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Friday, January 30,2009

Colostrum is vital food for newborn calves

by WLJ
Colostrum intake is critical for the newborn calf, says Greg Lardy, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. ?At birth, a calf?s immune system is not fully developed,? he says. ?The calf must rely on colostrum from the cow until its own immune system is totally functional (about 1 to 2 months of age).

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Friday, January 30,2009

Far West

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Are a few no-sale land auctions indicative of a radical new attitude toward farmland investment? Does the hint of deflation encourage buyers to postpone purchases hoping land will be cheaper next year than today? What would it take for farmland to...

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Friday, January 30,2009

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SALE calendar ALL BREEDS†Jan. 16- Feb. 8 – Fort Worth Stock Show, Fort Worth, TX Feb. 7 – Klamath Falls Bull Sale, Klamath Falls, OR Feb. 21 – Nevada Cattlemen’s Assn., Bull Sale, Fallon, NV Feb. 24 – Cowman’s Classic, Bull Sale, Spokane, WA Mar. 6...

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Friday, January 16,2009

LETTERS

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Our input has been well received, and we are pleased with the dialogue to date. As the oldest and largest national association representing beef producers, NCBA has worked with seven Democrat and 12 Republican administrations since 1898. With each new administration, we face new challenges.

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Friday, January 16,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The coffee chat is filled with many opinions about how to buy bulls. The art of buying a bull requires an open mind, homework, and a vision for the future of a producer?s cowherd. For example, we turn to the nutritionists if we want to get a better understanding on how cattle can utilize peas in rations.

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Friday, January 16,2009

BEEF bits

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Checkoff investments have been helping the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) promote U.S. beef with South Korean butcher shops and neighborhood restaurants since early September. Meanwhile, South Korea?s three major discount retailers?E-Mart, Home Plus and Lotte Mart?resumed sales of U.

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Friday, January 16,2009

OBITUARIES

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Washington state Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, died Dec. 25, about a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. A farmer and rancher from the Franklin County town of Mesa, WA, Hailey was elected on his second try in 2006, narrowly beating fellow Republican Joe Schmick in the Republican primary.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Beef grading explained

by WLJ
When USDA graders stamp carcasses, they estimate the eating experience for consumers and provide report cards for producers. They also measure cutability, or red meat yield. Most carcasses are graded, but very few qualify for the top of the USDA pyramid.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Can livestock consume enough DDGS to help ethanol makers?

by WLJ
Cornbelt agriculture has benefited from the ethanol market that will consume an estimated 3.7 billion bushels of corn this marketing year and has created a premium pricing environment for the corn grower. 2009 will produce an estimated 11 billion gallons of ethanol en route to the 2015 mandate of 15 billion gallons.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Arizona National Livestock Show scholarship opportunity

by WLJ
The Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) Scholarship Program began in 1991 by awarding $13,500 to 11 students that year. Over 18 years later, ANLS has now awarded 537 students a total of $537,909.

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