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Friday, April 18,2014

Culture war

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cliven Bundy finally made the national news with his personal range war and staring down the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This story has been going on for years, but it certainly reached a critical point last week when the BLM decided it was time to gather his cattle.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Black Ink

Good news, bad news

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Sometimes people complain that all they ever read or hear in the news is bad. They may blame the messenger: “Why can’t they tell us about all the good things that happened today?” The news people are just doing their job. Things are supposed to go right, so it is only news when they go awry.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Beef Talk

A teachable moment

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. Today, the conversation concerns the needs of others because the Dickinson Research Extension Center will not start calving until May 10.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Consider culling order for fall-calving herds

by WLJ
With low cattle numbers in some areas of the U.S., producers would like to expand their beef herds. However, in much of the western part of the Southern Plains, Mother Nature has not cooperated. Many producers are currently being faced with limited forage availability due to drought and (in a few cases) wildfires.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Bundy case more complex than tortoise, grazing rights

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Following the end of a tense standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) says the incident underscores the steady trend of federal agencies elevating environmental and wildlife issues over livestock grazing.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

by WLJ
Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the number one neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to Kansas State University (K-State) Veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Vet's Perspective

Bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn strategies for cattle feeders

by WLJ
“From the pre-harvest high of $5.17 per bushel, March 2014 corn futures dropped to $4.08 per bushel on Jan. 10, 2014.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn planting starts slowly

by WLJ
According to the report, 3 percent of the 2014/2015 corn crop is in the ground. This compares with 2 percent the same week last year, and the 5-year average of 6 percent.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Livestock antibiotic use expected to be limited

by DTN
On Dec. 11, 2013, FDA announced implementation of the plan and asked the animal pharmaceutical industry to withdraw such drugs from production, as stated in its Guidance for Industry No. 213. In addition, FDA is requiring oversight by a veterinarian for use of antibiotics.

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