a study by Kansas State University, not all corn is created equal when it comes to how particle size affects feedlot cattle’s ability to digest corn and use it for energy and growth.

Chris Reinhardt, K-State Research and Extension feedlot specialist, says there is a strong relationship between smaller particle size and increased digestibility of the starch from grain.

The tale of the missing homozygotes

USDA NIFA grant enables national project aimed at improving reproductive rates in the U.S. beef cattle herd by identifying genetic variations in genes that cause embryonic mortality.

From the February issue of Drovers CattleNetwork.

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