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    Cattlemen Share Experiences This Past Winter

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     by Tyler Harris
     on March 5, 2014

    Only in the Midwest can we go from 50 degrees one day to single digits the next. This weekend didn't bring the onslaught of snow the Kansas City area expected, but enough cold and snow to kill my motivation to run and keep me indoors – I'll take the dreaded treadmill before I brave the weather outside. This winter has been undeniably rough, and cattlemen throughout the U.S. have had their hands full. With temperatures dropping to the single and even negative digits in many parts…

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    A Shift In Beef Cow Numbers Over The Years

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     by Tyler Harris
     on January 24, 2014

    On one of my recent ventures into southeast Kansas's cow-calf country, I had the opportunity to visit Jim DeGeer's Gelbvieh seedstock operation in Neosho County. While discussing Gelbvieh replacement heifers, DeGeer and I spoke on his roots in Barber County. For those who have never been there, the topography serves as a true counterargument to the common misconception that Kansas is all flat. Take a drive through the Gypsum Hills on Highway 160 west of Medicine Lodge, and you'll…

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    A Look Back At The Origins of American Stockmanship

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     by Tyler Harris
     on January 3, 2014

    Some time off over the holiday week was just what I needed to catch up with friends and family. Although I didn't have the chance to travel the West like I would have if it were a warmer time of year and I weren't snowbound on the home place, I did familiarize myself better with the West, albeit vicariously, through the eyes of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian narrator, known only as the kid. I'll spare readers the details of McCarthy's work. Anyone who has read any of his…

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    Reminder Of The West Bottoms' Agricultural Roots

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     by Tyler Harris
     on October 25, 2013

    I've written before that urban centers, despite popular misconception, have historically been, and are still strongly connected to agriculture. Kansas City's West Bottoms are no exception, being a mixed bag of urban bohemia and agricultural history. With the numerous antique and vintage shops like Good Juju and Hickory Dickory, it might not seem like the kind of place that was once home to International Harvester and Advance-Rumely plants and the Kansas City Livestock Exchange, but it…

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    Minimizing Stress When Weaning Calves

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     by Tyler Harris
     on October 22, 2013

    Fall has come to the Midwest, and with it, the leaves change, farmers are harvesting corn and soybeans, and the holidays are around the corner. For beef producers around the United States, fall also means separating spring-born calves from their mothers. For calves, cows, and producers alike, weaning is a stressful time – especially if weaning coincides with castration or dehorning, which many beef specialists advise against. Too much stress on the calves can result in stress on the…

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    Divining Rods Used To Detect More Than Water

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     by Tyler Harris
     on May 31, 2013

    The past couple springs have definitely been a little abnormal. While farmers have been planting later than normal, cattle producers have dealt with a cold, wet calving season. One farmer I visited with recently (I won't mention who) had an unexpected birth during the interview – a treat I don't have the privilege of seeing every day, living in the city. After rushing over to remove the amniotic sac from covering the newborn calf's nose and mouth, the farmer came back and…

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    Beef's Role In Building Kansas City

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     by Tyler Harris
     on March 7, 2013

    After returning to Kansas City from an Iowa interview during a break in the recent snow storms, I traveled through the West Bottoms on my way to the Western Farm Show. I'll admit I hadn't been through this historic part of downtown before, but what stood out to me, along with the American Royal Center, was the old Kansas City Livestock Exchange Building – a perfect example of how tightly wound urban centers are with agriculture. Some might say the old stockyards made Kansas…

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