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Friday, March 7,2014

Livestock Risk Protection for calves

by WLJ
Regardless of the cold, spring calving has started. While it is at the early stages, it is not too early to think about price protection for those calves. The high cash and futures prices have people talking about the value of calves to be sold this fall.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Management Topics

Practice risk management when evaluating EPDs

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
All producers should be striving to purchase bulls that are as predictable as possible for the economically important traits desired. To accomplish this, EPDs (expected progeny differences) are the best tool available, but even they can vary widely on their predictability depending on accuracy.

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Friday, March 7,2014

It's not too late to get heifers to target weight by breeding

by WLJ
“There has been much talk over the years about the proper weight for beef heifers at first breeding, with estimates ranging from about 55-65 percent of mature body weight as the target goal,” Grings said. “To be able to hit that target, a cattle producer needs to know the average weight of their mature cows.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Setting goals for your herd after the blizzard

by WLJ
“In the past, knowing who your cows were and what they were capable of doing was tremendously important to your goals. It affected how you marketed your calves and how well they fit that market. It determined the genetics in the bulls that you purchased.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Extreme winter cold, wind can hurt bull reproduction

by WLJ
The sub-zero temperatures and persistent winds that pushed wind chills into the 30-50 degrees below zero range, affecting a large swath of the country this winter, also raised the potential for scrotal frostbite in bulls, according to a beef cattle expert from Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Document all livestock losses

by WLJ
Producers with excessive livestock losses due to adverse natural and environmental conditions may qualify for compensation under the 2014 farm bill, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service Livestock Stewardship Specialist Gerald Stokka.

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Friday, March 7,2014

The history of the Hutchinson family

by WLJ
The Hutchinson family is extremely proud of its heritage in the Upper Arkansas Valley since the ranch has been owned and operated as a cattle ranch for six continuous generations. Joseph Sykes Hutchinson and Annabel McPherson Hutchinson first homesteaded the earliest portion of the ranch in 1868.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Historic Hutchinson Ranch protected in Chaffee County

by WLJ
Located along U.S. Highway 50 between Salida and Poncha Springs, the 700-acre Hutchinson Ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by Joseph Hutchinson before Colorado achieved statehood. The ranch has been passed down through six generations, making it the oldest family-owned ranch in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

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Friday, March 7,2014

PLC: Standing up for ranchers' rights since 1968

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If you are a rancher with public lands grazing rights, then you know that property rights are as dear as they are fleeting. For you, every day is a fight for the principles that make America great: independence, self-reliance and property rights.

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Friday, March 7,2014

CFI: More research on consumer trust

by WLJ
“The model provides a clear path to effectively address growing skepticism about today’s food,” Fleck said. “Consumers have been asking for more transparency, but it has not been well defined. This research defines transparency and provides direction.

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