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Friday, December 12,2014

Recommendations for receiving cattle: health and nutrition

by WLJ
“Taking the proper steps to get calves off to the right start is paramount to the success of a cattle feeding operation. One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle,” said Reid McDaniel, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Wise corn use for replacement heifers

by WLJ
When it comes to replacement heifers, cattle producers need to ensure that rations do not have a negative impact on fertility. Walker explained that the amount of corn included in a ration will be determined by the composition of feeds in the ration..

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Friday, December 12,2014

Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

by WLJ
Ron Lemenager said nutrient profiles in some hay samples are low this year because of harvest delays and excessive rain during this past growing season, which may have resulted in mature plants, nutrient leaching and some mold development in forage supply.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Now is time to check cattle rations, test feeds

by WLJ
“The nutritional quality of mature standing forage diminishes the further we get into winter through deterioration and selective grazing,” says John Dhuyvetter, area Extension Livestock Specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

by WLJ
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Charity gives a boost that lasts a lifetime

by WLJ
Since its beginning, Heifer International has helped more than 22.6 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and incomeproducing animals, according to Allison Stephens, with Heifer International.

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Friday, December 12,2014

NWSS, Chevy to host ´BBQ Throwdown´

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) announced last week that Chevrolet will be a returning sponsor for the 109th Stock Show. National Western and Chevrolet have teamed up to present the first ever barbecue competition to take place at the 2015 Stock Show.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Farming, ranching is more than a livelihood: It's a way of life

by WLJ
If farming and ranching were simple endeavors, everyone would be involved in production agriculture because those who have the fortitude are drawn to the way of life as much, if not more, than the livelihood.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Klamath Basin: A lesson in war tactics, bias, distortion

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Some farmers and ranchers in Northern California and southern Oregon think that both strategies are being used against them in the Klamath River watershed. In 2002, a federal judge granted the Klamath Tribes senior water rights in the Klamath Basin.

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Monday, December 8,2014

USTR appeals WTO COOL ruling ... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decided to move forward with an appeal of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL). On Oct. 20, WTO ruled against the U.S.

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