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Friday, February 6,2015

Profit returned to ranch starts with the females

by WLJ
Profitability starts with the cow. The right cow— chock-full of maternal capabilities and bred for efficiency and longevity—sets the stage for profit returned to the ranch. Red Angusinfluenced cows are the profitable answer for many commercial operations and are also utilized in research herds.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Stem cell research unlocks the Artificial Insemination barrier

by WLJ
What if a bull’s semen supply was everlasting even after his death? This is a question that has intrigued Caires ever since he was a young boy growing up on his family’s cattle ranch on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Building a profitable cow herd

by WLJ
As a result, many producers who culled deep into their herds due to previous droughts are now preparing to restock to pre-drought numbers. In many restocking cases, replacement heifers can represent a significant percentage of the total cow herd.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Court sides with EPA in CAFO information suit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, a federal district court in Minnesota dismissed the lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information (such as a person’s name, home address, GPS location and telephone number) of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Monday, February 2,2015

A new study finds bacteria take wing

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In “Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes: Aerial Transport from Cattle Feed Yards via Particulate Matter,” researchers from Texas Tech University collected samples of airborne particulate matter (PM) adjacent to 10 different Texas feedlots.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Cash cattle, beef continue downwards

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
By Thursday afternoon, only 8,600 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated cash market. Though nowhere close to the week’s full buy, prices of $159 live and $250 dressed (down $1 and $4-7, respectively, from the prior week) likely set the tone for the week.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Pacific port problems harming ag exports

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A labor dispute that has snarled imports and exports at 29 West Coast sea ports since a six-year contract expired in July has financially harmed shipments of virtually all agriculture commodities to the Pacific Rim, Washington Cattlemen’s...

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Monday, February 2,2015

The New West

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This survey is a proactive tool for public lands ranchers and can be used to combat the many negative perceptions some have about livestock grazing. This survey supports what many of us already know, which is that livestock grazing is a management tool that helps maintain healthy ecosystems.

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Friday, January 30,2015

DID YOU KNOW?

Beef’s big secret ingredient: flavor

by WLJ
We don’t know how many times we’ve heard someone just back from a trip abroad say, “I really would like a juicy steak,” or how many times we’ve seen a small child hand their mother the bun just to eat the hamburger patty. Yes, thank goodness consumers love the unique taste of beef.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Kay's Korner

Speaking with one voice

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Beef remains Americans’ favorite meat. But they are eating less of it each year because of a shrinking supply. Conversely, people are eating more chicken because of an expanding supply. Meanwhile, beef and the way it is produced remains under intense public scrutiny and criticism while hardly a bad word is spoken about chicken.

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