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Friday, November 14,2014

USDA moves forward with second checkoff plan; comments welcome

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Beef industry representatives agree that this important program needs more resources. USDA is stepping up at a critical juncture to help achieve the industry’s goal,” said Vilsack. “With this action we can boost research investments, increase beef exports, and encourage folks here at home to support American beef producers.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Checkoff-funded beef innovation targets the Millennial market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
One industry detail you’ve likely seen bandied about since summer is the return on investment numbers for the Beef Checkoff Program. For every dollar invested in the checkoff, the program has reportedly returned about $11.20 to the beef industry.

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Friday, November 14,2014

On-farm research helps producers

by WLJ
As corn and soybean growers work to get crops out of the fields this fall, next year’s growing season may not be the first thing on their minds. However, Laura Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Educator, said harvest is the ideal time to consider how on-farm research could benefit their operations.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Using wheat pasture as a winter supplement for cows

by WLJ
Limited grazing of wheat pasture has proven to be the best and also more efficient approach for utilizing this high-quality forage with mature beef cows. The protein requirements of a dry cow can be met by allowing her to graze on wheat pasture for one day and returning her to dry pasture grass and/or hay for 2-3 days.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Not your everyday probiotics

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics in health food stores or from your doctor. But the microorganisms that colonize the human gut aren’t the only ones that need some love. Cattle and their colonies of gut microbes also benefit from special attention.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Product News

Merck announces next steps on Zilmax

by WLJ
The company, which pulled Zilmax (zilpaterol hydrochloride) in August of 2013 amid animal welfare concerns, has been working diligently to get the product back on the market, with a five-step program that, to date, has included: • Extensive review...

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Friday, November 14,2014

Product News

Take steps now to achieve lambing and kidding season success

by WLJ
Lambing and kidding season can drive a flock or herd’s long-term success. The health, growth and early performance of a newborn determines the number of feeders for marketing and the quality of future replacements. With so much riding on this season, be sure to plan in advance to provide optimal care to your next crop of lambs or kids.

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Friday, November 14,2014

N. Dakota income tax program Dec. 2

by WLJ
The program, sponsored by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service and Internal Revenue Service, will feature presentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Steve Eckroth, Eide Bailly, Bismarck; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC, Mandan; Rick Mapel, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly, Fargo.

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Monday, November 10,2014

State ballot issues include ag topics

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week’s elections sent several Democrat senators packing, with the Republican Party taking control of the Senate and maintaining the House. Senate Republicans won seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia to shift the Senate to Republican majority with 53 seats.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Want to feed cattle? Feed the bugs first

Cattle digestion depends upon microbes

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When you see a cow out on the range with her nose to the ground, or a steer with his head buried in a feedyard bunk, what do you see? If “bovine-shaped microbe homestead” or “four-legged fermentor vat” isn’t among your mental list, you should add them.

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