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Friday, September 3,2010

New addition to an old tradition

by WLJ
For more than 56 years, cattle producers from around the world have traveled to College Station to attend the Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Short Course. As one of the premier educational beef programs in the country, this year, a special track designed

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Friday, September 3,2010

Subscription scam notice

by WLJ
It has come to our attention that a renewal subscription scam is being sent to Western Livestock Journal subscribers. The companies which are fraudulently soliciting renewals are called Publishers or Magazine Billing Services, or similar names and are located in Reno, NV. They are NOT authorized to handle our renewal efforts.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Washington producers respond to new animal identification plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a public listening session held Aug. 24 in Pasco, WA, officials from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service unveiled the tentative framework of their newly crafted animal and disease traceability program. The last in a series of similar meetings held around the nation, the Pasco meeting

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Friday, September 3,2010

Storm might slow weekend sales

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade started off slow on Wednesday last week with prices $2-2.50 lower than the previous week in the southern Plains at $97. Farther north in Nebraska, dressed cattle were $2 lower at $153 and in the Corn Belt, live cattle traded steady at $96 and dressed trade was reported steady at

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Friday, September 3,2010

China puts duties on U.S. chicken

by DTN
China has imposed anti-subsidy duties for five years on imports of U.S. chicken products after concluding producers received improper support, the Commerce Ministry said last Wednesday amid a string of trade spats with Washington.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Biodiesel companies struggle continues

by DTN
Even before the $1-pergallon biodiesel blenders credit expired at the end of 2009, U.S. biodiesel producers were in a tight economic spot.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Management and vaccination keep trichomoniasis at bay

by WLJ
Trichomoniasis, commonly referred to as Trich, is a growing problem among cowherds. Predominantly found in southern and western states, this disease is caused by the protozoa Tritrichomonas foetus.

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Friday, September 3,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.

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Friday, September 3,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If one stands by the fence and discusses calving, most producers are sympathetic to the late- calving cow. At least she has a live calf, is the general response. That is true, but the challenge is to move beyond acceptance and perhaps refocus and rethink this subtle, but real acceptance of late-calving cows.

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Friday, September 3,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Federal officials said a JBS packing plant in Nebraska should provide Muslim employees with prayer time and not retaliate against workers who ask to pray. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last Monday on behalf of more than 80 Somali Muslims.

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