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Friday, September 26,2014

Game change: industry appeals Battle Mountain decision

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored,” said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Assess pasture and range forage condition this fall

by WLJ
When scouting your pastures, check for the type of weeds present. Deneke explained many perennials and biennials will have new growth in the fall, especially with adequate fall moisture. Perennials may have new shoots or seedlings from seed banks or like biennials, the rosettes may be found.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Tax plan now to avoid problems later

by WLJ
It may seem early in the year for tax planning, but for dairy and beef operators, this preparation should have started a couple months ago. For many years, farms have faced the challenge of managing their farm income to avoid income spikes or failures.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Rice straw: cheap feed?

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
University of California Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Glenn Nader believes two problems could add up to one win-win solution. Though it has rarely been done, Nader believes special treatment of rice straw will make it a nutritious cattle food.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Thank you from the ranchers impacted by Atlas

by WLJ
As we near the one-year anniversary of winter storm Atlas, the ranching people and communities devastated by the storm would like to say “thank you” to everyone who rallied behind us and extended such kindness and generosity toward us over the course of the past year.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feedstuff inventory: quality and quantity

by WLJ
“Hay inventories for the upcoming winter feeding could fall a bit short in some areas across the state, while other areas have an abundant quantity, but may not have the quality,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Silage price decisions

by WLJ
“Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment,” Rusche said.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Legislative activities head into the home stretch

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what is likely to be the first of many legislative updates as the 113th Congress winds down, there’s some good news for agriculture.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

by WLJ
The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.

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