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CATTLE

A series of storms brought around 4 feet of snow to some parts of the region. While the storm and its aftermath continue to stress ranchers and cattle, there is optimism that it spells the beginning of the end of a dry cycle.
BetterFed Beef, a Minnesota based beef company, has trademarked a new breed, Certified Onya, which has proven to be as tender than Wagyu beef.
For someone like me, who grew up in a family whose diversified farm included a cow-calf herd, calving stories are among the favorites.
Beef producer Ed Melroe of Kulm, North Dakota, is among the producers who say the current times continue to be unsustainable for cow-calf producers and feeders. The Hellwig family that operates Hub City in Aberdeen, South Dakota, describes the big numbers of animals they are dealing with, and that even with higher prices producers are hit with the cost-price squeeze.

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We do so many things on farms and ranches that could end badly. And we do them as a matter of course, without thinking overly much about what could happen if things went wrong.
Terry Ellingson's latest musical endeavor is competing in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Anthem singing contest, where he has been named one of four finalists.
A group of cattle producers has banded together as 6 in 1 Meats to ensure that they can get meat federally-inspected to sell directly to consumers.
Napoleon, North Dakota, cattle buyer Brian Gader faces numerous legal challenges, including a theft charge in a cattle deal, has lost his license to purchase cattle and is accused of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. With debts in the millions, Gader, 65, says he is "working on" his issues.
Bryan Eden says Eden Farms of Alpena, S.D., has been taking counter-moves to make sure his cattle herd in east-central South Dakota has sufficient feed in the drought of 2021.
Selling off cattle isn't just reducing inventory and it isn't just a business decision. By selling off good cows, ranchers often are selling their work and planning, and they can't just buy new cows to replace the old.

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Over eighty people attended the North Dakota Grazing Coalition's summer tour in Ellendale, North Dakota.
Cattle producers are forced to make grueling decisions, as they navigate one of the worst drought in recent history.
Kevin and Carol Fritel who farm and have a cow-calf operation east of Rugby, N.D., near the town of Knox. They remember how their first year farming on their own was the great drought of 1988 and how this one feels worse, as they have hay to make it only through mid-July. They are weighing whether to sell their cattle herd, and whether to pull the trigger before others make the same move and flood the market. They won’t replant crops when they couldn’t get the first planting established.

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