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Friday, October 23,2009

FSIS proposes regulations for small meat plant operations

by WLJ
USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last week that it was ready to publish proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which select state-inspected establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Repeat of last years record-breaking meat exports unlikely

by DTN
The latest, and perhaps most profit-crushing, agricultural barrier thrown up this year by China is a ban on U.S. pork, but China also bans U.S. beef and has done so for years. In addition, China continues to threaten U.S. chicken exports in a complicated feud with the U.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Ultrasound helps understand fescue toxicosis in cattle

by WLJ
Tall fescue is the predominant grass used for grazing in the U.S. But more than 80 percent of the tall fescue in the Fescue Belt region the transition zone between the temperate north and the subtropical southis infected with an endophytic fungus.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Watch out for nitrate poisoning in forages, forbs

by WLJ
Nitrates are present in all forages, Corriher said. Strictly speaking, the nitrate poisoning should be called nitrite poisoning. With normal levels of nitrates, the range animals rumen converts the nitrate (NO3) into nitrite (NO2), which in turn is converted to ammonia, then into amino acids and then into proteins, she said.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Certified Hereford Beef marketings up

by WLJ
CHB LLC packing partners National Beef Packing Co. LLC and Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. harvested 379,282 CHB-eligible cattle and certified 250,266 total carcasses during FY 2009. A total of 36,810,360 pounds was marketed as CHB, which is up 900,000 pounds, or about 2.

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Friday, October 16,2009

EPA emissions ruling will affect feedlots

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a final rule last month that will require many feedlots to report their emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry. According to the new rule, any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year will be required to report to the EPA.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wolf hunt near Yellowstone halted

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Montana wildlife commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to halt gray wolf hunting in a wilderness district near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed within three weeks of a special hunt’s early season start, including four members of a Cottonwood pack familiar to tourists.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Fed, feeder markets show signs of turning higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle markets regained a little of the ground lost recently last week with early trade called at least steady to mostly higher in all areas. Early trade came at $82 in the south with dressed trade in the Corn Belt and Nebraska at $124-126.

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Friday, October 16,2009

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
If we dont dispose of our surplus wild horses, they eventually will destroy our open public rangelands by overgrazing, killing the grass, and then die of starvation. Horses have been a part of civilization since the beginning.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Keep or cull?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
You take stock of what you have every day, sometimes in satisfaction and thanksgiving, sometimes in need.

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