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Friday, July 18,2014

Wind energy gets pass on wildlife deaths

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Long lines of large, tall wind turbines are cropping up on range lands and pastures throughout America, changing the appearance of agriculture landscapes as the United States places more emphasis on renewable energy and less reliance on foreign oil imports.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Are your brood cows getting pregnant?

by WLJ
According to Wayne Ayers, DVM, of the University of Idaho, profits in the cow/calf business are “determined by the maximum number of cows becoming pregnant in the shortest period of time and raising that calf until weaning.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

by WLJ
Things changed in the 1970s with statistical models that predicted EPDs (expected progeny differences). Then software was developed to combine many EPDs into a single economic index number. Indexes help herd owners search a sire catalog to match a bull’s traits needed to improve a farmer’s cow herd profits.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Forest management 'smart and responsible' when it comes to fires

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Environmentalists’ arguments against forest thinning may have a little less impact after crews from Arizona’s San Juan fire shared reports that the control of the blaze had improved considerably once it hit areas that had longterm forest management practices in place.

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Friday, July 18,2014

WLJ's Sizzling Summer Cookout Competition

by WLJ
Pierce meat or score lightly with a fork. Combine all ingredients except beef and mix well to create the marinade. Place meat flat in a 9 x 12 glass baking dish then pour marinade over meat and turn once to coat both sides. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning once after approximately 12 hours.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Coalition asks for indefinite COOL suspension

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The mystery behind the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final decision regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) will hopefully be finalized by the end of the month, but coalition members asking for an indefinite suspension of the revised COOL rule believe the public announcement on the final decision probably won’t be seen until September.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Sheep station closure under consideration

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following World War II, Pastor and Social Activist Martin Niemöller delivered his now iconic “First they came” speech-turnedpoem.

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Monday, July 14,2014

'Dog days of summer' spooks cattle market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade was slow to develop last week and that was certainly to the benefit of packers. A hard break in the live futures, larger show lists, along with longanticipated rumors of declining production to meet the incoming reduced beef demand...

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Monday, July 14,2014

Prolonged drought depletes Lake Mead

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The two million residents of Las Vegas and the city’s tens of millions of annual tourists are nearly completely dependent on Lake Mead for drinking water in arid Nevada, which gets blisteringly hot in the summer. About 90 percent of southern Nevada’s water comes from Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.

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Friday, July 11,2014

A solid market

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The cattle markets have gone wild; last week cash fed cattle were trading at $158 just before the 4th of July. The major retailers were offering bone-in New York strips for $5.99 over the weekend, which should have stimulated beef sales. However, market analysts were reporting CROW.

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