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Monday, February 23,2015

Canada confirms case of BSE, first since 2011

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Like the U.S., Canada’s beef cattle industry takes BSE surveillance seriously. The Alberta BSE case finding, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Obama creates 21,000-acre monument in CO

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced three new national monuments, adding to the 13 monuments he’s already designated during his presidency. Traveling to Illinois, Obama officially proclaimed the Pullman Historic District of Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and a former Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii to be national monuments.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Tax Q and A: More compliance issues with Affordable Care Act

by DTN
As a result, the LLC can provide health insurance coverage for three of its employees, but yet choose to not provide coverage for you. That will change in a few years when the IRS regulations are issued and become effective, but in the interim, the tax law has no.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Consider storage options for hay

by WLJ
Dr. Stephen Hammack, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus, Stephenville, shared his perspective—as well as AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Jason Banta’s research options— for producers to consider at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference held in Waco.

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Friday, February 20,2015

West Coast port talks stall, rail issues to the north

by DTN
Talks between West Coast dock workers and employers have stalled and the White House will be sending U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to referee the disagreement. However, some industry watchers say it’s too late as some shippers make plans to move away from West Coast ports to other venues.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Maintaining health throughout the calf backgrounding period

by WLJ
Even though calves may have been on a backgrounding program for several months, it doesn’t mean they are safe from subsequent health issues later on in the feeding period, explained Russ Daly, Professor and SDSU Extension Veterinarian, and Reid McDaniel, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Feedlot Specialist.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Packer ownership ban for hogs debated in Nebraska

by Chris Clayton - DTN
At a hearing last week, Schilz told fellow state senators that Nebraska lags behind neighboring states in hog finishing units. Nebraska hog farmers are generally farrowing pigs then sending a large share of those feeders out of state for other farmers to grow to market weight.

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Friday, February 20,2015

WA dairy ruling a warning for feedlots

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
If yes, how do you manage your manure? Do you spread it on your fields? How often do you test it for nutrient levels? How often do you test the soil? How do you store your manure? Does your storage allow it to leak? What are the nitrogen levels in your soil below the root zone? What about in the ground water? How do you know? Can you prove it?.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Ellis receives honor for rangeland management

by WLJ
Noble Foundation Pasture and Range Consultant Chad Ellis has been selected as the 2015 Society of Range Management (SRM) Association Outstanding Young Range Professional honor award recipient. Ellis was honored at the society’s 2015 annual meeting earlier this month.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Port labor dispute costing agriculture $1.75 billion per month

by DTN
“The issue is not what you would normally think about in a labor dispute. It’s not about wages and benefits. Those are issues that, I think, are more easily resolved—and in fact 95 percent of those have been resolved. It’s about an arbitrator,” he said..

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