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Friday, August 29,2014

Low-stress weaning options

by WLJ
Weaning is a stressful time for calves. This stress can contribute to reduced feed consumption, which means poor nutrition. It also can depress the immune system, leading to greater risk for sickness and death, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The drought deepens in the West; LFP eligibility maps updated

by WLJ
California and much of the far West is still swathed in red. In the Golden State, reservoirs are showing their beds and bottled water is being distributed to parched suburban residents. Last week the USDA updated its map of Secretarial Drought Designated counties and.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Watch hay moisture to minimize storage losses

by WLJ
As Hernandez explained, hay storage losses are around 5 percent when it is harvested at 15 percent moisture and stored under dry conditions. “Stored forages provide essential nutrients for livestock when pastures are inadequate and are a consistent feed supply for dairies, sheep flocks, cow/ calf producers, and beef feedlots.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Crop problems caused by railcar shortage

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Battle Mountain ranchers hope for BLM reversal

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Three Northern Nevada families with grazing rights on a range managed by the Bureau of Land Management are hoping for the reversal of BLM actions that are on track to put them out of the ranching business.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Keystone pipeline a hot topic in debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite any signs of a green light from the current administration for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it continues to make headlines with those opposing it planning benefit concerts and making field art in Nebraska. In addition to the art talents coming out, the project also faces a new hurdle involving South Dakota tribes.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Hoop systems for beginning ranchers

by WLJ
During a recent multiple production system bus tour, participants learned how controlled environments may provide an option for expanding beef production in South Dakota, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

California kicks off the fall bull market

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The fall bull selling season is about to be in full swing starting with the early sales in California. Obviously, California has been dealt a tough hand in the last few years with a severe drought, which has caused cow numbers to decline.

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Friday, August 22,2014

The farm bill keeps on going

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
U.S. farmers and ranchers finally got a farm bill in 2014 after waiting years for an update on the 2008 version. The bill was passed with little fanfare—or booing—outside of the agricultural community, but there have been a steady stream of implementation dates and milestones since it was signed by the president.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Four men indicted in Rancho beef scandal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Monday, the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Lori Chan, USDA Office of Inspector General, announced the indictment and charges against two co-owners and two employees of Rancho Feeding Corporation, the slaughter plant that resulted in 8.7 million pounds of recalled beef in February 2014.

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