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Monday, April 28,2014

Keystone Pipeline delayed indefinitely

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Once again, the Obama administration took the postpone plan on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, creating more frustration on both sides of the controversial topic. The postponement was announced April 18, and extends the key review period—indefinitely.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Estimating cows' daily feed intake

by WLJ
As the month of April finishes up, cow/calf producers across the states are either finishing up calving, or just getting started. But either way, a frequently asked question extension agents get from producers is how much feed do the cows need. Meeting the cows’ nutrient requirements is key for calf growth, and also breeding season.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Eli Lilly announces agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health

by WLJ
Eli Lilly and Company announced last week an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Techniques to minimize stress at branding time

by WLJ
Both hot-iron and freeze branding techniques are capable of causing pain, as indicated by behavior responses (tail flicks, kicks, vocalization, etc.), heart rate increase, and cortisol responses in several studies; however, the pain is typically acute.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Meeting cowsâ nutritional needs after calving

by WLJ
“To maintain a 365-day calving interval, rebreeding has to occur by 82 days after calving,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist. “Cows need to recover from calving and start cycling again during that time period while providing enough milk for their growing calves.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Economic depreciation for farm equipment, machinery

by WLJ
In 2013, strong U.S. commodity prices, relatively low interest rates and enhanced tax deductions led to robust sales of new farm machinery and equipment.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Trade talks with Japan on ag tariffs not yet fruitful

by WLJ
President Barack Obama was in Japan last week on his third visit to the island nation. While discussing issues with China and territory conflicts over the Senkaku Islands, the topic of beef was on the table.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Calf processing time and the BQA

by WLJ
As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles: • Discuss calf vaccination protocols with your veterinarian to ensure a strong herd health program.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Cattle branding tips for low stress and quality brands

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In Beulah, WY, the first weekend in June is reserved for the Testicle Festival, an annual fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department, where local ranchers donate some of the family jewels to the cause.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Comment period for Brazilian imports closes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal (USDA) and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed federal rule that would allow Brazil to export to the United States fresh and frozen beef from specific regions in Brazil.

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