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Monday, October 27,2014

The WTO rules against COOL... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like it or not, the fact is, it’s 2014, we live in a global economy, and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is discriminatory—at least that was the gist of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling on COOL last Monday, Oct. 20, and the U.S.

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Monday, October 27,2014

Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
At a recent council meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, some 90 individuals from 14 states convened to discuss the prospect of transferring the majority of federal lands to state ownership. The federal government owns at least 30 percent of each state west of the Rockies—all told, about 50 percent of the West.

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Monday, October 27,2014

What happens if cattle disappear?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Cattle-free in ’93!” Despite over two decades of failure, this mantra still highlights the reality that there are people who want to remove cattle (and sheep and other domestic livestock) from the public range.

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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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