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Friday, May 2,2014

The golden age of beef genetics: We are just getting started!

by WLJ
EPDs changed our world 30 years ago. Brainpower, computer power and clear vision converged. Scientists in the land grant university system figured out the math, computers advanced far enough to do the equations on tens of thousands of animals simultaneously, and breed association leaders had the wisdom and courage to embrace the new methodology.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Livestock industry to Forest Service: Words really do matter

by WLJ
Are vague, broad definitions in federal regulations damaging to private citizens? That, of course, depends on your definition of “damaging.” But ranchers who operate on national forests part of the year know that a vague definition can take a hefty toll on one’s grazing rights.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Male chromosome hinders female cattle reproduction

by WLJ
Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (US- MARC) in Clay Center, NE, scientists are developing genetic markers for economically important traits, such as reproductive ability, which can be used by producers to select efficient animals. They have also found extraordinary answers as to why some cows are not reproducing.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Livestock owners need to be alert for 'hardware disease'

by WLJ
“Tornadoes and other storm events with strong winds and flooding can spread debris over a large area,” said Troxel. “This sets the stage for grazing animals to be affected by ‘hardware disease.’” Cattle, sheep, goat and horse owners should take extra time and caution to inspect hay meadows and pastures for debris, especially metal objects.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Cover crops improve long-term soil health

by WLJ
University of Missouri (MU) Extension and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have used cover crops in a cornsoybean-wheat rotation at a farm near Centralia, MO, since 1991.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Management topics

Managing bulls before breeding season

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Preparing sires for breeding season is an important job to ensure a high pregnancy rate. This involves strategies for both young and established bulls. It has been an extremely cold winter in some parts of the country, which can affect the fertility of bulls.

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Friday, May 2,2014

APHIS finalizes chronic wasting disease interim rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued the final version of a regulation last week, establishing a herd certification program for farmed and captive deer, moose and elk to help identify and stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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Friday, May 2,2014

Watch the bulls closely

by WLJ
The first of May is typically a date planned for turning bulls into the breeding pasture with springcalving adult cows. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred.

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Monday, April 28,2014

Klamath Basin agreement signed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, April 18, saw the signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (Agreement) by Klamath tribal leaders, local politicians, and representatives from the agricultural interests. This moves the historic decision on a years-long water war to the next level: Congress.

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Monday, April 28,2014

California drought may prompt policy changes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Unprecedented drought in California combined with regulators’ inflexible commitment to “endangered” species has put the state’s agricultural producers in dire straights.

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