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Friday, October 17,2014

Stocker gains of more than 2.5 pounds per head per day realized

by WLJ
As cattle prices continue to soar, breaking all previous records, some might wonder why anyone would take animals off winter pasture at 800-850 pounds in mid to late May, and continue them on pasture instead of moving them directly into a feedlot or to the sale barn.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Harvesting, drying and storing late-maturing and high-moisture corn

by WLJ
Corn reaching maturity about Oct. 1 will normally dry slowly in the field due to cooler outside temperatures. Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal Upper Midwest weather conditions.

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Friday, October 17,2014

U.S. STB action needed for transparency on rail shipments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers, farmers and elevator operators, along with a number of politicians, are optimistic that an improved reporting system for railroads will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Ranchers ride east to Washington, D.C.

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Back in the days of the old West, the Pony Express saw fleet-footed horses and their daring riders charging west through hostile territory to get mail through to its destinations. Now the ponies are pointed east and aimed to charge into hostile territory to deliver a petition to the government.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Senators join last minute push to keep COOL

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
September came and went, with no final announcement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute held up at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While there has been some speculation among stakeholders and a preliminary document shared with the governments involved, the final decision has yet to be announced.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Ranching Woman of the Year nominations needed

by WLJ
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to support her family and friends.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Range workshops put Oregon ranchers and agencies on same page

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A series of workshops being conducted in Oregon are bringing renewed focus to rangeland monitoring, pulling ranchers and agency personnel together on the subject, and providing ranchers the opportunity to take an active role in monitoring the health of both public and private rangelands.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Meanwhile, back in Battle Mountain

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
As the Grass March Pony Express makes its way to Washington, D.C., families back on the ranch in Battle Mountain, NV, are doing all they can to handle the loss of their summer pasture.

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Friday, October 10,2014

2015 Citizen of the West named

by WLJ
Anschutz, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has had a major impact on many institutions in the state of Colorado. He will receive the award on January 12, 2015 at the National Western Events Center. A committee of community leaders selects the recipient.

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Friday, October 10,2014

University of Wyoming Foundationās Riverbend Ranch off the market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Riverbend Ranch is 15 miles west of Laramie and consists of 6,700 acres with 6.5 miles of the river. It’s an excellent hay ranch and winter headquarters for livestock. It is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by Wyoming Game and Fish, which added some extra complexities to the sale.

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