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Friday, October 24,2014

Considerations for fall cattle markets

by WLJ
The price of 475-pound, Medium and Large Number 1 steers in Oklahoma has averaged $281.81/cwt. the past six weeks. This includes the latest weekly average price of $294.80/cwt. at the seven federally reported auctions in the state. This price compares to an average of $183.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Minimizing storage, nutrition loss in hay

by WLJ
She explained that hay stored inside allows for a reduction in contact with soil and moisture thus reducing spoilage. Some disadvantages of indoor storage are unwelcome animals, limited storage space, and bales must be stored carefully to prevent falling or exerting too much pressure on the sides of the barn.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Replace winter hay with corn-based feedstuffs

by WLJ
“Corn and corn-derived feeds such as distiller’s grains and silage are much lower in price compared to recent history. Hay and roughage costs are lower as well, but on a percentage basis the price decline has not been as dramatic as compared to corn prices,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Cattle shootings worsen in remote areas of northern Nevada

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers are fit to be tied about the indiscriminate shooting of some 65 cattle in recent months across a wide swath of remote northern Nevada. A reward for the arrest and conviction of the culprits has climbed to more than $25,000 since last week’s coverage.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Court of Appeals dismisses API, EPG E15 lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Engine Products Group (EPG) in a lawsuit over EPA’s approval of a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline (E15).

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Friday, October 24,2014

New herbicide approval adds two more lawsuits to agriculture's running list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A new herbicide manufactured by Dow AgroSciences to manage problem resistant weeds in corn and soybeans got the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Oct. 15.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Help farmers cope with stress

by WLJ
“Farmers deal with everyday tasks of money management, decisionmaking and equipment maintenance,” Van Ginkel said. “Worry over large debt loads, government regulations, pest outbreaks, animal disease, negative publicity, rapid change within the industry and lack of control over the weather add stress and safety risks.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Obama 'not finished' naming monuments

by WLJ
President Obama’s recent designation of a 350,000-acre national monument in southern California has many westerners wondering, “What’s next?” Since taking office, Obama has created or expanded 13 national monuments, primarily located in the West and totaling over 3 million acres.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Secretary's checkoff hijack spurs concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A number of cattle associations across the states have joined together to contest USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to end the long-standing battle over the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff under a 1996 legislative act.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who supports WOTUS?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Today was supposed to be the last day comments would be submitted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Water of the U.S. (WO- TUS) rule. But, as before, the comment period has been extended. Comments can now be submitted through to Nov.

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