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Friday, September 26,2014

Beef Talk

Cow herd expansion needs land

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a difficult question producers must answer. Just how many more is not an easy number to grasp because most beef operations actually try to keep their carrying capacity or stocking rates stable. Stocking rate, or the cow/calf pairs that inhabit the ranch, are set based on the carrying capacity of the particular type of land.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Wild horse herd management conflicts continue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Not much fires up the plight of a horse loving animal activist than a planned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Game change: industry appeals Battle Mountain decision

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored,” said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Assess pasture and range forage condition this fall

by WLJ
When scouting your pastures, check for the type of weeds present. Deneke explained many perennials and biennials will have new growth in the fall, especially with adequate fall moisture. Perennials may have new shoots or seedlings from seed banks or like biennials, the rosettes may be found.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Tax plan now to avoid problems later

by WLJ
It may seem early in the year for tax planning, but for dairy and beef operators, this preparation should have started a couple months ago. For many years, farms have faced the challenge of managing their farm income to avoid income spikes or failures.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Rice straw: cheap feed?

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
University of California Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Glenn Nader believes two problems could add up to one win-win solution. Though it has rarely been done, Nader believes special treatment of rice straw will make it a nutritious cattle food.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Thank you from the ranchers impacted by Atlas

by WLJ
As we near the one-year anniversary of winter storm Atlas, the ranching people and communities devastated by the storm would like to say “thank you” to everyone who rallied behind us and extended such kindness and generosity toward us over the course of the past year.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feedstuff inventory: quality and quantity

by WLJ
“Hay inventories for the upcoming winter feeding could fall a bit short in some areas across the state, while other areas have an abundant quantity, but may not have the quality,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.

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Friday, September 26,2014

$2 Corn and what it could mean

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As corn prices steadily fall as word of a record corn crop grows with every telling, animal ag producers rejoice. Cheap corn means cheap feed. Cheap feed means better margins for those raising livestock that eat corn.

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