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Monday, November 30,2009

Falloff in demand is industrys top concern

by WLJ
The decline in beef demand is the biggest challenge facing the industry, Cattle-Fax Executive Vice President Randy Blach said at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX. Weve averaged $83 to $84 on fed cattle this year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

UC Davis veterinary dean receives honor from cattlemen

by WLJ
The California Cattlemens Association (CCA) named veterinarian and educator Bennie I. Osburn, DVM, the 2009 Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award winner on Nov. 13 in Sparks, NV, at the conclusion of the 93rd Annual CCA Convention.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Flushing first-calf heifers

by WLJ
Flushing is a management term for providing high quality feeds, usually grains, prior to the start of the breeding to increase reproductive performance. Flushing has been used in the swine industry to increase the number of ovulations in sows. Can this concept be applied to young beef females that calve in less than adequate body condition?.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Lawsuit gives environmental groups right to bid on state lands

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers leasing grazing land from the state of Idaho may soon face stiffer competition for those leases as a result of major rule changes proposed by the Idaho Land Board. Under the proposed changes, conservation will be added as an acceptable use of lease lands, a move many fear will pave the way for environmental groups to irrevocably disrupt grazing activities on these lands.

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Monday, November 30,2009

TCFA names officers, board

by WLJ
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), during its 2009 Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX, named its officers and directors for the coming year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Favorable feeding conditions favor beef quality

by WLJ
Cattle feeding conditions vary by location. One yard might be knee deep in snow while the other is dealing with piles of mud. Record high temperatures might cause heat stress in one area while cattle in another region are enduring torrential rainfall..

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Monday, November 30,2009

U.S. Cattlemens Association completes Capitol Hill fly-in

by WLJ
U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) representatives were in Washington, D.C., during the first week of November to share cattle producers concerns with policymakers on a number of cattle industry issues with a primary focus on the country of origin labeling (COOL) challenge under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Monday, November 30,2009

Raising beef cattle naturally an option to add value

by WLJ
The need for more return per calf has beef cattle producers looking at alternative production practices.Raising cattle naturally is a method that has attracted consumer demand, says Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service area livestock specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. Not to be confused with organic beef production, the U.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Federal regs may hurt sheep producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Many of those who attended the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s 117th annual convention Nov. 6-8 in Sun Valley were surprised to learn that new U.S. Homeland Security regulations could block reliable documented Peruvian and Mexican workers from returning this month to the U.S. in time for

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Friday, November 20,2009

Senate delays action on climate bill

by WLJ
The Senate leadership announced last week that there won’t be any action to advance climate change legislation this year. The news came as President Barack Obama pushed for a bill before international talks on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December. The shift in focus also means

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