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Friday, March 13,2015

What to know on recalls

by WLJ
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Now is the time to schedule those breeding soundness exams

by WLJ
For the breeding soundness evaluation to be successful, bulls should be evaluated 30 to 60 days before the start of breeding. It is important to allow sufficient time to replace questionable bulls. Bulls could also be evaluated at the end of breeding to determine if their fertility decreased.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Heifers lead record Angus price premiums; feeders want more

by WLJ
That’s one way to read results from a 16-year comparative calf price study by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). The fall 2014 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) report compares auction prices for nearly 14,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics at 10 markets from California to Kentucky and North Dakota to New Mexico.

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Friday, March 13,2015

AI offers affordable options that can improve genetics

by Rae Price, Editor
AI has been used in countries outside of the U.S. and with a variety of animals since at least 1678, but the practice didn’t become practical for use in cattle herds until much later.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Bison project uses high-tech breeding to halt disease, conserve icon

by WLJ
A seed herd of purebred American bison—offspring of the iconic native species in Yellowstone National Park— will be reintroduced this fall to a natural area at the hinge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains after an agreement was finalized last week between Colorado State University (CSU) and three government agencies.

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Friday, March 13,2015

2015 Heifer synchronization protocols announced; plan for breeding season

by WLJ
“With bull sales underway and 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season—especially if you will be using synchronization,” Salverson said. “Depending on which protocol is selected, it could be more than 39 days from start of the program to artificial insemination.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Watershed protection effort benefits from community participation

by WLJ
“It takes a community” like the one involved through the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to ensure adequate water quantity and quality to meet current and future needs, said Ward Ling, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who coordinates the partnership.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Livestock to the rescue!

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
explained, by breaking the soil crust; compacting the soil to improve germination; returning standing plant material to the soil through trampling; providing fertilizer; and cropping plants to keep them at optimum photosynthesis, which in turn improves soil health and stores carbon in the soil.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Oil and environmental groups highlight biofuel industry divide

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A course reversal by the Advanced Biofuels Association in calling for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last week was touted by a handful of oil industry and environmental groups as a sign RFS support is waning even among segments of the biofuels industry.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Water battle brewing in Iowa over nitrates in rivers

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Mar. 10, the board voted to sue 10 rural drainage districts in and around the Des Moines and Raccoon River areas for elevated nitrate levels. According to the board’s news release, the elevated nitrate levels have forced the filtering of the local drinking water.

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