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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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Friday, September 26,2014

Re-breeding open cows for fall calves

by WLJ
He explained by pointing out that a 1,250-pound young cow has approximately the same current value as does a feeder calf suitable for backgrounding. “Using today’s cheaper feedstuffs and the existing bull battery, she could be exposed to breeding for a fall calf,” he said.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

by WLJ
Patterson told Dent County beef producers how to improve calving success as heifers join the cow herd. Beef farmers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program have increased live births with calving-ease genetics. However, getting heifers pregnant takes long-term planning for nutrition and prebreeding exams.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Fires burn what drought left parched

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ranchers seek due process with USFS

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says it isn’t a duck…granted, nobody is likely to care. But sometimes, what the agency calls something is important, according to Public Lands Council (PLC) member, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) Federal Lands Chairman and Arizona rancher David Cook.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ag tops list for most fatal injuries on the job

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Overall, the report found the rate of fatal workplace injuries declined, but “cattle ranching and farming,” which includes both dairy and beef operations, represented over a third of all agricultural (crop and animal production) occupational fatalities, and the massive majority of all fatalities within the animal production category.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farming on the Mother Road

by DTN
Route 66 stretches across the high desert and through to valleys on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains before blending into the weaving interstates and highways of greater Los Angeles. Any reflection of the old highway heading to Santa Monica Pier gets lost in the intensity of daily Los Angeles interstate traffic.

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Friday, September 19,2014

USDA focusing on railcar shortages

by DTN
Speaking to reporters after a Growth Energy event, Vilsack said the conversation took place in Buffett’s Omaha office and that Buffett had noted that the BNSF railroad, in which he is a major investor, has made commitments to improve service and the railroad’s infrastructure.

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