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Monday, February 2,2015

A new study finds bacteria take wing

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In “Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes: Aerial Transport from Cattle Feed Yards via Particulate Matter,” researchers from Texas Tech University collected samples of airborne particulate matter (PM) adjacent to 10 different Texas feedlots.

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Friday, January 30,2015

National Beef Checkoff Program looking to increase assessment to $2 per head

by WLJ
F r o m research, to education, to p r o m otion, the B e e f Checkoff Program aims to increase beef demand domestically and overseas. The $1 mandatory checkoff was established in the 1985 Farm Bill, and 30 years later, industry leaders are recognizing that the dollar doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Signs of impending calving in cows

by WLJ
As the spring calving season approaches, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or “making bag” and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva. These indicate the cow is due to calve in the near future.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Soundness exams, genetic testing improve herd performance

by WLJ
Carpenter, speaking at the recent Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo, said, “The thing we know about managing bull fertility is the breeding soundness exam performed by a qualified vet is the best and most practical predictor of potential fertility.

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Friday, January 30,2015

HSUS sues Oklahoma Attorney General over 'abuse of power'

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, the money actually goes to high-powered lobbying and special...

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Friday, January 30,2015

HumaneWatch: HSUS' 2011 tax return reveals:

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
• HSUS spent less than 1 percent of its budget on grants to pet shelters. • Meanwhile, HSUS had fundraising-related expenses of $48.1 million, or a whopping 38 percent of its total budget. • HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a fundraising consultant recently exposed by CNN that is reportedly under investigation in New York and California.

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Friday, January 30,2015

How to prep continuous corn fields for soybeans

by DTN
As some growers consider a move from continuous corn fields to soybeans, they will need to consider a host of management steps, agronomists told DTN. Inoculation will be the most important one, Staton stressed. Checking on proper nodulation this summer will help growers gain that oft-reported bean yield bump following corn.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Low-stress cattledog demonstration at industry convention

by WLJ
The trade show is a part of NCBA’s Cattle Industry Convention, the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. Reyes’ cattledog demonstration is one of this year’s sessions on ways to increase cattle performance by reducing handling stress and how cattlemen can shape consumers’ perception of beef.

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Friday, January 30,2015

New Congress calls for good government, transparency

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
T h i s congressional session, l a w - makers are asking the federal government to play by the same rules as the American people.

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Friday, January 30,2015

CA officials to discuss drought

by WLJ
With California farmers and ranchers preparing for a potential fourth consecutive drought year, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will meet with federal and state officials to discuss drought operations and potential actions for 2015.

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