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Monday, August 18,2014

Processing plant closures on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods Inc. announced last week, ahead of its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co., it will close three facilities it acquired in the 2001 purchase of beef and pork processor IBP Inc. Tyson’s closures come on the heels of Cargill’s announcement to close its Milwaukee, WI, plant and L&H’s announcement to close it San Antonio, TX, plant.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Vesicular Stomatitis cases on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Both Texas and Colorado have seen a surge in Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases this summer, and that has local and state official watching animal movement a little closer. The numbers have surpassed 200 in both states, with primarily horses making the list, but the two states now have added cattle to the numbers of infected.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NMSU turns to cattle producers to help support judging teams

by WLJ
“We are asking cattle producers throughout the state to donate a steer calf each fall to our program,” said Tim Ross, retired animal and range sciences department head. “We will raise it, use it in many of our classes, including our judging teams training, and when it reaches slaughter weight, we will sell it.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Science transparency; groups question new EPA policy

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Members of EPA scientific advisory boards (SABs) have been asked not to talk to the press even though policy allows them to do so, a handful of science and journalism groups said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Amid diverse opinions, Beef Checkoff rift continues

by DTN
R-CALF USA, which is not a member of the group, issued a warning that other farm groups plan to agree by next Friday to a proposal it considers “smoke and mirrors,” while some participants in the group said no agreement would be announced until this fall or winter, if ever.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New bipartisan measure on the ballot for California water crisis

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We are especially pleased that the storage portion of this legislation is a continuous appropriation preventing the legislature from withholding funding. Passage of this legislation is an essential first step in adding capacity to our state’s existing storage infrastructure,” Nassif said.

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Friday, August 15,2014

30th ICA bull tests start

by WLJ
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program (BEP) has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers—whether they have a small or large operation—can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
of the NARMS report is to track the presence of four key bacteria in humans, animals for slaughter, and retail meat, as well as to track trends in the antibiotic-resistance of those bacteria. The report looks at Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus,.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Don't let parasites take a bite out of your profits

by WLJ
Internal parasites in cattle—often called worms—eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University (ISU), which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a “best management” approach.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Dee Likes steps down

by WLJ
The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is stepping aside after 31 years in the position. Dee Likes will assume the title of KLA Chief Executive Emeritus December 31, 2014, and will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives.

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