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Friday, December 12,2014

Beef Talk

Prepping for the bull-buying season

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
I am going to say this three times: A producer does not need to know all the mathematics, justifications or scientific “who done it” aspects of breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs). These EPDs are available to all purebred and commercial producers, so use them.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Former GMO criticâs change of heart

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A British author and environmentalist, Lynas gained his reputation in the 1990s as a leader in European campaigns against genetically engineered crops. He helped build resistance to GMOs that remains entrenched in Europe today. There are online videos of Lynas throwing a pie at an author who wrote an environmental book Lynas and others opposed.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Recommendations for receiving cattle: health and nutrition

by WLJ
“Taking the proper steps to get calves off to the right start is paramount to the success of a cattle feeding operation. One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle,” said Reid McDaniel, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Wise corn use for replacement heifers

by WLJ
When it comes to replacement heifers, cattle producers need to ensure that rations do not have a negative impact on fertility. Walker explained that the amount of corn included in a ration will be determined by the composition of feeds in the ration..

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Friday, December 12,2014

Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

by WLJ
Ron Lemenager said nutrient profiles in some hay samples are low this year because of harvest delays and excessive rain during this past growing season, which may have resulted in mature plants, nutrient leaching and some mold development in forage supply.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Now is time to check cattle rations, test feeds

by WLJ
“The nutritional quality of mature standing forage diminishes the further we get into winter through deterioration and selective grazing,” says John Dhuyvetter, area Extension Livestock Specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Slow beef marketings reduce 2014 production estimates

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
All was quiet on the agricultural supply front last week. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed very little movement in grains, and minimal activity in meats relative to past reports, though beef led the total meat production estimates downward while pork led the meat import numbers upward.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

by WLJ
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Variety meat demand boosts October beef, pork exports

by WLJ
October beef exports were up 2 percent from a year ago to 109,858 metric tons (mt), while export value was a record-high $687.1 million— up 22 percent from a year ago. Muscle cut volume was down 2 percent to 76,472 mt, but still increased 19 percent in value to $596.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Charity gives a boost that lasts a lifetime

by WLJ
Since its beginning, Heifer International has helped more than 22.6 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and incomeproducing animals, according to Allison Stephens, with Heifer International.

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