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Friday, June 13,2014

Backfat, quality grade and the ideal beef end point

by WLJ
Traditionally, cattle feeders have estimated external fat thickness over the12th rib as one measure of finish, and although some research and carcass contests still ship cattle to the packer as soon as 0.3 inches, the norm has reached nearly twice that.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Economics of bull breeding exams

by WLJ
Annually, about 20-25 percent of bulls do not pass breeding soundness exams. After the harsh temperatures and wind chills experienced this past winter, many anticipate that number to increase due to frostbitten testicles and poor body condition. Under normal circumstances conducting breeding soundness exams on bulls is costeffective.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Watch your step: recognizing common hoof diseases

by WLJ
Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, Veterinarian with Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Usable range science: The solution to better public land management?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Given this political reality, Congress and the federal land management agencies have to make decisions about what they want to produce on that land. If they decide to do no management at all (i.e., wilderness areas), they’ll probably be producing a lot of smoke.

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Friday, June 13,2014

World's largest cattledog trial

by WLJ
But this is not just any trial—this is the National Cattledog Association (NCA) National Finals. And these are not just any dogs—these are the best cattledogs in the country. To be able to compete in this trial, these dogs and their handlers must qualify by placing in NCA-sanctioned trials held throughout the year across the US and Canada.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Feeder cattle move higher

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Feeder cattle markets continue to move higher with a major record high set last week. October feeder cattle futures broke $2 in overnight trade last Wednesday. Good rains have come over the past couple weeks in areas of the Southwest, causing a case of grass fever which has encouraged cattlemen to bid on light calves.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Fracking debate heats up on increased earthquake activity around injected wells

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Since late 2013, the overall rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent. Between October 2013 and April 2014, there were 183 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger. By contrast, the long-term average between 1978 and 2008 was about two such quakes each year.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Ag would take a hit with EPA carbon proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the potential of putting a number of people out of work, the announcement follows a long line of proposals and changes that threaten U.S. agriculture, according to Ashley McDonald, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA).

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Friday, June 6,2014

California lists wolf

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Wednesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to move forward with listing the gray wolf as an endangered species under California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

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Friday, June 6,2014

Agency abuse

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The last news we received on the Battle Mountain, NV, story was that the ranchers were able to turn out their cattle for two weeks on their BLM allotment, while the agency determined if they could stay out longer, and the “grass ride” made it to Carson City to deliver a petition to the governor to CROW.

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