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Monday, June 16,2014

DOT exemption for livestock haulers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry received a reprieve last week with the Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement that they would be exempt for one year from a government regulation requiring drivers to take a half-hour break for every eight hours of service.

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Monday, June 16,2014

Fed cattle, feeder cattle move higher

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Relative to the action in the feeder markets, describing the cash fed trade of last week as in low gear would be generous. That said, trade—once it happened—was decent. By Thursday afternoon, 18,083 head of cattle had been confirmed sold, almost all of them on Thursday, at $148 live in the Southern Plains and $233-235 dressed in the Corn Belt.

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Monday, June 16,2014

President proposes new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The president’s FY15 budget proposed a new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs, modeled after bipartisan legislation introduced in both houses of Congress.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Letter to the Editor

Just an American

by WLJ
I was in the Hilltop canyon again yesterday where the grass tour started and again early today as I live at the mouth of the canyon and drive right up the canyon everyday to work. This is my back door and the grass is very tall with cheat grass near 26” high, and native grasses 18” high in many places.

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Friday, June 13,2014

The national fires burn

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Grazing opportunities in the West are constantly going underutilized. Wild fire prevention has become a huge issue and the agencies responsible for fighting wildfires are taking money from Peter to pay Paul. Taking money from rang e improvement and forest management programs has actually CROW.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Beef Talk

Grass or grain fed?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
At the same time, the news media was discussing the need for grass-fed beef. This probably was the source of the question and, if one ponders, one can see why future generations will get confused. As producers, the word beef conjures up images of cattle and associated production and marketing scenarios.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Beef, pork exports continue growth trend

by WLJ
U.S. beef and pork exports continued their positive growth trend in April, increasing by double digits in volume and by an even healthier margin in value, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF).

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Friday, June 13,2014

Start your vaccination program with heifers

by WLJ
Vaccines are used to challenge the immune system of livestock so that they can combat disease pathogens that may be faced in the future. Some of those pathogens can increase abortions, infect calves or reduce dam ability to nurture the calf.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Agriculture, animal rights on the ballot

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s the thick of primary season in the political sphere, and with it comes the march of animal rights groups pushing for or against issues that might show up on states’ ballots. While there are only three confirmed ballot measures regarding agricultural interests, some of the usual suspects are starting to stir.

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Friday, June 13,2014

2014 calf marketing considerations

by WLJ
In drought areas, many producers continue to incur additional feed costs that will reduce net returns, even at record calf prices, and, more importantly, many producers have reduced herd size resulting in fewer calves to sell and leading to reduced ranch returns, even with record per-head profitability.

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