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Friday, April 18,2014

Guest Opinion

Reminiscing on farm equipment history

by DTN
I would imagine back in the late 1970s through the 1990s when many JD dealerships still tended to be family-owned, the range of John Deere Day events varied greatly. I can remember gatherings at the dealership both in the evening complete with a dinner and dance in the shop and also in the afternoon with a lunch and no dance.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Keep low-stress handling in mind with new equipment: Dr. Grandin

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When it comes to handling cattle, any sort of distractions—anything from a coat hanging on a post to something new—has the potential to cause stress to the animals. This stress is multiplied when it comes to handling cattle through a chute or pens.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Farmers, deputies use proven tools to prevent crime

by WLJ
Farmers and ranchers lose millions of dollars’ worth of property each year to thieves who steal metal, equipment, crops and livestock.

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Friday, April 18,2014

U.S.-made farm equipment exports fall 6 percent

by DTN
On the positive side, exports to Asia increased 5 percent for a total of $1.2 billion while exports to Canada increased 6 percent for total of $4.3 billion. The increase in Asia was aided by China having government polices still supportive of agriculture focusing on productivity and increasing farm income, he said.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Australia, Japan announce trade agreement

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s never fun to try to organize a big party, only to learn some of the key guests are planning their own festivities on the side. For some, this can be a social “faux pas” that goes well beyond hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Livestock disaster aid sign-up begins

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers who lost livestock or crops in the 2012 drought or the 2013 blizzards are eligible for some relief with the 2014 farm bill Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that are now permanent packages and include retroactive payments for eligible losses back to Oct.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Higher losses plague packers, cutout down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers are bleeding out red ink again, and last week looked like the cash fed cattle market was going to wring a bit more red out of them. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, barely 5,000 head had been confirmed sold for the whole week, and then only at $150 live and average $240.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Range war controversy

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle producers in Nevada and Utah are somewhat torn about the controversial standoff between embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in the federal government’s confiscation of Bundy’s livestock..

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Friday, April 11,2014

Pasture Management

Pasture walking for solutions

by Wayne Burleson
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Legally Speaking

Tax treatment of casualty losses

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Last fall a freak early snowstorm killed thousands of livestock and horses in South Dakota. Ranchers suffered a tremendous monetary loss of prized livestock and horses. More recently in Kentucky, eight horses were killed in a fire, four of which were yearlings slated for the Keeneland September sale.

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