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Friday, July 25,2014

Managing feedlot cattle to eliminate stress during a heat wave

by WLJ
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Recycled water deemed suitable for irrigation

by WLJ
Last year was California’s driest on record, and the state is now in its third straight year of drought. Growers have fallowed fields they can’t irrigate, ranchers have sold cattle they can’t feed, and the state wants cities to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Estimated beef availability up for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed an increase in many things. Beef production and availability was up. Soybean acres increased. Ending stocks of corn went up… again.

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Monday, July 21,2014

UNL study takes some of the heat off of Merck's beta agonist Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), beta agonists do not harm cattle, contrary to last year’s concerns brought up by industry partners.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Cash fed cattle surprise, move up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle market developed reasonably early contrary to expectation. The majority of the purchasing occurred on Wednesday with clean-up trade on Thursday. The prices were mostly in line with expectations, at least at the beginning.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Beef Talk

The cow herd struggles to expand

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For example, I picked up a pamphlet that had the 2013 net returns per acre for several crops in western North Dakota. Based on cash-rented land, there was a spring wheat net return of $55.65 per acre, $77.32 for winter wheat, $28.35 for corn as grain, $93.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Did You Know

Cattle sickness, mortality cost and the search for solutions

by WLJ
Holly Neibergs, Washington State University Animal Geneticist, quantified that. The cost per animal treated for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is $204.10, she said, due to losses in carcass quality, death and treatment costs. She further stated that BRD is estimated to affect 16.

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Friday, July 18,2014

South Dakota looks great

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Agriculture in South Dakota has become a very technical business and it was encouraging to see all this new technology in action.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Marketing alternatives with limited forage

by WLJ
Most all of Oklahoma received considerable rain from late May into early July. This resulted in much needed forage growth in all regions, including some of the worst drought areas. However, the heat of summer has arrived in July and forage growth has slowed abruptly.

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