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Friday, March 21,2014

The GRSB Speaks

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef sustainability has been in the news a lot lately with McDonald’s announcing that they would start purchasing sustainable beef for their supply chain in 2016. They weren’t sure what sustainable was for beef, but it sure sounded like a good thing to say and get some positive CROW.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Checkoff support highest in 21 years

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I’m proud to be a part of an industry that takes care of its own and is flush with individuals who go that extra mile to do their part.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Beef Talk

Are your cows ready to rebreed?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Nutritionally, the calf is actively, maybe even aggressively, growing in utero while absorbing the nutrition the cow is consuming and preparing for those first moments of daylight. That daylight will happen when the pregnancy terminates with parturition and, I hope, a live, nursing calf will greet the producer in the near future.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Forage growers advised to scout fields as plants break dormancy after harsh winter

by WLJ
Forages growing in areas affected by below-zero temperatures during periods of no snow cover are the most at risk for damage because snow serves as insulation for the plants and protects them from bitter cold. Low-lying parts of fields where snow accumulated and then iced over also are at risk for loss from suffocation.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Big names in beef attempt to define beef sustainability

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When a big player like Mc- Donald’s says they want something, the response needs to be a big one. So when offering a definition of sustainable beef, one international organization gave a global answer. The definition isn’t new, but the approach might be.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Affordable Care Act deadline March 31

by WLJ
“This doesn’t mean you must sign up for a plan through the federal or a state health insurance exchange,” Johnson said. “If you are already covered under a workplace plan, Medicare, Medicaid, or a private policy that meets the law’s requirements, you do not need to do anything.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Lawsuit filed against ag protection law

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Just a few weeks after the governor of Idaho signed the state’s new ag protection law, a group of journalists and organizations—claiming to be dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights and the environment—filed a lawsuit challenging the law’s “constitutionality.

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Friday, March 21,2014

New tool for livestock feed problems

by WLJ
The Livestock Food Reporting portal will accept reports about foods made for species considered to be livestock, including but not limited to, horses, cattle, swine, poultry and fish. FDA encourages anyone with concerns about animal feed to file a report, including veterinarians and livestock producers.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Carcass traits are a major profit driver for producers

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Over the last 20 years the beef industry has gone through significant structural changes that have dramatically changed the profit driver matrix in the beef industry.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Steps to improve cow herd efficiency

by WLJ
Bob Weaber, Beef Breeding, Genetics and Cow/calf Specialist for Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension, said feed efficiency is converting pounds of feed resources, whether that is a concentrated diet in a feedlot or a diet of range and pasture forage, into pounds of calf gain.

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