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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Friday, July 25,2014

RoundUp rat study, take two

by WLJ
French researcher Gilles- Eric Séralini published his now-infamous RoundUp rat study back in late 2012. The study looked at the toxicity of “Roundup Ready” corn and the pesticide which gives it its casual name. It found that consuming the corn and/or the pesticide individually increased tumor growth and organ failure.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Celebrating Checkoff accomplishments

by WLJ
Producer support for the Beef Checkoff is 78 percent— its highest in 21 years—according to the latest producer attitude survey. And if you’re wondering why support is so high, I think it’s because of a number of things we have helped bring to fruition through our Beef Checkoff.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef Talk

Do the math: Income minus cost equals net return

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Good numbers, especially for the cow/calf producer because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements. The $537 indicates the recent costs to keep a cow for the year.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Perfect storm

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets took a little breather just after the 4th of July holiday, dropping a few bucks on fed cattle, but came roaring back, appearing ready to break some new records and did, reaching $162-163 live. I know that everyone selling cattle right now is star struck CROW.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef continues to set record prices

by WLJ
The number of cattle slaughtered is 5.7 percent lower than last year. Plain says the drop in cow and heifer slaughter has tightened up the beef supply, driving up prices. With high feeder cattle prices and good pastures, producers are now looking to increase the breeding herd, which eventually will bring prices down.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Wet hay may cause a barn fire

by WLJ
This season has been a problem because the number of days between rain has not been adequate, in many cases, to allow cut forage to dry to a safe moisture level when stored as hay, Keith Johnson said. Farmers that rushed to bale hay without using a preservative when moisture content was greater than 20 percent are at risk.

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Friday, July 25,2014

BLM fire program to focus on wildlife

by WLJ
As an integral part of its collaborative efforts with the states and other federal agencies to conserve sage grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species including mule deer and pronghorn antelope that share habitat, the Bureau of...

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Friday, July 25,2014

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In addition, 500 dam sites will also be assessed for safety through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments and the potential risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

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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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