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Monday, December 15,2014

New spending, tax laws will affect rural West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Last week, Congress was scheduled to make some big decisions just after print time. Late Thursday or Friday, Congress was expected to pass a spending measure to avoid a government “shutdown”—or, more accurately, “slowdown”—and possibly a tax extender package.

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Monday, December 15,2014

WY suit to force BLM to manage wild horses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government’s failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming. Wyoming announced its intent to sue in August.

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Monday, December 15,2014

Study: Killing wolves increases attacks

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The paper—“Effects of wolf mortality on livestock depredations”— was published in the open-source academic journal PLOS One at the beginning of December. The study the paper describes was conducted by Robert Wielgus and Kaylie Peebles of Washing State University using U.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Former GMO criticâs change of heart

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A British author and environmentalist, Lynas gained his reputation in the 1990s as a leader in European campaigns against genetically engineered crops. He helped build resistance to GMOs that remains entrenched in Europe today. There are online videos of Lynas throwing a pie at an author who wrote an environmental book Lynas and others opposed.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Recommendations for receiving cattle: health and nutrition

by WLJ
“Taking the proper steps to get calves off to the right start is paramount to the success of a cattle feeding operation. One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle,” said Reid McDaniel, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Wise corn use for replacement heifers

by WLJ
When it comes to replacement heifers, cattle producers need to ensure that rations do not have a negative impact on fertility. Walker explained that the amount of corn included in a ration will be determined by the composition of feeds in the ration..

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Friday, December 12,2014

Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

by WLJ
Ron Lemenager said nutrient profiles in some hay samples are low this year because of harvest delays and excessive rain during this past growing season, which may have resulted in mature plants, nutrient leaching and some mold development in forage supply.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Now is time to check cattle rations, test feeds

by WLJ
“The nutritional quality of mature standing forage diminishes the further we get into winter through deterioration and selective grazing,” says John Dhuyvetter, area Extension Livestock Specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

by WLJ
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Charity gives a boost that lasts a lifetime

by WLJ
Since its beginning, Heifer International has helped more than 22.6 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and incomeproducing animals, according to Allison Stephens, with Heifer International.

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